Monday, February 20, 2017

recommended resources

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I'd like to focus on 3 special discussions by speakers Carl Safina, Jane Goodall and Boyd Varty on the topic of compassion for other creatures that share this earth with us. 

What's going on inside the brains of animals? Can we know what, or if, they're thinking and feeling? 

Illuminating hope for the health of this planet in the future and inspiring examples of thousands of groups around the world doing amazing projects. Learn about Jane's organization : Roots to Shoots. ...I honestly believe that if we all spoke about positive, inspiring stories like those Jane closes with – we’d have a proactive society with less blame, anger or hopelessness.

"In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" — defined as, "I am, because of you." And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

recommended resources

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Ok, now a lot of folks are feeling the economic pressure about this time of year. After the holiday season, followed by all the great sales... and things like house or car insurance rolling around again, well - things can feel kinda tight and depression can set in as the long days of winter feel heavier. 

Today, I'd like to start off with a couple of resources that may help you improve your financial lifestyle.

First... let's look at - this resource serves people around the globe who are looking to continue their education, upgrade to green energy, or grow their business but are not quite able to due to financial constraints. Basically a borrower applies for a loan and once approved it is posted to the member lenders to consider supporting in $25 loans or larger... when the loans are repaid the investors can keep the money investing in other Kiva projects or they can withdraw their money. As such I think this is a great way for people to invest consciously and wisely knowing they are making a positive impact. At the same time, people who are struggling to improve their lives have the chance to do so. I hope you check this organization out.

Check out where you can find seed saving resources, seed companies, gardening advice, member opportunities, listings of community seed libraries and biodiversity related organizations/businesses. There are lots of worthy projects to get involved with there, thousands of seeds to explore and start saving money right away by growing some of your own food on your balcony, windowsill, counter, front step or yard. 

And let's close today with another grassroots action network known as The True Food Network through the Center for Food Safety organization:  Sign up for free and receive updates offering simple things you can do to make a difference such as joining online petitions, letter campaigns, and notes of appreciation to companies/organizations/cities who are choosing to make a positive difference. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

quote of the day

Quote of the Day 


"See! the mountains kiss high heaven,

And the waves clasp one another;

No sister flower would be forgiven

If it disdained its brother;

And the sunlight clasps the earth,

And the moonbeams kiss the sea: 

What are all these kissings worth,

If thou kiss not me?"

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley:  Love's Philosophy