Some Truths about Gratitude

Dear Family,

This is only part of an update, and much more is forthcoming--please stay tuned! Meanwhile, in the midst of this Judeo-Christian Holiday Season, I offer you the following thoughts (not only my own) concerning Gratitude.


Hydrofracking and Other Personal Politics

Dear Family,

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction.”

—Albert Einstein



“It's hard to think when you're frustrated.”

“Can you make my pants un-side in?”

“I made the purple one by _squeezing_ [the pipe cleaner]--I wanted to make a tyrannosaurus rex, but then it turned into a snowman, and then it turned into a People-Boat."

Three Months' Worth of Fascinating Articles

EcoVillage in the News!


How Does Pork Prepared in Various Ways Affect the Blood?
by Beverly Rubik, PhD
October 3 2011

An Investigation via Live Blood Analysis

The TRUTH for various Things

Dear Family,

“...With a long and slender body
And the sweetest softest hands
And we'll blow away forever soon
And go on to different lands
And please do not ever look for me
But with me you will stay
And you will hear yourself in song
Blowing by one day

“Oh, hold me like a baby
That will not fall asleep
Curl me up inside you
And let me hear you through the heat...”

--From “Gypsy,” by Suzanne Vega

(This song always makes me want to cry--it's so sweet and her voice is so silvery and I guess I just like it a lot.)



A Ditty for My Darling

He is cute, smart, and funny!
(Through ups AND through downs.)
We met on our bikes
Just before I left town.

I had NO idea that this man someday would be
My husband!! (The truth was, he made me...very giggly.)

Since then we have done
a whole lot of pedaling
On bicycles, first, but with the
universe meddling:

Our lives have gone over some huge bumps and dips...
But even when everything feels like it's tipped,

Jeff steadies and musters
the sweetest of grins,
And hopes for the best,
No matter who wins.

And though life throws us curveballs right out of the blue

Date Nights, Leeches, and What Do Big Cats Eat? - Fascinating Articles This Summer

If you think the adrenal glands are small and boring body parts, then you should check out this article. I don't agree with authors' ideas on treatment specifically, but this is a fascinating article if you suffer from any of the many symptoms of adrenal fatigue, or fatigue in general.


Yet more fodder for fascinating discussions at the dinner table: “The Neuroscience of the Gut. Strange but true: the brain is shaped by bacteria in the digestive tract...”


Healing ADHD

Toni began using the GAPS protocol in 2009, when her son Ethan was 11. "He had been diagnosed with ADHD, with emphasis on the Hyperactivity, and had sensory symptoms as well, including 'Auditory Processing Disorder' and 'Sensory Integration Disorder.'"

The family had already spent many years and too much money on lots of failed therapies for Ethan. As Toni puts it, "I had never felt comfortable with medication for ADHD, but by the time Ethan was ten, I was desperate. Either I was going to need medication, or he was."

In this essay, Toni and Ethan share their perspectives on some of the amazing healing that has taken place after 2.5 years on GAPS.


"I came into veganism believing all the propaganda saying that animal products were unhealthy, unnecessary and environmentally unfriendly. And for about five years, it seemed to be true...until we were faced with undeniable proof that something was wrong. My oldest daughter's teeth began decaying rapidly at age 17 months, and she presented with a classic case of 'baby bottle mouth' even though she'd never had a bottle in her life..."

Toraji writes about her subsequent and successful approach to halting and healing her daughter's tooth decay using a nutrient-dense, traditional foods' diet.


Sarah is using the GAPS protocol to heal from lifelong depression and digestive issues, along with manifestations of post-partum bi-polar disorder.


By the time Gerald was 10 years old, he suffered from terrible gastrointestinal symptoms, and serious depression. He was alcoholic by age 14, and suicidal and a drug user by age 18. "It's amazing," he says, "that I made it to age 20, and got sober in Alcoholics Anonymous. Depression lingered in the background for all the years I was sober in AA (till March 2009, when I began the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD))."

"And then: 36 hours after removing grains, beans, potatoes, and sugars (including milk sugar) from my diet...I was returned to myself. It felt like I was taken back to a fork in the road that I faced when I was just 4 years old and carbohydrate maldigestion took over my life. It was like having strong memories return as the result of some odor that you haven’t smelled in years.

"The spectre of depression that had haunted me from my earliest childhood memories vanished without a trace, never to return, not even for one moment. It’s like I can’t be depressed even if I try! That was 28 months ago..."

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