The Release of My New Book

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Hi Everyone,

First, I want to thank all of you for your reading, support and for what you do for our mom the earth, (no matter how small, it does make a difference). Many small steps add up to great things.

With that, I am pleased to announce the release of my new book The Irony of the Well

This is part 2 of the story. If you’ve read The Wellness Diaries book you already understand why two parts were necessary since that part of the journey spanned 15 years.

Keep eating, working, studying, hoping and living it.

Here’s to the well-being of people and planet,

-O

Say No to Fear-Porn; Turn Off Mainstream Media!

I think many would agree that mainstream media is part of today’s problem. There is plenty of fear-porn (fear- heroin) out there with a lot more on the way. You certainly won’t need to go looking for it. We are plastered with it at every turn. Instead, you can stop buying it; it’s addictive, and it’s a poison just like the many others out there. I stopped subscribing to and watching mainstream news more than ten years ago.

Here are some independent alternatives that I have found. One is news from the perspective of our country’s history and although it may not be entirely unbiased, the details of accurately told history are helpful when learning how we got here and drawing modern parallels: Letters from An American

The other is unbiased (as much as possible) facts without all the fluff, (be sure to watch the introductory video) and as this person puts it, without the “divisive sensationalism”. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Notice that journalism is no longer merely reporting the facts to let the public form their own views. This is what it should be. Now it has an agenda and sadly has become just that, divisive sensationalism.

You can read on your own time and form your own conclusions; now that is healthy. You may not agree with everything said, (Shoot, I don’t agree with everything of these two that I recommend, and that is okay). It is okay to disagree.

I’ve said it many times, “if fear is what sells, it’s time to stop buying it.”

Enjoy your learning and updates without all the fluff.

-O

Water Update

Just a quick update that I still have one barrel that is half full as we enter July. I have used it for the new trees, shrubs and most of the veggies. This reduces the amount of water used from the hose and sprinklers, which saves water.

Using a few containers of rain water is a great way to water veggies, shrubs and flowers, and this manner of water conservation (and many others) just makes sense in a desert.

Have fun, stay hydrated, cool and enjoy the summer!

-O

Related writings:
Think About it for the Month
It’s a good year to begin conserving water in the desert
Earth Prophets, at Least Two

Further Clarification on the Creation/Evolution Debate

All three books mention a lifestage of tremendous growth, expansion and self-improvement. This came naturally as an individual awakening; the joyous growth was not strained. But I refer to the period of growth and change as “evolution.” Further, I discuss this evolution both collectively and individually. However, the term evolution in this sense is metaphorical. It is not real evolution as seen as the constant gradual adaptation, change, or the origin of species. Evolution seemed to be the most fitting word to describe the drastic change over time. The word metamorphosis would fit also. It may be confusing when I go in and out of metaphor describing my “personal evolution,” to then return in my second book to an essay about real evolution; that is, the biological change and speciation of life on earth.

So I would like to clarify. It has been said that math is the only absolute. A few of my zoology friends and I have added (har har) to this an inside joke that says “there are two absolutes in the universe: math and evolution, because evolution is mathematical”. Rocks, metals, minerals, elements and compounds make up the earth, (and the universe) and these are very old. An element’s half life can be determined and the rate at which it decays can be calculated, helping to determine the age of the earth.

This is true. Yet it took a generous portion of time before I could see it clearly. I realized it was my own lazy thinking and at times I was either unwilling to see and/or indifferent about learning the facts. As for me and my asymmetrical-like brain, evolution is something that even now as a zoologist, I have to go over it and recall the facts, the steps. if I don’t, it is easy to get lost in the equation. I see evolution as a big math problem that takes time, work and effort (for some, and I was one of those) to see how the professor arrived at the correct solution/conclusion.

As a graduated university student in the sciences with a BS degree in health promotion and a zoology minor I have been on both sides of the evolution/creation debate.

