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A Letter to Our Mayor

I just sent the following letter to our Mayor. Please feel free to copy and modify for your own use if you feel so led. (I should note that our sewage system is incredibly wasteful and non-Earth friendly. It is my hope that in considering such plans “for disaster” that saner, more eco-friendly alternatives become more mainstream. We could be using “waste” to enrich our compost. We could be honoring sacred Water by not polluting it with every flush.)

Dear Mayor ____,

[Introductory comments and pleasantries]

I understand, per the planners, that the City has backup generators for the water and sewer system in the event of a city-wide blackout. While this would help for ordinary outages such as storms or winter weather, I’m writing with concerns about having no plan in place in the event of a longer term outage. Specifically, I refer to the May 2013 Congressional Report: “Electric Grid Vulnerability” as a likely terror target, as well as various scientific warnings about the possibility of another Carrington Event (or worse) from a coronal mass ejection/solar flare knocking out the power grid beyond any kind of timely repair. Here’s the Congressional Report for reference regarding grid security vulnerability: http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Report-Electric-Grid-Vulnerability-2013-5-21.pdf . Here is a link to a Colorado solar scientist warning policy makers of the likelihood of another devastating solar flare: Scientist Sounds Alarm Over Solar Storms. Given society’s extreme dependence on the electric grid, this kind of likely but off-the-radar event could have severe fallout. In such a case — which those who’ve studied the situation agree is way more likely and far-reaching than most people would imagine — backup generators would only last so long before city sanitation would need to implement some ready alternatives.

I know that for a variety of reasons discussing alternative sanitation or a complete grid-down scenario are not mainstream topics; however, in the event that something like this would happen, it would be good if someone in a position of authority had at least researched the possibility and brainstormed potential solutions. If the grid never fails due to terrorism, glitches or solar flares, great — but those in the know seem to think it very easily could. If the grid does get destroyed for longer than the backup generators last and no one has considered alternatives, then the situation would spiral out of control fast. I’m not suggesting this become main policy, but I would hope anyone responsible for engineering waste disposal would spend at least a bit of time playing “What if?” given that both scientists and those tasked with studying the security of the electric grid have concluded an extended disruption very possible. Mainstream media has even begun to warn of ISIS threats to the American power grid: New ISIS threat: America’s electric grid; blackout could kill 9 of 10 | WashingtonExaminer.com .

The Humanure Handbook is a good place to start for off-grid sanitation. I have a copy to loan out if anyone in charge would like to borrow it. I would want it returned, though. My main concern is that our city should have a backup plan all set to roll out in the event of grid-down. Once people have begun improperly to dispose of waste, then things like cholera, hepatitis and e. coli start spreading in exponential, out of control ways. Though inconceivable to most people, this sort of crisis is exactly the time when a city would most need decisive leadership. Beginning the research process after the event will be too late, particularly since the internet and transportation/delivery of materials would not be available under such circumstances.

I would be happy to discuss this in person with you or with whomever you believe should be preparing for what scientists and Congress have deemed a likely scenario. Hopefully, we will avoid it, but if it happens, we need a plan in place before so that we can have immediate implementation and compliance. The alternatives of delayed action or no action are not pretty.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Laura Bruno

“This Artificial Reality Must End” ~ Joseph Chiappalone w/ Jeff Rense 03.15.2013

A fascinating discussion between Joseph Chiappalone and Jeff Rense — layers upon layers of information in here. Thanks to “bumpercrop,” who embedded this video as a comment on Exopermaculture.

Warning: not everyone will resonate with or like this post, and that’s fine. If it’s not for you, then just don’t watch it. I’m posting it for those who’ve recently commented on how “surreal” the world seems anymore, for those who had been throwing themselves into helping people shift and who have recently received the very strong message to back off, pull inside themselves and move forward in their own lives in peace. “It is done.” This talk expresses much of what I’ve observed happening in my own life, with clients, and by keeping a finger on the pulse of the world through conversations with very awake people I know all over the place.

In addition to the most awake people I know consistently sharing about their sudden, startling detachment from the world, many of these same people have also expressed or experienced what seem like severe lapses in memory, plus vertigo and/or bizarre visual changes. I’ve experienced some of this myself, but I find it interesting that I’m hearing similar things from so many people right now — and that all of those people just happen to be the more tapped in, tuned in and aware people I’ve encountered over the years. I consider it a pulling away from the artificial reality, because these people — including me — are perfectly fine when engaged in the new realities we’re creating.

