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Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Do you have a valid point to make? I can't make it out through all the bickering, but I'd like to hear it. I'd like to discuss our differing points of view. Maybe I'll learn something ... and maybe you will, too. Wouldn't that be nice?
The Supreme Court ruling isn't the only thing consuming the news right now. Record high temperatures across the country are descending upon us. But I'm pretty sure most of us can bear it.
Then, there's Colorado. Dear Jesus ... there's Colorado. It was fire that launched me into widowhood in 1989. To me, fire is a frightening thing. Seeing the footage of the raging fires in Colorado is breathtaking ... in a bad kind of way. I am praying for the people, and animals, of Colorado.
On the flip side, let's talk rain. Lots of it. I am feeling the pain for those in Florida who are cleaning up from the terrible flooding there.
And let's not forget the collapsing mall in Ontario. I saw the fiance of one of the victims sobbing on camera. My heart broke for him.
Like I said, it's been a rough week. So, instead of focusing on vinegar today, I'd like you to focus on gratitude. Look around you and find something to be grateful for. It's there. And while you're concentrating on thankfulness, remember to pray for those who are suffering right now. There is always someone worse off than you.
Keeping it green with vinegar, and real with gratitude,
(and yes, I will be using vinegar today ... probably in a bunch of different ways)
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Here are the facts about the Smile Squared toothbrushes:
- 100% Biodegradable Bamboo Handle
- 100% Recyclable Box
- 100% High Quality Bristles
Your kids brush their teeth every day. Don't you think every child deserves that chance?
It is their goal to donate 1 million toothbrushes in 3 years. I'm going to join in the effort ... won't you?
Visit the website and place your order. For just $5.95 and a minimal shipping fee, you can order a child's or adult toothbrush and know that a child somewhere else in the world will be brushing his or her teeth everyday because you cared. It's a win-win situation, don't you think?
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
While I can still be a bloke in many ways, showing male multi-tasking skills like watching sport and drinking a beer while ironing, I have found I am now partially excluded from blokedom too. A stay-at-home dad has very little status amongst other men when drinking down the pub. There will probably be a few wisecracks about the yummy mummies on the school run mixed with a few ‘good for you’ comments that usually end in ‘I could never do that.' Mostly they are mystified as to why I would choose to do it. A few of them see me a mild threat. What if their missus heard about it and wanted to try it? What if I was seeing their wife twice a day at school? The yummy mummies comments don’t seem quite so funny now do they? Of course, I can be a real man whenever I want to by drinking beer, pretending to know about football and trying to look down the barmaid’s top with the best of them. I don’t mind what people say as I think being a bit different is good and I get to spend more time with my kids and my wife. Plus I get time to indulge my passion of writing novels, something that creates many rewards but doesn’t usually impress bank managers.
Monday, June 25, 2012
- Behavioral issues -- Since Ky tends to act out in ways which can cause her bodily harm, a dog would be right there to distract/disrupt these behaviors. These dogs are trained to recognize and interrupt them. The dog will also alert Ky's parents when necessary. Since Ky has seizures, this is especially important.
- Speech -- Ky has a very limited vocabulary (which includes the word 'puppy'). Through communicating with the dog with verbal and physical commands, the hope is that Ky's communication skills will expand and improve.
- Social skills -- Ky is often afraid. With a dog to serve as a barrier between her and other people, she will be able to relax into social situations more easily. Bonding with her dog will prove to be invaluable for this precious child.
- Sleeping -- You know what it's like when your child goes through a bout of not sleeping through the night? How would you feel (or function) if your child was like Ky and did not sleep ... period. Her parents give her natural supplements, but they're not much help. A weighted blanket (can you imagine in this heat?) and a weighted teddy bear help calm her, but she prefers having someone in bed with her each night. If Ky gets a service dog, the hope is that the dog will provide enough comfort for her to be able to sleep without any meds or supplements.
- Safety -- We teach our children boundaries as soon as they start to walk. But Ky doesn't understand boundaries. When she's scared or upset, she tends to bolt. A dog could serve as a barrier and keep her from running out of the house or into the street. And, as I mentioned, the dog would be there to alert someone if Ky has a seizure.
- Every day skills -- Walking the dog will eventually give her a sense of responsibility and independence and remove some of the frightening aspects of things like going to unfamiliar places.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
|Photo by Neal Floyd|
- Thomas Jefferson
Friday, June 22, 2012
|Photo by Shari Weinsheimer|
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Happy Mothering, Eco-Crazy Mom and Organic Mama are excited to bring you the Summer Celebration Giveaway Hop, which will run from June 21, 2012 12:01 AM EST to June 29, 2012 11:59 PM EST. I am excited to be a part of this blog hop, where you, my wonderful community members, can will super prizes.
I am giving away some books to help you on your way to greener and healthier living, including:
- The Green Journal, A Personal Planbook of Eco-friendly Tips and Ideas, a Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens publication ($14.95 value)
- Gorgeously Green, 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie Uliano ($16.95 value)
- Vinegar Fridays, A Splash of Vinegar with a Dash of Personality by Hana Haatainen Caye (that's me) ($12.50 value)
For those of you who are new to the blog, here is a brief overview of my book, Vinegar Fridays, which is part of the giveaway package:
"Green Grandma focused on common sense greener and healthier living in her daily blog. For one year, Fridays were all about vinegar. In this book, Hana Haatainen Caye takes the tips and information compiled throughout the year and presents them in an organized, yet personable manner.
Here is what reviewers have to say:
Enter here for a chance to win the book prize package and make sure you check out all the other great prizes being offered by the blogs listed below.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
If your kiddo is more into creepy crawlers instead of feathered creatures, you might want to check out Suzanne's A Child's Book of Insects.
Visit A Child's Book for more information about Suzanne and her delightful children's books and to order a book or two for your little ones. Opening their eyes to the wonders of nature is one of the first steps toward teaching them to appreciate and care for this marvelous creation.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
|Photo by Petr Kratochvil|
Monday, June 18, 2012
|My front yard ... one of the places I find rest|
Saturday, June 16, 2012
|My son-in-law, Tom, and grandson, Lincoln|
Friday, June 15, 2012
Onya Baby Carrier of your choice
Onya Baby Carriers are available in 2 styles:
- The Cruiser is made from 100% cotton
- The Outback has a nylon exterior and air-mesh lining
Earth Mama Angel Baby Full Size Birth and Baby Kit
This gift set comes in a sturdy Cotton Tote Bag that includes:
- Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash (5.3 oz)
- Angel Baby Oil (4 oz)
- Angel Baby Lotion (4 oz)
- Angel Baby Bottom Balm (2 oz)
- New Mama Bottom Spray (4 oz)
- Mama Bottom Balm (2 oz)
- Organic Monthly Comfort Tea (1 box)
- Natural Nipple Butter (2 oz)
- Postpartum Bath Herbs (1 box)
Enter to Win
Thursday, June 14, 2012
|Photo by Jiri Hodan|
Truth: I like wine.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
- Gardener's Soap
- Solid lotion
- "Buzzed" Natural Bug and Tick Spray
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