First, evolution is fact. It is not something you believe, or disagree with or not. It is also not something you can dismiss as false only after taking a brief glance. No, look closer. If you take your time, study and look closely, you will also see how the professor reached his conclusion and solved the math problem.

If you “don’t believe” the answer to the math problem, that is “your bad”, and you’ll need to go back over it again until you see it clearly.

Take this simple math problem:

5 x 5 = 25

The above problem is absolute. Any other answer would be incorrect. Do you believe in that? Do you accept it? Do you agree with it? If the answer is no to any of these, that is your bad, and you’ll need to go over the problem again to find your mistakes.

This is a simple math equation. Yet, I recall hearing of highly complicated math problems in physics, which took Einstein hours to solve. Think of evolution like one of those-a big, wiry math problem; one that takes time and effort to reach the correct conclusion, or to see the answer clearly.

Natural selection, the random and non-random sorting, the Law of Succession, perpetual change, gradualism, common descent, natural selection, etc; the incremental changes in organisms from bacteria to fish, plants, trees and humans as they have been forming and changing over eons of time, millions, even billions of years. The earth is 4.6 billion years old. That is fact. And wow, that is old. Just when we thought we had it all figured out…

It is a good and healthy practice to consider things differently, and to expand your mind, taking on a new challenge.


Photo of a cast saber-tooth cat from University of Utah Museum of Natural History. These very large cats lived
recently in terms of evolutionary history. They became extinct after the last ice age about 10,000-15,000 years ago.

It is a problem that a general habit has developed of choosing to see evolution as something you can merely believe in or not according to your mood, preferences or whether it fits your belief system. It is a problem because collectively, this deliberate ignorance affects us. It influences what is valued and alters priorities. In terms of practice and behavior, when we know better we make positive changes. Whether corporate greed, private business practices, a school curriculum or individual sloppiness, this naivety and often a perpetual state of deliberate ignorance influences the outcome of humanity. In the long run, it affects the rest of us-all 8 billion humans. Knowing the truth (or not) and acting on it (or not) affects our nature and understanding of things. It affects policies, laws, programs; it affects education (such as what is allowed to be taught in a school curriculum). It affects our lives, society and the globe. Like it or not, it is now a global world. For better or for worse, the world wide web made sure of that. What you do does affect others elsewhere.

There is a big difference regarding whether this earthly home is 10,000, or 4.6 billion years old. The latter is true. It is mathematical. That changes your perspective a bit doesn’t it. Just when we thought we had it all figured out.

It is fine for individuals to take their own time and learn in their own style and pace. However, when policies, laws and ordinances are put into place that deny or withhold the truth, the evidence regarding the natural history of life on earth, that is willful and systematic manipulation of the facts. And that is a global social problem.

One of the most important aspects to consider is that believing (or rather, accepting evolution as fact, (since it is) is not against your religion. “Truth is truth.” -Staples, O. 2013 Life Is Conscious. At some point, all truth is integrated into parts of the whole. Creation and evolution do not have to be mutually exclusive.

“A growing body of worldwide clergy now believes that evolution is the natural method that god used to create the earth.” WSU professor. Only you can answer my one question for you: Why is this so hard to accept?

Enjoy your learning and study. For some, the concept takes time and effort like it did for me, but it is rewarding and a relief to see the facts stacked like layers of sediment formed in the earth’s plates over millions of years. You will experience that wonderful sense of accomplishment after you see the wiry math problem from start to finish, see how the professor solved it and you say to yourself “gotcha, I see and understand now; that makes sense. I accept the correct answer to that complex math problem.”

Enjoy your study, learning.

-Owen

It’s a Good Year to Start Conserving Water in the Desert

Hi there fellow Utahns,

I’ve often written about how Kentucky Bluegrass lawns in a desert (Utah) make no sense. That being said, it should be a given then that parking strips of water-hog grass r e a l l y make no sense.

I was pleased to find a step in the right direction. Here are some links toward water conservation in Utah and incentives to converting your parking strips to water wise, yet beautiful landscapes. Along with you, I have also submitted an application and have taken the online course. I learned that parking strips waste 7,000-10,000 gallons of water annually! This year is one of the worst droughts on record… There is a better way. I have been saying it for over a decade.

