Friday, May 11, 2012
I wanted to thank everyone who commented on yesterday's blog. I'm still thinking about some of the comments but am short on time so won't be able to comment, yet. My use of time is not sustainable for sure.
Today I just want to quickly mention what I consider the most important resource on our planet:
water: we drink it (the smallest portion), we need it to grow many foods, we use it for cleaning, to create energy (hydroelectric/dams), we need it for most manufacturing processes. The biggest concern is not the amount of water but the amount of quality drinking water.
We talk about drinking 8 glasses of water (or more or less) on Spark a lot. Clean water has healing power. Starting now I will drink every glass of water with thanksgiving in my heart for this precious resource and consider how I can be a better steward of it.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
This is a HUGE topic and has kept me thinking for a while. And I'm only starting to scratch the surface.
Sustainability is defined very differently by different people. It is linked to population numbers (global and local), political interests and many other "big issues" that make my head spin.
I will do some brainstorming over the next couple of days in all different directions in no particular order, hoping that at some point some order will develop out of chaos. Anyone who wants to contribute their thoughts or feelings is welcome to do so, but be prepared that it might not always be pretty.
I am reminded of the issue of sustainability frequently. Sometimes it seems like "yet one more issue to deal with" in this quest for healthy, and hopefully joyful living. Sometimes it seems like nothing I do to live a healthy lifestyle makes any sense long-term without thinking about sustainability. After all how could I feel good about doing what allows me to be healthy and teaching my daughter about it when her children will not have any natural resources left to use?
What is sustainability anyhow? Sustainable for who? Humans, wildlife, the planet?
Are we talking about local, regional, national or global sustainability?
Is life on earth sustainable for much longer?
I rented a documentary that may yield partial answers to these questions and hope to watch it this week. It deals with sustainability and the oceans:
I also found this short video clip on the unsustainablity of farmed salmon and it's effect on wild salmon:
In the meantime I am taking babysteps at home to make use of our small property and move one step closer towards feeding our family with what we can grow. I planted two Filbert (Hazelnut) trees, a gooseberry bush and two Italian plum (prune plum) trees in our yard. It will be a couple of years until there is a significant harvest. I may add a walnut tree if I can find one that does well in our climate.
We already have two apple trees, I added one two years ago and we should have some fruit this year. Our pear tree gives us bigger harvests than we can handle all at once so we will dry pears this fall.
I also started some rhubarb plants last year and this year we have enough rhubarb to share. We have a few vegetables that reseed themselves, one is a variety of onion, the other is a kind of chinese cabbage, both very prolific and requiring no fertilizing or maintenance of any kind. Sunflowers also reseed themselves and their seeds will get used for food this year.
Our ducks are providing us with eggs and also with a new generation of ducklings. I'm hoping to research miniature dairy cows and goats in the near future to see if it's possible to keep one or two dairy animals on a small property.
And no, I have no interest in slaughtering any of our chickens, ducks or rabbits for meat. But I'm not opposed to the idea of keeping a few steers or other meat animals around for people who have a few acres that would otherwise be lawn.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
This was not the kind of bread that most people eat in this country. And it did not contain any wheat. This bread was a sourdough bread made from only rye, sourdough and salt. Some of the rye was ground, some was steel-cut or even a few whole berries. It was not flavored with caraway seed as almost all rye bread is in the US or colored to make it look darker, but all-natural. I found this loaf which I had bought quite a while ago at a local bakery at the bottom of my freezer and did not want to throw it out since I myself don't seem to be gluten-intolerant. I ate 3 slices yesterday, in part because there wasn't much food in the house and I needed something to have with cheese.
A couple of interesting observations: Rye does not trigger the same types of cravings for me at all as wheat. It also does not taste good enough to really overeat on it, either. In fact in retrospect I would have preferred the cheese slices by themselves.
I did notice that I was hungry only about 2 hours later again and ended up eating a lot more all day, an experience that I had not had in several months since going low-carb except on a few days when I ate some sugar that pushed my carbs over 100 grams for the day.
Overall I have no desire to go back to eating bread. I guess I would eat bread that does not contain wheat when there is no other food available but certainly not because I particularly enjoy the taste.
I may experiment occasionally with flatbreads or pizza that is made from nut meals or coconut flour but even those are too much trouble to bother with on any regular basis. There are so many other wondeful foods to eat: a large variety of fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, dairy, meat and fish that I don't feel the need for grain products at all.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Take a look at this article that appeared in the New York Times. Lots of interesting things hidden in this article, definitely a hopeful sign:
Saturday, April 28, 2012
This is the first post I'm writing in about 3 weeks. There are lots of things that have happened that I want to write about: We have had new ducklings hatch, I've read a number of good books that I want to share, I've changed some things in my exercise routine...
but today I want to talk about something else. I call it a sermon because it is adressed primarily to my fellow Christians (I don't actually like this term but that's another story). But it is the term most commonly used to refer to followers of Jesus Christ, of which I am one.
The reason it is addressed mostly to Christians is because the issue I am planning to address is one that mostly Christians misunderstand. In fact I believe most people know that what I am about to say is true and relevant but it is in the background of their minds with disastrous consequences for this world.
It is this: Most Christians in the industrialized world act as if God were in church either all or most of the time. That's where they focus most of their attention when it comes to their spiritual life.
But consider this:
God made the World in all its natural beauty and intricate design, People built Churches
Jesus came into the World, not into the Churches
God so loved the World, that he gave His only begotten Son...
God is absolutely delighted with his Creation which includes Man, in spite of the fact that neither are perfect any more, the way he originally designed them.
Those that want to follow Jesus and consider themselves God's children along with Jesus should start acting more like his family by going into the world where they will find Him at work everywhere and can join him in what He is doing, in all venues, in all people groups, on the internet including on Spark, in schools, in businesses, in politics, in nature, in neighborhoods. In fact God is working wherever good things are happening, whether we are aware of it or not. It is a matter of personal listening to that quiet voice of truth in our hearts to know where we are called to join and the answer is different for everyone.
Just stop focusing on looking for God in churches.
I know that the word church can have two meanings: The one is that of a building. Buildings are useful to have at times but they are merely a tool. The other meaning of the word church is that of God's family, the community of believers that is in spiritual unity under the leadership of Christ, regardless of affiliation, denomination or location. It is world-wide and extremely powerful because it is lead by the Almighty. The organization of churches into denominations, dioceses, congregations and any other groups is primarily man-made and limited in its reach. It has its limited usefulness but should not be the primary way to for us to join Jesus in what He is doing.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."John 1: 1-5
Life and light for the world is what Jesus is about, also faith, hope and love, described so beautifully in 1. Cor. chapter 13. Let us join Jesus in the world and add joy, hope, love and faith where we can and watch them multiply. The result will be more peace in our hearts and around us.
And here is a little of the joy that I have experienced in the last week that I want to share with you:
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