“Lunar Libration” by Tomruen, via Wikimedia Commons
Two full moons this month—tonight and January 31st (a blue moon!).
Thinking ahead for next winter:
Grow your own snowman! This spring plant white pumpkin seeds (check out “Casper” here or here) and keep three sizes to stack for Frosty days!
“Chocolade boon” (chocolate bean – or – technically cacao bean), by Oriel, via Wikimedia Commons
Nothing Like Chocolate, a documentary by Professor Kum-kum Bhavnani, is about the slavery-free products from the Grenada Chocolate Company. Watch it for free on Vimeo (search: Nothing Like Chocolate).
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“Nothing is softer than water, yet for overcoming what is hard and strong, nothing surpasses water.”—Lao Tzu
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Did you know? Two of the worst global catastrophes occurred as the result of sleep deprivation—the Chernobyl Meltdown and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Lack of sleep can also wreck our immune system and can doubles the risk of cancer. (From Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker)
Collective Eye Films, who brought us Queen of the Sun has now blessed us with another informative beauty Seed: The Untold Story. Reserve it at your local library or buy it for your kids & grandkids . . .
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Jane Goodall on Mother Earth!
Iceland’s new Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, is a 41-year-old feminist and environmentalist . . . could we please follow suit?
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“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness—it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”—Brené Brown
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I’m thankful for intrepid photographers, camera technology, and the web—all of which give us glimpses like these into the hidden beauties of Mother Earth, like these emerald pools in Zion National Park.
“The Emerald Pools were rushing with water as rain and snow continued to fall on April 14th, 2012.” (Upper Emerald Pools, Zion National Park), by Jonathan Fortner, via Wikimedia Commons.
How to reduce your use of single-use plastic products and keep a lot out of our Oceans from the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
India’s Forest Man:
“You’ll have to kill me first, before you kill the trees. . . . Nature is God—as long as it survives, we survive.” —Jadav Payeng (of the Mishing tribe of India) who’s planted 1500 acres of forest on his home island since 1979. Learn about him here.
One of my favorite quotes:
“If you’ve ever been called defiant, incorrigible, forward, cunning, insurgent, unruly, or rebellious—you’re on the right track.” —Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, author of Women Who Run with the Wolves
“Quebec Wild Wolf” by Peupleloup, via Wikimedia Commons
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A Happy New Year to all!—Karla and Sandra