MLK Quote

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Nature's Inspiration Movie -- Nature's Inspiration Movie: The photographs in this short video are from award-winning photographer, Ken Jenkins, and they are breathtaking. However, this video is much more than beautiful photographs! Peggy Anderson has compiled beautiful quotations from the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, and many others that truly capture the beauty of nature and solitude. Absolute must watch for nature lovers.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Weather in the last two year has been very strange. 2010--2011 saw lots of snow, even in April and then lots of rain. 2011--2012 saw hurricane Irene, a blizzard in October and then absolutely no snow; the temperature and weather, now, feels like summer. The garden is also behaving strangely. The bulbs of Daffodils, Iris, Lilies and Crocuses shooting out new leaves. Newer leaves are also emerging from the Persian Lilac tree. Leaves of Rose bushes and other flowering plants are looking invigorated, as if spring has arrived!

Thus, I am really worried about what's happening to our climate, environment, nature. I got more worried as I went for grocery shopping yesterday and wherever I went - A&P, Shoprite, Indian Grocery Store, Target - I found that people were using plastics to packet and wrap everything. Even potatoes were first wrapped in a thin plastic bag and then those plastic bags were put into the grocery store bags which are all made of plastics. So, two different plastic bags were used to buy just one vegetable - potato! Each individual vegetable were bagged in similar ways, using two different plastic bags!! I hope people do recycle those bags.

So, I hope that 2012 will see more people becoming aware of climate, environment, nature and takings steps to protect them; more countries of the world coming together to limit pollution and greenhouse gas emission, pass resolution to protect natural resources and environment, upheld clean air and water acts and exist peacefully.

Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we
share the Earth:-
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds,
winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers,
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.
-- Native American Elder


  1. I don't understand the double bagging of produce either. I think people do not want their potatoes to get dirtied by touching other groceries. Obviously these people have never grown a potato or somehow do not realize that they grow in the dirt!

  2. Hi Julie,
    Thanks for dropping by. Yes, I have read somewhere that that's one of the reasons why people bag everything up - so that no dirt can get inside; the cash counter people do not get to touch them. But, they don't realize that vegetables already has much dirt; worse than that they have so much chemicals and many people already touched them from picking up on the field to processing and transporting.

  3. So interesting to hear of the strange climate in your part of the world - bulbs growing in winter?? Weird! I believe the world is getting hotter.

  4. Same here too, much is sprouting, then getting froze off. In our markets, they always double bag either with another plastic bag of a paper bag, potatoes included. I just wanted to let you know I am Donna from Garden Walk Garden Talk also. Thank you for the fave and I am passing on the same via Green Apples.

  5. I've always bagged my produce, it's been passed down from my Mother although I do reuse and repurpose the plastic. I wish to grow as much of my own as possible so as to not need the grocery store as much.

  6. Happy belated New Year to you, too! It is truly wired to see so much fresh growth in your garden at this time of the year. I hope things don't get frost nipped. I like the poem that you added at the end of this post!