EWOMEN NETWORK CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE

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My latest adventure led me to be a part of an incredible event, the eWomen Network conference. Sandra Yancey’s annual village gathering provides a platform for entrepreneurs to thrive. The event stimulated spirits to flourished, emotions to be purged, and networking relationships to bond. Speakers and vendors were attentive to fuel the growth of the participants. I am in awe of the auspicious insight of the powerfully gifted network founder, Sandra Yancey, for her dedication to be of service for others.

Opportunities abound when time is spent following the bread-crumbs left behind in the social media venue. On one occasion I came upon the eWoman website. I was fascinated by their soon to arrive conference. The volunteer tab beckoned me to sign-up and support this event.            In a timely manner I was informed about my approval and details to provide my services. I did not know what to expect as my interest grew about this community. My experience far out-weighed anything I was able to imagine.

I was dwarfed by the grandeur of the artfully decorated ballroom with close to a thousand seats placed around the tables. Crystalline chandeliers introduced the prestige of the occasion. Each day, Ms. Sandra entered the stage moving in rhythm to the music as she welcomed those that dared to strut their stuff on the stage. Women and conscious men were in attendance. The room was full of villagers and live streamers were witness to the events.

Emotions radically shifted from laughter to tears and to harmony. Tissues were needed as deep seated emotions were released during the transformational experience and growth ensued. Part of the process involved neighborly connections to facilitate networking. Choreographed videos guided participants on journeys of inner-discovery and self-empowerment. Honorary acknowledgements gifted those that dedicated their life to service. The microphone was passed to reveal the mental processing of personal advancements.

Contributors were recognized and speakers shared their stories. Presenters shared their journeys to allow participants to learn and know that success was achieved by moving through the challenges. Business infrastructure developed through trial and error simplified the process for entrepreneurs to thrive. Insight and opportunities to soar graced individuals that decided to be fortuitously in the presence of excellence. The speaker line-up was testimony to life choices based on moving with integrity, dignity, honor, happiness, and love.

The conference foundation included vendors that tirelessly catered to those seeking guidance. Breakout sessions were available to mentor and support those looking for information on specific areas of interest. Private coaching rooms were used to provide uninterrupted, personal discussions. Water was always accessible and periotic food offerings set the stage for excellence and convenience.

Ms. Yancey made use of every opportunity to recognize her staff. It was obvious that employees of her business had warm feelings about their leader. They efficiently managed the behind-the-scenes operations of the event and were attentive to the needs of the seekers.

Ms. Yancey endearing words about her husband, Kim, was a testimony to the heart-felt appreciation for him. Mr. Yancey’s presence was evidence to how he is a major player with eWomen Networking. He supports the whims of his wife with her entrepreneur path. Ms. Sandra mentioned him often with love and adoration. He provided a steady arm for her to lean on when she looked for the strength to move with graceful balance within our ecosystem.

Personally, I awoke daily with revelations, was transformed, and carried by the sails of this moving vessel. I feel deeply honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of this event. I am convinced that eWomen has catalyzed my business and emotional growth. It is my goal to be a member of eWomen and continue to be of service to empower myself and others. Thank you Mr. and Ms. Yancey for contributing to my life’s evolution.

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD is an author and owner business owner. Get her book, Align With The Wild, at amazon.com. Check out her Blog: naturemystic.wordpress.com. Join the Edible Garden Challenge: facebook.com/ediblegardenchallenge. Receive Jazzy Eco’s Newsletter through her website: http://www.jazzyeco.com.

ESSENES FROM THE DEAD SEA

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An encounter with Native Americans resulted in being gifted with two books about a sacred community that lived around two thousand years ago, the Essenes. Exploring these texts led me on a fascinating journey about people that resided, in part, near the Dead Sea. Magically, a series of events placed me at a convention where past-life Essenes believed they were reborn into 21st century present-days to restore Peace on Earth.

An invite arrived that was difficult to resist as I mingled with others at a spirit fair. A Native American couple honored me with a request that I visit their community. I jumped at the opportunity. Within a week I found myself near the interface of Cherokee and Osage reservations. The handsome couple and I became engaged in talks of earthly spirits, blessings, cleansings, and honoring our ancestors.

