Thursday, November 26, 2020

The Keep Going Song - The Bengsons

My friend Jan sent me a link to a song that really touched my heart so I want to share it with you too. It's a song for our times. A spontaneous prayer to connect us all and fill our hearts with all the deepest, most rich feelings we are capable of and give us the courage to just Keep Going on! Much love, Llyn

If you are curious (as I was) to learn about the background of the song and the people who created it, here is a wonderful, informative post by Aimsel Ponti. 

And, if you'd like to send a love-note to the Bengsons, here is their Facebook page.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Good news about Re-wilding Our Planet

Hello friends - Just last week we were looking out our backyard window during midday and there was a beautiful, full-grown grey fox just sauntering through our meadow! We'd been having concern that the three neighborhood cats who consider our 3-acres their backyard, have been over-hunting the rodents that also call our place home, thereby reducing food for the wild creatures that depend on them. But sight of the fox eased my fears. He or she looked radiant with health with a thick and lustrous coat and tail. No signs of hunger there!

Grey Fox - image credit: Susan Tenney

Here's a re-post of an article I wrote a few years ago on our Sharing Gardens site about living cooperatively with the wild animals in our small-town/rural neighborhood. 

It seems we could all use some good news about things that are going right on the planet these days. Here are three articles I came across recently about efforts to preserve habitat, and breed endangered animals for re-release back into the wild.

Ambitious Reforestation Project Will Plant 3 Million Trees in Uganda  

How maverick re-wilders are trying to turn back the tide of extinction

With 14,000 Critical Acres Added to Montana Wildlife Reserve, It May Become the Largest in the Lower 48

There are lots of small ways we can each help create a healthier planet, through our consumer choices and the way we live our lives. Thank you to each of you reading this for all the ways you are contributing to solutions! Love, Llyn

Monday, November 2, 2020

Election - a poem

 ELECTION — a poem by Alfred K. LaMotte:

I voted.

I voted for the rainbow.

I voted for the cry of a loon.

I voted for my grandfather’s bones
that feed beetles now.

I voted for a singing brook that sparkles
under a North Dakota bean field.

I voted for salty air through which the whimbrel flies
South along the shores of two continents.

I voted for melting snow that returns to the wellspring
of darkness, where the sky is born from the earth.

I voted for daemonic mushrooms in the loam,
and the old democracy of worms.

I voted for the wordless treaty that cannot be broken
by white men or brown, because it is made of star semen,
thistle sap, hieroglyphs of the weevil in prairie oak.

I voted for the local, the small, the brim
that does not spill over, the abolition of waste,
the luxury of enough.

I voted for the commonwealth of the ancient forest,
a larva for every beak, a wing-tinted flower
for every moth’s disguise, a well-fed mammal’s corpse
for every colony of maggots.

I voted for open borders between death and birth.

I voted on the ballot of a fallen leaf of sycamore
that cannot be erased, for it becomes the dust and rain,
and then a tree again.

I voted for more fallow time to cultivate wild flowers,
more recess in schools to cultivate play,
more leisure, tax free, more space between days.

I voted to increase the profit of evening silence
and the price of a thrush song.
I voted for ten million stars in your next inhalation.

—Alfred K. LaMotte

Monday, September 14, 2020

Low-Tech Air Filtration During Wildfires - What to pack in your "go" bag - Preparedness Tips

As many of our readers know, the west coast has recently been suffering from unprecedented wildfires and their accompanying smoke. Here is a short post with info on creating a low-tech air filter with a box-fan; What to include in a "go-bag"; and The 7 pillars of Urban Preparedness. We hope you find it helpful.
Smoky skies - 9-12-2020
Here is a short video on "How to make your own indoor air filter from a fan". Essentially they suggest attaching a furnace-filter to the back of a box-fan to filter indoor air. We didn't have access to furnace filters when the wildfires started so have been wetting terry-cloth hand towels, wringing them out thoroughly and hanging them on the back of our three box-fans in different rooms in the house. It has been working amazingly well! The towels dry out fairly quickly so we rinse them in a bucket, wring them out again and re-drape them on the fans every 1-2 hours. In the worst, first few days of the fires, the rinse-water was actually grey after each rinse!
Low-tech fan air-filter
We live in a 145 year-old farmhouse and suffered, at first, from considerable air-leaks around the doors of our front and back porches so we put towels along the lower edges of the doors and sectioned off the main rooms we live in with curtains to keep the majority of the smoke out of these rooms. This has worked really well.

Here is an article from the Portland newspaper - The Oregonian - with other tips on keeping indoor air cleaner: "Prevent wildfire smoke from entering your home: It’s OK to run air conditioners"
Moisten towel and put on back side.
One friend of ours who lives in northern California and had to evacuate her land for several days during wildfires down there says that "the silver-lining of all of this is that these fires are alerting people to the importance of having a "go-bag" already packed and on-hand, instead of waiting to the last minute." 
Whether you live in an environment that is prone to wildfires or hurricanes or other natural disasters that might precipitate the need to leave your home under short notice, here is a guide from the Natl. Weather Service of 15 things to include in your "go-bag".
For long-term Preparedness, for emergencies that require you to shelter in place for extended periods during weather-related emergencies or extended instances of social unrest, here is an article called "The 7 Pillars of Urban Preparedness" that outlines the important categories of preparedness to address before the crisis hits.

