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Three German Students Surprise a Homeless Guy

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Inspiring Urban (Rental) Homestead in the Desert

Urban Homestead Grows Fruits, Vegetables & Animals in the Desert

John Kohler visits and tours a Las Vegas rental property, sharing tons of clever ideas for growing in less than ideal climate and circumstances. I cannot believe how much food this guy has growing in a small place! Whenever I’ve visited Las Vegas, I’ve felt assaulted by the arid heat. This little duplex must feel like a complete oasis in the desert, and you’d never know how much he has going on there just looking at the front of the house. Definitely worth a watch if you live in the desert or somewhere “too hot to grow anything.” I enjoyed it even though I no longer live in the desert, in part because I once tried gardening in Northern New Mexico and gave up when I realized what an “impossible” task it would be. If you know what you’re doing … or even if you’re willing to experiment … you can do just about anything these days. :)

Standing in the Light of Who You Are & What You Desire – Celebrating a New Moon in Leo


Welcome back, Tania! Thank you for this spot on post. Those secret longings are so key to healing. It seems like I have some variant of this conversation every single day, whether with clients, friends or family members. I forgot about the New Moon and yet spent today initiating new projects and daydreaming/researching even newer ones into being. Perfect timing. Blessings and Happy New Moon Manifesting!

Originally posted on Tania Marie's Blog:

approaching new moon in bimini

Approaching New Moon out front of The ARC, Bimini

I’ve just returned home late last night, so am adjusting and settling back in. I’ll be sharing a bit about our journey soon, but wanted to just share this, as I feel everyone in some way or another is at a personal crossroads in their lives in terms of choices, new directions, and new beginnings.

As shared before, I didn’t realize when I chose the week for this retreat that it began on the day of Mercury going direct and would end just as the New Moon would be emerging, but as all things always are, divine alignment once again was at hand.

And not having focused on what specific sign the New Moon would be in, until I returned, it was also synchronous that the themes we focused on were synchronous to the energy at hand as well.

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Seen at the Elkhart County Fair + A Garden Update

David had free tickets to the Elkhart County Fair — a little perk from work — so we decided to go one night this week. I was surprised to find a huge aquaponics display, an up and coming (Amish?) business in nearby Middlebury. In addition to awareness of food security, we saw solar panels. Apparently, our friend Paul’s letter to the editor last year gained traction, because this year we also saw recycling bins and … vegetables! Now, mind you, nearly all of those vegetables were fried; however, an enterprising fair goer could find deep-fried pickles, cauliflower, broccoli and zucchini. David and I also managed to find some “pit-tatoes” cooked in a BBQ pit, which were actually surprisingly yummy.

My favorite parts of the fair included the following prizewinning entry from a 5th grader:

Fairies at the Fair

And who knew Orchestral Concert Band Organs were making a comeback?!

Stinson Band Organ

Stinson Band Organ

The age of digital music has allowed a nearly forgotten “Object D’Art” of old world charm to return as an economically feasible concert quality entertainment. How lovely! David, whose father hails from Amsterdam, tells me these Orchestral Concert Band Organs are quite common in the Netherlands. What fun!

We also saw various demonstrations of Square Foot Gardening, canning contest winners, and … wait for it … The Tractor Pull Contest. OK, we had no interest in that black smoke chugging, eardrum splitting event, and it’s a good thing, too. When we went to peek at all the commotion, we were quickly ushered away: “We’re FULL!”

Well, then, I guess it’s still Northern Indiana after all, but it was nice to see acknowledgement of the benefits of organic gardening, aquaponics, off grid and low watering options, as well as touches of faery magic. A pleasant surprise before returning to the full on faery farm our yard’s becoming. :)

This morning warmed my heart as I watched the neighbor girls run through the butterfly garden I planted for them. They were giggling and frolicking as they chased butterflies and admired sunflowers three or more times taller than they are. Another neighbor walked down to ask where I got my mulch, as he needed a tree cutter for a dead tree. I love giving my mulch guy business, and the yard has now connected us to neighbors on both sides. The eldest next door neighbor girl proudly assembled their compost bin, and the next in line has agreed to water my potted plants when I travel to the North American Permaculture Convergence later next month.

Yesterday, several strangers stopped to admire the flowers, and a group of eight Amish bicyclists smiled and nodded approvingly at the star and flowers. LOL, when Amish people smile at your garden, you know you’re doing something right!


David’s dad frequently stops by on his errands to look at flowers that remind him “of the all railroad gardens in Holland.” When David’s sister’s in town, she stops for peppermint, and last night on her way into town, she dropped off apple mint for planting. (This apple mint comes from the farm of the family friend for whom David was named. It has been in the family for over 50 years!)

