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Medicine & Health / Re: The Grim Reaper Comes Knocking
« on: May 27, 2017, 07:48:04 AM »
Is that YOU in the photo, RE? :)

Yes.

RE

I like that there is a store named "Change" behind you :)

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Medicine & Health / Re: The Grim Reaper Comes Knocking
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:03:41 AM »
I'm not going to accept this short mortality theory.  I recently learned how to make Beet Kvass.

"Beet kvass carries with it all the benefits of beets, marrying them with the benefits of fermented foods for a deeply cleansing tonic.  Rich in betacyanins – the pigments responsible for beets’ characteristic hue, beets possess strong antioxidant capacity with an ORAC value of 1,776 which may be why beets seem to help mitigate inflammatory states in the body which may contribute to cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes."

"Folk medicine values beets and beet kvass for their liver cleansing properties and beet kvass is widely used in cancer therapy in Europe. Anecdotal reports indicate that beet kvass is an excellent therapy for chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, allergies and digestive problems.”


I'm sure with Beet Kvass in combination with the Milk Thistle and B-12, by next year I'll be throwing Double Backs again.  :icon_sunny:


RE

Is that YOU in the photo, RE? :)

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Medicine & Health / Re: When I'm Gone
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:03:08 AM »
I have seen a little improvement since going off the booze-o-hol, however I had a lot of kidney pain last night and couldn't sleep because of that.  I finally broke down and took a percocet, ibuprofen and tylenol and then was able to get some sleep.
Oh yeah, if you are going off alcohol, you realllly should be upping your consumption of other liquids.  Alcohol is a diuretic, so without it your kidneys probably are working much harder.  If you're trying to clean out your liver, too, you also need more liquid.  Komboucha is probably your best choice, followed by green tea, then white tea, and of course purified water is never a bad choice.

Never tried beet kvass, but the components are all great.  I'm a little surprised there isn't a touch of black pepper in it to super-charge the turmeric.
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I'm surprised I didn't put black pepper in there too!  Great suggestion.  I usually put black pepper in everything.  I just wanted to go basic in my first batch.  It will be time for a second batch soon! :)

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Medicine & Health / Re: The Grim Reaper Comes Knocking
« on: May 26, 2017, 10:12:47 AM »
I'm not going to accept this short mortality theory.  I recently learned how to make Beet Kvass.  I've been successful with it.  The beet is a taste that you definitely have to get used to.  It is very earthy, as you might expect from a root.  I make my beet kvass using red beet, ginger root, tumeric root and fresh jalapeno.  When we get you out here to SC... I'll keep your mini fridge stocked with kvass!!!  Kvass is a "A Deeply Cleansing Tonic"  It is great for cleansing the liver.  I find it worth paying attention to that I took a class to learn how to make this healing beverage using SUN funds!  I wanted to learn how to make fermented beverages so that I could host classes to teach others, as a fundraiser for SUN.

"Beet kvass carries with it all the benefits of beets, marrying them with the benefits of fermented foods for a deeply cleansing tonic.  Rich in betacyanins – the pigments responsible for beets’ characteristic hue, beets possess strong antioxidant capacity with an ORAC value of 1,776 which may be why beets seem to help mitigate inflammatory states in the body which may contribute to cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes."
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"Folk medicine values beets and beet kvass for their liver cleansing properties and beet kvass is widely used in cancer therapy in Europe. Anecdotal reports indicate that beet kvass is an excellent therapy for chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, allergies and digestive problems.”
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So there's my input for an attempt at a remedy to your fading health.  Maybe I'll throw in some essential oils too, just for laughs :)

Seriously though-- I really am having trouble processing this. We care about you, RE.  You ARE a good man.  You're unique, that's for sure! :)  And so are we.  Saving LD, myself, and our boys as your last Earthly act is tugging at my heart strings.  I don't know how to process it.  Just know that I'm in denial, and I'm thankful for you and what you plan to do to help both SUN and our family.  I promise that I will continue to do all I can... on the ground, politically, whatever it takes... to make SUN a success.

BIG HUGS!

GM

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SUN ☼ / Re: Here Comes the SUN: Everything Under the SUN☼
« on: September 28, 2016, 04:35:02 PM »
By sheer chance and serendipity, the SUN☼ Booth was right in front of a local Inman Bizness called "Everything Under the Sun"  :icon_sunny:

Here's LD doing more Bamboo Promotion to interested community members.  :)


Finger of God at work again!



