Fab Friday: Everything’s Duckie Down Under

Long live the ducks of Down Under!


Here’s a news segment from ABC* on a lesson about permaculture. It covers a TAFE** college class out in the field, literally, with a bunch of ducks. The ducks are used for pest management in vegetable gardens. How great is that?




One of the students in the film is our family’s very own Kirby Browne. She’s the cute one in the brown hat and striped sweater.  : )




* ABC – Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

** TAFE – Technical and Further Education; TAFE is a leading post-secondary educational institution in Australia, with colleges all across the country.


World Water Day – March 22

I know I’ve been away for a while. Big things have been going on. I’ll explain all in a later post, but not right now.

Today, on March 22, 2011, I just wanted to acknowledge that it is World Water Day. I give thanks for all the good things that water does for me, and for all the rest of us here on Earth, too.

If it weren’t for water, we wouldn’t have any coffee or milk to drink, or clothes to wear. We wouldn’t be able to do our laundry, or scrub floors or bathroom sinks. Our skin would be brittle and dry, our flowers and vegetables wouldn’t grow, and we wouldn’t have any trees for beauty, shade, or fruit. Our animal friends would all perish without water.

Come to think of it, if it weren’t for water we wouldn’t be here at all.

Thank you, water, for all your blessings. You make life both possible and wonderful.



Not about the Oscars

The Oscars are tonight! The Oscars are tonight! But, this post isn’t about the Oscars. (Sorry.)

This post is about polar bears. More specifically, it’s about what we can do for the plight of polar bears.

And, for all you Oscar fans out there (and, yes, I am one of them), there are even some things we can do for the polar bears while watching the Oscars. Like recycling our Oscar party beverage containers, like using re-usable napkins instead of throwaways, like wearing the same Oscar party duds as last year, or, perhaps, borrowing “new-to-you” duds from a friend.

Why the spotlight on polar bears, especially on today, Oscar day?

Because the nice people at Care2.com have brought polar bears to my attention on this day, and they are trying to bring it to yours, too. Here’s the link to Care2’s Feng Shui Daily Tip. It’s a lovely write up on polar bears, their interconnected with us, and how we can help them “one big bear hug at a time.”