Swifters …. a great idea for easy floor clean up. Do you hear the ‘but’ coming??? Here it is … you don’t need to buy the disposable swifter cloths. Use old wash rags and lightly spray them with vinegar/water, and/or add an essential oil, too! The old rags tuck into those grabby little slots just fine.

Re-use and reduce! My passion!

Be the Change and Be LOVE <3

“Memory” from one year ago …

Of course there will be increased hate for ALL Muslims because of the action of extremists. That is like hating ALL Christians because of the actions of some Christians. Blaming a group for actions committed by individuals …. is that the lesson to teach the younger generations?

Here is the lesson I get from that: If I am innocent, but someone in my community commits a crime, then I am blamed, as is my family, my neighbors, my friends …

If hating all (pick any group) is the response … then the terrorists have won. Simple as that. And we, as individuals, lose ourselves.

All races/nationalities are being victimized by terrorists.

It IS a choice. Be angry at the actions of these criminals, yes. But letting hate penalize the innocent …. is that really who you are?

Colossians 3:12 ~
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

Extend Love to ALL the victims of Hate. Send a prayer, light a candle, burn some cleansing sage, send positive thoughts .. do something that adds Light to the world.

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To this I add .. not just terrorist, but any hate-group (though they are terrorist, too!)

Be Love <3

Spray bottles can be cheap, but wasteful because as soon as the sprayer is broken, the entire bottle is thrown away. Yet in our homes, we have the perfect bottles already. Large shampoo bottles (not me!), some oil bottles, various things … and then you buy bulk spray nozzles (I’m getting mine on Ebay). So I re-use bottles I already have and only replace the nozzles. You have to shop around to get the nozzles at a cheaper price than buying the entire bottle, but it is worth it, even if it costs a little more … it is still saving extra plastic garbage.

Be the Change!🌎
And, of course, BE Love ♥

Is there really anyone who doesn’t take a vitamin or herbal supplement of some kind? Millions do. And the bottles end up, after ONE TIME usage, in the landfill. Millions and millions.

They are useful bottles for so many little things.

Gardeners who harvest their own seeds can certainly store them in these little vessels.

Used kitchen oil can go in them so that the oil is not going down your drain.

A container to soak your little paintbrushes.

The clear ones can hold craft items such as pony beads.

The not-clear ones can have their bottom side cut off, then tip it over and drop in the bobbin (lands in the ‘lid’) and top it with the thread. Then you don’t have to hunt down your colors for sewing as they are already together.

The potentials are only limited by the imagination and creativity.

Reduce and Reuse. This is our Home!

Be the Change.
Be Love <3

Yoga. Mind, body, soul. And then it became a ‘fashion’, and a fashion statement. Cute clothes, snuggy comfortable clothes, sexy clothes.

And now it would seem that our trendy and comfortable yoga clothing is devastating the oceans. Of course, this includes gym clothes, and many other types. But yoga …. for yoga clothes to be doing this ….

(on another topic, I learned about the mats a while back, and will not purchase anymore.)

I do not purchase new clothing. I only wear used (underwear being the exception!).

And now I look at my drawer of yoga pants and consider the irony.

There is so much we take for granted, and even more things that we never question.

We, the consumers, can change the tide of ‘junk’ clothing flooding the market. If enough of us care ….

Love~Kindness~Compassion ♥
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There are many articles about this. I’ve just chosen this one as one source.

KEY LARGO, Fla. — Comfortable clothes are emerging as a source of plastic that’s increasingly ending up in the oceans and potentially contaminating seafood, according to Gulf Coast researchers launching a two-year study of microscopic plastics in the waters from south Texas to the Florida Keys.

The project , led by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will rely partly on volunteers in coastal cleanup events. It also will expand a year’s worth of data collected around Florida that predominantly found microfibers — shreds of plastic even smaller than microbeads flowing down bathroom sinks and shower drains.

Yoga pants, fleece jackets, sweat-wicking athletic wear and other garments made from synthetic materials shed microscopic plastic fibers — called ‘‘microfibers’’ — when laundered. Wastewater systems flush the microfibers into natural waterways, eventually reaching the sea.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/science/2017/03/15/your-yoga-pants-are-probably-poisoning-your-seafood/xkRbphXiQmSG6w0bUL4YVP/story.html

Plastic water bottles. Most are ‘one time usage’. Most think that just putting them into the recycle system solves the problem. It does not.