RE

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SUN ☼ / Re: Here Comes the SUN
« on: September 28, 2016, 04:26:57 PM »
So... one thing I wish I could have done while in your physical presence, SUN friends... is sit around a fire pit with all of you and talk-- in long conversation.  Since I didn't get enough of that while working this weekend for SUN, I'll ask them here, in your virtual prescence.

1.  What should the SUN official theme song be?

My vote is "Change" by Blind Melon.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Yn1WbBaWTdc" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Yn1WbBaWTdc</a>

RE says it should be "Here Comes the SUN"
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tbMCjuHsT7A" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/tbMCjuHsT7A</a>

2. Why aren't we kicking it over at the SUN4Living Forum, too? :)  I think we could really get it moving together.  We could ask locals from Inman to join us there.  To speak with us, virtually.

http://sun4living.com/smf/index.php

I feel it is important we communicate there.  It's good for our cause.  I'm not saying we shouldn't continue talking about SUN here at all, of course... I just feel we need a fresh, positive beginning to a forum dedicated to SUN-- to our mission, to our cause.

I believe in us!

3.  I'm happy to know all of you :)

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SUN ☼ / Re: Here Comes the SUN
« on: September 28, 2016, 11:21:30 AM »
Here's a video I came across on the web-- shot from a drone over the Inman Harvest Day Festival :)

https://vimeo.com/184138499/bfd7700bba

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SUN ☼ / Re: Here Comes the SUN
« on: September 28, 2016, 11:06:31 AM »

Late Sunday evening, after it was all said and done, it is reputed that several Diners descended the steep gravel roads down the hill and jumped into the small mountain lake. Even though they were not quite as quiet as they promised themselves they would be, no police showed up, and no one was arrested.

Lake NINJAS!!!!!!  Life Experience.  That was a great end to the night-- and celebration from the stress and planning of the weekend.

P.S.-- Eddie is the DUDE!!!!

The food was excellent.

I have eaten about four Eddie salads so far. 

JD Wheeler-- I made chili from your leftover burgers.  I didn't have much of an appetite during the BBQ, unfortunately.  Too much nervous stomach churning, I suppose.  I froze a few of them for later. :)

The boys had a great time.  They were drinking ginger Ale out of the bottle.  LOL.  uh oh.

Anne and I had a great hot tub discussion.  We are going to form a strong women club.

The house was beautifully decorated and very comfortable.  RE really did a great job booking that place.  I'm glad we got to experience a rain while there (Monday evening)-- as the house had a metal roof.  That's such a comforting sound.

I have had a few phone conversations with people who were at the BBQ already.  People were very impressed with us.  One lady, Zylphia (Blonde in the lace dress), has shared a few great ideas of ways to help us.  She has began talking about fundraising opportunities....

A local business owner has offered for us to use his land to build a dome.  He also has our flyers displayed in his store. (Carl from the Feed store).

Many people came up to me after the event and told us how happy they were to have been our guest.  There were also many heads shaking (the up and down, good direction) during our speeches and square yellow table discussion.

I feel great about our future.  THANK YOU to all who came and helped with this. I think we are going to see many more great things ahead for SUN :)

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Doomsteading / Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« on: September 05, 2016, 02:37:14 PM »
If I can swing it, I'll probably get Monolithic to come down and build a 40 ft dome.

My first main project for the Park is the SUN☼ Signature building, which will serve as a community center, headquarters office, teaching center and emergency shelter.  My design is for a 50-60' Monolithic for this building.  :icon_sunny:

RE

When The Inman Theatre came to town in Inman, SC... people were esctatic, because they thought that Inman was going to have an open, community building to host their events:  Birthday Parties, Meetings, Presentations, Weddings, etc.

A LOT of people, including myself, were highly disappointed to discover that the theatre would be a PRIVATE instead of a PUBLIC building.

SUN will fill this void for the community by building this dome.  Our "Rent" will be more than reasonable-- The theatre charges $500 minimum per event/meeting, etc-- just to open the building.

The community of Inman is going to welcome us with open arms.

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Doomsteading / Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« on: September 02, 2016, 04:29:33 PM »
I was letting the place go to seed again until I got the animals. That forces me to do some work on my goals, which is a good thing. I miss you guys too. I lined the grey water sump LD dug with gravel and rocks from the creek, and the hugelculture bed has been allowed to just sit, although that alone is progress, since the wood inside continues to break down.

