December 6, 2011 – 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
13466 N. Trepania Road, Haoward, WI
Environmental Film Festival
Below is a video clip. See and Listen to Clayton Thomas-Müller of Alberta, Canada, explain why he is a protector of the Earth. Clayton Thomas-Muller is a leader in the movement to stop the Alberta Keystone XL Pipeline. I heard from him recently with a recommendation of two Wisconsin environmental advocates:
Patricia Popple, Concerned Chippewa Citizens will speak about silica sand mines and the health and environmental risk.
Frank Koehn will speak about the Bad River Iron Ore Mine that could pollute 23 waterways of Bad River Reservation. It isn’t only Koehn and Bad River that are concerned about fresh drinking water.
Happy Tonics and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC) and LCO Public Library are also concerned. This is way we are sponsoring the III Annual Environmental Film Fest at LCOOCC.
Learn about mining and pipelines that could contaminate precious free flowing clean water. Wisconsin is known for its pristine environment. We must protect these natural resources for our own health and for the health of future generations. Natural resources are a gift from one generation to another and should not be allowed to come to harm.
If we don’t accept responsibility now for what is happening to the earth, when? This is our last chance to stop dirty fuel which will put us at such high emissions that the “game will be up,” according to some scientists and environmental organizations.
Wednesday is chore day. I went outside only to nearly miss the garbage truck. Luckily the driver saw me. I dashed to the shed to get the garbage out for him. We have to lock garbage up here because creatures from the woods would make a mess of it.
The fellow was friendly. He asked, “Are you having a good time?” I said, “I’m having a time of my life snowshoeing and I am so happy.”
The driver responded, “You make me feel like I should be out here doing the same thing.” We talked about the forest and how it reminded us both of Upper New York State. He told me, “I drove a truck till 1996. That is the last time I saw Vermont and Upper New York State.” I mentioned that I hadn’t been back since 1985.
I explained that I came out here to be away from crowds and how that part of the country had grown dramatically. I mentioned that out here, I could raise my own food and the heck with it. He said, “I know and feel much like you do.” Then we went our separate ways.
This is the land of self survival and there are more people who have a Pd H degree here and love this country simply because they want to live free. New Hampshire has a motto “Live free or die.” That’s how many of us feel in the Great North Woods. We are self-sufficient and depend on ourselves.
The wind is howling and it is a bitter cold today. I did not snowshoe. Instead I am studying a book MycoMedicinals by Paul Stamets. Sandy Stein and I met him in 2008 at the Tesuque Pueblo Food Sovereignty Conference in New Mexico where Happy Tonics was invited to exhibit. He was the keynote speaker.
This is when I seriously started to dive into learning about mushrooms. I have always been fascinated by them and did an independent study in learning to identifying mushrooms and finding out which ones are edible. Not having a teacher, I never did learn to properly identify them and knowing how dangerous they can be, I will wait till I have a teacher.
This is one of the things I noticed most out in these woods was the fresh air and I think the lichen may have a role in how pure the oxygen is here on this land.
In the meantime, I order my mushrooms from Paul Stamets Company Fungi Perfectis because he is world-renowned for his knowledge about MycoMedicinals and mycelium. I even coated some vegetable seed with mycelium last summer because it is reported to make roots stronger. This summer I plan to scatter mushroom spawn in my straw laden garden.
This discovery and research is very important. So few of us understand the mycelium connection in its relationship to the earth and compared to the computer Internet. We are hi tech now and perhaps because we are we are now able to grasp the importance of mycelium to save the world.
I didn’t realize it till later in the morning. One big thing living like this is that you wait on mail delivery and it does become a focal point. Well, you guessed it! I’m out of luck today. On the good side, I did find five envelopes in a kitchen drawer and a sheet of stamps. That cheered me up.
This morning we made a chicken flavored vegetable soup. The wild rice came from Nick Vander Puy who hand harvested the Wisconsin food that grows on water. I am almost out. Looking in the kitchen cabinets, I found Pat’s wild rice that he hand gathered this year from Wisconsin fresh waters.
The organic garlic I added I hope will work for high blood pressure. Red pepper, broccoli, cabbage, celery, onion and barley were added next. I was disappointed that the ground pepper shaker was empty. Rember I am out here alone with no access to stores and I brought most of my supplies with me. Looking in the kitchen cupboard, I found some of Happy Tonics whole peppercorns and I will grind this in the morning. It is the little things that keep us content.
Sadie and I decided to sleep in Pat and Sandy’s room last night. It felt so good to stretch out. I can’t tell you how beautiful it is to sleep being completely surrounded by trees and moonlight. This morning there was a glimmer of sunrise. Oak leaves dangled from a tree near the bedroom and the sunlight struck a few leaves and also left a beautiful shadow image on the wooden artist shop nearby.
Then a soft falling snow shower began. I did some Tai chi as I watched exactly where east is situated at this time of year. I must tell you I am used to Space Music (Stephan Hill, music program producer in San Francisco) on the radio on Sunday. You can sign up for the free Sunday broadcast at http://www.hos.com/ While I type this I am inspired by the program Hymns and Psalms.
When we took our early morning walk I was dazzled by how fresh the air is here. I mean I would buy property just for the quiet and smell of fresh air. I believe this is the freshest air I have inhaled in many years. It is like being in a cathedral of trees. I know someone else who feels the same way. I watched as two squirrels scampered up a dead tree and one went inside an opening. Hah! I know where you live.
Up here in the Great North Woods, it seems like everything is for sale and no one has the money to purchase land or goods. I run a nonprofit. If there is an interested party out there who needs a tax break, perhaps you would be interested in helping us buy a piece of land for the nonprofit. You could write off the investment and we could offer eco adventures on the land. Folks could come and camp, garden and fish.
Just a thought. We implement two Monarch Butterfly Habitats in Shell Lake,Wisconsin one is on city land and the other is on DNR land. Our mission is Sanctuary for the Monarch Butterfly and Food Safety Issues.
It is quite dark out for late afternoon and I expect perhaps we’ll have more snow. Pat made some delicious cranberry bread before he left. I mixed cream cheese and fresh frozen strawberries together and what a tasty treat it makes. Just perfect for a cup of tea and chat with you.
I just finished reading a blog on WordPress that understands the connection between the environment and human health. Please visit www.ConservationBytes.com and read the article Sick environment sick people.
Biodiversity becomes critical when one thinks of the monarch butterfly and what the butterfly is teaching us. Degradation of the environment can kill the butterfly and growing food to monoculture and genetically engineered crops is directly linked to the butterfly and all other pollinators let alone human health.
Scientific America recently reported that monoculture is harming pollinators because bees, butterflies and other insects need biodiversity of nectar plants for health. People too need biodiveristy of crops for nutrition with a full range of vitamins and minerals. Reducing a crop to only certain growing and selling characteristics degrades the nutritional value of food.