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The Joys of Summer

End of Summer 015
In our neck of the woods we learned a long time ago to enjoy summer. It don’t take long before summer fades into fall, and winter seems to hang around way too long before spring decides to tease us with the illusion of warm and sunny weather (only to be fooled by damp and cool conditions)…anyway we still have a few more weeks of summer to go, but the nights already seem to show up way too early and the temperatures feel a little cooler than we’d like them to be…but as always we’ve taken full advantage of the great weather and what nature has to offer.

We’ve gone for walks in the woods, we’ve spent as much time as possible at ocean (of course we do that year round), and we’ve embraced the trees, the plants, and the wildlife of our area. I’ve even gotten a few golf matches in here and there. I’m really not an aggressive player…I don’t even keep score…I just enjoy being outside, walking around the course, taking in the nature around me…and in most cases the peace and quiet.
One of the interesting things about golf is that respectful players respect their environment. They tend to keep things peaceful; they try their best not to disturb their surroundings; and if they accidentally unearth a small piece of the course in the form of a divot they will make sure they find the small patch of grass and put it back in its place.

What an amazing concept…respecting our environment during play…too bad not all summer or outdoor activities are the same. During our travels this summer we also encountered noisy and reckless motorboats, jet skis, and all-terrain vehicles. Not that I want to deny anyone fun in the sun, but I always question enjoyment at the cost of others peace, the cost to the environment, and the potential disruption of ecosystems.

Anyway, for those of us who are in the final few weeks of summer continue to enjoy the beauty that summer has to offer…continue to love and respect the earth….continue to love and respect each other…and this is according to Mary.

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Oh to Live in Denmark!

Leaves Floating on Water

I was just checking the transperancy.org website and according to their data Denmark is leading the way in terms of government transparency and the least amount of perceived corruption in the public sector.

There’s been a wave hasn’t there? All around the world it has been more and more difficult for governments to continue to do business the way they have in the past. Meetings behind closed doors; policies created for the good of corporations; passing laws and bills without informing the general public about the true impact on our environment, health or civil liberties.

For years we have let governments operate without question…we have been skeptical, but haven’t been vocal…too busy watching the latest reality show perhaps. But we see this changing. We are looking for transparency…we are looking for openness…we are looking for a change in focus. Protect the interest of the people, not the special interest groups, and certainly not the interests of the politicians.

What used to be hidden is now coming to the forefront…and as citizens of the world we want to know more. We are seeing politicians who were once trying to line their pockets are now being exposed. We are seeing that politicians are no longer able to hide from scandal. We are seeing policy exposed that impact our environment, safety and wellbeing.

We are only part way there…this feels like it is only the beginning…there are still laws and policies in place that protect the imbalance with financial corporations and the general public…there are still politicians who feel entitled to their entitlements…there are still governments who are not willing to give up their own control to better the lives of their citizens…and there are still leaders who refuse to admit any sign of weakness by disclosing their err on judgment.

Mary has asked us to keep on listening….latch on to those causes that will benefit the majority and protect the environment…insist on discloser and transparently from all levels of government…where do our hard earned tax payer’s dollars go…ask questions….expect answers…not just talking points.

…continue to reach out…protect the earth, protect your loved ones….continue to follow your heart and look within….and this is according to Mary!

If you are curious as to where your country ranks use the following link:
http://www.transparency.org/cpi2012/results

It looks good, but who made it?

Fresh vegetables falling

Mary sent me a series of “Listen” messages. All of the messages boil down to “Listen to what makes sense”. Our last post talked about how if a credit card company is trying to tell you that you should use your credit card to make small purchases you should listen to your heart…does it make sense to do so? Of course not…there’s a cost involved and we all end up paying for it.

Her next message is about the things that we eat. Does it make sense to eat food that has been altered genetically? Personally I’d prefer to eat what nature originally provided…before we decided to play with Mother Nature.

Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) kind of scare me. Do we really need to eat a green pepper the size of a football helmet? If we do here’s an idea…just buy two normal sized peppers. Our food doesn’t need to be modified…it’s not natural.

GMO’s are scary enough, but the thing that is even more frightening is that some GMO’s seem to be backfiring. I recently heard a report where by GMO corn in the US that was designed to resist rootworm has actually caused the rootworm to evolve. The rootworms are now digging in and flourishing. Farmers in Indiana, Illinois and across the U.S. Midwest are now looking to insecticides to protect their crops. Now we have genetically modified food treated with insecticide…even more toxins.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528823.000-gm-corn-loses-its-edge-against-pests.html#.UcYx3VaNSic

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/05/29/gm-resistant-rootworms-and-the-future-of-farming/

That was just one example…what other GMO’s products are failing? What are the long term effects? How deep does it all go? Most of us just don’t know, meanwhile the government keeps passing laws that approve the integration of GMO’s into our food supply. We don’t even have a say in the matter.

Mary is asking us to do our own research…and look into your heart to help guide you. Listen for what is going on in your own part of the world…vote with your wallet and do your best to buy healthy food products. Contact your local government officials and let them know how you feel about GMO’s….eventually they will get the message…educate your friends and families…they might be completely unaware…the more people know the more impact we will have.

…continue to love yourself by keeping yourself healthy….and this is according to Mary!

Here’s an article you might find interesting:
http://preventdisease.com/news/13/050613_Former-Pro-GMO-Scientist-Speaks-Out-On-The-Real-Dangers-of-Genetically-Engineered-Food.shtml

Embracing an Earth Life Balance

Earth Life

In a recent message from Mary she showed me the natural balance of our planet as it was at one time.

