From sustainability hacks to the latest on climate change to Mother Nature appreciation, Earth is a place to share anything and everything about the planet we call home.
One With Nature
When I was a little girl I believed in fairies and all magical dreamy things.. I loved being outside in the woods off path playing on mossy patches and skipping rocks next to waterfalls. I’d pick a flowers to press in my “Fairies” book and imagine or overthink that I may have unwittingly stolen a poor fairy’s house. I remember lying awake late on a school night, drifting off into dreaming..castles and ocean scenes..fairy eyes and fairy wings..
The Strawberry moon has nothing to do with color
Get your telescopes ready because the heavens are about to provide yet another spectacular feat. A strawberry moon is coming but you might be surprised at how this name originated. Many times we pass names, phrases, and slogans down through the generations without ever knowing the origin. The night sky has been revealing many wonders to those of us on the earth. From a lunar eclipse to a partial solar eclipse to supermoons, 2021 been an unusual year for lunar events.The month of June marks the year's final supermoon, with a full "strawberry" moon that will illuminate next week’s night sky.
Blue-Throated Macaws: A Rediscovered Species
I often think about how large the world is and how little we know about it. The critically endangered Blue-Throated Macaw (Ara glaucogularis), found only in Bolivia, is a beautiful macaw from hot, humid lowlands prone to regular flooding. For some years, it was thought to be extinct. Or, perhaps, it was thought not to exist at all.
- Created with: Fiskars
Touch the Earth: How Taking Care of Plants Boosts Human Happiness
Plants make people happy. It’s a common phrase that has taken hold in the plant world and for most it is an agreeable and indisputable fact. Fiskars takes this message to heart, which is why they have made it their mission to increase human happiness in and around the home. They know that much of this happiness revolves around plants, and they challenged me to examine what makes us so infatuated with these green beings and how they bring happiness and healing into our lives. Plants have rooted themselves in more than just our backyard gardens and living room jungles, and I have witnessed firsthand how much happiness plants have brought to our lives. But before we dive into it, here’s a short story that perfectly encapsulates plants’ positive impact on one of my clients.
Recycle. Repair. Reuse. Grab your Fiskars scissors & have some upcycle fun!
I have lots of tops, dresses and cushions with former lives as curtains, tablecloths and duvet covers. I love a visit to the local charity shop/thrift store followed by an evening armed with my dressmaking scissors (Fiskars are the best!), measuring tape and sewing machine to give a discarded garment a new lease of life. I find the creative process relaxing and therapeutic and it brings me happiness and joy knowing that I have contributed to the charity and helped the fabric avoid landfill that bit longer.
the joy of remembering
As a youth, Lion King was one of my favorite movies. One line that stays with me is the spirit of Mufasa encouraging Simba to "remember who you are." Over the years, there have been many times when I've questioned who I am and where I am going. My process as an earthen plaster artist helps me to remember with a new level of depth. A fountain of happiness is beginning to erupt as I ground myself in a knowing that is free from doubt.
What my science teacher didn't realize he taught me
Just past the next intersection, I see the dull glow of the thrift store’s sign peeking through a tree. I pull into the parking lot and circle around until I find a spot. Cutting the engine, I grab a few wrinkled dollars from my glove compartment and head inside.
The Threads of My Life...
Imagine a young girl, 8 years old, out at recess. But instead of running and playing with her friends, I am standing up against the schoolhouse knitting. Any free time I had (and this is still true today) I was stitching, sewing, knitting and embroidering all through elementary school. I learned a lot from my mother and grandmother, but my passion for fiber started early in my life and has been the dominant “thread” throughout my life! No matter what stage I have been in (adolescence, young adult, married with a child) I have always created with yarn, fiber, and fabric. Nothing has stopped me!
The Wisdom of Grandmother Tree
When you are a writer and all your inspiration, training and years of putting words on paper are needed to create that next masterpiece, being able to “define” what that creative piece is about is the only place to start. As such, this wordsmith’ed journey begins with defining the word “passion.” Because to answer the question, what are you passionate about? … I need, no, I must start with how I define passion.
Witchinit Ways Alter Existence
Cackles over steaming cauldrons filled with toil and trouble. Toad tails, black hats, and cats, yes, this charm is firm and good. While all of this is relative to the witch, linking back to tales steeped in history, it’s not the whole story.
This planet is a truly magnificent place of wonders unending: sea stretching out to the horizon, and the rocks it crashes against, or the shore it gently laps; forests spreading across hills and up mountains, green shot through with all the colours of the rainbow, of life, of trees flowers lichens insects mammals birds... Exquisite crystal-filled caves, badlands littered with ancient fossils, deserts, plains, deltas, lakes big and small and on and on around the globe more to see always changing day by day and season by season and the sky above it all, clear blue or stormy grey or washed with a sunset palette, or filled with glowing rainbow rings like this:
Saving the Earth One Farm at a Time
The earth is struggling. There is no doubt. Pollution has had a toll on the planet, leaving plastics in our oceans and contaminating our air. However, there are ways we can stop if not reverse some of this damage. One of those is through restorative agriculture.
Sustainable Living with Aly Grace
With the oceans filling with plastic and becoming increasingly acidic, many people realize that the lifestyles we maintain just aren’t sustainable if we’d like the planet to remain the beautiful, blue globe we currently enjoy. Unfortunately, our society is built on systems, products, and an overall culture that encourages the bad habits that got us here in the first place. It doesn’t have to be that way, we can learn together how to be better citizens of Earth.
I’d gone in the house quickly to change clothes so that I’d have long sleeves over my arms and jeans to cover my legs. I chose an old army cold-gear physical training shirt to help me remember a time I’d discovered I was more capable than I’d ever believed myself to be. I wasn’t brave enough to try to catch the winged raptor without extra fabric over my skin as a precaution. However wounded he might be, he still made it clear that he had a lot of fight left in him. When I first went out to the back fence, the 5 dogs had stood checking him out and yelling their aggravation at his audacity to stand so close to their yard. His ruffled feathers stated clearly his own displeasure of the situation and he kept his golden eyes fixed on the biggest dog nearest the gate. He would occasionally sneak a glance quickly to see if there were any threats coming closer from the other side in his distraction. As he moved further away from the dogs, he held his wings arching up toward the sky—unable to take off; and high-stepped a little bit at a time with his feathered pants flittering about in the autumn breeze.
Journal of the End?
"It's eerily quiet" I said to Vince. "No, not any more than usual" he answers while he tinkers with yet another piece of wood to use as a fire poker and sometimes wolf deterrent. "Ugh, would you stop what you're doing for a second and listen to me?" I grab his arm urgently but not enough to cause pain. He looks at me startled, then sees the look on my face. I mouth "Shhhhh" and hold my index finger up to my mouth with my other hand. He looks up into the sky, takes a deep breath, and exhales as he brings his head back down with his eyes closed. Closed, so he can really listen. We stand there quiet, with just the faintest rustle of leaves above from the tall oaks and sycamores that surround us.
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