Be prepared. Help others.
We hope you find these tips and links helpful. Stay safe and be sure to help those around you to be prepared as well.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

We're all in this together Folks - S.O.S. from the Kids

Here is a post that we feel will give you inspiration and hope, and help you remember that our individual choices and life habits DO make a difference. 
First, here is a touching and important message from the kids of the world.
And here's a message from one of our personal heroes, Jane Goodall, regarding the Corona virus and current events: Don't blame the bats for the Coronavirus | Dr. Jane Goodall

And recent news of success with the nature preserve Jane Goodall's pioneering in Africa: 

And lastly, some wonderful news from the Good News Network, about plans in Europe to raise 22-billion annually to protect biodiversity. More in the same vein:  Save the Insects, Save the Farmers, Save Ourselves: New Global Report Calls for End of Industrial Agriculture

Let's use this opportunity of the world-wide pause in human-activity to ask ourselves what kind of world we wish to create as we move forward. Just imagine what we could accomplish if we collectively channeled resources into protecting the Earth?

As the kids in the video say, "We just have one world to share." Much love, Llyn and Chris - The Sharing Gardens

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Rights of Personhood for Nature and Petition against Ecocide

Dandelions in a meadow - Source
As communities begin to explore re-opening the economy, I feel it's very important to ask ourselves
which aspects of our past ways of doing things do we wish to bring forward in a post-Covid19 world; what behaviors do we want to leave behind? We've seen numerous examples of how quickly Nature rebounds when given half a chance. LINK. LINK, Bees are Thriving: LINK Let's also ask what new behaviors we wish to put in place. What follows are examples of new laws that are important to establish so that Nature gets the same rights as people and that those who are perpetrating crimes against our ecosystem are brought to justice. I hope you'll add your name to the Petition linked below. Llyn

*Image source: Wild Rice
Rights of Personhood for Rivers and Wild Rice

According to United States Law, a corporation is regarded and treated as a person. There is even a legal term, "corporate personhood," that ensures corporations have the same rights as an individual.

In recent years, indigenous North American tribes have joined the international Rights of Nature movement, whose goal is to protect certain natural features by granting them the "rights of personhood."

The Yurok of Northwestern California hope to reverse the human damage done to the Klamath River, and thereby preserve the health of the salmon that live there. These people have designated the Klamath as having the full rights of personhood.

In Northwestern Minnesota, the White Earth Band of Ojibwe has made a similar move, granting personhood status to *manoomin*, or wild rice.

The tribe's resolution asserts that the wild rice has "inherent rights to
restoration, recovery and preservation," including "the right to pure
water and freshwater habitat," the right to a healthy climate and "a
natural environment free from human cause global warming."

What natural feature would be your first choice for gaining the right of

 Article Source: Rights of Personhood
Another article about Rights of Personhood for Nature

Petition to End Ecocide

Ecocide is the extensive destruction of ecosystems and environments which has severe consequences for people as well as the environment. What follows is the text of a petition to end Ecocide. Please join us in signing it.

To world leaders:

“As concerned citizens of a fragile planet, we call on you to back an international law of Ecocide. We call on you to make ecocide the 5th International Crime Against Peace. Life on Earth as it is now cannot survive if we continue to treat our environment as we are currently doing. We need to back strong measures to make ecocide a crime, to protect humanity and the Earth.”

As it currently stands there is no international law against ecocide. Making ecocide the 5th International Crime Against Peace will protect our environment and make those who destroy it criminally liable. We urgently need laws that put people and planet above profit.
We can make our leaders listen to our demands for change. Let’s show them that ecocide is a grave crime and that this must be put into international law. Sign this petition and share it with your friends! Find out more about ecocide at

Monday, March 30, 2020

Abundance, humour and absolute sweetness...

Dogwood in Bloom!
Hello dear friends - This post is a triple whammy! A poem about nature's bounty, a TED-talk on humor as a metaphor for life and the sweetest little snippet of a snoring dormouse, guaranteed to make you smile. Enjoy!  Llyn

Excerpt of a poem by Tony Hoagland:

Outside the youth center, between the liquor store
and the police station,
a little dogwood tree is losing its mind;

overflowing with blossomfoam,
like a sudsy mug of beer;
like a bride ripping off her clothes,

dropping snow white petals to the ground in clouds,

so Nature’s wastefulness seems quietly obscene.
It’s been doing that all week:
making beauty,
and throwing it away,
and making more.

From - Tony Hoagland, "What Narcissism Means to Me" 

This video from comedian Michael Jr. really inspired me in its simple message of shifting our giving from "what can I get to, what can I give that will help/uplift the receiver". Very inspiring.

This last video is not to be missed; 30 seconds of absolute sweetness. Enjoy!