It was so natural to express feelings of gratitude. We exchanged precious gifts that were heart-felt and perfect for the receiver. I was spiritually guided to select a large, beautiful feather from my collection of findings gathered from previous walks. It felt appropriate to offer a specific family necklace after a moving conversation.

In return two prized texts from a private library found their way into my possession. I was in awe of the rhythmic sharing of abundance. Little did I know about the energy that was being introduced into my life’s journey. Little did I know about potency of the Essene people that lived prior to the birth of Jesus and existed to support his calling.

The books held secrets from people that were involved in the process of past-live regression. The books introduced me to a process where hypnosis was used by well-trained professionals to guide a seeker into their past lives. I was able to understand that how they chose to live in the past impacted the karmic well-being of an individual. In one case, two different individuals were friends from the past and interacted while in a deep state of sub-consciousness regression.

The first book, Essene: Children of the Light (SJ 2005), provided insight about the diverse collaborative network of communities working to support each other. Women and men lived together to create a home-base for visitors. Travelers journeyed far to collect manuscripts. Scribes joyfully labored to translate and document sacred writings.

The second book, The Power of the Magdalene (SJ 2012), reveled information on the powerful balancing effect issued forth by honoring the blessings of women and men. It is proposed that a total of 144 disciples were dedicated to the teachings of Jesus. There were six groupings of disciples in relation to how close they were to Jesus. Each group contained 12 female and 12 male disciples.

My scientific, logical thinking was unable to prevent me from seeking more information.

It was months into my reading when my examinations led me to the Dead Sea Scrolls. There is a lake that is proposed to be around three millions years old. The terrain extends across the landscape around 3400 feet above sea level. In a span of about 13 miles, you drop to almost 1400 below the level of the sea to reach the lake. The salt and mineral rich waters prevents almost all life to exist. It is near the banks of this Dead Sea where the scrolls were uncovered around 1947 (PBS).

Caves litter the landscape where thousands of manuscript fragments where stored. These historic findings opened a door to the rich communities of people and their holy documents, the Essenes. The manuscripts revealed Bible texts that were preserved after many years of hibernation in caves. Books of Hebrew Scriptures were liberated and “The Isaiah Scroll” was interpreted.

Fascination urged me on to devourer the information in the precious books published by Ozark Mountain Publishing. A spiritual awakening occurred as I was guided to be a player in this community. At first I did not listen or follow where I was directed. Yet repeated signals channeled my course. A comment from a friend, post-card placed in my hands, and the fortuitous arrival of an email inspired me to finally accept my calling.

The Ozark Mountain Publishing Transformation Conference was a sail that shifted my path. People gathered from all over the world to convene. The Northwest Arkansas annual event was an opportunity for people to gather and share their wisdom and past-lives. It was common to have a conversation with one that possess an inner knowing that they are joining other Essene community members in the present to serve in the New World Awakening. An awakening into peace and harmonic relations.

I feel fortunate to have used my feminine heart-centered, intuitive awareness that allowed a higher knowing that steered me on this rewarding passage. It was refreshing to open to the revelations without logic or ego to slow my advances. A path filled with opportunities to receive gifts, explore their contents, and learn about an Essene civilization. To gain insight into a way of life dedicated to sharing knowledge and wisdom for the future of humanity. A civilization that moved in harmony with Jesus as our way shower.

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD is an environmental expert, author, owner business owner, and speaker. Blog: naturemystic.wordpress.com. Website: www.jazzyeco.com. Join our clan at http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=9mxfmitab&p=oi&m=1120193928602&sit=mszgbbpjb&f=d6713d32-713c-4837-8c06-18fcdfd5200d

Abundant Blessings.

References

White, L. Michael. 1998. The Essenes and the Dead Sea Scrolls: What does the discovery of these scrolls reveal about the first century Judaism and the roots of Christianity?. Online <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/portrait/essenes.html>

Wilson, Stuart and Joanna Prentis. 2005. The Essenes: Children of the Light. Ozark Mountain Publishing, Huntsville, Arkansas

Wilson, Stuart and Joanna Prentis. 2012. Power of the Magdalene: The Hidden Story of the Women Disciples. Ozark Mountain Publishing, Huntsville, Arkansas

ESSENES FROM THE DEAD SEA

Does Your Thank You Sound Canned?

