Tipis (Tepees) are beautiful, functional art, they way they line a landscape or the fact they have been used for hundreds of years or their nomadic possibilities whatever the case I have begun to romanticize about owning a tipi and … Continue reading →
Dr. Cornel West at #OccupyWallSt today via Facebook
Having to deal with poverty for the first time in my adult life with kids I applaud this man for his efforts and wish we all walked around with signs like this not just on Wall Street but down every Main Street in towns across America.
Made exclusively for the Glam Camping Company, “Rhubarb and Custard” Bell tent is the ultimate tent for Glamping in style.
I may be a hippy but I don’t enjoy camping in a tent at all. It’s a VW bus or bust in my book or at least until I came across this awesome company that takes camping to the next level. If I was more talented I be a carnie but since I’m not I can see myself camping in a tent like this one with my three ring circus.
What was I thinking I could have named my kids something really cool totally green like Eco, Acai, Boho, Hemp, Freedom, Forest, Henna, Indri, Kale, Kharma, Marsh, Moon, Rain, River, Stone, Terra, Teak, Vegan and Zen. I think it’s time for some nicknames my Emily would be a perfect Eco, I’m also fond of Kale, Henna … Continue reading →
I started making feather headbands a year ago for my girls to play dress-up, I loved them so much I found myself wearing them. Once I get a few more made they’ll be available soon at our Etsy shop, just … Continue reading →
During my sophomore year in high school our class was sent to the auditorium to watch a movie, a movie that moved and inspired me to stand up for people and for yourself that movie was Gandhi, which then became my nickname for a some time. I never forgot what I learned that day and I find myself reciting lines from the movie to my children.
Inadvertently I was reminded this past month on how important it is to stand up each other and to be a good neighbor but I also learned the importance of salt. Through no fault but my own I decided to drink more water and limit my sodium intake to be “healthier” but in turn the lack of salt and excessive water made me very sick. I ended up with symptoms of Hyponatremia a metabolic condition in which there is not enough sodium (salt) in the body fluids outside the cells it occurs when sodium falls below 130 mM. Plasma sodium levels of 125 mM or less are dangerous and can result in seizures and coma. I basically did the opposite of what I was trying to do and after a box of saltines I’m feeling back to my ol’ self again. But let’s not forget the journey of those who simply can not do for themselves.
The Gandhi Salt March, 1930
In 1930 in order to help free India from British control, Mahatma Gandhi proposed a non-violent march protesting the British Salt Tax, continuing Gandhi’s pleas for civil disobedience. The Salt Tax essentially made it illegal to sell or produce salt, allowing a complete British monopoly. Since salt is necessary in everyone’s daily diet, everyone in India was affected. The Salt Tax made it illegal for workers to freely collect their own salt from the coasts of India, making them buy salt they couldn’t really afford.
Near the end of the march, Gandhi declared,“I want world sympathy in this battle of Right against Might.”
On March 12, 1930, Gandhi and approximately 78 male satyagrahis set out, on foot, for the coastal village of Dandi some 240 miles from their starting point in Sabarmati, a journey which was to last 23 days. Virtually every resident of each city along this journey watched the great procession, which was at least two miles in length. On April 6th he picked up a lump of mud and salt (some say just a pinch, some say just a grain) and boiled it in seawater to make the commodity which no Indian could legally produce–salt.
For more on Gandhi and the Salt satyagraha go here.
I’ve become in obsessed with Gypsy Caravans or roulottes since I spotted one on my travels backpacking through the French country side back in the 90′s. It was love at first sight and this one tops my list with it’s eclectic mix of Art Nouveau and Gypsy.
That’s right the kiddos and I are on our way to pick up trash along Mobile Bay during the 24th annual Coastal Cleanup. Here’s a few of the photos I took during Tropical Storm Lee a couple weeks ago and … Continue reading →
And the sign says “Long-haired freaky people need not apply”….so my five year old cut off 17 inches of her hair, yesterday!
So I grab a hat and I went in to ask her why?
This is a first in our house, I’ve heard stories but since we don’t get our hair cut except once every other year or so and she just loves her really long down to her butt hair, it’s definitely a shocker. Only 3-4 years before it grows back, sigh.
And the sign says “Anybody caught trespassing will be shot on sight” So I jumped the fence and I yelled at the house Hey! What gives you the right! To put up a fence and keep me out, or to keep Mother Nature in If God was here, he’d tell it to your face, man, you’re some kind of sinner
My son asked me a question a few years ago that stop me in my tracks, he was about to turn five and we were driving down a road lined with corn and cow pastures on one side and houses on the other he said it with such awareness it left me speechless for a few seconds until I could figure out how to answer:
“Mommy, why are there fences everywhere?”
Such a great observation, I wonder what does makes us fence in our land, our homes, or lives? I’ve made it a point after that to continue to have an open yard, there will be no fences for us. I didn’t grow up with a fence surround me and I don’t want my kids to either. I love the look of a white picket fence but I love my freedom more.
The kiddos made this sign today for their rock band and in house concert, at first I thought it said the Hippy Hick’s which is a cool name too. I just notice the baby chick dressed up as a hippy….I love me kids they are so creative and awesome.