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Words of Wisdom

Some of my favorite quotes and expressions.

Even when the construction of words and ideas are your bread and butter, sometimes others just plain say it better:

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”    -Wendell Berry

“Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.”    -Marquis de Sade

“Everything is energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”    – Albert Einstein

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”    – Nikola Tesla

A New Series on Ancient Medicine? Yes, Please!

I always find such good things in my email.  Homesteading tips, copywriting tips, updates on causes I follow, and so on.  Today, I got a heads up about a new documentary series from the creator of Sacred Science.

If you’re not familiar with Sacred Science, it was a documentary that came out several years ago.  It tracked 8 individuals with various ailments into the Amazon rainforest to see if Native medicine could do what modern medicine failed to do.

I enjoyed it very much and wound up buying the DVD and the cookbook (which features ancient and/or indigenous recipes from around the world).

Remedy, the new series, offers 9 episodes on various diseases and the herbs that can heal them.  A 10th bonus episode on reproductive, hormone and sex-related issues.  Each include interviews with experts on herbs, naturopathy, research, science, and integrative medicine to give you the real deal info.

The above link goes to a registration page, is not an affiliate link, and offers detailed info on each installment.  You would have to sign up to get the videos.  From Sept 5th to the 13th, a daily video will be sent via email and will only be available for 24 hours.  But if this series is as good as his first, it’ll be worth it.

If it’s the kind of thing you’re into, definitely check it out!

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An Ohio Saltbox Dream

Am I asleep?  I must be dreaming.  Because I just saw a New England colonial saltbox-style house…in OHIO!

Yes, I’m a fiend.  It’s true.  I admit it.  My name is Lisa and I’m addicted to old houses.  It’s a lifelong obsession and it will not change.

There are certain styles that draw me more than others – Folk Victorian farmhouses, stone houses of all eras, castles, mid-1800s homey Italianate, Second Empire, frontier log cabins, and saltbox Colonials.  Sure, a cozy Queen Anne or Federal could turn my head too.  Basically, if it’s newer than 1930s or 40s, too modernized, or too pretentious (like the turn of the last century 5k+ sq. ft dealios that shout “We’ve more dollars than sense”), I’m typically not feeling it.

This gorgeous pre-Revolution home had no problem getting my attention.  Apparently, a fellow Old Housie decided to move one to their spot in Ohio.  I had the same idea (if only my budget allowed for it…c’mon lottery win, any time now…).

I am all about a good Time Capsule house and this one, while not a true time capsule, is a decent example.  Sure, I’d wanna backdate some rooms (and get rid of every tile countertop I ran across – yech!) but, all in all, it’s not overly modernized.  It comes off well-lived in and well-loved.  And the land itself is beautiful.  You know I love me some Ohio hills!

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A rustic bench is all this needs to be the perfect spot for meditating!

I wanna say this property screams comfort and old-time earthy charm, but it doesn’t.  It whispers it in your ear, gently, and makes you feel cozy.  It says “let’s set out some pumpkins for Samhain and enjoy the view”.  As my best friend would say – ‘le sigh’.

There’s an Herbal Medicine Workshop Tomorrow!!

And a bit of awesome music for right now…

I found this in my email this morning and had to share it.

There’s a workshop on herbal medicine starting tomorrow, provided by Marjory Wildcraft.  I’ve run across her name before.  She does a lot of workshops and speaking engagements on herbs, natural medicine and what-not.

This workshop is a 4-video series that runs for just a few days.  So, if you’re interested in something like this, definitely register!  Heads up, I think the link may be an affiliate link for Melissa K. Norris, whom I follow and who sent the email I received.

For some reason, I now can’t get this awesome song from one of my favorite bands, Rising Appalachia, out of my head.  So, I’m sharing that now too. 🙂

 

Hey Wayne, Save That Mighty Oak!

