A Throw-away Society – What are we Throwing Away?

Joel F. Salatin (born February 24, 1957) is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include Folks, This Ain’t Normal; You Can Farm; and Salad Bar Beef. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Salatin

By becoming consumers, we have given up so many of our human qualities.  We are disengaging from life and from nature and becoming the things we buy. Continue reading

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Throwaway Living

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Life Magazine, August 1, 1955 pg 43

This Life Magazine article of August 1, 1955 “Throwaway Living,” is cited as the source that first used the term “throw-away society.” Our societal values dramatically shifted during that 1950’s decade.  Just following World War II, “Mainstream culture emphasised getting material possessions and a good job as the path to happiness.” (Values and Attitudes of the 1950’s)

We embraced the concept and freely dispose (definition: “intended to be used once, or until no longer useful, and then thrown away”) of everything.  Now sixty years later, our planet and all who inhabit it are experiencing the ramifications. We are on the path of throwing-away life as well. Continue reading

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Staying current with What our Water Consumption Needs Actually are

 our water needs

Water: How much should you Drink Every Day?                                by Mayo Clinic Staff

“Everyone has heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.” Continue reading

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When your Body Speaks, Do you Listen?

Listen to your body

It is so common to hear people, and maybe even ourselves, speak about a cold or flu bug or virus that is going around.  Then when we are not feeling well we say that we have come down with or caught a bug. As a society, we have the belief that illness is something that we catch, that it is something that happens to us, from the outside in, and that we have to be very careful not to catch it. Continue reading

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Wellness – What are the Basics?

Healthy Life

Some of the ingredients for a healthy life

We know what’s good for us when it comes to our health. Or do we?   Well, we learned the basic guidelines to good health didn’t we? Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, get plenty of sleep, fresh air and exercise, drink 8 glasses of water a day, and see your medical doctor, eye doctor and dentists for regular check-ups. We were taught to follow these guidelines and we’ll live a long, healthy life.  That’s what being proactive about our health meant. That seems simple enough.  Or is it? It seems as if there are more questions today than answers. Continue reading

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How do our Lifestyle Choices impact us?

health paths

I really didn’t understand when I was in my 20’s and 30’s, how much impact the choices I was making would have on my health and my life. I just knew they would.  I was close to my grandparents and great aunts and uncles and experienced their aging process.  Each of them battled with a health condition and/or disease.  They were believed to be hereditary.  Today, we’re not so sure. I also thought that getting sick came with the aging process.  Now I know that it doesn’t have to.  Fortunately, all of this seemed a long way off.  Now it seems much closer and has me reflecting. Continue reading

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Our Network Marketing Journey – Smitten with the Company

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The success and prestige of an international company, its philosophy, seemingly high integrity, unique product line and the understanding that its business plan would make it possible for us to earn a very lucrative income, was attractive to us.  We were smitten.  Continue reading

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Our Network Marketing Journey – The Learning Curve


The network marketing company, that my life partner and I were introduced to, greatly impressed and intrigued us.  We were inspired by its’ philosophy, which appeared in alignment with our values.  The company was already an international success.  Although unfamiliar with the technologies of the product line, we were eager to learn more about them, integrate them into our lives and experience their benefits.  We did our due diligence and the company passed. Continue reading

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Our Network Marketing Journey – But I’m Not a Saleswoman!

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Selling was not new to me.  I started at age six.  My parents set-up a table with two chairs on the sidewalk in front of our house where I sat with my little sister Susan colouring rocks, which we had picked from our garden, and were now hoping to sell.  One man stopped by to look at our art work and asked if we had change for $5. Unfortunately we didn’t, so we lost the sale. Continue reading

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Our Network Marketing Journey – Our First Encounter

I had been juggling projects in my various roles as freelance writer, research consultant, university instructor and artist for a number of years.  As a result, I was overworking and I began to burn out.  I turned to a career counsellor for help in sorting out my career path.  I knew that since I love my freedom, I therefore do not do well as an employee and was exploring options as to how I could continue to work for myself, while at the same time live a more balanced life and make a good living.  I truly believed that it must be possible. I just didn’t know how. Continue reading

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