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Old 03-28-2015, 10:55 PM   #26
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Happy planting Moonlustere! And good luck with the neighbour.

I really enjoyed reading your post; thank you for sharing your thoughts. I would love to hear more if you feel so inclined.
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I am definitely inclined and just a little short of time.

Things are getting back on track and I am almost caught up with everything that was placed on hold last year. Quick query for you...are you interested in balance or traditional native American gardening or perhaps both?
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I am definitely inclined and just a little short of time.

Things are getting back on track and I am almost caught up with everything that was placed on hold last year. Quick query for you...are you interested in balance or traditional native American gardening or perhaps both?

moonlustere, here is a link to something new ~~ a hydroponics grow box that doesn't need a pump. You can make it yourself but you need a part that is printed out from a 3D printer. Or you can buy the box ready to use. The way it works has to do with the length of the roots. The short ones serve one purpose, the long ones another, so you use plain water , kept at a certain level, without a pump. Just nutrients and organic seeds.

This is a really good idea.


EDIT: I can't believe I forgot the link!

https://www.foodrising.org/Food-Risin...nch-Video.html

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I am definitely inclined and just a little short of time.

Things are getting back on track and I am almost caught up with everything that was placed on hold last year. Quick query for you...are you interested in balance or traditional native American gardening or perhaps both?
Hi Moonlustere! I just really liked the way you expressed things. I am definitely interested in learning more about balance. I'm not particularly green-fingered and know nothing about native American gardening;however, I think that in the past people were more connected to the natural and spiritual world than they are today, and that these traditions can teach us a lot about things we've "forgotten".
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Balance is how we individually can be both productive and living to our best personal growth. To acquire balance you have to know yourself first. That is the most difficult journey one can ever experience.

Throughout life we sometimes try to please others and expect personal growth. Culturally speaking, in some situations, it is almost a mandate. It was a very harsh journey for me to find that balance. So to grant perspective, I can only draw from my experience and share some of it. Some of my past and the situations are too painful to address in such a forum.

As children we wander with wonder and absorb knowledge and life around us like little sponges. I was adopted from Florida and later brought to Northern Idaho as an infant. My paternal grandparents had a ranch there. My grandfather was German and Catholic and my grandmother was German and was Mormon. My parents were Mormon and my father was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy. There was no balance happening just conflicts that came up in their lives.

To avoid what I saw, I worked on the ranch. We lived where the electricity was not consistent so I learned to cook on a wood stove. Since it was a ranch, meat was the staple of every meal.

When I was older, I had to opportunity to visit my maternal grandparents. They were rather fed up with things so they decided that I should stay with my birth family on the reservation. I found my answers to balance as provided to my by my actual great grandmother. She was a Native American traditional healer. So I learned about grain, pumpkins and finding paths that fit your feet.

When a person feels discontent in thought, food does not provide the energy you need, sleep is disrupted, dreams are disconcerting and the world seems dim then you have to find where you lost balance and mend it quickly.

For your clarity, I was a straight A honor roll student with scholarships for the first two years of college. I was a hard worker so I caused no hardship for my adoptive family. The only problem was that I was not what they wanted. They later adopted a boy and I raised myself.

If you are on a personal path to find balance, look to what brings a grin to yourself when you are lost in thought. Create a list of what brings warmth to your heart. Make another list of things that trouble you. Once you see what you need to do, the task is easy.

In 2001 I became a recluse. My brother was murdered and I was divorcing my first husband. My joint custody of our son became my sole custody due to his father's behavior. I did my best to take care of everything but it was a struggle. Our son is struggling with anger regarding what his father did. I never prevented that relationship or visitation as I felt that it is important for any child to be with both parents. In order to maintain the best for our child, I had to be the one with the balance. The sad part of the situation is that the intent of his father and his actions resulted in a permanent restraining order for me, his father in jail and a judge informing his father to leave the state and never return. There was joint custody, I paid for our son's insurance, I provided transportation and his father decided it would be best to be mean to his child. Our son is now 25 and his father is 67. Without balance I would have never been able to make sure that a child would have a chance as an adult.

