Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

 If someone takes away everything you have but gives it all back plus more, should you be thankful? Now that is something to chew on!

my own bible

 Under the most bizarre circumstances which I could not (and will not) begin to describe, on a farm a long way from home I found this amazing book, Amishman's Handy Guide to Minerals, Vitamins and Food Supplements. In a way it cost a thousand dollars, but with its life-improving information, it may still be worth it. The 839 page book is a comprehensive guide to every vitamin, mineral and amino acid the human body needs, how each benefits us, and what happens with deficiencies and excesses. 
While this sort of information can be found anywhere, this particular book goes far beyond to include much more. The text does not discuss much about soil management or particular gardening practises, but it does express the importance of healthy, fertile soil and the most important of the forty trace minerals needed by plants. It cites the danger of GMOs and which companies are making foods with these altered ingredients. Essential oils, bee pollen, biochemical cell salts, capsaicin and other supplements are discussed at length.
There is a large section on herbs, divided into common herbs and medicinal herbs of the Bible, the latter borrowed from a book by Dr. James Duke and his wife Peggy, The Biblical Medicinal Herbs of the Bible. Another chapter focuses on Bach Essence flowers, which I'd never heard of before. It sounds a bit hokey to me, but these are remedies for relationship issues. At the end, the book reveals the plant source of every element and what part it is found in, as in shoot, root, seed or leaf. 
Though I've just begun reading this immense book, I like learning the details of the science behind nutrition to counteract problematic medical conditions. Though I'm not on the same page with the religion of the Amish, I think they are very special people who could make a big difference in saving the planet if information like this could be heard by more.

"Disease is the re-action to interferences. This is a temporary failure and unhappiness and this occurs when we allow others to interfere with our purpose in life and implant in our minds doubt, or fear, or indifference."
"Health and happiness result from being in harmony with our own nature, and doing the work for which we are individually suited."
-Dr. Edward Bach, Free Thyself

Friday, September 18, 2020

Unbelievably Unexpected

Every bottle of shampoo in the stores, even health food stores, has a long list of creepy toxic ingredients. This genius shampoo bar found hidden on a shelf at Whole Foods in its simple handsome paper wrapper is a godsend. It works better than any bottled shampoo ever (yes it lathers plenty) and has so many good qualities:

Monday, September 7, 2020

A New Trick from Paris

Prior to celluloid film there was the thaumatrope, paper images back to back  that spun combine to make a single image. These can appear to be three-dimensional also, depending on the artwork. This set came from Optical Toys in Putney, Vermont, along with some of the interesting history of Sir John Herschel, Dr. William Fitton, Dr. William Hyde Wollaston and Dr. John Ayrton Paris, who all simultaneously and independently developed similar ideas for these optical toys. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Big Seeds

I'm reminded of the beautiful ideas of Tom Robbins who wrote Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, Another Roadside Attraction and other fun novels. From the man who invented terms like consensual reality and calling in well, who said,
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood," comes a conclusion that sounds like an introduction:

Pine Cones on the Tent

It's a cold, clear morning; the sun has come over the canyon wall, but you're still dozing around, when something hits the tent. Open the flap and the sun's in your face; the world is ready.

Let Amanda be your pine cone.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

future fiber

Soon there will be all kinds of new natural textile materials replacing traditional fibers and leathers. There are fascinating developments using minerals, mushrooms, pineapple leaves, algae, even jellyfish and manure--imagine wearing those! It will be interesting to see (and feel and smell) how these will perform in different conditions and hold up over time, in both couture and decor.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Marinate & Rub

 With beautiful photographs and so many recipes to spice up your meals, you can't go wrong with this unique cookbook by Carol Wilson and Mike Cooper. 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Friday, July 24, 2020

We Need to Grow

The Need to Grow is the most important movie you can watch right now. In a world fraught with intense problems, it features a brilliant creation that offers  an incredibly wonderful solution to many important issues essential to human survival.
The Green Power House is a biorefinery with a photo bioreactor, an anaerobic bioreactor, and an organic carbon engine, three systems that feed each other creating a zero-waste closed loop as Paul Hawken wrote about in The Ecology of Commerse. 
From sunlight, algae and biomass, the processes result in negative-carbon electricity, green biofuels, high quality fertilizer, and fruits and vegetables with more nutrients than those conventionally grown. The Green Power House can produce in four days what would take Mother Nature 400 years to complete. Dirt can be regenerated into soil, and the world can be restored to a more natural healthy place. It makes me very happy to have happened across the documentary that highlights the kind of thinking that gives not just hope but actual solutions for sustainable energy and food production.

Monday, July 13, 2020

crying trees

It's an interesting phenomenon in this coastal town when it gets so foggy that moisture collected in the trees makes them rain. 

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Friday, July 3, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Oui Oui Oui

The coolest yummiest yogurt of all time in an adorable little glass jar with a pretty foil top, just perfect!

Monday, June 22, 2020

just a little

Wouldn't it be sweet to get a little personal snail mail?