But it is the CREATION of the plastic water bottle that is the root of the issue. All those cases of plastic encased drinks,whether water or juice or soda …. it supports a practice that is contributing to the devastation of our Planet.

Each person has the power to stand against this. The less that is purchased, the less demand, the less profitable it is to the giant oil and gas companies.

This is our HOME. The only one we have.

Be the Change.
Be Love ♥

“Plastic production tends to be really wasteful. A huge portion of the plastics industry is packaging—material that is immediately thrown away. In 2010 alone, over 1.5 million tons of plastic bottles ended up in the trash, and under a third of plastic bottles are recycled. Moreover, many of the bottles that are thrown away end up in the ocean. A 2015 study estimated that nearly 200 coastal countries generated over 600 billion pounds of plastic waste in 2010 — and between 11 and 27 billion pounds of this ended up in the oceans. We’ll continue to see increasingly littered oceans if the plastics bonanza continues.”

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/live-healthy/how-fracking-industry-profits-bottled-water

Some of the best news I’ve been reading is that individual States and towns and companies are coming together to continue the fight to save our Planet and reduce the harm we are doing.

I do not have children, yet I am passionately willing to work at being a good steward for the future generations. It is important to change the tide of consumerism and materialism into an awareness of how our choices affect the entire world.

What happens in Japan happens here, (the radiation from the leak is now hitting our waters). What WE do affects other nations. We are all connected.

Every single person can make a difference, for positive or negative.

Each of us can do our part. Reduce and Reuse. Recycling is good, but it still takes tremendous resources and not everything ends up where you think it does.

Small things add up. Bringing your own bags an containers to the grocery store. Re-using your coffee bag when you buy bulk/ground/whole bean coffee. Buying from bulk bins to reduce packaging. Supporting the Hemp industry to reduce the needs for Trees in everything from toilet paper to building supplies.

This is our HOME. The entire planet is OUR home.

Be Love <3

God did not make borders or boundaries. That was done by mankind. God does not favor one nation over another. God Loves ALL his children. It is man who makes divisions and separations and declares ‘this is MINE’.

James 2:1-11
1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.
2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,”
4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?
7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;
9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.”Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

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While I believe there are two ‘types’ of people (basically givers and takers), we ARE still in this together, and all are worthy of compassion. Yes, even the most vile person. It doesn’t mean you condone or approve of the behavior. It doesn’t mean we should allow cruel behavior. It just means …. we need to cultivate compassion. For all. No matter what.

John 4:8 – Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
John 4:16 — And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

Be Love <3

Oxford Dictionary:
Definition of Cult ~

NOUN
1. A system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object.

1.1 A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or as imposing excessive control over members.

Origin
Early 17th century (originally denoting homage paid to a divinity): from French culte or Latin cultus ‘worship’, from cult- ‘inhabited, cultivated, worshipped’, from the verb colere.
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This is another word that has been blurred in usage. When someone says ‘cult’, most think of fringe groups. Yet that is the second meaning, not the first.

Language is …. fascinating. And words …. are powerful.

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Bible Study ~

Adam in Hebrew means ‘man’ or the root word ‘red’.

Genesis 1:26, it says : Then God said, “Let us make man[a] in our image, after our likeness.”

US. Not “let Me”, but “…let US make man (adam) in our image.” Plural.

It continues with … “And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Dominion. Like any language, words shift meanings. We think of dominion as ‘master’. Consider it as STEWARDSHIP.

To take care of, to nurture, to be care takers of GOD’s GIFT!

John 4:24: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

God is Spirit.

Genesis 1:27: So God created man in his own image,in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

God created ADAM (meaning ‘man’) in both male and female versions. Both.

God created ‘man’ IN HIS LIKENESS.
God is Spirit. (John 4:24)
Therefore: WE, mankind (both male and female) are created in the likeness of SPIRIT.

Our physical bodies contain within it the likeness of God. The physical features of our physical bodies is irrelevant.

My take on this comes down to a very simple summary: Take care of what has been given to us (stewardship), and don’t put yourself above anyone else, and treat ALL with compassion and Love.

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