Mostly I've been building fences and gates and electric fences. I have got the proper plastic to re-roof the greenhouse, and hope to get that done soon too. I'm also really getting serious about really building a house out there, finally. If I can swing it, I'll probably get Monolithic to come down and build a 40 ft dome.

Nice wet year here. The creek has been beautiful through the whole summer, and is still running well even now. You guys are always welcome.

It sounds heavenly <3  We'll meet again at the toothstead again someday.  I got a nice visual of the creek.  Ahhh... such a nice piece of land you have out there.  You really scored!

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Doomsteading / Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« on: September 02, 2016, 02:32:07 PM »
When we sell our Rock Hill land (*sigh*...yes, we are still at it), I'd like to plan a visit to come back out to the toothstead.  That place will always hold a special place in my heart <3  Thank you for sharing it with us, so long ago, Eddie!  I sure would like to meet the pigs and see what you've done with the place.  Is the dragon Aaron made under the house still there?  How about the clover hugel mound with Aaron's wedding ring in it? LOL?

I can't wait to see you guys again! :)

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SUN ☼ / In Defense of Nature: Pressing the Societal Reset Button
« on: September 02, 2016, 02:04:58 AM »


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Published on The Butterchurn on September 2, 2016



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Discuss this article at the SUN Table inside the Diner



Tonight I have had an overwhelming need to protect Nature.  To shorten a lengthy tale, let me get right to it: the state that I live in, South Carolina, recently sprayed a poison from the sky via planes, and killed millions of bees.  MILLIONS.



In Defense of Nature:  Pressing the Societal Reset Button Sometimes I feel as if the human species has become a plague upon the planet. If you stop to think about that for statement for awhile, you won’t need me to list all the reasons why I believe this.



As a species, I believe we need to grow…back into basic mammals of the Earth.  I believe that we need to start learning from our past– and PRESS THE BIG RED RESET BUTTON.



Think of how terrifying that would be– a complete and total reset of the way you have learned to live.  A way of life that was passed down to you from your parents and their parents.  A life where everything comes packaged and easily accessible.  A life where you don’t even have to grow your own food anymore– you just buy it in plastic containment.



Many “what if” theories come to mind, here.  What if there were no more petroleum?  What if the transfer trucks stopped driving? What if all things electronic ceased to operate?— forever!?!?.  Panic would merge with the streets.  I imagine that the sky in this fictitious setting would turn red and purple with the collective human rage.  Imagine the energy of such a world– where we actually have to “do for ourselves.”  Where we aren’t taken care of by the society we have built for ourselves.  Where we have returned to nature, as mammals of the Earth.



This thought– of Humans being “of” the Earth again… intrigues me.  I want this life.  I think it is beautiful and simplistic– the way it should be.  We have “went and got ourselves into a big ol’ Hurry.”  ME ME ME!!!! NOW NOW NOW!!!!  ZIP!  ZAP!  This is the energy of our current population.  We seem to have forgotten how to just “be.”  To be in the Now.



I daydream of living in an earthen home someday.  I see myself walking around singing, sweeping the floors– all nice and witchy like.  I envision sitting outside of our home, built entirely from the Earth, watching our boys experience nature.  I most definitely see this man of mine roasting meat over the open flame of the firepit. This is a sort of goal of mine, to live this life.  It is what I have set my heart and intention toward.  It is going to happen.



SunWebGraphic3I have written a lot, lately, on Ye Olde Facebook, about how I have hung my hope on a Non Profit organization that I’m working with called “The Sustaining Universal Needs Foundation” or, SUN☼ for short.  I see this Non Profit as a way to work together with my community toward the greater good.  The greater good being, in preserving a natural way of life.  Of learning methods of farming that will soon be forgotten and replaced with styrofoam containers of chemically processed vegetables.  Our elders are dying… and they are taking a lot of what many deem to be “useless” knowledge with them.  Cobblers are scarce.  Farming is foreign.  This is a huge problem.  HOW, as a human species, have we gotten to the point to where we don’t even know how to FEED OURSELVES anymore?  Sheesh.  It makes me shiver to think about.



We have become a processed product of the life our parents, our ancestors have built for us.  They believed it was a better way.  They believed it was right, the way we live on this Earth.  “Burn fuel.” “Don’t worry about cooking dinner, buy one.”  “Why make it when you can buy it?” “I don’t have to know when to plant vegetables so that I don’t go hungry– that’s what the store is for.” These are the messages we have received since our infancy.  They’re wrong.  They’re terribly wrong.  We need a RESET.  We need a Preservation.  We need it now.  NOW is the time to make the change.  Blessed are they who still care this strongly about protecting the Earth.  What if these important ones were no more?  What if we just stopped caring about our Biosphere?  Our Planet?



