Originally an illustrator and designer, Peter Clark now uses a collection of various papers to form all kinds of patterned, textured artwork. Peter paints with paper, finding bits of treasure among other people’s trash. He and his wife scour flea markets, garage sales, and even dumpsters for malleable media. [Read more...]
Meet my little cousin Nina: A graduating senior and Green Club President at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, GA. She recently reminded me of the initiative being taken by young students worldwide to spread environmental awareness.
@Jay_BC: So how did you guys spend Earth Day?
Nina: We got people around our school to sign their names on a green leaf for Earth Day to bring awareness to global warming, Earth Day, and going green as a whole!
Here’s some info on why drinking lemon water is highly recommended and should become a regular habbit for all:
1. Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH: Drink lemon water everyday and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.
3. Helps with weight loss: Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet (see #2) lose weight faster.
4. Aids digestion: Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
5. Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin: The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.
7. Freshens breath: Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this. I admit, I’m slightly worried about it.
8. Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.
9. Keeps you zen: Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C.
10. Helps kick the coffee habit: Have a glass of hot lemon water and feel the difference.
- Drink your warm lemon water in coffee cups that has coffee or tea stains. The lemon water will help remove them.
- Grind the used lemon rinds in your garbage disposal to help deodorize it.
BC: “What was so Organic about the process of creating AWBG?”
Issa: The process of creating ABG was so organic because the idea came from my natural experiences with people and various situations. I reached out to people I knew to create the first episode and used any all resources I had to make the project come together. ABG is a major extension of me.
Watch and see why this young lady is beyond awesome [Read more...]
Today I had the privilege to go and speak to the “Gardening” Students over at John Muir High School (Pasadena,CA), and man they are doing some incredible things under the leadership of my associate and close friend Mud Baron. Mud Baron and Doss Jones have started to give away seedlings for school gardens in Los Angeles. I learned a lot from the students, still trying to process half of it. But great trip and so happy for being able to experience them first hand. We got to get more money for these gardens…It will happen soon, Hopefully. [Read more...]
In need of some conscious eating inspiration? Look no further than www.chefahki.com.
Sepsenahki “Chef Ahki “ Aahkhu is an indigenous author, dietary consultant, colon therapist, Chef and professional blogger whose use of seasonal, organic, fresh non-hybrid fruits and vegetables in her recipes is designed to heal bodies and enhance lives. Her website is chock full of all types of information ranging from various articles on health-related topics to delicious original recipes. If you have been trying to immerse yourself into a world of healthier eating, this is definitely a great place to start.
Many of you drink tea as an herbal remedy, but have any of you smoked it? Well, here’s your chance. Meet Liz Neves, the founder of Raganella’s Botanical Solutions, an all natural body care company that hand blends organic, sustainable, smokable tea in Brooklyn, New York.
Crab migration is an unusual occurrence, and unforgettable spectacle. Accrued every year in the Bay of Pigs, Zapata Peninsula, Cuba. La migración de Cangrejos.
Million years ago, crabs lived in the sea, today millions of crabs move to the shore every spring. They release the eggs into the sea, where they hatch. via
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Yet another study has come out showing that moderate red wine consumption could have positive health benefits.
The study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, shows that women who drank 8 ounces of red wine for a month had slightly decreased estrogen levels. Estrogen is known to contribute to cancer cell growth.
However, the researchers found that only red wine had this beneficial effect because of the compounds found in red grape skins and seeds; it’s not that white wine increases cancer-promoting factors, but that they don’t have any protective effect.
“If you were to have a glass of wine with dinner, you may want to consider a glass of red,” Dr. Chrisandra Shufelt, MD, assistant director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, said in a statement. “Switching may shift your risk.”
The study included 36 women who drank either 8 ounces a night of a Cabernet Sauvignon (a red wine) or a Chardonnay (a white wine) for nearly a month, and then switching to the other kind of wine. Their blood was collected twice a month so that researchers could measure their hormone levels.
Another study, published in the FASEB journal, showed that resveratrol, an ingredient found in red wine, could slow down the growth of breast cancer cells, BlissTree.com reported.
But not so fast. There is likely a thing as too much when it comes to alcohol consumption and cancer risk, previous studies have shown. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that drinking three alcoholic beverages week — no matter the type — could actually modestly raise breast cancer risk.
In an appearance on The Daily Show last night, George Lucas said that he had trouble getting funding for his new movie, “Red Tails,” because of its black cast.
“This has been held up for release since 1942 since it was shot, I’ve been trying to get released ever since,” Lucas told Jon Stewart. “It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all…I showed it to all of them and they said no. We don’t know how to market a movie like this.”
“Red Tails,” which stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Terrence Howard, is based on the Tuskegee Airmen, the group of pioneering black pilots who fought in the United States’ segregated armed forces during World War II. The movie is directed by Anthony Hemingway, the rare black director getting a chance to direct a big-budget feature.
