These limes wanted to be harvested when I was at the Climate Reality training last month. They are powerfully good medicine.
What I’ve been doing with them is throwing them whole in morning smoothies. They add a nice flavor kick and some powerful vitamins!
I’m thinking about slurrying them with filtered City of Austin water and freezing them in an ice cube tray for smoothies through the mostly mild winter.
Love and green peace, Donna
Today I had my first ever cycling collision. I collided into the ‘Got Jesus?’ bumper sticker of a car parked near the cul de sac just outside my house. There’s a church nearby and there usually aren’t cars in that spot but this is Sunday.
So. I was listening to ’30′s Lament’ by Laura Freeman on my iTunes mix…about not wanting things, just to sit around and sing… when BAM! I hit the bumper hard and fell to the street. I hit my head on the back of the holy stealth sedan and the top of my arm on the asphalt. Amazingly there was no blood! Not even road rash. It doesn’t feel like a concussion. And there’s nary a bruise or the perversely wished-for black eye. I was lucky.
I must have been squinting in the Texas sun, thinking about my fellow Kelly in Alaska, maybe adjusting something. I was definitely not looking in front of me.
Thankfully, I was wearing a bike helmet.
Now I feel even happier about having preached the lesson in this video I made last year for BikeTexas with John Clawson and the Rhymanese Twins — Noah Tabakin and Jon Steinmeier.
I got my bling on!
Praise Safety Bling!
My friend Bruce with Sierra Club and This Land is Your Land asked me today… What’d you learn? What was the take-away? He was referring to my recent attendance at the Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps Training in Chicago.
Here’s what I understand and agree with:
Climate change is happening now — the violent weather events are indeed wrecking havoc.
There is hope.
We have to adapt to things that are already happening. Nobody can solve this alone, but together we can take action to prevent additional problems.
Here are the top three actions you can take plus some other great ideas:
#1 ACTION. Tell Your Story. Here’s my friend Forrest Wilder telling our Texas story. Yikes.
People respond to stories. Hone your own personal climate change story and…Tell it! What’s your story?
Everyone at the Chicago Leadership Corps Training – 1,250 people from 70 countries, all continents, all 50 US states, 100 from Canada, many from Mexico, committed to taking 10 leadership actions in 2013-2014.
Ok. Here ya’ go. You can use these ‘Reality Drop’ statements to respond to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, legislators, legislative aides — whoever you want to love up with a good healthy dose of reality. This groovy Reality Drop app that the Climate Reality Project’s media team put together makes it easy to paste and drop the statements in articles online. Find some hogwash? Wash it here –https://realitydrop.org/#
#3 ACTION. Take it to the policy makers! You can write a handwritten letter, email, or phone, or best yet, visit your Legislators. Consider doing it at least four times this year. Once per season. Yeah!
Ask them to:
Eliminate all incentives for oil, gas, and carbon (Ok, that can be a tricky ask in Texas. But someones’s gotta do it. Right?) And finally, let them know they can butter the bread better -Implement energy efficiency and clean renewable power — in particular, rooftop solar.
Its my same ol’ golden oldie, the mantra that serves –
We can transition in a fair way now off of fossil fuels, by implementing clean energy solutions — energy efficiency measures across all sectors of our society and by installing and plugging in clean renewable power — particularly rooftop solar.
So. That was my take away, Bruce! ~ Donna
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Figs are coming ripe around Austin!
Having trouble with your digestion? Apanasa, the wind eliminator pose in yoga, just isn’t working this time? Need some fiber? Fresh figs are definitely your friend.
Once that problem’s solved by picking, washing, and eating a few from the fig tree, then you might like to use the colander-full that’s left over to make a delicious figgy pecan tart.
Your body will thank you. Figs are considered one of the world’s healthiest foods. Check out this long list of health benefits.
Austin’s bird population knows the time is now for figs. I never feel like I’m denying them their fill — at 5’2″, I can only reach the lower limbs, leaving the fruit at the top half of the tree for my fine feathered friends.
If you don’t have your own fig tree, you might spot a neighborhood fig tree that isn’t being harvested. That’s where the fine art of gleaning comes in.
Gleaning is the practice of collecting leftover crops – or harvesting from entirely ignored crops. Beside figs, loquats are another great urban crop ignored all over Austin that are perfectly ready to be gleaned. They become ripe during the middle to end of winter, the opposite time of year from figs, so they don’t pose a time management complication for gleaners.
Gleaning requires attention to notice the crops that aren’t being used. On neighborhood walks, they practically cry out to you. If you don’t notice the beautiful invitation of their color, the squawking of happy, intelligent birds feasting to their delight could also serve as your signal to investigate further.
Next, gain permission. If the tree is overhanging a public sidewalk or passage, I would say, forego this step. I don’t want to get you in trouble though with the law or an angry neighbor. So, you should probably ask each time.
Most people who are ignoring their fruit happily allow you to glean from their trees.
If you are able and wish to, you could offer them a small cash Thank you.
If not, no worries. Glean away!
These are the figs I gleaned this past week. I’ve washed them thoroughly and today they become a figgy pecan tart.
Love and health to you and yours, my friends! Donna
The past few days, I’ve watched three great films. Recommended highly! –
Dave with actor Kevin Kline was assigned viewing for my Screenplay Workshop class. This fun movie has some important political messages — have fun and sing out loud without a care; believe in your own heart’s concerns and decide to try; act with the belief that you are powerful; demonstrate integrity; act on behalf of those less fortunate; full employment is a good thing for our communities.
Mary, Andrew, Jan, Don Felipe and I watched Part One of the Ken Burns’ PBS National Parks series. Part One covers the first National Park designation — Yellowstone; and the second, Yosemite. And it introduces us to the beautiful life and writing of John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club. Watch this on the largest screen possible. Its mighty scenery!
Finally, today, I took the third grade classes from Blackshear Elementary School to see Flight of the Butterflies in 3D at the Bullock IMAX. The kids agreed that it has the best 3D effect ever. And they loved the story of how scientist Fred Urquhart and his partner Nora Patterson discovered the amazing migration and destination of the monarch butterflies.
I’m inspired by it all to share this Muir quote and my recent photo of Texas’ Gorman Falls with you –
Everything is flowing — going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water. Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streams of music and fragrance; water streams carrying rocks… While the stars go streaming through space pulsed on and on forever like blood…in nature’s warm heart.
“When we reflect deeply and honestly, when we subject our actions to thoughtful examination, when we act with purpose, not whim or thoughtlessness, we imbue our actions with meaning. I believe this balanced rhythm is the essence of a life lived with grace.”
~ Bernice McCarthy, Educator