Archive for August, 2012


Localize

Support local music and performances. Art, music and the passions of unique people desperately need our support. I love blogging and reading some blogs but something has been bugging me lately. Last night I went to my favorite spot and remembered why I started doing this. I need admiration. My ego responds differently to this thought everyday and I do feel it’s necessary to discover new talents. Mine is writing and I have so much fun doing it. I just never knew how to get it out there in the public. My family sells produce and I have always wondered why no one admires our lifestyle. We have been supporting the eat local concept for a very long time.

Last night my mom and I went with a friend to see Aqualung “A Tribute to Jethro Tull” and I was astounded by the abilities these musicians presented. I have a lot of gratitude, thank you: Mike Kreitzer, Reggie Tulk, Al Bergstrom, Kurt “Lightning” Rodman, Dr. Terry Vermillion, Mark “Hazzy” Hasbrouk and Pioneer Place in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

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The last Rainforest

Yellowstone Day 1 8-23-95

Yellowstone National Park is our destination. We’re not far yet just past Clearwater, Minnesota headed towards the north-western tip of Wyoming. I can’t wait.

Repetition, bales of hay scattered across parched grassland, small water holes occasionally. So many rolling hills starts to make me feel sea-sick. Fields of cows and the yellow skies of sunflowers. North Dakota.

Night 1

Our first night. Here we are. Well, not Yellowstone, but we are in the Dakota Badlands. Much greener than South Dakota. Roosevelt National Park. We’ll have to come back sometime. A large thunderstorm is coming in.

We decided to go on a car venture at about six o’clock last night. We drove awhile and passed the Prairie dog towns. A few miles later we saw a huge Buffalo about twenty feet away. We stopped and took pictures. He didn’t seem to mind the attention.

Eyes open looking at the beautiful coal veined earth, suddenly right in front of us fifteen wild horses were grazing. Two babies, a large matriarch, eleven mares and the stallion. We decided to go on. The stallion blocked our way and he stared at us a long time (what a beautiful animal). He moved on and started eating again. The storm was enlarging and the sky was turning green. We were going faster but not too fast now. I saw deer and still the magnificent Badlands. The sky was dark, but a spot of pink shown through the skyline.

We came upon stopped cars. Then we saw it, a herd of Buffalo running from the storm, crossing right in front of us. The mothers and babies went first, then the bulls, finally the strongest and largest bull went last slowly and gracefully watching over his herd. Still in awe, we drove back to the campground. We saw another buffalo ten feet away. Awaiting the storm we fell asleep.

Day 2

We’re in Montana now. I see why it’s called Big Sky country. Everywhere you look you see sky.

When my dad hitch-hiked through Montana once he was standing on a bridge and found his brother’s name written on it. We drove past it while I was sleeping. Jim hitch-hiked a year earlier than my dad had. We’re in Billings, Montana, 120 miles to Yellowstone. In the distance I can see a faint outline of the Rockies. At the closest peak I see snow, but where I am the air is hot and dry.

Day 3

We camped 67 miles from Yellowstone, in the Beartooth Range. It’s so beautiful here. Last night we went fishing, but didn’t catch anything.

It was freezing last night and this morning. My brother and I took a walk along the river. It is so clean and cold. I love the crisp air. The air is also very thin. We’re driving up the mountain on a very winding road. Wyoming Rockies.

At the top of the mountain there was a hill made of rocks. We climbed to the top and went down and up again to a higher peak. My dad stopped the car and we went to a hill to play in red snow.

Yellowstone is such a beautiful place. The fires burnt a lot of trees. The animals are free from hunters, so if you keep your eyes open animals are everywhere.

We are camping in Mammoth tonight. The hot springs are different than anything I’ve ever seen. Steaming and bubbling minerals, working and non-working, clear waterfalls, castles of limestone, and stairs of color.

Day 4

This morning was cold like all the rest.

We walked to the Boiling rivers. There is a place where the hot spring water comes into the river. We saw it the day before. The sulfur smell is potent, but we still bathed in the minerals. In spots it was very hot and in others it was warm. My favorite spot was a place where hot, warm and ice cold all went through at different times.

Our next stop is at the geysers. We saw one geyser at Norris. Then I got sick so we went back to camp. Later that evening we went again.