I fear that we have passed a critical point in our existence.



I feel a need to prepare myself and my family, our children, for how I believe the world will be for their generation:  Lack of Fossil Fuel Energy. Unexplained Illnesses. Mass Chaos and Panic.



Something big is coming.  I feel it in my soul.  It is going to alter our society– quickly, and without due warning– yet, for the better.



What can I do about it?  Well, that’s why I mentioned SUN.  That’s where I’m going to hang my hat for awhile.  I wear many hats, believe me.  I work about 6 different types of jobs as a photographer, homemaker, artist wife and Mother.  Some of these hats (roles/jobs), I will never fully take off.  I’ll just stack a top hat over a beret if need be. The SUN hat, however, I have taken on and off for about 2 years now.  Now, I see the value in the hat, and I’m going to proudly display it for the community around me.



SUN has plans to build what we’re calling a “Sustainability Theme Park” in my hometown of Inman, SC. I have compared it to Williamsburg, Virginia– where a Colonial Style Theme Park exists.  Most people in this area have been to visit Williamsburg, so its a good way to set the tone for our idea.  SUN employees will not be walking around in period style costumes (or will they?), but they will be there to educate and represent the common goal of building a resilient community for the City of Inman.  We hope to a blacksmith you could visit at our Park.  A cobbler too!  Maybe there’s a petting zoo, or a little playground, or both.  Perhaps you could take basket weaving lessons, or learn how to split bamboo…all in one day!  There will be classes, clubs, courses, speakers, events, celebrations, and teachers.



SUN is not about SUN.  It is about helping communities to come together to learn from and preserve (to sustain) the universal needs that are important for a thriving civilization.  Food.  Shelter.  Water.  Energy.   There’s a few important things to learn about as a human– and learn we must.



http://inmanscchamber.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/harvest-day-logo-large-300x158.png On Saturday, September 24, 2016, SUN is going to set up a bright yellow tent in the middle of Main Street, Inman SC.  We are going to display a bright yellow geodesic dome, and have photo examples of natural and alternate forms of housing.  We’ll even have an electric scooter, heirloom seeds, balloons for the kids, handmade sandwich wraps and more.  This year, we decided to go SUN or bust.  We went all in and decided to help sponsor The Inman Harvest Day Festival.  We are a “Tractor” sponsorship level 🙂  I suppose that means we are there to help get things moving– and that’s exactly what we plan to do.



We are going to attempt to raise money for SUN at our festival booth, so that we may hire a grant writer in the future.  We are going to search for land in the Inman area and we are going to bring tourists to a fading town.  A large majority of the buildings in downtown Inman, where the festival takes place, are vacant and falling into disrepair.  We believe that SUN will bring in tourists, and provide a need for businesses to fill those old buildings. Sometimes I daydream that SUN Headquarters will form inside of one of those ancient beauties (they’re old– and I love them).  Inman is just the beginning.  The idea and method of SUN is designed to spread, much like awareness and positive change should.



We are going all in.  It’s go time. We’re bringing in our big yellow moving truck. Now is the time for change.



I’m ready to protect the greater good.  I’m ready to take a stand for Nature.  Are you?



If you’d like to know more about SUN, visit our website at: www.SUN4Living.com



Godspeed, fellow humans.  Protect yourselves.  I am thankful that I have this Non-Profit to cling to in this time of change.



~*Wendy



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Diner TV / Re: DD Juke Box V2.0
« on: April 20, 2015, 02:58:06 PM »
Sustaining Universal Need's THEME SONG! :) :icon_sunny:
https://youtu.be/Yn1WbBaWTdc

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Doomsteading / Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:33:26 PM »
Some recent creek pics, if the link works today. Somebody tell me if it isn't working.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/52157490@N04/sets/72157650407959678/

It is looking really beautiful out there :)  It looks like the water has been in the creek long enough for some slimy goodness to form at the bottom.  Wonderful!

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Doomsteading / Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« on: February 14, 2015, 08:25:51 AM »
I was out to the stead yesterday. I picked up the Kubota from the shop, where it's been,seems like forever. Since before the convocation. And for the first time in maybe  a couple of years, the swimming hole is full. All the way up to the top of those flat rocks.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/52157490@N04/15266721299/

I'm happy to know that all of the rain dancing, good intentions and energy that the team put toward bringing water to the stead seems to have worked ;)  xoxo

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