It’s just anything old paradigm that seems fuzzy, irrelevant, won’t lodge into long term memory, or mysteriously finds itself roadblocked out of interface. Calendar conflicts and mix-ups, missing emails, people who swear various conversations never occurred — all of this and more has become quite common among people leaving this old, self-destructing reality behind. Pick an end game crisis, any end game crisis, and you’ll see what I mean. Fukushima; Gulf Oil Spill; WW3 with its “mutually assured destruction”; worldwide, weaponized Ebola pandemic; the “ISIS crisis”; Hercolubos/Planet X; worldwide volcanic upticks; worldwide earthquake upticks; runaway GMOs; California drought set to trigger world-wide famine: you name it, we’ve got it. And more. I see this sometimes with clients — where everything falls apart at once. It’s a recipe for certain death or a massive, life-altering and rejuvenating quantum leap. Simply put, we are in evolve or die time. And for all intents and purposes, most of the key decisions have already been made.

Anyway, here’s the talk, and again, if what he’s saying doesn’t compute, then this video’s probably not for you. I’m posting it for those people for whom nothing computes anymore, because this message probably will. ;)

NOTE: The practical suggestions of how to live in the time of split start at minute 28:00.

UPDATE: a little comment discussion with Ann on her blog:

“Or maybe I’m already living in an alternate reality?” Yes, that’s the point of his talk … or at least what I took from it. :) See the intro to the video:

The Jeff Rense Program
March 15th, 2013

http://www.renseradio.com/listenlive.htm

[SNIP] the thought you should be leaving this essay with is that of Joy, for all that is happening is eradication of the putridness from our lives. By the Process of Finality we shall see the end of Evil, the end of its exploitative mechanisms, the end of all the pains, suffering, misery and ignorance that we have been subjected to since spirits were trapped in matter.

What will follow will truly be a reward for those who have wanted, and sought, Simplicity, Truth and True, Universal, Immutable Love.

The others who wanted nothing but exploitation, hate, lies and murder can go back to where they belong: to the Hell of their own creation. They will, in time, be transmuted to exist no more. [SNIP]

http://rense.com/general95/end-time-c

  • Seems to me he’s assuming material reality will no longer exist here. True? It smells like “Ascension” to me, where people simply want to leave Earth and be done with her!

    • laurabruno says:

      If that’s what he meant, that’s not how I took it. I took it that the old, infected overlay would be destroyed and anything viable (natural) would survive in a better, clearer version … kind of like the Hopi prophecy of specters and unnatural overlays simply fading away. From the link you shared, maybe he did mean all of material reality would be destroyed. I just took it to mean this VERSION of material reality — which, for many of us, has already faded so far away as to have become completely “surreal.”

Let us move from within to dispell conflict, wherever we are

laurabruno:

Beautiful and powerful images and context!

Originally posted on Exopermaculture:

And let us replace all remembered images of violence with those of peaceful interaction. As within, so without. 

35 Images of Kindness Found Within Conflict

September 17, 2014

syndicated from kindnessblog.com, via dailygood.org

During times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit’s capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through.

This man, Alberto Casillas, instantly became a national celebrity in Spain when he protected a group of youths who were protesting against the government’s austerity measures. The police were beating and attacking protestors who then ran into Casillas’s cafe for protection. When the police demanded he let them enter, he stood against them, with absolutely no weapons or way to defend himself and said, ”On my Life, you will not enter! It will be a massacre.” When the police stood down, the protestors started hugging and thanking him. The best part of this story? Casillas actually supported the government the protesters were fighting against. But that didn’t matter to him. As he said, ”There were excessive police forces. I am for compliance with the law, but above the law, there is humanity. I did what I had to do, that’s all.”

Alberto Casillas, instantly became a national celebrity in Spain when he protected a group of youths who were protesting against the government’s austerity measures. The police were beating and attacking protestors who then ran into Casillas’s cafe for protection. When the police demanded he let them enter, he stood against them, with absolutely no weapons or way to defend himself and said, ”On my Life, you will not enter! It will be a massacre.”