Porcelain Basin is very strange. We saw steam rising straight up. Small geysers erupt every minute. Pools are rapidly bubbling yet the ground is so barren.

This is the strangest place I’ve ever seen. Some of the pools you can’t even see the bottom of, others are milky, but every one is different.

Day 5

The canyon is so big. The water so clean. We’re at Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon now. We’re going to hike downhill to see a waterfall. Wow it’s beautiful, faster, faster, SPLASH! Steam flies and water goes on.

Day 6

Our first stop is Old Faithful.

I really enjoyed watching Old Faithful. It’s very different than the first one I saw. Now we’re watching Castle Geyser. I really, really like this one. The water flows over the side of the castle. A rainbow peeps through the steam and it shoots so high. After the water is done, steam billows out for hours.

Mud pots, colorful and clear pools of minerals, bubbling baths, and magnificent geysers are seen along our hike. It’s so sad to hear that people throw coins and all kinds of junk into these never-ending pools. We have been very lucky with geysers today. One geyser called the Penta that only goes off every five days erupted while we were there. As we were headed back we saw a small crowd gathered by Beehive Geyser. We walked over and waited. We almost left, but a lady told us it would go off in 15-20 minutes. We were very lucky.

The Marie Malskeit Memorial Nature Endowment Scholarship

We take the environment for granted because our lives revolve around our cars and consuming. Conservation is needed because we create problems like pollution, overpopulation and toxic waste that continue to grow over the earth’s beauty. Economic growth seems to have hindered American values. The thought of a greener environment is more of a wish than a social topic.  We are taking a risk with human evolution when the earth isn’t preserved. I like to walk outside and enjoy fresh air. Nature’s rewards aren’t appreciated. CO2 is harvested faster than our gardens. I believe that our lifestyles must change and a different approach is needed to stop global problems so the earth will continue to shelter us.

Ecotourism is my passion. I am learning about environmental conservation and responsible management of travel at CLC. Ecotourism recognizes sustainability of local economics and cultures that address conservation. Communication is an area we pretend to be good at in America, but our problems aren’t being studied efficiently.

Environmentalists have a well-developed idea of development in fragile and remote areas, but a lot of new rules need to be established so the foundation benefits wildlife research and preserving nature.

Our ozone layer is leaving quickly and the footprint of Americans is getting too big for ecological sustainability. The greenhouse gasses rose the atmospheric temperature and the future of oil is bleak. I think that conserving the environment demands respect, of basic needs of the unequal. Inequality will not stop the overconsumption we are facing. Indigenous knowledge will give us new ideas, and natural areas can be protected if we can teach people how the plant can support us with the fullest potential. We can’t protect the water if the sources are polluted. Techniques to treat water have worked well but contaminates like nitrate and radon can still be found. It is important to watch our behaviors in throwing out trash and how much water we use. The reduce, reuse, recycle process is going to be the answer. Protecting laws that are in place with the WTO is very scary to me. The biodiversity of many regions is threatened. 90% of biodiversity is in the tropics and we are loosing species like crazy because of deforestation.

The pesticides we put in our environment are also a concern to me. We wonder what options we have. Nutritious diets are now an obstacle and cancer rates are rising. We have to take care of our forests, lakes, city parks, lawns, fields and water sources so we don’t produce suffering for the next generation. We have to realize that our earth is the most valuable asset we have. Green activists and environmentally concerned people will protect diversity and understand nature. I feel strongly about Ecotourism and its benefits for economic security and world communication.

Terrarium

Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, a London botanist, found a moth chrysalis. In 1829 the first terrarium was born to enclose the chrysalis in a glass jar. Soil was placed at the bottom and he closed the top of the jar. A few weeks later a tiny fern started growing in the sealed jar. His invention was called the Wardian Case. If you want your own terrarium you need a large bottle, like a demijohn. It must have a narrow neck and you’ll need long-handled tools to transfer the moss and sterilized soil. A glass bowl is also sufficient and you can clean out the leaf-litter or pest problems.

Put in clean stones, gravel and charcoal chips

Cover this with a plastic screening (other screens rust and aluminum may not be good for the plants)

Buy or make a water wick, pushing half through a small hole in the screening and spread the rest above
This will absorb any excess water and distribute the soil above.