Of course, I have a first edition of Dirk's book. When it was printed I was already an adult on my own. I flew planes, played keyboard in bands, did photography. I met him but never spoke with him when he flew his Cessna and landed in Felts Field where my dad was an air traffic controller. My dad was a go to guy when it came to planes and flying. As I was licensed to handle a radio, I filed a couple of flight plans for him when the station was packed and it was short handed. Somewhere with one stepmother or another is the photo album that has a couple of pictures of Dirk and my dad and one with my brother. When my dad was speaking with anyone, I did not interrupt nor did I impose myself in the conversation.

As you may have a better picture of my perspective, are you looking for personal balance or a better understanding of balance as a whole?
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I also appreciate the hydroponics information that has been provided. Gardening helps me keep in tune with the earth and scrub off corporate work with a nice pleasant mud bath.

When I head to visit my birth family in Florida, I will ask if I may share some recipes that are created with food from the garden's there. My trip there is in June.

My great grandmother was a healer. She never spoke English and could not read or write. What she could do was amazing. She would just look at you and through you then wander off and come back with plants and make a concoction. If you would follow her instructions, you were healed or she granted you the gift to make your end of life easier. It was not an instant healing but you healed. I did not acquire that gift but was granted another.

I live in the city but my yard has deer, turkeys, raccoon and other wild ones.
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Since my internet failed, I went offline for a bit and hope this will better supplement the topic of balance.

Macrobiotics is to me more of a label for balance in diet to create a balance of being. In North America, there is an abundance of wild rice, which has been a staple grain for the people. Then add beans, squash and maize to the mix. Prior to having refrigeration Florida was a difficult area to store meat. You only kept what you could eat that day. Our diets were very simple and kept in balance with our environment. You must not only take but also give back to your surroundings.

A roommate and most honorable friend from Japan introduced me to kaizen, the act of continuous improvement, and genchi genbutsu, which is go see confirm. I added this to my repertoire. Wasabi was very important as a new addition to my diet as well.

Some very close friends determined I should not be a recluse anymore and need to get back into the life they remember I enjoyed. Now I am providing Academe Lectures at schools regarding biodiversity, which those involved with GMO, do not like. This is why I have been busy and doing unexpected travel.

Also my most honorable friend was concerned when I suddenly became ill and a difficulty arose in my second marriage. My spouse is now a roommate with a ring because of decisions he made that broke the trust we had. This is a recent event and I am working through it.

I still have my balance because I know myself. My health has returned. My balance in the world is returning piece by piece. My friends now want me to buy a piano. We will see how that turns out.
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Thank you for sharing so much of your life story Moonlustere. I really appreciate your honesty and openness. It sounds as if you have had many challenging situations in your life, and yet you have still been able to maintain a sense of who you truly are. It seems that the lessons your great-grandmother taught you have stood you in very good stead. I hope that in time I too may be able to experience a life that is more in balance. Of course I first need to read and learn more about what that means. Thank you so much for your suggestions and thoughts, they are really helpful.
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Books will grant you some inspiration but life will grant you the wisdom to prevail.

Take a moment to look around you. Close your eyes and try to remember what you saw.
Only the most important things will still remain in your memory. Those are your links to a material wish, emotional attachment or something that grounds you personally.

Focus on what grounded you. Think of it as a seesaw. There is a pivot point in the center that rests upon the ground. On either side depending on the material item or the emotional need is how you are balanced. Too much emotion swings you one way and too much material will bring you in the other direction.

By finding what grounds you, you find your center. Then you find your balance.

The same exists with what you eat. You crave certain items; you require others. The answers you want are right there.

I am just an individual that was granted a second chance. I am not an expert in anything. Well wishes on your journey.
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Books of possible reference ..

Walking on the Wind: Cherokee Teachings for Harmony and Balance
by Michael Tlanusta Garrett

One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
by Robert Maurer Ph.D.