Those of you who know me, know that Oak is my favorite tree.  Those of you who don’t know me, know that now. 🙂

Sure, I love all trees but I have a strong affinity with Oak.  It’s long-living, deep-rooted, and said to be nearly impervious to lightning.  Personally, I also love it’s shape and its leaves.  And the way its broad expanse of leaves are the perfect shade to sit under on a hot day.  And the way it helps feed Nature’s little critters through the winter.

Sacred to the Druids, the Gaelic word for Oak (Duir) is where the word ‘Druid’ came from.  The Druids believed the Gods resided in the Oak and that catching a falling Oak leaf would bring good luck and prosperity.  It represents strength, wisdom, endurance, truth, and courage.

It’s also becoming a depleted resource, especially the White Oak.  Logged for its timber and highly valued as a strong wood to make ‘nigh anything with, it’s a victim of unsustainable logging practices.

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I couldn’t imagine kicking this little guy out of his home.

Considering it’s a crucial part of any woodland habitat it’s found growing in, it’s so important that we make its preservation (and proliferation!) a priority.  Everything from birds to moths and butterflies to deer to turkey to the endangered Indiana Bat relies on the White Oak for its livelihood and even survival.

And Wayne National Forest is in a position to help the White Oak flourish.  While it’s being obliterated in areas less protected (a damn shame!), the Wayne can act as a safe haven for this mighty tree and the wildlife that depend on it.  The Wayne NEEDS to act to save this critical habitat facilitator.

For more information on this beautiful tree and ways to help, check out the Ohio Environmental Council.

As a side note, donating to this group is easy.  I do it through my local Kroger’s grocer.  They offer a way to donate a portion of your grocery purchases to a charity of your choice, and I chose OEC.  You just sign up on the Kroger website and choose your group (they have an extensive list).

Also, through Amazon Smile, I donate to Wilderness Awareness School, home of Kamana Naturalist Training and other awesome Nature-based initiatives.  Both are GREAT ways to donate to causes you believe in when you have no money to spare for it otherwise!

Back to the Back to School Grind

High school ain’t what it used to be, lemme tell you…

Getting the boys ready to go back to school sort of ran up and hit me in the face this year.  I knew it was approaching but didn’t expect that mack-truck-at-100-mph, out of nowhere feeling.

BTW, if you’re in Ohio, the Tax-Free weekend is THIS weekend!!  Friday thru Sunday.  I think the last few years they’ve done it, it was the 2nd weekend…but I could be wrong.  Either way, it leaves little time to shop, if you’re not prepared.

I managed to throw together a list (rather added to the school’s 4th grade list to include my oldest) and do some pre-shopping online last night.  Today, I went and got some of what they needed (shirts and supplies).  They still need jeans, shoes, haircuts and bookbags.  If the next payday or 2 don’t account for it, they can get by with what they have, but it’d be nice to have them totally squared away.

My oldest starts high school this year.  High school!!  And, high school ain’t what it used to be, lemme tell you.  Now, the list of classes reads like a college course catalog and Ohio offers different KINDS of diplomas – stuff like STEM Honors diploma, Arts/Theater Honors Diploma, Social Sciences Honors diplomas, etc.

They brought back Civics/Government, and Economics/Financial Literacy, which I’ve long said should be required learning before graduating.  You know how many kids the last 10-20 years were completely (!!) unprepared for the real world, couldn’t manage their money, and had no clue about how to be an active, aware citizen?  I’m glad these are back!

But they’re even offering things like Structural Engineering, Broadcasting, Publishing, and Ceramics.  They seem bound and determined to turn kids out who are college-ready, career-ready (some courses are designed specifically for vocational-prep), and well-studied.  Several of the classes on the list were ones I didn’t see till I was in college.

I only hope all this great learning is designed to be easy on a kid’s brain.  Too much homework has been shown to be counter-productive.  If they’re designed well, learning will be on-going, hands-on, and flow naturally.  If they’re not, kids will be overwhelmed with too much information and be stressed.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the papers sent home and how much homework the kids get.

Are you guys ready for the back to school grind?  What are you doing to prepare?