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Image of Deb Brown, Guest Blogger

Think back to when you were a child. Did your parents ever tell you to say thank you? Depending on your age and attitude, you may have done it with a chip on your shoulder. The note you wrote may have sounded insincere. The verbal thanks may have been quick and forced. You can force a person to say thank you, but you can’t force them to be thankful.

I recently received a hand written note in the mail about a month after purchasing some new couches from a local furniture store. At first I was surprised and touched that the salesperson at the big warehouse of a store would take the time to thank me. As I read the note, it sounded more like a catalogue description of the items we purchased than a sincere expression of thanks.

The first thing she did wrong was she wrote inaccurate information. She mentioned we made, “her afternoon very enjoyable.” Both times we visited the store it was in the evening – close to closing time. When I read that, I didn’t think she actually remembered us. If you are going to write a thank you note, either write it immediately while the interaction is fresh in your memory or make some notes about your customer so you can accurately personalize it later.

As I continued to read, I was pretty sure she had copied her words from the product description. She wrote, “They have stylish relaxed traditional design that makes your room warm and inviting. They also provide plenty of comfortable seating for family and friends.” What?!? If she would have completely left those sentences out, the thank you note would have been better. This is a case where less is more.

A thank you note has the potential to build a relationship, whether business or personal. Here are 3 tips to write a thank you note that will delight the recipient:

  1. Make it personal. Say something personal about the person or your interaction with them. It could be something you talked about. You might mention something interesting or funny that happened when you were together. We actually made our purchase as the store was closing. They had to call to keep the computer system up a few minutes longer, employees were leaving, and alarms were going off. Mentioning any of these things in a playful way would have brought a smile to our face as we read it.
  2. It doesn’t have to be long. Sometimes you feel the need to fill the entire note card. Adding words (especially from the product description) doesn’t make your thank you note any more appealing. Just write what is important and then leave the card partly blank if you have to. If I read the note I received, leaving out the product description part, it actually impacts me more.
  3. Speak from the heart. Just like people could tell when your parents forced you to say thank you, your thank you note will sound forced if you are forcing yourself to thank them. Sincerity is what will connect with the recipient.

If you want more help writing a meaningful thank you note, check out my other blog article, How to Write a Thank You Note. (http://touchyourclientsheart.com/a-sample-thank-you-letter-2/)

Deb Brown is the founder of Touch Your Client’s Heart. She believes the key to client retention and word of mouth referrals is as simple as nurturing business relationships. Deb speaks, teaches and consults on how to build business relationships for more revenues. She helps small service-based businesses build their business by building relationships. To find out how to WOW your clients, go to: www.WOWClientsNOW.com

TOURIST HAVEN – SUSTAINABLE COSTA RICA

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SUSTAINABILITY: Costa Rica primarily caters to eco-tourism to support the economy and preserve species biodiversity and natural landscape that impacts the world’s well-being.

HISTORY: The end of the military in 1948 was followed by a democratic government and a trend of deforestation that cleared about 80% of Costa Rica’s forests. American industries moved in and exported products contributing to the financial infrastructure supported by coffee and cattle. The global recession of 2008 had a negative impact on the country’s economy. The government and people made a major shift and committed to environmental conservation. Costa Rica was awarded with a Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program, where 25% of the land has been protected to preserve biodiversity and sustainable forest farming. The commitment has restored the nation’s living natural wealth.

COSTA RICA REVITALIZED: Boarded by the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua, and Panama, Costa Rica housed an ideal export landscape for agriculture and industrial manufactured products at the expense of the environment and wildlife. The government initiated a plan for sustainability to preserve the land’s abundant biodiversity and varied ecological landscapes; including coastlines, rainforests and exquisite mountains. Businesses are now taxed for polluting water and Payment for Environmental Services (PSA) provides landowners an incentive to protect lands. The goal is to become carbon neutral, while up to 90% of their electricity is generated through renewable resources. The country now ranks high on the Environmental Performance Index, Happy Planet Index, and as the greenest country in the world in the 21st century.