Dampen this mix: 1/4 hummus or leaf mold

1/4 sphagnum moss

1/4 peat moss

1/4 sand and gravel

Wild flowers require winter dormant periods.

Woodland Garden: Bluets (quaker ladies), Columbine, Lungwort, Partridge Berry, Wintergreen, Crowberry, Rattlesnake plantain, Gaywings

Gardening Spirit

Sample soil every year in your fields for nitrate analyses and to create higher yields. Keep a fertilizer history of soil sampling with logs of trace elements and soil quality.

http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/crops/00500.html/

Disease and Weed Management: crop rotation plays an important role in reducing weeds and fungi. Annual and perennial cash and cover crops need to be rotated to improve soil organic matter.

Natural fungicides: tea tree, cinnamaldehyde, Jojoba oil, Neem oil, and Rosemary essential oil.

Compost and humates consist of organic substances and humic acids. Excessive fertilizer is harming the planet. Humates are food for soil life. They contain sodium, potassium and ammonium salts for agricultural use. Humic acids are complex organic molecules formed by the breakdown of matter in soil. Planning your next garden in this way will promote uptake of trace minerals and chelates.

Diatomaceous Earth kills insects naturally and is put into horse/dairy cow feed. http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp

There are 4 kinds of Potash: Muriate of Potash (MOP), Sulfate of Potash (SOP), Potassium Magnesium Sulfate, and Potassium Nitrate.

Under high rainfall, potassium can be lost on the surface of your soil or from root zone by leaching. Protect fertility. Leaching extracts certain minerals from excessive irrigation where water has a high salt content.

Some other important considerations: Erosion Control, Water infiltration, Biological community, and organic seed (No GMO, irradiated or sewage sludge (biosolids)) Kelp and Seaweed liquid provide minerals and vitamins. Gypsum can be used to lower pH of alkaline soil. Conservation of biodiversity is really my point and I hope you find this information interesting.

Grow

Imagination

Creativity

Love and Above

Ignite your Spirit Video

Optimal Breathing

Open, free, easy breathing in chest, sides, back and belly

Nostrils open and free

Never sick

Wake up refreshed

Steady-to-great energy all day

Quick recovery from physical exertion or stress

Good mood, positive can-do attitude

Clear headed

Strong and free self-expression

Strong self-esteem

Healthy relationships

Breathing changes when communicating with loved ones about specific issues

Breathing changes when around specific people, places or things.

take notes as you recheck this test and improve your breathing


Breathing feels stuck

Breathing is labored or restricted

Pulsing or stabbing feeling around the ribs

Negative attitude

Anxiety

Type-A personality driven

Chronic cough

Do you snore?

Get tired from reading out loud?

Irregular heartbeats

Scoliosis or abnormal curvature of the spine

Excessive or frequent stress

High blood pressure

Jaw tension

Blood sugar is low

 

Clean Air!

Breathing enhancement can be a great value for you. Since the beginning of recorded history, breath work, bodywork and other natural elements have been used for healing. Oxygen is your primary source of energy. If your brain and nervous system aren’t receiving enough oxygen you get sick and fatigued. A twenty-minute session of breath work can give you good results. Oxygen vitalizes our body and calms our mind. Oxygen and glucose create a functional metabolism as it will form high-energy phosphate bonds, especially adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the primary energy of our cells. Water dissolves carbon dioxide and facilitates in breaking down phosphate bonds. ATP could be compared with prana, qi or chi (life-force energy). Injured cells are highly intelligent and you can clear the cells through good inhales and exhales. Aromatherapy also helps your body to receive support to the heart. Take three deep breaths in unison. There must be a purpose for your breathing and before taking the next three breaths, intuitively scan your body. Direct your energy to those areas. Any aches, pains or stress can be embraced. Ask yourself how you are dealing with fear, or this physical problem. Sometimes verbalizing the pain helps to process all that is thought. I imagine standing in front of a cave and visualize entering the large open hole in the earth. When I enter I find a box filled with a treasure that eliminates all my fears.
The body also loses water when we urinate. Drinking caffeine or alcohol stimulates the kidneys and we are depleted of many minerals and vitamins.