As humans we worked within this balance. We had our own communities and we did what we needed in order to survive. We farmed, we fished, we hunted… but only what we needed. We drew on the natural resources around us to make life livable and comfortable. It wasn’t easy, and it was a true balancing act. We had respect for nature and our surroundings…and even though the term sustainability was not in our vocabulary at the time, we were living it.

But times changed and so did our greed… as well as our attitudes. Most of it was pure ignorance … we had a minimal understanding of the impact we had on our environment at the time. We simply wanted more…all in the name of progress, convenience, commerce and power. The next thing we knew we were polluting our beautiful planet and diminishing our resources at a rate where the balance would be changed forever.

I realize there is no going back to those days, but we must always keep nature in our thoughts…what are we doing to our planet? What could we be doing to lessen the impact of the way society lives today? What can we do in terms of reducing our carbon footprint? What can we do to reduce the amount of waste we produce? What can we do in order to conserve energy? What alternatives can we use when choosing products or services?

Here are a few suggestions (and there are many more):

  1. Clean with natural and harmless products such as vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda (look for aluminum free…here’s a link that talks about brand name baking soda and the use of aluminum http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/15/Baking-Soda-Used-to-Treat-Swine-Flu-85-Years-Ago.aspx )
  2. When you are sick try treating your body with natural and holistic options such as oil of oregano and raw garlic instead of buying cold and flu products from the drug store.
  3. Instead of throwing away unwanted items, try giving them away or donate to charity.
  4. Do your research before purchasing painting products or wood treatment products for treating wooden decks and fences….you might be surprised at what is out there and better for the environment.
  5. The usual advice: walk don’t drive…reduce, reuse, recycle…compost…use cloth bags when shopping…watch your energy usage…
  6. Vote with your wallet…contact your big box retailer and tell them you want greener products.
  7. Buy organic if you can. Buy local if you can.
  8. Don’t buy into the latest and greatest anything…it is all marketing…ask yourself “Is this something that I really need, or am I just being swayed by a marketing campaign?”.
  9. Be careful with plastic products. Convenient yes, but the health risks are still unknown…(there are over 200 chemicals floating around in our bloodstream because of the food, the packaging and products we consume).
  10. Research Holistic health options including dentistry….there are dentist who use x-ray machines that produce minimal radiation…so ask your dentist what they are using…also try to eliminate your use of fluoride…research is showing that this is not a healthy treatment option.

…anyway these are a few things off the top of my head…there are hundreds of other recommendations…the bottom line is be kind to mother nature and she will be kind to all of us!

…and this is according to Mary!

Earth Day – the Sequel…This Time it’s Personal

Fall is here
I’ve always like the way movies try to come up with cleaver sequel titles or tag lines. When in doubt go for “This time it’s personal”. So, for many of use last week had some type of Earth Day theme to it. I know in my office they were giving out trees to plant…and pens made out of recycled cardboard…coffee was free for the day to anyone who brought their own mug…there were tables displaying various energy efficiency initiatives going on in our community…a group of volunteers went out and cleaned up any garbage or debris that gathered around the building over the winter months… there was even a demonstration to point out how much dirt gets collected from an exhaust system by placing a sock over the tailpipe. These are all good things to help draw attention to and in a way celebrate Earth Day.

…But shouldn’t Earth Day be every day? Shouldn’t we constantly be looking at our lifestyles and making adjustments on a regular basis to see what we can do to protect our environment. This morning “C” and I sat down to channel one of the images Mary sent me was that of the Earth orbiting the sun, but she did it in a method that represented time-lapped photography. She was showing me the Earth every day….with the message of “Let’s make every day Earth Day”.

We don’t have to go crazy trying to change all of our habits at once…but if we can make small and simple adjustments…focus on what we are consuming…focus on what we are throwing away…focus on the products we purchase…focus on what we are pouring down our drains…and just put some thought into the impact we are having on the environment.

Is there a safer product? Is there a less toxic option? Do you really need it? Is there an option to reduce your carbon footprint? Am I being wasteful?

It’s a matter of being thoughtful…a matter of loving the Earth…loving yourself…listening to your heart…and helping to heal the Earth….and there should be any doubt…the Earth does need to heal.
…and this is according to Mary….much love!

They’re Setting Fire to the Oceans

They’re Setting Fire to the Oceans…those are actually partial lyrics to a song by a band called Yukon Blonde that’s been stuck in my head since a recent message from Mary came through. The image that she sent was that of the ocean and a single fishing boat. My first thought was that the boat seemed so small in comparison to the massive oceans, but yet at the same time I felt fear. The reality is that our oceans are in danger. It’s as if we are setting fire to the oceans through our over consumption and disposable life styles… plus the issue of over fishing… we are placing a huge strain on our environment.

Most people are unaware of what is happening to our delicate underwater ecosystems. Most of us know about the health benefits of fish and fish oils, but are unaware of the destruction that is happening all over the world. I’m not suggesting giving up the health benefits but we should at least be thinking about our lifestyles and the choices we make.

I found a very interesting video from the UK which I’m sure is reflective in the fishing practices in other parts of the world. Also, there is a documentary coming out next month by Rob Stewart called Revolution that will be worth watching.
http://www.therevolutionmovie.com/

In the meantime here is a link that outlines 10 things that you can do to help…I’ve listed the bullet points below:
http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/take-action/10-things-you-can-do-to-save-the-ocean/

1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption
2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
3. Use Fewer Plastic Products
4. Help Take Care of the Beach
5. Don’t Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life
6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
7. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean
8. Influence Change in Your Community
9. Travel the Ocean Responsibly
10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life

Love yourself…love the earth…love the oceans..and this is according to Mary.