And from my former mentor Farley Mowat
Never Cry Wolf : Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves

Available in book or the movie is acceptable.
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Moonlustere, you've had so many really difficult challenges but you seemed to have met them very well. You're standing tall. It's wonderful that you found this site. By all means, get a piano! Great music can restore the soul.

The hydroponics post that I left earlier was missing the link - I don't know how I forgot it. but I've edited it to include the link so please take a look at the info. I think you'll like it.

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This link will take you to a thoroughly enjoyable video about home gardening the easy way with the delightful Ruth Stout. Except for the soybeans - unfermented soybeans are unhealthy.
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Ojai22, thank you SO much for all of these links. We are new to MB, thanks to Dirk (my teen daughter has been researching him and Richard Hatch to get a feel for their characters as she pursues a career in comic writing/art, hopefully a BSG series) and have been having trouble finding good MB recipes. SO much of the stuff that comes up in a Google search contains meat, cheese, etc., and we are trying to avoid those things as much as possible. Great info here!
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A missing link is of little concern. I thank you for the information.
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lblank, so glad you found us, and Welcome! It does seem a little difficult at first but you'll iron it out. Like everything else, it gets easier as you go along.

I was posting my experiences and stuff I was learning but got side-tracked a bit in recent months. However, I have just made some new discoveries and will write about them soon. The Hip Chick Guide book will help you so much, and if you haven't read Dirk's first book, Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy, that's a priority.

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I agree - this is a journey we take for ourselves, but it never hurts to have company.

The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics is funny, informative, and has recipes. I recommend it.

But yes - I consider "Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy" required reading. At least twice. I'm going to read it again (3rd or 4th time), once my Mrs. finishes it...

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WHERE I DO MOST OF MY SHOPPING ONLINE


I do tons of shopping online. When I had knee surgery I increased my online shopping. The place where I shop is not a market, just a warehouse, so their prices are discount and shipping is free. Plus most of my food comes right to my door.

A few weeks ago I had two places to shop online but one of them, VitaCost by name, SOLD OUT to Kroger. As you probably know, Kroger is in bed with Monsanto. They made large contributions to Monsanto's campaign of lies in California and Washington so the citizens of said states won't know what they're eating. And what they're dying from.

Apparently sales fell off as word got around so the GMA was formed. Kroger's, Kellogg's, and many others found a way to make donations to Monsanto without appearing to do so. It didn't work - word got out.

Kroger says they want part of the organic market. I think they have other motives as well and I don't intend to help them destroy my health. So I no longer buy anything from VitaCost and I hope you don't either. They're much like this place: https://bit.ly/1wiKhuF where I shop happily, getting discounts galore, plus free shipping. And it's delivered to my door. My UPS driver says I keep him in business! I get lots of hugs from him!

Included in my order that's arriving tomorrow are Eden's Organic Lentils, Bob's Red Mill organic steel cut oats, and Bob's Red Mill organic polenta. I am eating well. 😍

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CONFESSIONS OF A KAMIKAZE COWBOY


By Dirk Benedict


From the mountains, the valleys, and the wilderness that is Montana, to the fanatical frenzy and glitter that is Hollywood, through adventures in global travels, in sickness and in health, with pleasure and in pain, then back to the glitter of Hollywood, and finally a return to the rivers, the creeks, the streams, the peacefulness of Montana; a journey that changed the life of the author as well as the lives of people around the world.


An example:

"...the sixty five year old Grandma who was given six weeks to live after two years of treatment of her leukemia at Stanford University's Oncology unit; who read Kamikaze Cowboy and went back to Stanford a year later to show them their prognosis for her demise was severely premature....she mentions Kamikaze Cowboy and they throw her out...."


And another:

"...the overweight diabetic teen age girl from Iowa who had been an insulin junkie since she can remember but is now sugar free and nearly off the needle too and goes to sleep with the Kamikaze Cowboy under her pillow..."



If you haven't read and re-read this book, why haven't you?


Don't have a copy and you're looking for a bargain? Try abebooks.com or thriftbooks.com. Thrift Books has great overseas shipping.


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grindstonebakery.com


Mario Repetto is the Baker at Grindstone Bakery.

