Sat.Feb 11, 2017 - Fri.Feb 17, 2017

Ideas for Reclaimed Dining Room Tables

Green Furniture Home Design

If you’re lucky enough to have an actual dining room in your home that can accommodate a large dining table, you should consider getting one that’s made from reclaimed, recycled or sustainably harvested wood.

Mallard Complexity

10,000 Birds

Everyone knows what a male Mallard looks like. The drake of this extremely common, sexually dimorphic species ( Anas platyrhynchos ) cuts a fine form with his iridescent emerald dome and chestnut breast.

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New Science Shows Seagrass Meadows Suppress Pathogens

Nature Conservancy - Science

NatureNet Fellows Science Update. It was a rough bout of illness while she and her colleagues were studying corals in Indonesia that first focused Nature Conservancy NatureNet Science Fellow Joleah Lamb’s attention on the disease-mitigating possibilities of seagrass meadows.

What is Love Anyway?

Elephant Journal

When we sit quietly and give our minds permission to be still, we can listen to our hearts and experience our feelings as they are—good, bad and ugly. Meditation teaches us to be brave enough to.

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Oyster Reef Restoration: Is a benefit/cost ratio of 7.6 worth it according to Trumponomics?

Environmental Economics

WJZ out of Baltimore, Maryland has a cool time lapse video of the impact that Oysters can have on water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Here's the story : The Oyster Recovery Partnership in Maryland is trying to spread the word about the natural filtration powers of oysters. The organization posted a time lapse video Tuesday that shows how oysters can clean water. The magic of oysters is the magic of filtration,” the post says.

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Esther The Wonder Pig Wants You To Read Carefully and Be Vegan


A few days ago, I wrote an essay commenting on a piece that appeared in The Guardian by Steve Jenkins. My essay focused very simply and clearly on one thing: Mr Jenkins had a fabulous platform from which to promote veganism. He chose not to do so.

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Water Rail at midday

10,000 Birds

Each time I see a rail, it confounds the conventional wisdom that these are secretive, crepuscular birds. During a recent walk, I brought along my wife instead of my binoculars and camera. This proved to be a mistake in so many ways.

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How Do We Love Our Public Lands & Scientists? Let Us Count the Ways

Nature Conservancy - Science

Nature unites us. The truth of this statement is clear when visiting public lands in the United States. People of all backgrounds are brought together by a love of nature and adventure as they journey to see the incredible places that have been held in trust for all Americans.

F*ck you, Mindfulness.

Elephant Journal

I taught my children that connecting to peace, being kind and compassionate to others and being grateful for their lives will put them on a path to a joyful life. What do I tell them now when it seems like a joyful life is in the very distant future—if ever?

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Renewable energy will not support economic growth

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Renewable energy will not and cannot support perpetual economic growth, the way we have been doing it for so long, for too long, in fact. But this does not, actually, have to be a bad thing at all.

No two scaups are equal

10,000 Birds

January is sort of a birding sprint – you start fresh and, all of a sudden, head for them all. In a typical birding year, no other month will bring you that many new species as January.

Hero Launches New Vegan Condom Range


Whether you’re picking them up from abandoned trains or ordering them online, it seems that it’s raining vegan condoms in Australia.

I met my 25-year-old Self & instead of trying to Save her, This is what I Said.

Elephant Journal

I like to believe I have no regrets, but that moment reminded me that, at some level, I still was not fully reconciled with. Adventure Enlightened Society Health & Wellness Inspiring (Wow) 25-year-old self journey letter life path life purpose mistakes regrets risks The Alchemist Travel younger self

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Feeding the nation

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The first and foremost job and task of a farmer is not to produce for the export market but it is that of feeding the nation. Export should never be (seen as) the first priority but, alas, with many, especially the large corporate farms, it would appear to be just that.

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10,000 Birds

There’s lots of disheartening stuff going on in the bird world this week, so let’s start with some love in the air, in honor of Valentine’s Day: An avian version of “The Dating Game” at a Chicago-area zoo aims to reveal how best to manage mating in captivity.

Message to enviros: chill on the carbon tax (and don't dismiss cap-and-trade so easily)

Environmental Economics

Charles Komanoff (of the  Carbon Tax Center ) at The Nation : Carbon-tax haters can relax. The proposal for a national carbon tax released on February 8 by high-level Republicans, including über-GOP consigliere James Baker, isn’t going anywhere. Financially and ideologically, the American right is wedded to carbon fuels. Trumpism runs on and reeks of them.