Last week, Lucas told USA Today that he was worried that if Red Tails was a failure, it could have negative repercussions for black filmmakers. “I realize that by accident I’ve now put the black film community at risk [with Red Tails, whose $58 million budget far exceeds typical all-black productions],” he said. “I’m saying, if this doesn’t work, there’s a good chance you’ll stay where you are for quite a while. It’ll be harder for you guys to break out of that [lower-budget] mold. But if I can break through with this movie, then hopefully there will be someone else out there saying let’s make a prequel and sequel, and soon you have more Tyler Perrys out there.”
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2012 is here and we’re offering some dope ways to kick off your year on a healthy note!
1) Know What You’re Eating
When possible, opt for organic foods. They are grown and processed without using synthetic chemicals, sewage sludge, or radiation. Familiarize yourself with the so called “Dirty Dozen” list to find out which pieces of produce typically contain the highest amount of pesticide residue.
2) Choose Better Personal Care Products
There may be more VOCs in your personal care products. There is a good chance that other toxic chemicals are hiding under the term ‘fragrance.’
3) Free Yourself of Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is linked to a number of health issues, including asthma and cancer. It’s often emitted over many years from certain pressed wood furniture pieces, carpet adhesives, and paint. It is also found in hair straightening treatments, kids’ dishware made of melamine resin, air fresheners, wrinkle-free bedding, dry cleaned clothes, and nail polishes. It’s important to seek out formaldehyde-free products and to ask your beautician about the products your using
More tips to come!
- Paper grocery sacks. While some of these have printed surfaces, they usually offer plenty of space for kids to draw a picture or to scribble greetings for the receiver of the gift, saving the use of a name tag as well.
- Reusable shopping bags. My customers taught me this one. Every year we sell hundreds of these, many with NFL logos or other branding. But I can count on one hand how many I see returned to the store for shoppers avoiding plastic bags. During a conversation with a customer last year, who had her cart piled with them, she pointed out that they were only a dollar, so much cheaper than reusable paper bags, and could be used over and over for anything. Fantasic idea! In an effort to encourage my family to ditch plastic bags, I did the same last year. My adult gifts were all wrapped in cloth bags.
- The newspaper. Don’t become a hoarder on my account, but save up a good pile to get you through the holidays. The comics are always a favorite for children, and they still get that thrill of ripping open their gifts. You can even use the inserts for this project, including store ads and the weekly magazine.
- Junk mail, or any other waste paper you would send to the recycling facility. Get creative with it!
- Go to the thrift store and find something interesting, like old maps or some really memorable fabric.
- Stick one gift within the other. Almost like stuffing a stocking with treasure, you just have to use your imagination. Giving a tackle box? Put his new tie inside it. A purse? Fill it with a new MP3 player.
- Buy an alternative wrap, such as the fabric ones sold at Lyziwraps. Support a small business in the process!
Enlisting former President Bill Clinton as a partner, President Barack Obama is announcing a $4 billion effort to increase the energy efficiency of government and private sector buildings, aiming for fuel savings and job creation at no cost to taxpayers.
The proposal, to be announced by Obama and Clinton on Friday, would upgrade buildings over the next two years with a goal of improving energy performance by 20 percent by 2020. The federal government would commit $2 billion to the effort and a coalition of corporations, labor unions, universities and local governments would undertake the other half.
The contractors who undertake the work would be paid with realized energy savings, thus requiring no up-front federal expenditure.
“Upgrading the energy efficiency of America’s buildings is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways to save money, cut down on harmful pollution and create good jobs right now,” Obama said in a statement.
The president will make the announcement after touring a downtown Washington office building whose owners have agreed to make more energy efficient under Obama’s plan.
The program, known as Energy Savings Performance Contracts, has been in place since the Clinton administration but has been little used. Obama’s announcement is yet another in a string of White House initiatives designed to address the current weak economy without having to seek congressional approval.
Gene Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council, said private economic analyses indicate that the $4 billion plan could generate about 50,000 jobs over two years.
The program builds on an initiative that Obama launched in February and that Clinton led through his Clinton Foundation to get the private sector to invest in greater energy efficiency. Clinton already had announced commitments of $500 million in energy efficiency projects in June.
The Obama administration helped finance private sector energy upgrades through its 2009 stimulus program. But that money has begun to run out, and advocates of the new initiative say they hope the effort fills the void.
Joining Obama and Clinton will be Thomas Donohue, the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a long-time proponent of the Energy Saving Performance Contracts.
“We have been pushing the ESPC program for more than a decade because this holds tremendous potential,” Donohue said in a statement. “Despite the benefits of ESPCs, the program has been grossly underutilized.”