A neighborhood representative yesterday dropped off notice of the neighborhood meeting in August and stopped to marvel at all the flowers, and yesterday, our giggling neighbor/mom asked her 6-year-old stepdaughter who kept craning her neck to look at the tops of the sunflowers: “Are those the biggest flowers you’ve ever seen?” The neighbors across the back alley want to order their own Garden Tower, and offered to give me strawberry plants. On other occasions, they’ve proudly opened their fence to me, so I could tour their own spectacular and secret garden.

I hosted our weekly Goshen Garden Gals Gathering this past Wednesday, and one of the attendees went on and on about what an eyesore this property used to be — for decades. She declared that the transformation of this yard has upgraded this entire section of town from horrible to gorgeous in just two summers.

I planted this garden for many reasons — adding beauty to a blighted part of town being a major one of those reasons, because my soul needs beauty. But the way this once dilapidated, ugly spot has magically become a happy gathering place truly warms my heart. Between garden helpers trading yard work for sessions, neighbor children running through the paths to chase butterflies, neighbors chatting with me as I prune geraniums or harvest collards, and all the people dropping off cardboard boxes, coffee grounds and mulch, it’s almost like having a community garden or park on our block, and I love sharing this joy, beauty and bounty with those around.

sunnies and butterly gardens

The significance of a forgotten CIA document: MKULTRA


This is a brief, but loaded and important, piece by Jon Rappoport. In order to let the implications really percolate, you might also want to read this link: and continue your research from there.

… Doing so will explain why I so often make distinctions between New Age platitudes and passive “lovenlight” head in the sand “consciousness” vs. a real awakening that demands responsibility for creation, rather than abdicating all power, emotions, and individuality to the State, Religion and/or a particular peer group of “Lightworkers.”

A Course in Miracles has very close ties to MKUltra, and ACIM basically spawned the New Age Movement. Is there useful info and are there good people involved? Certainly. But recognizing just how thoroughly the CIA has infiltrated every “awakened” movement should give one pause before throwing loyalty behind any proffered Savior or disempowering “solution.” Time to grow up. Take the helpful parts, but use discernment. Ask who benefits from a completely blissed out, passive, brainwashed society of otherwise intelligent, loving humans who would normally speak up or take action if they weren’t “too evolved” or “fifth dimensional” to bother objecting to genocide. Ask who benefited from the Peace Movement turning into a drugged out Anti-War Movement. CIA infiltrated the 60′s big time. Study these subtle shifts and maybe you’ll begin to feel the signature vibe of CIA? Whenever I feel it, my body recoils and I feel like puking. Just can’t swallow it, even though “it” has artificially flavored everything.

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:

The significance of a forgotten CIA document: MKULTRA

by Jon Rappoport

July 23, 2014

This June 27, 1994, document is stored at the National Security Archive at The George Washington University.

It was written by a CIA advisory committee, and forwarded to the Presidential Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, which was preparing public hearings at the time.

The document has many interesting implications. In this article, I want to focus on two. The first point concerns the CIA mind control program, MKULTRA.

Here is a key quote:

“In the 1950s and 60s, the CIA engaged in an extensive program of human experimentation [MKULTRA], using drugs, psychological, and other means, in search of techniques to control human behavior for counterintelligence and covert action purposes… Most of the MKULTRA records were deliberately destroyed in 1973 by the order of then DCI Richard Helms, who waived the internal CIA regulation (CSI-7O-l0) governing…

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“Weird Al Is Getting Activated”

This came in via email from my friend, Mitch today, and I so agree. It’s really brilliant! Parody as a means of bringing out truths too indigestible for mainstream viewers … and yet the symbols and catchy song filter into the subconscious, preparing the masses to swallow the medicine needed to wake the heck up. Genius! (And, LOL, confession time, I misspelled “genious.” Doh!)

Mitch’s comments:

SUBJECT: Weird Al is Getting Activated

First there’s this video, released last week, with 12M views already, the song he’s parodying was the biggest hit of the year in 2013, is he mocking conspiracy theorists? I felt no, although he know’s people may feel he is,he’s being very sly I feel:

Any questions about his motivations are answered with this video released yesterday, it’s a brilliant animated satire on corporate language and their real intentions, this is very subversive stuff for the masses:

Good for him, another positive sign popular artists are getting it and willing to take a stand, I don’t [get] the energy this is disinfo ala Russell Brand

:) M

I agree. There’s no call for the next French Revolution here. No call for blood in the streets and complete Statist takeover cloaked in New Age feel good fluff. Just a wake-up call to see beyond the programming of Problem, Reaction, Solution — and because it’s Weird Al, those not ready for it can simply dismiss it as satire.

