Swappin Seeds

In the afterglow of all the Christmas exchanges, the seed exchange from Heirloom Seed Swap guarantees you won’t end up with some crazy sweater or a scale (seriously, someone brought scales to our exchange last night – and not a cool weigh-your-wheat one – an actual bathroom scale) The Seed Swap site has some awesome post-apocalyptic goodies: Red Russian Tobacco – you know that’s going to be a major trade item for all the smokers who burned their last pack. Heirloom Butternut Squash  – the trader says this one grows well in the city – anytime you can pick up a hearty seed, it’s a good idea Apricots – I’m amazed at how quickly these grow and bear fruit All the trades are FREE – pretty great resources too, and people looking for the seeds out of your garden. You may not be able to trade the ugly sweater – maybe if you call it a survival sweater?? Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

A Social Network Christmas

Watched this in church Sunday. Another powerful message for my Monday morning. Did you know Joseph planned on divorcing Mary when he found out she was pregnant? What a different story today would be…. Merry Christmas…and To All A Good Night. Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

Pay it Forward.

Wow, what a whirlwind month! Is Christmas really in TWO days??(THE TREE IS UP, BTW!)Because I’m a genius when it comes to scheduling, I added ‘polishing the manuscript,’ ‘submit the manuscript,’ and ‘get a new job’ to the list of things I wanted to accomplish in December. Guess where that stuck Christmas shopping, (not to mention blogging)?Thank you internet – and overnight shipping!In all the craziness of this month, it’s been easy for me to forget what Christmas is all about. Somewhere along the way, a marketing guru thought it would be fun to commercialize the holiday, and now we all spend way too much money, way too much effort, and way too much time on giving THINGS instead of what the people in our lives really want – more of us.Yesterday was the Worlds Largest Pay It Forward. (yes, I should have given you a bit of advanced warning) AND, you can still be involved. Go sign up at www.thecardthatpaysitforward.org or on the facebook page, get your card, start doing amazing things for others, and see where your card goes, and how people pay your good deed forward. Have an amazing Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Saturday. Whatever this season means to you, pay it forward, and stay out of the malls. All your family really wants is more of your time, and you can’t gift wrap it. I love and adore you. Thanks for journeying with me. Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men

It’s not an unfamiliar term, “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men,” but until Sunday, I hadn’t heard this song, which references another Christmas Carol and the lyric. Words and music by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow & John Marks I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old familiar carols play And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on Earth, good will to men And thought how as the day had come The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along the unbroken song Of peace on Earth, good will to men I can hear them I can hear them I can hear them And in despair I bowed my head ‘There is no peace on Earth’ I said For hate is strong and mocks the song Of peace on Earth, good will to men Then pealed the bells more loud and deep God is not dead nor does He sleep The wrong shall fail, the right prevail With peace on Earth, good will to men I can hear You I can hear You I can hear You I could still hear You The world can hear You I started thinking about the promise of Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men, and whether it’s really a possibility.  I used to think peace wasn’t possible because our country was always at war. Stories of war in other countries remains a constant on the evening news. Always war, never peace. Certainly no ‘Good Will.’ But is war really half a world away? Or does it exist not only in my own town, but in my own home, in my own...

Disinfecting Water

Clean Drinking Water Using the Simple Solar Water Disinfection Method According to a great article in the CS Montior last week, the WHO is recommending this simple method to create clean drinking water for the masses in danger of contracting Cholera. Using the Simple Solar Water Disinfection creates clean viable drinking water within 24 hours with only the initial cost of the bottle. The dangers of Cholera are high, and in the event of emergency, water is a critical element to survival. Safe drinking water, that is. There may be gallons and gallons of water within walking distance of your location, but if you can’t properly disinfect it, it’s useless to you. Bleach and boiling are two options to disinfect drinking water, but what if they’re not available, or you’re two years into the disaster and you’ve run out of bleach and fuel? As long as you have the sun for some solar power, you can create a supply of safe drinking water for you and your family.The Simple Solar Water Disinfection Method recommended by the WHO is exactly that – simple.SODIS Steps1. Wash the bottle2. Fill the bottle with water, close the lid tight3. Expose the bottle to sun – ALL DAY – at least 6 hours4. DrinkDoes it get any simpler???Now as long as TEOTWAWKI doesn’t take out the sun, you can drink pond scum from the driveway.Cheers.Safety Tips:If the sky is cloudy, it will take twice as long to disinfect the water to make it safe for drinking.If you put the bottle over newsprint and can read the letters through the water, it’s usable. If not, stick it back in...