The application process (as applications and accounts go) aren’t so bad, and I must say that I rather enjoyed the course. It is always good to learn something new, and every single one of us is always learning/journeying. I hope that you will choose the least damaging route and use the black plastic instead of the toxic sprays.

It is never too late to consider xeriscaping, and arid, water wise plants/landscapes.

Here are the links:

https://cuwcd.com/classes.html#gsc.tab=0
https://utahwatersavers.com/

Additional related writings:
http://wellnessdiaries.com/just-around-the-corner/
http://wellnessdiaries.com/a-sure-sign-of-the-stirrings-of-spring/
http://wellnessdiaries.com/rain-updates/
http://wellnessdiaries.com/speaking-of-water-conservation/
Earth Prophets, at Least Two

Recipe Idea

Here is another recipe idea; well sort of, you know I don’t really do recipes. I just flavor to taste.
This is a recent discovery, black-eyed pea soup with lots of dill. The dill is both a fresh herb that I planted myself from seed in my garden, and dried is used also. The dill makes the dish!

Black-eyed peas, dill, barley, onions, carrots, cauliflower. The cauliflower and barley make for a nice creamy texture, but it is cancer-cream (dairy) free so it is a guilt-free dish.
Be sure to soak the legumes overnight and cook for two hours. Be prepared to experiment and have fun flavoring it up just the way you like it!

You may find the following ratios helpful:
Roughly 2 C Black-eyed peas
to 1/3 C barley. Serves 2

-O

Related writings:
http://wellnessdiaries.com/food-ideas/
http://wellnessdiaries.com/must-see-food-revolution-film/

Save the Ten Hail Gandhis; Confess Only to Yourself.


If one more person (vegan or otherwise) confesses to me about their dietary mistakes I’m just gonna have to speak the truth and let it work its magic…

Lighten up. Get up. Shake off the dust. Go say ten hail Gandhis and you’re forgiven.
Your beer, cheese fries, or whopper may not have been vegan, but I’m sure you can pick yourself up again. Own it. Own each “cigarette,” super cheese fries, or drink of poison. It’s your body. Don’t beat yourself up. That isn’t allowed to do to others, so why is it okay to do to yourself? Forget perfection. Be good to yourself. Enjoy the journey.

The coach has spoken. 🙂

Happy Earth Day and Fridee!


Wherever you are, in your backyard or deeply submerged in creation, make it fun, making it count in an edifying way, and with reverence for creation. The two can go together. Humans need nature. After all, it has to do with our origins, beginnings. Where would we be without it?

-O

Nature Prescription?? Say Hell Yes

This is something I’ve not heard about; f i n a l l y a giant step forward in the right direction: Doctor’s that actually prescribe time in nature. I’ve been emphasizing time in nature for a long time but now it’s good to hear that there are some doctors who are forward-thinking.
I really like what Pam said: “there is a reason you feel wonderful while out in the sun, it’s nature’s way of telling you that you are doing the right thing.”

Oh hell yeah.

Check out the brief video clip:
Nature Prescription
Enjoy the journey and your health returning to you.

-O

No Apps Needed to Observe Weather

Have you ever noticed the quiet conditions when it is snowing?

Just this morning while walking the dog I could carry a conversation with a friend/neighbor from across the street. Normally we’d have to shout to communicate, but we could converse like we were walking together. Sound is muffled and dampened by falling snow.

Animals also behave differently in the snow-seeming refreshed by it as well. One neighborhood dog that always greets us through the fence was especially playful and was annoyed by passing cars, barking at and chasing them, (not a typical behavior). The behavior was likely due to the noise. Shoot, I felt like chasing the cars and giving them a piece of my mind too for ruining the peaceful moment. Cars on a wet street are louder than when it is dry.
Two Inspirational Movements
Enjoy the much needed spring snow storm.

-O