Earth Guide, Sun in Leo, 2014 . . . from our own, special Zooey!!! What a read :) ~J


What a hoot! Great read of the energies here, now that the Sun has entered Leo. Lively, effervescent and irreverent. I like. And I agree. Well worth the romp…

Originally posted on 2012: What's the 'real' truth?:

    “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

      – Pablo Picasso

They say only a sane person knows they’re crazy; and for most people that comes from some hard-won insights. Or a bottle of tequila.

For me it’s all relative. I have so many Leo friends in my life that almost everyone I know is crazy. These are the folks who tiptoe through the tulips while wearing a cape, whistling a tune, and painting the sky with geraniums, gold, and generosity.

They shine! And that’s where the Sun is headed for the next few weeks, the creamy, caring, crazy, uber-creative vibes of the sign of Leo. Yay! Who couldn’t use some of that right about now?

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Just a quick post today to share why I love summer gardening season and the gorgeous raw food creations we can make with fresh food. David’s been working only five minutes away from home this week, which means we get to have lunch together. Yesterday, I made a raw almond mock “tuna” pâté (complete with homegrown lovage instead of celery and the first green pepper of the season), and featured it over freshly picked salad greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, chives, and edible flowers from the garden, along with carrots and beets from a local farm:

July 21 salad

salad two

And today, we had the leftovers, made into something completely different:


leftovers with flowers

Bouquet picked this morning, plus nori wraps filled with leftover nut pâté, carrots and another cucumber, and then tree collard wraps filled with nut pâté, avocado, fresh tomato, carrots and cukes. We spread a little umeboshi plum paste on the wraps at lunch for a sweet, tangy, salty pop! No, I did not grow the avocados or almonds in this dish, but yes, we do have a cold hardy avocado tree. One day, those avo’s will be reallllly fresh! Until then, the co-op works well.

Raw food delights all the senses. So grateful for such beauty and bounty!

Keep your Cool this Summer: Wonder Oven Tip!


I’ve just discovered Wonder Ovens, and what a great way to re-initiate my childhood sewing machine that my parents dropped off last summer. Sure, I need to dig it out of the garage behind all the gardening stuff, but this is pretty amazing. It keeps hot things hot, frozen things frozen, and cold things cold. Knowing friends who lost everything in their freezers during the extended power outages in Goshen a few weeks ago, it just seems like a no-brainer to have these on hand. I had also wondered if there was a way to use a rocket stove (which I own but haven’t tried yet) to heat dried beans to boiling but then continue the very long cooking process without the fuel and attention of a fire. Well, wonder no more with the Wonder Oven. You can find patterns through this post or elsewhere online. I think two makes sense for multiple uses. This is even more exciting than my Stanley Thermos! :)

Originally posted on My Food Storage Cookbook:

We all know wonder ovens keep things hot for extended periods of time, however it’s useful to know they also keep things cool, even frozen in the very same way!  

As an example of this, last summer our family took a road trip at which at one point – going from point “A” to point “B”– we knew we were going to be arriving to a family reunion the very same night our family had been assigned to make dinner for the group.  We wouldn’t have time to visit a store, so before leaving we picked up frozen hamburger patties and packed them in the wonder oven to travel with us.  Once we’d arrived and were ready to make dinner, a full12 hours later, we pulled the hamburger patties from the wonder oven to use and they were still rock hard frozen. Of course we gathered a group from…

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I just left this as a comment on, but it really does deserve a repost. Do what you can with what you have wherever you are. Now. Did you ever notice that NOW is the revamped NWO? I vote for that: New. Open. Wonderful. “If you build it, they will come.”

Am I the only person who looked at ML17 and the ML 370 and said, “Yep, liars. Same old liars, same old script, same old agenda. Time to plant more fruit trees.”?

Seriously, though! If we’re on the global destruction trajectory, then the more we can plant, the better off we (or anyone or anything after us) will be. If we’re on the complete economic collapse trajectory, we’ll have food — for ourselves and maybe even some to share. If we’re on the splitting timelines trajectory, I personally choose to align myself with the healed Earth, which includes restored soil, local food, and more trees. Really, the worse it gets, the more I plant. People keep asking me, “What will you do when you reach manifest destiny in your yard?” I answer, “I’ll move onto to other people’s yards. They’ve already begun to ask if I’ll design and plant their yard. The more food forests a community has, the better.”

I planted 6 fruit trees this weekend and still have three more to go. That’s following all the ones I’ve already planted. While life goes crazy in the world, around here, on this little plot of land, things are spiraling into cooperation. Not control, but beauty, harmony, order and abundance. LOL, I can’t stop planting trees! Methinks the worse the world gets, the more forests we’ll have, and at least that will solve some things. Let the “lost” planes, souls and countries sort themselves. If we don’t save our planet, we won’t have anywhere to live even in the unlikely event that peace arrives.


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