Just A Reminder…

Wow, 2003! Remember this? Still stands up, doesn’t it? In fact moreso now, which is pathetic.

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Great short little video of just what I expressed in my previous post about how a beautiful it is to have a turkey allow you to interact with her and engage in huggles! Hug a turkey: I promise, you will never be the same again!

It’s never too late to change!

Watch to the end and you’ll hear a lovely little cooing (and see all the hugs and kisses too) 😀

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Quotes

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Once someone asked George Bernard Shaw how it was that he looked so youthful. “I don’t,” Shaw retorted. “I look my age. It is the other people who look older than they are. What can you expect from people who eat corpses?”

“We pray on Sundays that we may have light/To guide our footsteps on the path we tread;/We are sick of war, we don’t want to fight,/And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead.”
George Bernard Shaw

One farmer says to me, “You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with”. And so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.
Henry David Thoreau

“Flesh eating is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to moral feeling: killing. By killing, man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity, that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself, and by violating his own feelings becomes cruel.”
Leo Tolstoy

People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

“For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of mind the first man touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, set forth tables of dead, stale bodies, and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench?

How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds? It is certainly not lions or wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us. For the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.”
Plutarch in his essay ‘On Eating Flesh’

If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, then first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do it, however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel or any kind of ax.”
Plutarch

It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab Notes.

Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love God.”
Cardinal John H. Newman

“Man did not weave the web of life: he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. To harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.”
A Native American Chief (1854)

via Vegetarian quotes

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To ‘Poo Or Not To ‘Poo…Plus, Henna…

I may give this another try…sometime. Anyone tried going NO ‘POO? I did this several years ago after someone on a discussion board mentioned it. Of course, I had to try it; I’m just too curious for my own good sometimes 😉 My results were less than stellar; however, it could be I did not give it long enough to work…I couldn’t afford “to wait a few weeks” with nasty hair to see if this works!

I did the baking soda thing, followed by apple cider vinegar (no, I did not create a sizzling foam reaction!) The vinegar is great as a conditioner, by the way, whether or not you ‘Poo. It leaves hair nice and soft.

My hair just didn’t respond in the — four days? something like that — time I did it.

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I’m as paranoid about putting poisons in and on my body as any other loon, so I prefer to use Morrocco Method shampoos and conditioner, by Five Elements.

Sometimes you wonder about the “natural” part on the advertising of products, but one look at this stuff and there’s no doubt, Lol! This is serious mud:

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I read about it online and the ingredients list sold me; This is for the “Sea Essence Shampoo”:

Our Simply Pure Fair Trade Ingredients

kelp; nori; kombu; fucus; sea silk & Irish moss; red, brown & white algae
:: revitalizes, stimulates hair growth
Klamath Lake blue green algae
:: nourishes heals
natural soapbark from Chile, Chinese green tea from Shanghai, cactus from Mexico, & yucca
:: 100% natural foaming botanicals
aloe vera, organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
:: enlivened enzymes
92 trace minerals
:: natural preservative
essential oils of frankincense and myrrh

This synergistic blend of enlivened, charged botanicals and hand-picked herbs are mixed, blended, and bottled according to the moon cycles used by ancient farmers.

Animal cruelty free.

All Morrocco Method 5 Elements products are gluten free.

Now, admittedly this will take some getting used to. When I first tried this it disappeared into my hair! It felt like I was putting nothing on, and so I added more and more until it felt like I might get a tiny bubble or two. This is not a sudsing shampoo. Of course, I was irritated. This stuff ain’t drugstore-priced junk! It seemed like I couldn’t get it throughout my hair and I was sure my hair wasn’t clean. But it was. It took a few more times to realize I did not need so much of it — maybe a bit more than others — but, really, the need for it is probably just in my head (ha!) It will not lather up like you’re used to; but you find out quickly, you don’t need it. Some of that foaming action in regular shampoos, comes from SLS, “sodium laureth sulfate”), which some say is carcinogenic; while others aren’t so sure. Even Dr. Fuhrman’s response to a question on the Dr. Fuhrman.com Forums to its safety, “… likely to be safe enough to be used on your skin, but not safe enough to eat ” is rather dubious. Hmmm…not very comforting!  I’ll stick with the natural stuff, for now. Anyway, have you read the list of ingredients on some of these things? Too many “glycols” such as propylene glycol which comes from petroleum, and other questionable additives. No thanky.

