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?


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.


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.


Two Inspirational Movements

Be sure to check these out! This documentary is both inspiring and informative; learning and choosing planting techniques that regenerate the earth’s soils. I found the footage interesting where in the northern hemisphere during the month of April, the levels of carbon are especially high. This is at the time that fields are tilled. As I write this post it is hazy. Even KSL admits this, showing a “yellow” air day. The film is an introduction to a more ecologically sound practice:no-till planting. I don’t till my garden either-never have. I knew it was unnatural.
Kiss the Ground
Also available on Netflix

This naturally leads to the topic of producing enough clean and healthy food to feed a growing population sustainably. Food Revolution Summit begins in a few days. Real, whole food that nourishes and replenishes.

Education, inspiration, understanding, continued momentum in the right direction.



You may remember my sunflowers from last summer. They became this:

This is great for food storage. With a couple of those big seed heads I was able to eat fresh sunflower seeds all winter. Keep in mind sunflower seeds are one good source of vitamin D from plants, Elpel, T. (2008). Botany in a day (5th ed.).

You may enjoy going out on a limb and grow your own this year; the bees love them too.

Have fun and happy spring!


Prison Project-Victim to Victor

Some things are broken beyond repair-the only effective method being to scrap it for parts and start over. At least two of these are right here at home in the U.S. They are the U.S. healthcare (sickness-nursing system), and our prison system.
I discuss this in my book The Irony of the Well.

I was glad to find a movement Prison Project that is actually designed as a solution to the prison problem instead of to further perpetuate what is currently a hopeless cycle of addiction, poverty and recidivism.
You can donate to the movement. I have added the link to my Getting Involved page.

Be sure to watch the brief video about The Prison Project movement. If you are moved and shed a tear or two, this shows that you are still a human, still able to feel compassion. How about that!?

Thanks for thinking forward and outside the box, for educating yourself and staying informed.

60 Minutes and Fourteen Years of Prison


Snow. Melt. Blow.

From a zoology class, I learned about the air quality here that some of the problem has to do with features of topography and Utah’s location. A lot of pollution blows in on us from across the ocean and parks right above us in the form of continuous haze. Good to hear; I mean shoot, it’s not like Utahns drive that much more than neighboring states to have this level of polluted air. Still, this means that Utahns have to be extra mindful and diligent about the little things (such as not idling your car), which do add up.

Think About it for the Month…
These are photos of yesterday’s early morning storm. Photo 1 was in the morning with snow. Photo 2 was in the afternoon after the snow had all melted.

That was a nice little storm yesterday and much needed. Even if it was only a couple inches, we’ll take it. There I was out walking the dog where we met another walker with dog; the two had fun playing in the snow. Just after our spontaneous, mini dog park, there it was, the smell and sound of roaring snowblowers. The storm just cleared out a week’s worth of polluted air but multiple snowblowers could be heard quickly repolluting the air that was finally cleaned, all for 2″ of snow. The sun was out; the snow will soon be melted… The irony of it all…;

o’ America, how long??

Trying to race the sun, when the snow was to be gone naturally in 59 minutes and counting seems funny.

Notice the difference in these photos of hazy, as opposed to clean air:

The little things do add up to positive change. Many hands make light work. If everyone does a little bit, Utah’s air quality will improve. Don’t wait for the government to begin making changes. You could be waiting for a very long time. After all, it was the 1990’s when you walked into a restaurant and were asked “smoking, or non-smoking?” Will there ever be a surgeon general warning label placed on cars, lawnmowers, snowblowers? Ha ha.

I really like my electric mower, and it doesn’t contribute to the air pollution. That is a topic for another time.

Thinking ahead here: if incentives were introduced, I would be among the first to voluntarily have my car converted to electric, solar or biodiesel, or to trade in my current vehicle (which gets good gas mileage as it is) for one of these. I would gladly do anything I could do to help reduce the pollution, and I would do so while nearly jumping for joy.

We all breathe Utah air; we enjoyed one day (actually a half day) of clean air after the storm. Notice that it is now hazy again…

I’d like to see Utah air a little more breathable. Are You Loving the Snow?
January Rain Post
Thanks for chipping in.


Update on the Peasant Life…

Ye update from thee olde homesteade:

Last year was rewarding. It was fun experimenting with collected rain water, natural pest control and reaping the harvest after the big planting!

While walking the dog the other day I happened to recognize the bus driver who let my dog and I inside once during a near emergency. I needed to go to the campus late on a holiday weekend to make sure I had locked the room where I did some work. As soon as I got off the bus, I realized it was closed for the weekend. What was I thinking?! It was already locked anyhow, so my dog and I had a long wait for the next and last bus that evening. It was this particular driver. He knows me from my dog, and I know him from his enthusiasm for my dog. Seeing him recently sparked that fond memory and that experience we share, the kindness he extended to us that day. As we waved, this same enthusiasm showed and he gave me a thumbs up as we passed. Fun stuff.

Attended more masses this past year like any striving peasant should. I enjoyed getting reacquainted with old friends, catching up, chatting some, and being with solid people. I may have to wait now though, mass now starts at noon, (not a good time for mass to start.) For people with kids, or who help with elderly parents whose well-being depends on a regular routine, this is extra hard. Nevermind lunch hour ‘n all. Sounds like utilitarianism to me. What’s up with humans and their isms? Even veganism gets caught up in it. Homo sapiens love to make a system out of it-all of it. It is not wise to disregard the little things as though they don’t matter or influence the outcome. They absolutely matter; they do add up. On one hand you say that mass attendance is too low, but then you change the time to noon, right during lunch for most folks. As it is, people are generally imbalanced and overwhelmed due to all the do’s tacked onto them (by any given) faith. Still, religion does have a place, a role to play in the world. It must be understood, however that individuals must be allowed to grow through, progress and process life events on their own time and in their own way. This may vary tremendously per individual and it may mean skipping mass for a season. This is okay. It must be respected, and realized that this is normal for today’s diverse world.

We had a few multi-class (some nobility was included) get togethers. They were a lot of fun! The answer is yes, of course classes can mix and it adds to the overall spice of the recipe. Sparkling apple juice always hits the spot! We meet with music, entertainment, laughs and usually with a dog or two in the mix.

During those cold winter days and nights I so thoroughly enjoy sipping my tea from herbs that I grew myself during the season, reflecting and going within. I love not having to go out, or driving anywhere on those cold winter nights. I only drive 2-3 days per week as it is (by choice). I can do it at this time, so I’m glad to; it is my way of reducing my footprint. For the things I need to drive for, I wait until I’m out the next time. I prefer my walks-sun, snow, or moonlight.

Well, that is the upate from thee olde homesteade. I wish you could taste my herbal tea; 🙂 not too shabby if ya don’t mind my sayin’.

Stay warm until next time,