How to Practice Mindful Conversation.

Elephant Journal

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GROW – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) GROW : A Family Guide to Growing Fruit & Veg by Ben Raskin Published Leaping Hare Press February 2017 (in association with the Soil Association) Hardcover: 48 pages - 15 x 2.2 x 21 cm Age Range: 8 - 11 years (or may be infinity) ISBN: 9781782404514 Price £9.99

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Back in sunny Mexico

10,000 Birds

Now that we have returned to our adopted home of La Paz, Mexico, our bones are starting to thaw out from the trip to chilly Seattle. Last Saturday, I was walking around the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, on a cloudy, gray 28F morning.

RSPCA Australia On How To Kill “Humanely”


We live in a society where the dominant paradigm is animal welfarism. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the groups that supposedly exist for the animals are actually the groups that exist to help exploit animals. After all, when the conventional wisdom dictates that it’s okay to kill animals so long as they are treated “humanely,” it would make no sense for these businesses to contradict that if they wish to remain financially stable.

5 Things I Promise You—for When You Make the Big Mistakes.

Elephant Journal

I always want you to talk to me. About all of the things. Not just the hard things. I want you to talk to me about anything and everything you want to. Blog Family digital world parenting motherhood parenthood parenting teens teenagers

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Questions to ask yourself before buying something

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) All too often we impulse buy because with think we are going to need or use this or that, or simply because we like this or that. Not that there is anything really wrong with this but often those purchases then are either never used in any way, shape or form.

2017 11

Torpid Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins

Nature Conservancy - Science

Turtle species exhibit a variety of incredible adaptations that allow them to live through cold weather conditions.

Vegan Valentine Vanity


Whether you love or hate Saint Valentine’s day, there’s certainly a lot of pressure to open your wallet.

America is having a Psychotic Episode, & Maybe that’s Okay.

Elephant Journal

I resonate with the psychiatrists who liken psychotic episodes to Native American vision quests. Vision quests and psychotic episodes create. Enlightened Society Health & Wellness alternative facts america breathing fight or flight psychosis trump walking Yoga

The myth of glass recycling

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The great majority of people, I am sure, firmly believe that the glass bottles and glass jars, of which they so diligently remove the labels and then put out for the kerbside recycling pick-up are going to make new glass bottles and -jars.

How Blizzards and Extreme Cold Impact Birds

Nature Conservancy - Science

Birds and other wildlife are well equipped to deal with cold and snow, as I’ve written in a previous blog. But extremely frigid temperatures and blizzards can tax even hardy wild survivors. For the third year in a row now, we’ve experienced the warmest year on earth during modern times.

Don’t be an A **e Abolitionist


Dedicated to those folks who have ample access and choice when it comes to veganism, but who defend their nonvegan choices with claims of how purity puts people off. . Let’s face it, folks: veganism is really difficult for the vast majority of people. It’s okay if you’re an Abolitionist who can live on fresh air and expensive filtered water, but what about the rest of us? I mean, there’s practically nothing for us to eat.

We are the Ones we’ve been Waiting For.

Elephant Journal

Like the drunk who’s in denial, we may refuse to come to grips with reality. Like the pretense of a loveless marriage, we may be unwilling to confront the truth. But if we do not acknowledge the. Enlightened Society Green Inspiring (Wow) being mindful caring environment evolving humanity planet politics saving ourselves society

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2017?

10,000 Birds

Many people I know are taking vacations this week, partially because schools in my area observe Winter Recess and partially because getting away after months of winter feels like a well-earned reward. Whether you’re home or away this weekend, reward yourself with some birds!

Move Over Cotton, Say Hello To Hemp – The ‘Forbidden’ Crop Taking The World By Storm…

Green (Living) Review

If domestic hemp use and cultivation were practiced and encouraged, we might just be able to change the world… The cultivation of the plant would be a boon for small farmers, especially organic farmers.

Pets travel first class and prove people couldn’t be more speciesist


Traveling can be a nightmare, but this new $65 million dollar terminal means your pet can travel in luxury. Bloomberg reports that at JFK International Airport in New York, cats, dogs, horses, and birds are getting first-class treatment.

Mindfulness Matters: Here’s How to Get Started.

Elephant Journal

The imagery may sound strange, but it truly helped me shift to a kinder, gentler way of being. That shift to a more positive frequency affected. Meditation Non New-Agey Spirituality Z ADMIN Spirituality Featured Today meditation mindfulness parenting spirituality

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