7 Billion Drops

Feeding the world one backyard at a time


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7 Billion Drops

How many drops of rain does it take to make a rain shower?

In describing backyard farming in the documentary Food Patriots, a traditional farmer exclaimed “it’s only one drop in the ocean”! He was  being interviewed by filmmakers Jeff Spitz and his wife, Jennifer Admur Spitz.  Their family’s premise is that if you only grow 10% of what you eat, it’s a start that makes a huge difference.

The filmmakers have joined with thousands across the United States to take charge of what their family eat by growing food (fruits, vegetables, and chickens) in their backyards.  

So whether we are voting for the next President or feeding the world. Each drop is necessary to accomplish that rain shower.

That is, each vote counts.  

Each backyard matter.

Now, when it comes to feeding the world what is your one drop?

Mine start with growing wheatgrass and sunflower sprouts in my tiny New York apartment.

Where will you start?

“If you think you are too small to make a difference try sleeping with a mosquito”.  Gandhi

Window box gardening. Thyme, parsley and basil.

Thanks to FMTV.com for providing this film to subscribers.

Today I’m Thankful Because…I’m Able To See…


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  • colors

  • the smile on my son’s face

  • the sun as it sits on the horizon

  • children playing in the park

  • the lingering gaze of a husband in love

I am truly thankful and grateful that I can see.

 

Be Strong and Courgeous in 2016

Don't be discouraged


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Strong and courageousThis is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your… Click To Tweet

Many of us have made resolutions for the New Year.  It’s our thing to do each year.  And although there are many pundits bemoaning the dismal statistics of how many people fail to live up to their own expectations, I say, be strong.

You are not alone.  You can still live up to your own ideals.

Even if we do not achieve our goals 100%, we should still try.

There is nothing wrong with hope springing eternal.  It means we are alive.  And it means we want to keep living.

Living longer.

Living more productive lives.

So, my encouragement today is to be strong and courageous.

You are not alone.

New Year, Resolutions & Goal Setting – Why Wait?


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It’s almost the end of December.  The New Year is just around the corner.  Some people had two lists this month — the Christmas list and the New Year Resolution List.

But are you waiting until after December 31 to starting working on your goals — your resolution list?

Why wait?

New Year: When it comes to resolutions and goal setting when to start is up to you.  Why wait though? Some people wait just to indulge more in the behaviors and habits they are resolving to stop.  All the while putting off the action required to achieve the goals on their list.  There’s no reason you can’t start now.  Today.

Resolutions: Each New Year, millions of people make resolutions for themselves.  Whether ditching bad habits for good ones or promising ourselves to do more, it’s the same every year.  We start the year off with a bang.  Gyms are full. Blenders and juicers are flying off the shelves.  And our gaits and moods are obviously lighter.

But as the month of January moves forward. And old man winter squeeze us in his death cold hands, our resolve gets depleted.  Our souls run dry and we find ourselves curled up into a hopeless ball.  Once again beating ourselves up for not trying hard enough…for failing.  And vowing to do better next year.

But why wait for New Year? Why not start now?

Goal Setting:  Now that our Christmas lists are all but utilized, we can now turn to that “goal setting list”.  While we passively go through Holiday rituals — Eating and drinking too much and leaving exercise to chance — and as we look beyond December 31’s horizon.  With the twinkle of hope in our eyes, we gain strength in knowing that definitely starting January 1, we will do better.

But why wait?

Resolve to start working on your goals now.  Yes. Today.  Resolve to eat less today.  Resolve to take a walk either early morning or after dinner.  Resolve to write in your journal or create a budget now.  Resolve to start today.

There’s no rule that say you can’t.  When you start now, you are bound to have a bit more velocity when you get to January 1.  Otherwise you are just planning to feel bad before you feel better.

So go on. Skip the bad. Start now.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Christmas: Imagining How it Might Have Really Started


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Dove

This is how I imagine one of the ways Christmas may have started.

I imagine Jesus in heaven.  He spends his days hanging with David, Joshua, Elijah, Joseph, Melchizedek and the rest of the crew.  They have good times.  Retelling their stories.  At least everyone does.

And Jesus asks to hear them again and again.  He never seems to tire of hearing about David’s exploits.  About how Moses saw the burning bush and eventually lead the people of Israel out of Egypt.  Or how Samson tore the lion apart with his bare hands.

These meetings are the highlight of Jesus’ day.  Once a day they would all gather to just hang and tell Jesus their stories.

Not that he didn’t already know. (more…)

Blogging for fun

And resolving to enjoy the life I have


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I love blogging

I’ve spent the last couple of months or so wondering why I’m blogging.

It’s not that I didn’t have good intent when I started.  It’s not that I didn’t know what I was doing. As a matter of fact, I was really excited about writing, blogging, whatever.  I loved to get a thought, have an experience or bump into a new discovery I can share. I envisioned I could share something that either helped or entertained.

Either way.  It was my way to serve in a fun way.

But somewhere, something not so pleasant happened.  I think I got way too serious.

I started listening to the podcast “gurus” and reading what they were all writing.  I basically drank the Koolaid.  I began to worry about subscription lists and niching down to my underwear.  I didn’t feel “serious” enough about what I was doing.  I was spending lots of money and way too much time trying to “engage”.  Why wasn’t I as “successful” as “they” said I should be?

Also, I was overwhelmed by the tens of thousands of unread emails in my blog’s inbox. I know I would never get to them. Not to mention the multiple “come hither” invitations to subscribe or to buy a course in this or that.

It wasn’t bad enough that I was being targeted multiple times a day by the same people.  I was also getting emails introducing me to the same people I was getting the multiple emails from. It’s insane!

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Nine out of 10 consumers agree: If it’s GMO, they have a right to know


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#justlabelit GMO labelingAccording to a recent poll conducted by The Mellman Group, 9 out of 10 (or 91 percent of) Americans… Click To Tweet— “Frankenfoods,” as some people in the food revolution movement often call them.

This preference for GMO labeling has been supported by eight other polls, according to the Center for Food Safety. On top of that public demand, a group of CEOs from 127 food companies wrote to President Obama, urging him to support labeling of GMO foods. Most recently, in response to the FDA’s approval of GMO salmon for human consumption, a New York Times editorial called for mandatory GMO labeling.

Click to read more…

Listen

To the Still Small Voice


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Listen

Listening. It’s a rare gift indeed.

From the customer service rep on the phone to the clerk behind the counter.  Everyone wants to give their opinion.  

Yet no one cares to listen to yours.

Are you a good listener?

Are you?

Well let’s see. (more…)

The Virtuous Mom: Having the Courage to Believe


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faith, courage


Faith means different things to different people I think.

But faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 Because if you already see it then what’s the point of hoping for it? (paraphrase).

When you have no one to depend on, your only recourse is to have faith that things will work out.

However it is true that “…faith without works is dead,” James 2:17

Meaning if you need a job but you never look for one it is highly unlikely you will get one no matter how… Click To Tweet

When you are mothering solo it may seem like you are all alone. Yet, I find that having faith in God brings me peace. And usually that faith is “rewarded” by an answer I didn’t quite expect.

For example, when my youngest became a teenager, he was quite lippy. I was tired, overworked and overwhelmed. I realize I couldn’t handle him and I wasn’t interested in getting into a shouting match with him every day. I tried that once and I almost had a stroke — literally.

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