For the gardener, winter can be a tedious season with little to do outside in the yard. But the closing out of fall can bring a rush of seasonal jobs that you shouldn’t ignore. After all the typical late-summer harvesting chores (like all the repetitive chopping, peeling, freezing and canning), I really enjoy the change of pace that winter brings. Of course, winter also brings all the chores that come with the wood stove but that’s another story. [click to continue…]
Originally posted 2012-10-05 08:03:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Looking at the images of Haiti’s earthquake and the devastation that followed was a wake up call for me. It’s hard to stay worried about the surcharges on your cell phone bill while you watch a terrified but unwavering husband wait outside the rubble of his home for days to see if his wife will make it out alive. It seems pretty insignificant to complain about traffic when there are hundreds of thousands of people with no food or clean water – at all.
Most of us only see these images during a natural disaster, but in reality these are the living conditions for far too many of our neighbors around the world. Human beings, just like us – who by the simple factor of where they were born – are at risk of illness or death due to unfathomable living conditions.
Thankfully, it didn’t take a natural disaster to open the eyes of a group of local volunteers in Portland, Oregon. Green Empowerment is a non-profit organization that works internationally to provide renewable energy and sustainable water systems to remote communities. Their projects emphasize environmental concerns, including environmental education, resource conservation, watershed mapping, restoration and protection activities.
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Originally posted 2010-02-16 09:00:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter