Happy Happy Snow Snow!!! I really have nothing to complain about – watching the snow fall outside my window as I work, making a (weak-ass) snowman out of all this fluffy white stuff (and yes, those are chopsticks and various doodads from my toolbox), walking down the snow-covered streets of my neighborhood to go join our community that emerges en masse on these rare snow days (the kids are just in heaven as are the dogs, heehee), and researching and ooh’ing and ahh’ing as we plan our honeymoon. Life’s good.
So what’s it all about this week? Lots of inspiration and things to think about…
* Love All About Small‘s blog post about their eco washer/dryer - who knew of such a thing! So cool!
* Great list of organic and fair trade chocolate bars so you really know where the good stuff is. Trust me, y’all, Hershey and Nestle are NOT where it’s at.
* Not a homeowner? Doesn’t mean you can’t be a homesteader! LOVE NatureMom’s post about Homesteading in an Apartment, Condo, or Rental.
* Ugh. More attention to business, less attention to our own citizens. Republicans Just Won the Food Stamp War. Sickened, again, by the actions of the Republican congress to take away care for our people while doing nothing to decrease military spending. Our interests at home are more important – attacking other countries is NOT serving our own people. Period.
* Find that sometimes in your yoga practice it brings up a lot of emotions? MindBodyGreen’s great piece Why Does Yoga Make Me Cry? explains it nicely. I’ve found yoga to be incredibly therapeutic, from the gentle to the flow to the yin classes, helping me clear my mind, find relaxation, smile more, and make better decisions. As the author says, “They say we hold all of our experiences on a cellular level. There is no pill I can take that would heal me in this way. I applaud my tears now. I see the connection as a miraculous source of healing and restoration. ”
* When we were in Tahoe, my brother mentioned that at the resort he teaches at, because of the drought they’ve been making their own snow. I was really affected the more I thought about this and the energy it takes to do this, and so this article, Making Snow While Staying Green, was really informative.
Now folks, stay out of your cars. Now employers, encourage telecommuting. Now everyone, go play! This too, shall pass – so let’s make the most of it!
“Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.”