Sunday, February 24, 2008

Depressed? Maybe you're not GREEN enough....

"When patients come in to see me for their depression, I always ask them, how much time do you spend outdoors?" Dr. Noethe says, a Portland psychologist.

When I was a little girl, my Mother would usually kick me outside when I was a bit hyper. The first thing I would do is go and find some dirt to dig my hands in. Little did I know, I was in therapy for my overactive imagination (that’s what it used to be called). My Mother would notice the difference and ask, “Have you grounded yourself?” Of course, I would just look at her crooked, and run off. It never dawned on me what she meant by that until years later when I was learning about healing energy. Duh. I’d been using this technique all my life and didn’t ever think consciously about it.

I caught myself doing it this morning. I was feeling depressed about junk, and started going in to that selfish, “woe is me” state. When I noticed my son, 8 years wise, looking at me in that same crooked way. I jumped up, got dressed in earth tones, and went outside and dug my hands in the dirt! I honestly hadn’t even thought of what I was doing until I had finished some serious pruning of the garden, and weed pulling and had come inside for a drink. That’s when it clicked. And I felt better, much better.

When I look to check the balance of my son’s emotional health, I realize how much outdoor time he spends has a direct impact on his overall happiness too. When he’s melancholy, I take him outside with me and we pull a few weeds. (I guess they’re good for something, ey?) I tell him to imagine the earth as a healthy parent and that if she’s not healthy, she won’t be able to take care of us. I’m not sure if he’s listening really. He’ll find some earthworm or strange bug and lose all hearing abilities. Isn’t that just like an 8 year old? I don’t worry. He’ll be unconsciously healing himself with the same techniques throughout his life too.

All my life I’ve been passionate about the Earth, her inhabitants and taking care of “my parent”. It’s nice that I’ve never needed drugs to medicate for my temporary symptoms of depression.

So if you’re feeling depressed, make sure to Go Green! That means get outside and dig your hands in the dirt! (I'm not on my "Get Paid To Go Green" soap box,... today)

Friday, February 22, 2008

UPDATE! On Honey Bee Die Off

I first blogged about the devastating news of the honey bee die off last May and there's now consensus among Penn State scientists as to what has caused it. See original post here.

The Heartland Institute Reports (to be released March 1, 2008):
"[A] team of scientists ... reported the search for the cause of CCD may be over. They have linked Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus to the vast majority of destroyed hives."

The IAPV is carried by the varroa mite, which may have come with bee colonies imported from Australia.

Now that they know where it has originated, their next step is to find out how to infect a bee with it and ultimately how to cure it or keep it from happening in the first place.

The article also states that some environmentalists pointed the finger at pesticides for the colony depletion.

"Environmental activists have recently claimed that the mysterious decline in honeybee populations was due to pesticides," said Dennis Avery, director of the Center for Global Food Issues and senior fellow of the Hudson Institute. "

I'm sure that pesticides aren't good for the honey bees either, but it wasn't the reason for the dramatic decline in the honey bee population.

But what's the reason they became infected with a virus?

Where did this virus come from and why do honey bees carry it?

Those are questions I guess I'll have to wait to hear the answers on at the next American Beekeeping Federation's National Beekeeping Conference.....

See the full article from the Heartland Institute here.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Mom's Are The Worst Polluters?

Could it really be true? It seems to be more yes, than no. According to the communities online and off. Comments are filled with moms that drive all day, use products with known hazards, fertlizers that affect our marine life, air fresheners with possible carcinogens in them and various others. Some even start arguments over the conspiracy of global warming. You don't have to believe in global warming to be concerned about your health and protecting our planet. If the Earth wasn't warming, I guess it'd be going the other way which I don't know if we're really ready for the Ice Age threat either! I hate cold weather!

For example. What about the "soccer moms"? Driving the kids around like taxi cabs on caffeine, going to every game, practice and lesson on a $3.21 gallon of gas. I have an suv, it even says "Get Paid To Go Green" on it! But I also drive an average of 10 miles per week and I bought the large vehicle for our family of five and a dog. But the problem is that our communities have grown so large that it's impossible to get from appointment to practice without driving. Our communities aren't environmentally friendly either. In Germany there are several small villages in which everything is literally in walking distance to live. If not, there's a train that goes everywhere! I wish it were like that a bit here.

Some moms, who don't love their families any less than others, still say they're happy and even enjoy using toxic chemicals to clean their homes, (you bleach sniffers know who you are) wash down their drains and breathe in the air. Even though several chemicals have been linked to cancers and are currently undergoing studies to prove that. I guess it's the old "It'll never happen to me" syndrome.

I'm a mother. I've been a mother for 20 years. My Mother, Father, Grandmother and Aunt have all died from Cancer, Alzheimers and Heart Disease. What caused it? When did those cells begin to mutate? What was it? There's a great news report at that you can watch with a news team's investigation into the household chemical industry. Very informative.

I've always been conscious and caring of the health of my little ones but, I never thought that being wasteful of our planet's resources was "not in my schedule" to deal with. But I have to admit, I could have done better. Recycling is one hardship I've had to overcome. I used to have the big boys take care of it, but it just wasn't ever done. It always falls on the mother's shoulders doesn't it? That's exactly what (I think) drives mom's to use the easiest, least time consuming, stress free solutions to just get through the day.

So what can Moms do? Are mom's really the worst polluters because we're just too damn busy? I believe that has a lot to do with it. My tips on squidoo for finding incentive to go green have been useful to me, but also great books and resources to make a few simple changes that have a big impact. Do it once and never think about it again. I'm glad to have accomplished that goal.

There's a side effect of being enthusiastic about the health of our loved ones and our planet. It's actually a suprise to know that you'll feel less stressed about your daily life when you make those changes permanent. It will flow over into other parts of your life too and you'll start looking at ways to make other, healthier changes, permanent too.

I know it worked that way for me. When I see my son's happy face next to the fish he just caught in the canal behind our home, I cringe when I think of what's in that water. I hope things change for the better real soon.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

JOIN US! Switch Off All Power On March 29, 2008!

World switches on to Earth Hour switch-off
February 19, 2008 08:17 AM - Reuters
CANBERRA (Reuters) - As many as 30 million people are tipped to switch off lights and televisions around the world to help fight
climate change!

Are You In?

With 24 cities joining Earth Hour on March 29, 2008 environment group WWF said on Wednesday. Following last year's Earth Hour in Australia, where 2.2 million Sydneysiders powered-down for an hour, cities including Atlanta, San Francisco, Bangkok, Ottawa, Dublin, Vancouver, Montreal and Phoenix have also signed on, WWF said.
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Monday, February 18, 2008

Desperately Seeking Certification, Is It Worth It?

With lax government guidelines in just about every certification process, is it really worth it to have their "approval"?

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

More Cities and Stores Banning Plastic Bags

Do you think Florida should be next on the BAN wagon? I do!

Last year, San Francisco became the first city in the US to ban plastic bags in major supermarkets and pharmacies. Only biodegradable plastic and recyclable paper are allowed. Whole Foods recently announced that by April of this year it would end the use of plastic bags in all of its 270 stores in the US, Canada and the UK.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Going Green? Again?

"It's Not Easy Being Green." says Kermit the frog.
I tend to agree. Many people are hopping (no pun intended) on the "going green" band wagon but find it difficult to stay on.

So how many times have you tried to separate for recycling? Use non toxic products? Take vitamins every day?..... exactly. I too, fell off the wagon within a few weeks, every Earth Day. I would vow to make small changes, and low and behold I'd say the same thing again the next year. What could I do to make this year different? To make it stick?

What's the incentive everyone needs to keep going? What makes you get out of bed in the morning and head to your J.O.B. (just over broke)?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Eco Friendly Valentine's Ideas!

As much as I love "love", my greenness does not take a day off for such holidays. I have used my eco-converting talents and come up with a short list of small things everyone can do to say I Love Mother Earth Too!

Oh, and just because you're green, don't think you can use that as an excuse to show up empty handed! Invoke your writing talents on recycled paper Valentine's that your love is sure to love just as much (if not more considering the 'green' side of the heart)

Let's have an eco-valentine evening starting with dinner. A home cooked meal made with love says it all! Some pasta and sauce with a bottle of vino wins the hearts of many (through the stomach, of course) and saves gas and co2's as well!

Save on that electric bill by using that ever so subtle ambiance creator, the candle! Just make sure it's not scented with chemical laden air scents that are sure to wreak havoc with the pheromones in the air. You'll need those for later!

And who can forget the best part of this day.... this night! Eco-Sexuals aren't as dull as you might think! Check out this great list at Especially the condom-couture clothing!

And, finally, if you're away from your love on this day, never fear. Send your love "The Complete Sonnets of William Shakespeare," available at, and let Kelsey Grammar, Elliot Gould and Vanessa Redgrave whisper sweet nothings for you through the earbuds of your significant other's iPod all day long.

It's the small things we do every day that say more than words about our loves, and our planet too.


Monday, February 4, 2008

Earth Day Is Coming!

Today I'd like to remind everyone about Earth Day! That term brings up a lot of guilt in some people and in my humble opinion, it should it nearly everyone! I'm doing my best but I know there are things I could do better. Like the TV, I hardly ever remember to turn off the power strip in the back when we're not watching it. I've got to get one of those automatic ones. I promise to get one before Earth Day.

When I think of all the events in the communities to celebrate and remember Earth Day, it dawns on me to start promoting the Eco Friendly Products my company creates. After all, it was Oprah Winfrey's Going Green Show last year that got me started on all of this. I wrote about it on my squid page. How I learned how being paid would keep me 'greener'!

Oh and if you're looking for a great way to earn money for a charity, go to my eco fundraisers website and get the details. Earth Day events are going to cram into April and there won't be time to promote the tree planting for PR! So do your fundraisers early and schedule the tree planting event at least two weeks prior to the actual Earth Day, which is April 22!

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