Here is the back of the Apple Cider Vinegar. You see it says to shampoo twice! I did this for a short time, but not for long. You don’t need to. Maybe it’s just to put people at ease when first trying it — I don’t know, but I certainly do not need to shampoo twice, nor use a lot like I used to.

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I like the conditioners, too. I’ve used the conditioner and the sprays; I have not tried their styling gel or Hair and Scalp Therapy. I do have their oil, but I only used it a couple times because I make my own; and don’t really need it, anyway.

I get a little worried when a product gets “big” and then starts to expand: They’ve got these new Elixirs I’ve not tried, but I get antsy when I read about such dramatic claims, such as “Grow luxurious hair in 90 days!” You know? On the other hand, so far, the Morrocco Method has not disappointed…there goes my curiosity gene 🙂 Maybe, I’ll try it (!) And then there’s cutting your hair by the moon lol well, hey, who knows?

Before this product came to my attention, I hadn’t even thought of shampoo as a possible cause for gluten sensitivities! I wonder if there is gluten in some products like this that people don’t know about and are suffering needlessly. I swear you have to be Sherlock-friggin’ Holmes nowadays!

Back to their ‘poos, they are also a very nice face wash; my skin is left very soft,clean, and never dry or oily. It’s gentle and has a very soft exfoliation action, which I like because I don’t like those harsh ones that feel like you’re scraping your skin raw with corn kernels or something! I like the cider vinegar best for that. I feel much safer with ingredients like seaweed rather than diethanolamine (DEA).

I like this stuff now, and am used to it. Even with long hair, I don’t use loads of it. My hair also seems to not need to be washed often; which makes me wonder if I’ve sort of done a semi-No’Poo, since this stuff does not contain what other shampoos do.  My hair is left clean without perfumes or feeling weighted down by who-knows-what, nor stripped of all its oils.

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Hennaing for the body can be quite beautiful. It can be extravagant, as in for weddings, or quite simple in design.

I’ve always liked the look on feet…

Beckys Henna Feet on FlickR

"Becky's Henna Feet" on FlickR

Perhaps this summer 😉

But there is also hennaing for hair. I’ve never colored my hair, but, wanted to try the henna; So, I bought some once and never did use it! I did some internet surfing and found some cautions about henna being dangerous…Sigh…then I read that only *certain* henna products, made with some cheap, substitute, posing as real henna is what to avoid…Sigh, some more…so, back and forth, back and forth. I admit it, I was propogandized! I really didn’t know what to believe. Normally, since henna has been used for the ages, and there has been no major warnings about it, that I know about, then I would try it (though, having been used for centuries doesn’t always = safe, of course!) However, the whole thing about not knowing what is the good  henna, and which is the bad, well, it just gets ugly ( 🙂 ) — will the real henna please stand up? More sighs.

Anyone have experience with henna? I’d love to know your experience. If you know about the controversy (or maybe it’s all phooey ??)  and/or know a good source for the “good” henna, please, do tell!

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Final word on all this “No ‘Poo” business — no one mentions smell!  Many moons ago, I worked my way through school and supported myself in restaurants. Let me tell you, you *will* smell like the blue plate special at the end of your shift, whether you like it or not. Still, I rarely cook now, and I still get the smell of food in my hair! Plus, isn’t the hair absorbing a lot of the junk in the environment? Just going into downtown makes me feel like a good shower when I get home.

Perhaps the baking soda method would be enough. The vinegar, I’m sure rids most of the smell…but some of these methods say you need never wash your hair, only rinse with water!

I had a friend who never washed his face, only rinsed with water twice a day. Never would have known! He had great skin. Hmmm…Sure would be nicer on the wallet…Maybe I’ll go no-‘poo sometime, but I’m thoroughly happy with my Morrocco Method.

Anyone try going No ‘Poo or willing to to give it a try? 😉

O, and, lest ye thinks me remiss me smoothies, I shall leave thee with today’s GJGS — Dino Kale-Collards-Baby Spinach-Strawberry-Lemon Green Jucie Green Smoothie 😀
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