September 25, 2015

Messages of Hope and Healing

Messages of Hope and Healing

What Would You Do If You Knew Your Neighbors were Going Hungry?
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What Would You Do If You Knew Your Neighbors were Going Hungry?

Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry. ~Pope Francis   Every day food companies in the USA throw away over 5,000 tons of nutrient rich, fresh produce. According to a 2016 Guardian report  roughly 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away at an annual cost of $160 billion- approximately one third of all food goes wasted! More than enough to feed every hungry child in America. The U.S. Department of Agriculture  reports food wastes are actually going up, not down. There is locally grown, nutrient dense, healthy food...
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How Often Do You Leave Your Comfort Zone?
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How Often Do You Leave Your Comfort Zone?

  If we can be brutally honest:  probably not very often. Who among us wants to encounter additional fear, stress and discomfort on purpose?. It's much easier to stay in our own bubble of safety, security and certainty. Where life is predictable. Where we know what's expected of us. Day after day, we drive the same route to work. We frequent the same same grocery store, week after week, because we know exactly where to find the milk, butter and eggs. We visit chain restaurants that have the same decor and the same menus. We associate with people who look...
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Question: What Do 42 Million Americans Have in Common?
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Question: What Do 42 Million Americans Have in Common?

Answer:  They did not have enough to eat this month.   Let that sink in for a minute. One of every eight people in the United States of America is food insecure. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. So maybe not hungry enough to be starving but hungry enough to be worrying about where their next meal will come from. Some twenty-one million children receive free or reduced-cost lunches during the school year. For many kids, this is the only hot meal they get all...
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What’s on Your Plate?
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What’s on Your Plate?

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  ~Hippocrates You value your health and that of your family but have a limited grocery budget and perhaps even more limited time for meal prep. News stories are filled with the latest on GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones and most recently, PLASTIC, all part of the US food supply. So who can you trust to tell you the truth about food safety? This week I have been listening to The Food Revolution Summit, hosted by father and son duo, John and Ocean Robbins. Perhaps it's the rebel in me but...
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Is Your Glass Half Empty? or Half Full?
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Is Your Glass Half Empty? or Half Full?

What's your first thought when you wake in the morning? Happiness that you are here to experience another amazing day on Planet Earth? Or the vision of impossible tasks on your to do list for today? Do you wake with JOY? Or are your first words a curse, as you struggle to hit the snooze button? Do you grab your cell phone off the night stand, absorbing world news as you dress in the morning, your brain being bombarded with negative noise? Is your commute time accompanied by talk of partisan politics and traffic woes as you sit surrounded by...
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Shouldn’t Every Day be “Earth Day”?
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Shouldn’t Every Day be “Earth Day”?

  The Earth is what we all have in common. ~Wendell Berry    This Sunday, April 22, marks the 48th celebration of Earth Day. In 1969, a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara brought together the unlikely alliance of farmers and city dwellers,  land owners and migrant workers, Republicans and Democrats. With the shared goal of the importance of preserving the beauty of an unspoiled Earth, divergent intentions were set aside without rancor.  Earth day was born. Within a year, proponents of Earth Day had created the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered...
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What Will You Do with Your 30,000 Days?
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What Will You Do with Your 30,000 Days?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver.   Recently I read that a human being lives, on average, 30,000 days. Doing the math, that’s something close to 82 years, give or take a few leap years,.  Seems like quite a bit of time, right? Yet if we think about our lives, we must admit a good amount of those 30,000 days have already passed by.  To make it more interesting, the My 30k  website allows you to plug in your birth date and calculate how many days, if you live the average, ...
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What Can You Accomplish in Six minutes, 20 seconds?
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What Can You Accomplish in Six minutes, 20 seconds?

  and these children that you spit on, as they try to change their worlds, are immune to your consultations. They’re quite aware of what they’re going through…” ~ David Bowie   Question:   What can you accomplish in 6 minutes and 20 seconds? a) Answer a few emails? b) Microwave a fresh baked brownie? c) Commit 17 acts of premeditated murder? d) Create the tipping point in America on gun policy? The Hopeful Answer:  D, Create a Tipping Point   The Sounds of Silence On March 24,  as Emma Gonzalez stood silently on the Washington DC stage, marking the time it...
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Addressing The Elephant in the Room
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Addressing The Elephant in the Room

  The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book? ~ David Attenborough   Do you remember the first time you saw an elephant? Perhaps it was in a picture book like Babar, or Horton Hears a Who? Or in Disney's movie Dumbo? I was three when I first encountered an elephant. My father knew a guy who knew a gal and magically we somehow found ourselves behind the curtain as the travelling circus came to town. From the safety of my father's arms, I...
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Six Steps to Finding Your Tribe
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Six Steps to Finding Your Tribe

      When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of “Me too!” Be sure to cherish them. Because those weirdos are your tribe. ~ A.J. Downey, Cutter's Hope   As humans, we are social beings. Study after study has shown that when we are connected, when we feel we are part of something larger,        we thrive. We are healthier, live longer. We are fulfilled. Yet today we find ourselves in a world that is more and more disconnected. By addictive technology, by transient jobs, by broken families, and...
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