This is going to be my new method of dealing with my niece. She didn’t pass her drug test yesterday and skipped out on her community service. I have been working with her patiently and now it’s time for tough love.
Missionaries established Bethabara—Hebrew for “house of passage”—as a temporary settlement. It is the earliest documented colonial medicinal garden in America. Established in 1761 to serve the medicinal needs of Bethabara, the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina, this garden from the same time period has been reconstructed at Historic Bethabara Park.
The original garden contained more than seventy different herbs, including such familiar ones as tansy, angelica, fennel, chamomile, lavender, basil, borage, sage, nasturtium, sorrel, thistle, yarrow, comfrey, and wormwood. Among those less familiar to us as medicinal plants were common centaury, rhubarb, scabiosa, viper’s grass (Scorzonera hispanica), plantain, muskmelons, and Pyrenean dead nettle (Horminum pyrenaicum). Most of the plants identified as grown in the original garden have been included in the reconstructed garden. Here is a map of the garden.
A Mug of Your Own
Every year Americans throw away 25 billion polystyrene cups and 25 billion individual water bottles, most of which end up in landfills. Instead buy a reusable to-go mug and a bottle that you can refill with filtered tap water. Bring your own and you cut down on Styrofoam.
Ice Cream Cones
A cone beats a cup. Why? You’re eating your silverware instead of using plastic. It’s all about consuming less, using fewer of the resources needed to make products and packaging.
Clean Without Chemicals
Natural cleansers like vinegar and baking soda do a great job without harming the planet.
Get reusable cloth bags for the grocery store and the dry cleaner. More than 100 billion plastic bags are thrown away every year.
Stop Junk Mail
Every year 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail sent to American homes. Contact The Direct Marketing association at The-DMA.org to remove your name from mailing lists of their members.
How Many People Does It Take To…
Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use four times less energy than incandescent ones. If every American family substituted five CFL bulbs for incandescent, it would be equivalent to taking eight million cars off the road for a year. They cost a little more up front, but they last up to 15 times longer.
Shorten Your Showers
Low-flow showerheads would be a big improvement. For every two minutes you shave off your shower, you save 10 gallons of water.
The average computer left on all day uses nearly 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, producing more than a ton of carbon emissions. So turn off your computer anytime you’re not on it, and eliminate the screen saver function, which uses more energy than the sleep mode.
Whole Oat Groats
Whole oats groats are oats in their least processed form. All that is been done is the husk has been removed. Groats have a nice chewiness and great nutty flavor.
Ratio: 1 part oat groats to 3 parts water
Salt: To taste (put the salt in after the oatmeal is cooked)
Boil enough water to fill up your thermos. I like to use an electric kettle, but use the stove or whatever else you have. While it’s heating, get your ingredients ready. Once your water boils, fill up your thermos, close the lid, and set aside. Measure out your water, keeping a 1:3 ratio. But make sure to leave room in the thermos for the oats to expand. For my 5 cup thermos I was using 1.5 cups oats and 3 cups water and it was too much. Leave at least a cup of expansion room. Boil your measured water. When your water is about ready to boil, pour the water out of the thermos. Put the oats in the thermos and pour the boiling water over them, close it up, give in a few shakes, and lay it down on the counter. Because the oats are in whole form they need to cook overnight.
The recent Charlie Sheen saga reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: I’m not suffering from insanity…I’m enjoying every minute of it!
Here are a few of my favorites from his 20/20 interview:
“We win so radically in our underwear before our first cup of coffee, it’s scary. People say it’s lonely at the top, but I sure like the view.”
“I don’t sleep. I wait. I sleep in cars and on couches. I sleep when I can, but when I can’t sleep, I just don’t, so I figure there’s a higher calling keeping me on point that night.”
Dying is for fools. I’m proud of what I created. I exposed people to magic. I exposed people to things they would never see in their normal lives.”