It’s that time of the year again. The air is cooler, the sun sets earlier. Nature clues that life is on a bit of slow down. Except us. We have mastered the ability to keep plugging along even when that little voice in our head says, “Hey, it’s quiet time.”
Of course we don’t hear. And if we do, we don’t heed. What with the holidays coming up. There are feasts to prepare for. Gifts to buy. Guests to entertain. Parties to go to. In addition to work, home, family, and …. no wonder we get sick. It isn’t just the bugs floating around in the cold air!
So before you do …
This Home Remedies for Colds & Flus class will cover the following:
- Immune Boosters! Things you can do to stay healthy through the seasons! From zero cost to not much at all.
- How to stop a cold/flu on its tracks: Best applied as soon as you could sense it coming. Yes, your body does a really good job cluing you in. (more…)
This is a report from the Library meeting held Sunday afternoon October 27th to celebrate our progress so far and evaluate the Edible Landscape Project at Albany’s Memorial Park from the perspective of where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going.
Alexa, Catherine, Leonard, Ron, Lourdes, Bonnie. Stephanie, Wakana. Chuck, Tina and Paul O’Curry got together yesterday afternoon to look What follows are notes from the meeting, along with additional inspiration for those of you we haven’t seen in a while. If you would like to add something, please contribute to the comments below.
We started by sampling three delicious dishes prepared by Alexa from some of the 45 pounds of Jeruslam artichokes she had harvested the day before (and there are as many still in the ground). Did you know that the name of this root vegetable is a corruption of the Italian for a sunflower (to which they are related) – “girasole” – and that they were often used like artichoke hearts? We enjoyed a J. Artichoke slaw, roasted roots, and a puree which made an excelelnt dip with the pickled cornichons from the garden that Doug had made, Recipes will find themselves on the website soon, along with a delicious soup recipe. Thanks to everyone who brought something to eat and share.
We expressed what had been Highlights for us in our participation: (more…)
Here’s a great TED talk about walkable cities (specifically Portland OR), exploding any remnants of the myth that living in the countryside is far less “environmentally sane” than living in a densely developed city.
Listen up, Albany! What if we needed to build upwards a story or two to break the iron grip of unaffordable housing? What if we needed to change the “two parking spaces per living unit” ordinance? What if we were really to become a city that was friendlier to people than to cars?
Here’s a tale of Los Angeles in the future, from none less than the BBC:
And an inspiring report from Groningen in the Netherlands, already the most bike-friendly city on earth.
In this class, Nori Hudson helps us understand the workings of our digestive tract. She will point out what body signs and symptoms to pay attention to and will teach us self care with the help of kitchen table remedies. She will help us determine what life style changes we can make to improve our general health. We will get copies of a questionnaire to take home to help us begin to see what is going on with our digestive tracts.
Did you know that your saliva is your best mouth wash? It is! Ever wonder why GERD is so common and what to do about it? What is your stool and urine telling you? Are you one of those who never look? You should! Do it at least once before you come to class. Pay particular attention to consistency, color and odor. These are all clues to the state of health of your gut. (more…)
In this class, we will learn what clay to use and how to use it. We will discuss internal as well as external uses. We will learn how to use clay for detox, pain management, for example. As you probably know already, clay is commonly used in health & beauty treatments for cleansing purposes. We will show you how to do this yourself without spending big bucks! Learn how to use clay to lose weight, regulate your eliminative processes, help with skin ailments, digestive disturbances, etc. It is also one of the recommended means of reducing the toxic effects of radiation (like that stuff coming our way from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown a year or so ago. (more…)