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Friday, September 28, 2007

Mahakala Dance, Phyang Festival
Originally uploaded by hceebee
I awoke this morning thinking of the word "cusp". Rolling the word around in my head, I tried it out as an acronym. "C.U.S.P. = Cracking Up from Social Pressures", I thought. Hmmmmm. Not very positive.

As is often my habit when words or images are stuck in my head, I turn to the internet to see what I can uncover (which is how I found Mahakala, but that is another story). My search for "CUSP" this morning yielded a green organization called "Living on the Cusp" (subtitle: "Living through the transition from the Petroleum Age to a Sustainable Future")

"Living on the Cusp" sounds similar to the name of another of my blogs, "Out on the Limb", except "Cusp" implies impending change, and "Limb" implies impending disaster. Just an observation.

The blog part of Cusp is kept current (August 2007 last entry), so I can safely assume that the Monkton Wylde Workshop dates for mid November are also for year 2007. Leaving the year off of blog page calendar notes is a pet peeve of mine. The net is strewn with abandoned web pages and unfinished business. How is one to know if a scheduled event is still a viable option if the year isn't listed? The answer is, it takes the reader extra work (emailing questions, for example). Obviously, I woke up a bit grumpy today as evidenced by my CUSP acronym.

The "About Us" page for Naresh Giangrande mirrors, in many ways, the transition(s) I am trying to bring about in my own life. I will explore Cusp's links and ideas more thoroughly today. For now....gotta go.

Hugs to All.
Thanks hceebee for the Flickr photo, made available for use via a CC license.

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How Lucky Do You Feel?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"We only get to play this game once..."


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Remember the Titanic?

Monday, September 24, 2007

Have we learned nothing...?

"Japan Nuclear Plants Safe if Big Quake Hit - Operators"

from Planet Ark 9-21-07
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Diet for a Healthy Planet

Originally uploaded by VeganWarrior
I need to upgrade my diet without hurting my wallet. I've been searching for ideas online (where else!?)

My usual exploration of Creative Common pictures at Flickr yielded a lovely surprise today. Not only did I find the picture I wanted to use, but I also found a collection of beautifully-prepared recipes by CreatiVegan. (Thanks for sharing the picture, CV!)

My food problems revolve around my difficulties cooking for one. I've heard, and tried, the suggestions about freezing extra amounts; but truthfully, I'd rather keep things as simple as possible and make only what I will be ingesting for that meal. This Gazpacho recipe looks great!

My goal is to establish a well-balanced diet with a minimal amount of work. I don't want to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, or with shopping either. Raw foods are especially of interest to me.

Lately my meals have been mostly brown and bland resulting in feeling unmotivated and uninspired in the kitchen. In fact, this has been going on long enough that I have noticed an inability to concentrate mixed with mild bouts of depression. Today it occurred to me that my problems are most likely related to my sad sad diet. Time for a change.

I also found an interesting article titled "The Buddhist Diet":
"think about where the food came from and the amount of work necessary to grow the food, transport it, prepare and cook it and bring it to the table."
For me, striving towards being a vegan is a moral necessity. I think I need to have a little more fun with colors and textures to ensure my successful transition to a healthier lifestyle for me....and Earth.

Any other ideas for simple eating are welcomed.

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Seacology Prize

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Aquarium fish
Originally uploaded by nellring
Seacology announces that Mr. Kokichi Kariya has been awarded the 2007 Seacology Prize for his work saving ancient forests on Honshu Island, Japan.

Congratulations, Mr. Kariya. You are an inspiration.

The Seacology Prize is underwritten by Ken Murdock, president of Seacology, in honor of his mother, Lalovi Fish Murdock. (emphasis mine)

Note: Seacology has a MySpace page.
Super duper photo is a courtesy of nellring and her generosity by using CC.


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Buy Blue

Friday, September 21, 2007

Originally uploaded by rebel rebel
I have long been a fan of Buy Blue. Their idea is simple.

Vote with your dollar.

The Buy Blue team has been hard at work making their website even better than before.

You still have time to complete their survey and add your preferences.

We can clean up the environment if we root out corrupt politicians, corporations, and their sidekick--the mainstream media. Hit them where it hurts---buy (or not buy) wisely.

PS - I have a separate "Vote with your $$" list of links in the sidebar.
Kudos to rebel rebel for allowing the "Blue" to be used by others (Creative Commons license - Attribution).
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

POTD 2/12/07 - Biotic
Originally uploaded by sparktography
Do yourself a favor and educate yourself on this "bug": MRSA

After the Wikipedia brief, search the news for the latest outbreaks. "One case of MRSA a day for several months now." Wow. And that's just one doctor speaking!

I recall the warnings about overuse of antibiotics back in my college days in the 1970's. The warnings about creating superbugs were quite clear but went unheeded. It's not that the public ignored the warnings. Certain corporations chose profit over protecting the public. The government failed to inform and regulate because the ever-present lobbyists were on hand to whisper in their corrupt ears that....really....no harm would come of this massive overuse of antibiotics. In fact, we even have antibiotic soaps still in abundance with the public largely uninformed on how their use contributes to the problem.

What are you going to do to help end the corporate stranglehold on our corrupt government here in the United States? Kucinich for President is one solution I'm going to support because I believe Kucinich has a clear understanding of health issues and a compassionate heart to go with that understanding.
Thanks to sparktography for the picture and for using the Creative Commons Attribute license. Nice photos!


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Moving Day

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Moving Day
Originally uploaded by grovesa16
OK, I got all my precious links moved over from my old blog.
I took the time to weed out invalid links. Please let me know if I missed any dead-ends.

So I've been re-visiting all my favorites.....so many!! Since I still have plenty of blog housekeeping chores to do, I'll just mention one fave today:

Real World Radio

Read about two brave young activists trekking their way from north pole to south pole (36,000 miles) via bicycle, sail, ski, and feet. They must have passed thru San Diego very recently. Darn. I would have liked to have met them.
Thanks to grovesa16 for the picture and for using the Creative Commons Attribute license. cool beans.

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Excuse Me !

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

shuffle...shuffle....EXCUSE ME....make room, please!

I'm moving from, um, another blog service and have plenty of stuff to cart over here.
Anybody got a pick-up truck I can borrow? :)

In the meantime, here's where I was.
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