“Ukrainian girl giving sandwiches to protesters”

Ukrainian girl giving sandwiches to protesters

This is the aftermath of a very sweet moment between a General and a protester in Brazil.

This is the aftermath of a very sweet moment between a General…

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Remembering a Courageous Soul & Messages of Faith on the Eternal Journey

laurabruno:

A sweet, tender memorial of Tania Marie’s precious Gaia, whom I’ve also had the honor to know and love. I still remember tortoise sitting one time, and Gaia disappeared, only to be found hiding in all the computer wires! I know she’s been doing very important work underground, but Gaia has always been so cosmic. As Tania shares, she wasn’t always “here” even when she was here. Well, wherever you are, sweet Gaia, thank you for all the love you’ve shown this Earth and those who’ve known and loved you.

Originally posted on Tania Marie's Blog:

gaia and me

Tiny Gaia when she first entered my life

The moment you want to give up is when you need to dig as deep as you can to keep believing even more, as you’re so close to breaking through the veils and into the light of your heart.

It’s one of those time cycles where I feel a stronger pull to my cosmic origins, and needing to remind myself of balancing and grounding in order to fully be present in this current Earthly experience. And while feeling these pulls elsewhere, it’s no wonder I’ve also been sharing reverence for my beloved Russian Tortoise, Gaia, whom has been away on mission since the end of April.

She, along with my beautiful, physically departed Nestor, have been heavily on my mind. And I know that they are both cosmic pilgrims engaged in their soul essence journeys of the heart.

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Good News from Poland!

This arrived yesterday from Julian Rose, but I’m just now getting a chance to post it. The newsletter covers Poland’s ongoing battle to remain GMO-free, as well as clever, beautiful ways some farmers have begun to include more of the public in their rural life. Oh, America, may you, too, clear away the GMO haze to see the truly wonderful alternatives!

Dear Friends,

*Don’t miss the short film at the end of this letter!*

We bring you good news! – and that’s a rare enough commodity these days -

The Coalition for a GMO Free Poland has scored a dramatic success in
blocking a determined attempt by the Polish government to fast track a new GMO Act through parliament that would have opened the door for GM planting.

Our Coalition colleague and legal expert Pawel Polaneki, was able to openly expose the absurdity of the proposed new regulation during a specially convened environmental committee meeting in the parliament 10th September.

Amongst other things, he highlighted the fact that the new act proposed a 1,000 zloty fine for anyone found to be growing a GM crop on their land. 1,000 zloty is just 200 pounds!

To his great surprise – and ours – the vice chairman of the agriculture committee then jumped up and said that this was an outrage and called for a total ban of GM to be at the centre of the new act!

Disarray followed – and the meeting was called-off with all parties
told to resolve the situation before a further meeting is convened.

Of course we haven’t won yet – and these things tend to drag on interminably – but the deadly GMO machine has been foiled once again.

On another, yet related note – ICPPC’s founders are busy with an innovative project to promote solar energy in the Polish countryside.

We (Julian and Jadwiga) have already travelled to four different Provinces and have been meeting-up with farming families running agri-tourism initiatives who also wish to install passive and photovoltaic panels on the farmhouses where their guests will stay.

It’s a great thing for the health of both people and nature to be able to combine environmentally friendly farming practices with solar energy to power the household!

Here’s a short film shot at our Eco Centre in Stryszow, near Krakow.
It will give you a flavour of what we’re up to .. and maybe entice you to come and visit?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnItfy5EtxQ

All best wishes,

Julian and Jadwiga

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ICPPC – International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside,
34-146 Stryszów 156, Poland tel./fax +48 33 8797114 biuro@icppc.pl
www.icppc.pl www.gmo.icppc.pl www.eko-cel.pl

Favorite Permaculture and Gardening Resources

Blog readers and local gardeners keep requesting a list of my favorite permaculture and gardening resources. This is probably not a complete list; however, these represent some of the books, strategies and research I’ve read and/or experienced:

BOOKS

Gaia’s Garden, by Toby Hemenway, is the usual go-to book for at home permaculture. The second edition has much more info for urban and suburban settings.

