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Thought for the Day

ImageDon’t rely on buzz-words, make sure your food is actually good for you.


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Baked Chicken of the Wrong Kind

Hey there, just want to remind all chicken keepers to watch out for your flock during high heat.  I almost lost Sabrina yesterday.

Some ideas for keeping your birds cool and hydrated:

  • Chilled water
  • Crushed ice
  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber

Make sure their water is in the shade or they may not go drink it.  Mine won’t.

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Cinema Thursday: The Miseducation of America with Charlotte Iserbyt

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt (pronounced Izzer-bee), former Senior Policy Adviser in the US Department of Education during the Reagan administration, was interviewed in May of 2011 about the miseducation of America.  It’s not so much an interview as it is her telling the story of what has gone on in education.  Please listen with both ears and your mind, you’ll need them.  There is so much information in this video.  I really felt that my brain drowned in information (that’s a good thing).

Charlotte Iserbyt’s website is deliberatedumbingdown.com.

Charlotte Iserbyt: The Miseducation of America Part 1-Full

Read the Transcript: America’s Road to Ruin

Read more of Iserbyt & others’ work here.

Charlotte has also written the book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America which is online for free.   It is a chronological history of the past 100+ years of education reform.  It contains a lot of research including government plans and policy documents from her time in the Department of Education.

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Avoiding GMOs in Your Garden


Lately, it seems that we’re up to our eyeballs in GMOs.  Corn, soy, zucchini, you name it they’ve tampered with it.  That’s why gardening is important.  When you grow something yourself you know what went into its development.

But you didn’t think that Monsanto and their cronies would watch their customers drift off into organic-ville quietly did you?  Of course not.   They want to capture whatever revenue streams are available.  And since gardening is in vogue again (and they’re already in the agriculture business) of course they’ll try to get their slice of that pie.


The two major ways Monsanto is interfering is by buying up smaller seed companies and also the names of heirloom seeds.  That way you either buy from them without realizing it or the seed company has to pay Monsanto for using “their” seed name.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, has written an excellent article about this HERE.  Thanks for alerting us, Sarah.

Here is a list of seed companies Monsanto has bought or does business with.

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Why, when there are six nest boxes to choose from, do things like this happen?

Getting a little crowded in here.

(This photo was not staged or edited at all.)


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3 Articles You Should Read

I’ve been meaning to do a post about each one of these articles but decided just to give a link and my take on it.

Taiwan destroys US meat laden with growth-boosting drug

Here’s an idea: instead of Taiwan legalizing ractopamine so the USA will play nice, how about we ban ractopamine too?  Otherwise it just sounds like a kid being pressured to do drugs so that their peers will accept them.

Photo credit: Jiri Hodan

5 great reasons to kick your soda habit

With friends like these, who needs enemies?  Not only will soda inflate your dental bills, it can also give you cancer, fry your brain, and pollute your water!

Farming communities facing crisis over nitrate pollution, study says

Industrial agriculture is showing its Mr. Hyde side.  Nitrates from fertilizers and animal manure are polluting California’s Central Valley water supply and causing massive damage to the residents’ health.  Hopefully farmers will realize how dangerous this is and pursue nontoxic methods.

Articles are from MSNBC

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And All For Lack of a Horseshoe Nail…

I’ve been thinking about laundry lately.  Doing it by hand, that is.  I think I’d like to try it.  Thing is, I’d want to do it self-sufficiently: no tap water, homemade soap, air dried.  To do that I would have to go down to the stream a mile or two away with buckets–on foot.


Photo credit: Peter Griffin

Okay, on to the soap.  The recipe in my Foxfire book says I’ll need lye, lard and water.  Ooh, lye is usually store-bought.  To make lye I’ll need wood ashes and water.  To get the wood ashes, I’ll need to cut firewood and build a fire.  (We won’t delve into making our own axes now.)  Another trip to the stream procures the water.

Lard is rendered pig fat.  We’re gonna have to get a pig, raise it, butcher it and render the lard.  Oh yeah, we’ll need something to feed that pig with, like corn and mangels and veggie scraps and skim milk.  (Let’s leave the dairy cows alone though.)

Now that we’ve got lard and lye, we can make the soap.  Finally.


We boil the wash water, grate in some soap, and we scrub scrub scrub scrub scrub.  Rinse and hang to dry–on tree branches, lest we necessitate rope making as well.

The point of this long-winded post is this:  Do you realize how much work goes into everything?  See how nearly all activities require another job to be done first?

Sure, I’ll start hand work using premade conveniences.  But if I always use them, I’m not truly self-sufficient.

How much will I do for myself?  I don’t know.  But I will find out.

Kudos to the pilgrims, pioneers, and explorers who jumped headfirst into doing it all.

For Want of a Nail

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Photo credit: Vojko Kalan

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