If you eat bread, quite a lot or not so much, you need to check out the Grindstone Bakery in San Francisco. Organic grains are ground shortly before baking. No yeast, just natural fermentation. Both gluten and gluten-free. Ships all over the country.

Here's some interesting info about themselves as well as some important and specific info about bread and grains. Also, what is done to the grains before they reach your plate.




BREAD-MAKING FOR HEALTH & DELIGHT


Stone milling is the oldest, slowest, and best method of grinding whole grains. It is a gentle and cool process that preserves every good part of the grain. All the protein, oils, antioxidants and vitamins from the germ; all the sugars and starches from the endosperm, along with the tiny bits of bran rich in antioxidants and fiber are all there. Nothing is added and nothing is taken away. We slowly grind our whole grains using a small, natural, pink granite stone mill that never overheats the flour. We transform it into living dough within hours of being ground.

In today’s completely automated milling process, steel rollers crush the grain at remarkably high speeds, heating it to elevated temperatures and destroying vitamins and antioxidants in the berry. Sifters remove the germ and all bits of bran from the flour. Some of the separated parts can be later mixed back to produce a so-called whole wheat flourl; but the germ is never added back because, exposed to air and heat, it oxidizes and becomes rancid.

Whole grains are seeds coming from plants that, over millions of years, have developed the capacity to synthesize myriad phytochemicals that help them resist pathogens, parasites and predators, or attract beneficial organisms. We call these beneficial phytochemicals antioxidants. Our modern understanding on how they function in plants is helping us to discover the mechanisms by which whole grains benefit human health beyond basic nutrition. More than 8,000 phytochemicals have been identified, but a large number still remains unknown.

More and more convincing evidence suggests that the benefits of antioxidants in fruits, vegetables and whole grains may be even greater than is currently understood. Our body, it turns out, needs this synergistic effect – this teamwork – that is produced by eating a wide variety of plant foods.

Cells in humans and other organisms are constantly exposed to a variety of oxidizing agents, some of which are necessary for life. These agents may be present in air, food, and water, or they may be produced by metabolic activity within cells. Overproduction of oxidants can cause an imbalance, leading to oxidative stress, especially in chronic bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections. Oxidative stress can cause oxidative damage to large biomolecules, such as lipids, proteins and DNA.

To prevent or slow the oxidative stress induced by free radicals, sufficient amounts of antioxidants need to be consumed. The key factor is to maintain a balance between oxidants and antioxidants to sustain optimal physiological conditions. The lactic acid bacteria in our fermentation cultures are capable of unbinding these critical antioxidants from the bran and germ making them immediately bio-available for the protection of our cells.

In addition, lactic acid bacteria, being avid seekers of the amino acids needed for growing and multiplication, generate powerful external enzymes capable of breaking down complex proteins. This action has two positive effects: one that benefits our palate and the other our health.

Very much like in cheese-making, where the fermentation with lactic acid bacteria cultures breaks down complex milk proteins creating peptides (small protein fragments) with delicious flavors and aromas, our fermentation does the same with the proteins in the whole grain, generating flavors, a dense crumb, and a wonderfully satisfying chewiness. Because the complex proteins that form gluten are delightful targets for them, fermentation by lactic acid bacteria has been shown to substantially reduce the gluten content in bread. Ancient civilizations that ate naturally fermented whole grain bread did not suffer gluten intolerance issues.

All this may help explain why traditional cultures eating diets high in naturally fermented whole grains consistently have better health. Short-term clinical trials focused on fiber alone have yielded inconsistent results. So, the explanation for the health benefits of naturally fermented whole grains may arise from the teamwork of nutrients, protective antioxidants and lactic acid bacteria, not just their fiber.

Our fermentation cultures are the result of years of capturing and experimenting with different combinations of the wild lactic acid bacteria naturally present in the Sonoma Wine Country environment. We call them Sonoma Cultures, and each one has a particular ecosystem of several lactic acid bacteria strains, allowing us to create different breads with a relatively lower acid content than most sourdoughs, rich in flavor and color and resistant to spoilage without the use of preservatives.



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