A 5-Year-Old’s Reaction To Factory Farming

November 12, 2016 at 8:27 pm

Having a formerly vegan, health fanatic for a mother, my daughter’s meat, dairy and eggs have come almost entirely from local, humanely-raised, grass-fed or pasture-based animals, with one exception…

She loves a local ice cream shop called The Hop. When we first moved to Asheville, North Carolina – a progressive “foodie” town – we took her to a trendy ice cream shop a few blocks from our house. Because the ice cream was advertised as “local,” we wishfully hoped it came from a small, humane dairy. But after searching on The Hop’s website, we couldn’t find the name of the farm or farms that provided their milk.


Time for a Global Ban on Disposable Plastic?

October 21, 2016 at 1:21 am





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Plastic is piling up in our landfills, oceans, beaches, drinking water, food and bodies. It’s destroying our health and our planet, and it’s never going away.

“Plastic is a substance the earth cannot digest,” says actor Jeff Bridges in the video below. “Every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists.”

Loneliness – The # 1 Public Health Epidemic Doctors Aren’t Talking About

October 13, 2016 at 3:37 pm

More than cigarettes, alcohol and obesity, loneliness is the single largest risk factor in disease and premature death, said Lissa Rankin – physician, public speaker, and author of Mind Over Medicine – in a Ted Talks presentation last month:




Techno-utopia, Elon Musk and the Modern Suicide Cult(ure)

October 8, 2016 at 1:25 pm




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Worshipers of the great God of civilisation – Technology – are destroying the planet and the life forms – human and non-human, flora and fauna – that inhabit this little ball of rock in the Milky Way galaxy. They will reduce this once thriving, living, biotic-community to a dystopian nothingness akin to that of cyber-punk science fiction.

Brewery Creates Edible Six-Pack Rings that Feed, Rather Than Kill, Marine Life

October 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Craft brewery could influence big beer and soft drink companies to replace plastic six-pack rings with edible ones, potentially saving millions of sea creatures




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A brewery started by surfers, fishermen and “people who love the sea” has developed edible ring-holders for their six-packs of beer.

The material – made of barley and wheat remnants from the brewing process – is 100-percent biodegradable and safe for fish, turtles, birds and other marine life to eat, unlike the plastic ring-holders that are now killing them by the millions.

Beeswax and Writer’s Block

October 4, 2016 at 5:58 pm




14569174_10157669639405106_1540836620_nI don’t know what to do with myself. I’m torn between writing a story about how we can “save the world” by replacing plastic wrap and Ziplock bags (which I still use) with beeswax and just lying here under a tree, staring at the sun, letting the clock run out, until it’s time to pick up my daughter from school, where I send her to so I can work more, so I can feed her and house her and buy her things to make me feel less guilty about never spending any time with her.

Five Simple Ways to Save Trees and Ourselves

October 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm




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Global Forest Watch calculates that the pre-industrial world was covered by a vast 24 million square miles of forest. In the past 150 years humans have cut that number in half. Less than 5 million of the remaining 12 million square miles of forest is original high-grade or “old growth” forest.

Europe has only 5 thousand square miles of this “frontier” forest left, on a continent that was once almost entirely woodland. Deforestation there drove colonial efforts into west Africa, where the ancient mahogany forests are now severely decimated.

Atmospheric Carbon Levels Just Hit the Point of No Return

October 4, 2016 at 2:45 am

It’s not “the end of the world,” just the end of the world as we know it… and maybe that’s a good thing





Polar Bear and global warmingAtmospheric carbon levels have hit what some scientists have called “the point of no return” – the point at which no amount of cutbacks on greenhouse gas emissions will save us from potentially catastrophic global warming.

March marked the first time atmospheric carbon levels remained at 400 ppm or higher for a month straight, and as of the end of September (when carbon levels usually take a dip), Scripps Institute of Oceanography is predicting we won’t be seeing a monthly average below 400 ppm anytime this year or perhaps “ever again for the indefinite future.”

Is Love Enough? Yes and No

September 28, 2016 at 4:26 am

Contrary to the popular notion that “love conquers all,” spiritual teacher Teal Swan cautions hopeless romantics that “love is not enough” to create harmonious relationships:




Why You Can’t Leave That Relationship – How to Break Free

September 28, 2016 at 4:07 am

Spiritual teacher Teal Swan explains the secret tactic some people use to keep us trapped in toxic relationships, and how to break free

We’ve all had that friend who’s sworn a million times – “I’m really going to leave him (or her) this time” – but never does. Or maybe it’s you whose been saying you’re finally going to call it quits with your abusive, controlling partner for 15 years.

In the video below Teal Swan explains the insidious – though often unconscious – tactic our partners are using to keep us coming back for more: