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Every Day Is Earth Day

By |April 21st, 2013|

We ‘get’ to live on this planet called earth which makes every day an earth day.

Our earth is a vast expanse of water, prairies, mountains and dry desserts filled with life. All of this with the back drop of the ever changing sky (sunrises, sunsets, rainbows, the moon, stars and northern lights).  Our beautiful earth!

I am in awe of what happens on this earth and grateful to get to live here.

What else make this earth so special?

1. The air is just the right composition to keep us alive.
2. The sun is not too close or too far; it is at the right distance so we are not burning up or freezing to death.
3. There is water to hydrate our body cells.
4. Food grows abundantly on the land and in the waters to nourish us.

It can’t get much better than that. This is truly happening 24/7!

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Taking Care of The Ocean

By |April 17th, 2013|

taking care of the oceanPaul Jimerson

What can I say that hasn’t already been said, a thousand times, and a thousand times better? I can only add my voice to the growing litany of those who are struggling to save and protect the Ocean from the ravages of ‘civilization.’  The forces that are hell-bent on destroying the planet seem beyond the reach of reasoned argument, and nearly free of regulation.  […]

Saving Water for the Environment – Past, Present & Hopefully the Future

By |April 16th, 2013|

 save shower water

Earth Day Special

by Carla Janzen

As a child I remember our family being very thrifty with water. I have great memories of going to my Grandmother’s house in the 50’s. Bath night was quite a ritual of events. My Mom and Aunt’s would pump water at the kitchen sink, heat it up on the stove and haul it to the big ole claw legged tub. We had a rotation of youngest to oldest and I was often the winner of first place. With each new person bathing more hot water was added to the tub. At the end of the evening the water was hauled out to water the garden, trees or the ditch.

Do You Love Your Morning Shower? […]

Plastics – Havoc with Your Hormones

By |March 17th, 2013|

 The dangers of plastics

More and more people are concerned about the affect plastics have on their health… and for good reason!

What are the health problems plastics are being blamed for? […]

Earth Day: Health Crisis at the Third Pole

By |February 11th, 2013|

The Himalayas are the 3rd pole of planet Earth, storing fresh water in glaciers and streams & providing life-giving waters to one-fifth of humanity. Read details of their important and the serious threat they are facing.

Do You Talk To Your Plants?

By |July 10th, 2012|

talking with plants

Do you talk to your plants? Many people do.

The real question is whether this makes a difference… or even more interesting…do plants talk back to you?

There are three kinds of plant communication

  1. Humans talking to plants: gardeners
  2. Plants talking to humans: nature lovers
  3. Plants talking to themselves: surviving

1.  People talking with plants is the most common.

I’ll admit I am not an avid or experienced gardener like Diana , but I still find myself telling my new seedling how happy I am with them and giving them encouragement.  I sometimes also curse the weeds (read Eat, Pray Love Weeds) but not with the same intensity.

Mythbusters Proves Talking Helps (kind of)

Mythbusters exposed seven small greenhouses to various conditions. Two were exposed to negative speech, two to positive speech, a fifth with classical music and a sixth with intense death metal music. A seventh greenhouse, used as a control sample, had no stereo. (speech and music were supplied by recorders)

You can see videos and details at this link  Talking to Plants Proven.

Surprising Results:

  • The greenhouses with the recordings of speech grew better than the control
  • There was no difference between the kind or angry talk
  • classical music plants grew better than controls
  • intense death metal grew best of all!

Month Long Royal Horticultural Society study also discovered that:

  • talking to your plants really can help them grow faster (compared to controls).
  • plants grow faster to the sound of a female voice than to a male voice.
  • Plants grew best to the voice Sarah Darwin, granddaughter of was legendary botanist Charles Darwin, reading a passage from the On the Origin of Species

Neither of these studies were large scale or double blind.  The Mythbusters results were perhaps influenced by the fact that the plants were exposed to recorded voice and sound rather than real humans who were feeling and looking at the plants.

Plants Feel Emotions Too:

The fact that the study did not have live humans is important according to Cleve Baxter, famous for his experiments revealed in the famous book, “Secret Life of Plants”

Cleve found that  polygraph readings  detected emotion in plants just as they do in humans. Cleve Baxter knows this field as well as anyone. He founded the CIA’s polygraph unit shortly after WWII and founded The Baxter School of Lie Detection which is the longest running polygraph school in the world.

Some research seems to indicate that certain frequencies activate certain genes in plants. Other researchers claim plants can read our minds or at least react to our thoughts.
For myself, I understand that plant food affects us on so many levels that it is very possible that happy plants would grow better and be more nutritious for us.

listening to plants

2.  Plants Talking to People:

This is more interesting to me since perhaps as a human I can learn something.

All ancient cultures insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation.

Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion; – people like Luther Burbank who developed the potatoes you probably eat in fries or potato chips.

Currently the forefront of this area is Stephen Buhner who wrote The Secret Teaching of Plants.
It is one of the best books on health/spirituality  a I have even read. You can read my review of his book here:  Practical Guide to  Plant Communication.

Diana also interviewed him which you can listen to here:

The larger interview is here: Talking With Stephen

Stephen not […]

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

By |April 20th, 2012|

Pacific Gyre aka Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains about 3.5 million tons of trash.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Clean Water Action found that 49 percent of litter is from fast food.

The five biggest sources were […]

Mason Bees

By |April 13th, 2012|

Written by Gloria Brons

You might have heard – bees and other pollinators are in trouble!

Here is One solution to all the foods that depend on honey-bees for pollination […]

10 Ways to Save the Bees

By |March 20th, 2012|

Around the world the bees are dying.
Discover why, how you can help, and a bit of bee trivia.

If this trend continues 1/3 of our food crops will be in danger of disappearing, including foods many of us love…

Are You Really Green?

By |April 21st, 2011|

8 Ways To Be Greener. So easy you can start NOW!

Earth Day was started over 40 years ago to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural  environment.

Most of the world did not know, at that time, how important this cause truly was. Many treated it like a pleasant social event; something to enjoy for a day and then easily forgot. Some people thought it was just for tree huggers.  Now, almost everyone recognizes how vital this cause is and consider themselves green conscious to some degree. […]