The Edible Front Yard, by Ivette Soler, is also very good, though it’s not permaculture, per se.This book emphasizes beautiful, edible ornamental vegetables, bushes and trees, coupled with expert tips on good landscape design, including color, structure and plant suggestions. A must-read if you plan to garden in your front yard, since this book will help you avoid raising the ire of lawn-loving neighbors.

The Backyard Homestead, edited by Carleen Madigan, has information on how to do just about everything related to growing and preserving your own food, raising livestock, making herbal medicines, pruning fruit trees, and more. It’s really a one-stop shop in terms of straight up information with lots of charts, calculations on land productivity, as well as specific suggestions regarding varieties and attractive, edible plant combinations.

Four-Season Harvest, by Elliot Coleman is the go-to book for cold frames, greenhouses and season extension. He shares a phenomenal amount of knowledge, which I am only just beginning to absorb. Thinking in 4-D (with the time factor) brings gardening even more into the range of multi-tasking. Coleman covers cover crops, latitude, daylight hours, chill factors and more. If you want to garden in three seasons and harvest in four, this is the book for you.

Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, by Niki Jabbour, is another excellent book to help you strategize for maximum harvest, despite climate challenges. I own both Coleman’s book and Jabbour’s book, as Jabbour’s seems less intimidating, and I like her excitement.

All New Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew, is considered a must-have by many people who garden in raised beds. I own a copy, and I appreciate the work he does to make gardening accessible for everyone. Based on my experimentation, “Mel’s Mix” for soil really does make a difference. I just don’t like orderly, rigid, square boundaries, so his gardening style doesn’t particularly suit me. I prefer the looks and growth advantages of round, tiered beds, and I also like making free form raised beds via sheet mulching (also called Lasagna gardening) and wood mulch (also called the Back to Eden Method). If you like tidy raised beds, then The All New Square Foot Gardening will prove a worthwhile book to own. If you just want some knowledge about soil, general information on raised beds and trellis ideas, then I’d suggest borrowing this one from the library.

Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space, by Derek Fell. I borrowed this from the Madison Public Library while trying to garden an extremely small space against a chain link fence. We now have a huge garden; however, I continue to implement many of Fell’s delightful suggestions. If I still had a small space, I would own this book for reference.

FILMS/VIDEOS

Back to Eden: This is the film that sparked my own interest in wood mulch gardening for rich soil and dramatically less watering. You can watch it for free online by clicking here.

Permaculture and the Sacred: a fascinating talk given by Starhawk to the Harvard Divinity School. You can watch it here.

Free Introduction to Permaculture Organic Farming Online Course with Will Hooker from NC State University: This is a 38 video series, filmed in an actual ag class at NC State. You won’t get credit for having taken the class, and you’ll need to bear with student interactions and class-specific questions; however, these talks are loaded with information!

PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSES

This is a tricky category, because I have not personally taken anything beyond a weekend introductory course in permaculture. We did participate in a real site design and planting, and we learned a ton; however, this Friday-Saturday-Sunday event did not count as the 72-hour PDC course.

The Permaculture Design Certificate Course is a specific collection of teachings that enables anyone completing it to become a professional permaculture teacher or designer. If you have not taken the course, you are not legally allowed to charge for services that use the word “permaculture” in their description. Of course, you can still study and implement permaculture prinicples on your own, and if anyone wants to learn from you, just don’t call it “permaculture” instruction or design! Terms like “holistic gardening,” “radical companion planting,” “systems gardening” or “relationship in Nature” could all touch upon aspects of permaculture, depending on your interests.

On the other hand, everyone I know who has taken a permaculture design certificate (PDC) course considers it a pinnacle and paradigm shifting experience. Choosing a course depends on your priorities and interests. In some ways, it would be ideal to find a local-ish teacher so that what you learn applies to your climate and location. Any PDC course will encourage you to study your own plot of land across the hours and seasons, though, so you could also select a teacher based on personal resonance.

I’ve often thought I’d want to study with Starhawk‘s Earth Activist Training, if I ever opted to do my PDC. I like that she has studied in the Feri (Faery) tradition and I appreciate the ways she interweaves and grounds her spirituality into everything from gardening to relationships, ritual and politics.

My own major resistance to doing a PDC course is, ironically, that I don’t want to spend much time away from our yard. I read voraciously, and I generally dislike classes (unless I happen to be teaching them). By doing a highly disciplined, self-directed study, I can learn as I go — running outside to evaluate immediately how what I’ve learned might apply to our yard. Traveling to a class also involves transportation, which usually involves fluorescent lights, noise, odd food and sleeping arrangements and noise. While I can handle those things, I’m in a nesting phase and don’t really feel like traveling unless I feel deeply called to a particular area.

If you find yourself in the same boat of not wanting to or not having time to travel for your PDC, blog reader Alan Enzo of http://permacultureeducation.com let me know of an online training that follows the exact criteria of original permaculture design certifier, Bill Mollison:

“Technically, all PDC courses should cover the exact same 72-hours of material. This is how the system was laid out by the founders, and what makes our PDC course special is that we take this seriously.  We do not add our own ‘stuff,’ metaphysics, religion, psycho-analysis, or anything else.  Some Permaculture teachers out there do, and this is not how Permaculture was meant to be disseminated.
We take pride in teaching only the official 72-hour curriculum as set down by Bill Mollison. 

[A]nother major difference between our PDC course and most on-the-ground courses – Students get an intensive design experience with personalized instruction from highly-qualified instructors.  

“In most residential PDC courses, 3-4 students work together on a fictional design, for just a few hours, and present it to the group.  There is little time for reviewing the students’ final designs in this situation, because there are usually many other students waiting to present their group designs, and the process is rushed through.
“In our course, students get experience creating a real, integrated, working Permaculture Design, with expert guidance, feedback, and suggestions along the way.  Our graduates leave with the ability to go out there and design for others, or to teach, consult, start a Permaculture-based business, etc.”
Please note: I have not taken this course, so I cannot comment on the content or teaching, other than appreciating the rationale for sticking to the original information. That’s what I do for certification courses as a Reiki Master Teacher — teach the basics as originally taught, allowing students to customize after the fact. In this way, I know they have received all the required training for valid certification and will be able to discern what’s original teaching and what’s add-on. I also like that someone can take this PDC course from anywhere and use his or her own project as a real design. I have no financial interest in this, but Alan has offered a $50 discount for my blog readers if anyone chooses to sign up. Just mention the discount when you contact them.
OTHER RESOURCES
The Faery Realm — no, I am not being facetious! Faeries love to help people who help heal and protect the Earth, so they arrive as natural allies for anyone open to receiving their help. Click here for some Quick Tips for Interacting with the Faeries.
Local Gardeners, Tree Cutters (for mulch and information about tree health), Farmers at the Farmers Market, Community Gardens and more….
“Permaculture” refers not just to “permanent agriculture” but also to “permanent culture.” The systems approach looks at how everyone and everything interact together in complex, mutually beneficial systems with “stacked functions.” Everyone and everything serves a key function, and permaculture aims to uncover unexpected gifts and relationships. Left brain, right brain, social, solitary observer … it all goes into the mix, so reach out to the world around you. If you read or do nothing else but more deeply, consciously engage your local environment, you’ve already begun taking steps towards permaculture principles. If you add that new knowledge and skill back into your garden, then you’ll have food and beauty to boot!
Cheers!

Sin Eater

laurabruno:

What a fascinating post! My mom has always loved turkey vultures, and I have fond memories of watching them with her while hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail. I must confess, I thought them rather ugly up close, but that was before I learned the essential value and necessity of things like compost, death, decay and Nature’s perfect recycling. A magical, consciousness expanding read.

Originally posted on Ethereal Nature:

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“The Latin name of the Turkey Vulture is Cathartes aura, which means “Golden Purifier” or “Purifying Breeze”

“The generic term Cathartes means “purifier” and is the Latinized form from the Greek kathartēs. The species name, aura, is Latinized from the Native Mexican word for the bird, auroura.”

“Cathartes is the Greek word for “purifier,” referring to these vultures’ role as “cleansers” that remove decomposing corpses in nature.”

“…vultures play a very important role in the ecosystem by disposing of carrion that would otherwise be a breeding ground for disease”

“Although they have excellent vision, they are searching for the odor of a carcass with their highly developed sense of smell.

“They have been known to be able to smell carrion from over a mile away which is very unique in the bird world. The turkey vulture has the largest olfactory (smelling) system of all birds.”

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