this is the face she gets when she's working on a chewie :)
this is the face she gets when she’s working on a chewie 🙂

Happy beautiful May! We got some lovely much-needed rain to refill our smaller barrels (it’s been SO dry in Oregon this spring when we’re used to mucky-muck weather) and the garden is going nuts! This past week was also about enjoying a little down time before my next set of client gigs get going, and let me tell you the sleep was SO nice…for me that means not waking up til 8am, wow! 🙂

Here’s a few things that piqued my interest this past week that you might be interested in as well…

* With Shell Oil polluting our waters and on their way to drill in the Arctic (WTF!), Climate Solutions is asking for us all to join the fight for an oil-free future. “With a CFS (Clean Fuel Standard), Washington would use 25% less gasoline and 15% less diesel by 2026.” This is what Shell is currently doing to say eff you to Seattle.

* Makes me giggle that there’s a name for what I grew up doing in the summers, but hey glad to see there is renewed focus on giving kids a slow parent summer. Growing up just outside of Portland, it was all about lying out in the backyard in the grass staring at the clouds, reading books, walking down to the river with our inner tubes to float lazily and laugh joyously, ride our bikes everywhere, and come home for dinner without a million check-ins from the higher ups. I went to summer camp for a month as well, riding horses and camping out and making new friends…unforgettable 🙂

*”55 percent of women surveyed across the state encountered some sort of barrier to accessing reproductive healthcare.” This is even more proof that Texas doesn’t give a damn about women’s rights to their own bodies. I’m sickened to see what’s going on in way too many states around our country that will fight tooth and nail to make sure everyone can walk down the street with a machine gun as a “right” and at the same time try to control women’s bodies. It’s an embarrassment to our country.

* Totally digging these ways to detox off sugar…especially numero uno 🙂

* Speaking of health, I’ve talked in the past on my blog about how I, with breast cancer on both sides of my family, have transitioned to breast thermography rather than mammograms. This post is another great summary of why I do it. Mercola reports the financial ties between the American Cancer Society and mammography machine makers, reporting, “In its every move, the ACS promotes the interests of the major manufacturers of mammogram machines and films, including Siemens, DuPont, General Electric, Eastman Kodak, and Piker.” And in recent news on Medscape, “All of the data now available point to significant net harm—far more risk than benefit— for routine mammography. If this were a drug, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would never approve it. Last year, the Swiss Medical Board, after reviewing all of the data, recommended abolishing mammography.”

* Lots of cool ideas for using scrap wood in the garden! The husband and I were just staring at our mini lumberyard of scrap wood in the garage today with lots of plans … now just need the time !

The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease.
~Thomas Edison

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