ECONONMIC DEVELOPMENT: The primary financial revenue has shifted from dependence on coffee and banana plantations, cattle ranching, and industrial production to eco-tourism. The ecological beauty and environmental sustainable practices must be embraced to support the booming eco-tourism industry.

COSTA RICA PROJECTS: A Debt-for-Nature Swap was collaborated with the United States to protect Costa Rica’s forests. Many non-government organization grants support the agreement.

Costa Rica maintains wildlife refuges, marine sanctuaries, conservation areas, and both biological and national reserves. Volcanoes, waterfalls, and coral reefs are protected habitats of the country. National parks include Corcovado, Tortuguero, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve that provide habitat for a wide range of plant species, including many species of orchids. Conservation projects include La Amistad International Park, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Ostional Wildlife Refuge, and Piedras Blancas National Park.

Lodges and hotels are eco-friendly as people learn how to live in harmony with their surroundings to lower environmental impacts.

The shift in the economy provides the country with a sustainable source of revenue and way of living for present and future generations.

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD is an author and owner business owner. Get my book, Align With The Wild, at amazon.com. Check out my Blog: naturemystic.wordpress.com. Join the Edible Garden Challenge: facebook.com/ediblegardenchallenge. Receive Jazzy Eco’s Newsletter through our website: http://www.jazzyeco.com.

References

Conservation International. <www.conservation.org/>

GoVisit Costa Rica. <www.govisitcostarica.com/>

Wikipeida.   <www.wikipedia.com>

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR HUMAN CAPITAL ASSET

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Sustainable (available resources for present and future generations) lifestyles and businesses are becoming mainstream. Financial assets are one of the resources that supports the transition to the Green Economic Revolution. Human Capital is an asset that secures your wealth in the economic infrastructure. Know your value and thrive through 21st century challenges.

Your Human Capital offers you with asset riches. Your valuable assets include experience, knowledge, health, drive, purpose, adaptability, and any other skill that may provide you with improved well-being, skills, and intelligence. This value-based benefit may be viewed as a renewable resource that affords you with the ability to offer creativity and innovation to improve your ecosystem. Your capital asset increases with training, education, experience, and coaching.

For example: You accumulate added value when trained to complete a specific job. Your capital increases with on the job exposure. Retention of an innovative and motivated employee provides a valuable asset to a business.

Recognizing how you provide valuable natural capital in an environment is an opportunity to monetize on your expertise. Coaching an individual on how to increase their value and secure natural capital improves their business success or employability.

Industries and businesses are understanding how human capital provides a valuable asset to a business. For example: Employees that have been trained and gained experience in the workforce; and is knowledgeable about natural capital benefits endows a business with value. Employers improve their business assets by providing a safe and healthy ecosystem to secure revenue that may be lost if an individual chooses to leave. Valuable experience is lost, finding replacements takes time, and retraining a new employee costs money.

Human capital is strengthened when environments are free of pollution. Your value is fixed when you effectively cater to your needs and health. Breakthrough studies find where polluted environments cause your ill health and increase your stress.

For example: There is a cyclic network of cause-and-effect and feedback that creates a merry-go-round of stress factors coupled with high blood pressure. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) health browser reports where pesky particles that pollute the air; such as dust and soot, increase your blood pressure. Add prolonged exposure to noise and the symptoms are compounded (Chang).

Stress can lead to addictive behavior, such as overeating, smoking, and alcohol abuse. These risky behaviors lead to poor health that results in increased health care costs. Ill health prevents you from working. Indulging in unhealthy food choices over the long term is related to an increase in blood pressure according to Li’s team of experts.

The solution is to add some greenspace exposure to gain relief from the stress. Anne Bolen from the National Wildlife Foundation (NWF) reported that submersion in green spaces revitalizes your physical, psychological, and social well-being and creates a faster recovery period from high blood pressure. Include some exercise in a forest or park can reduce your stress by up to 87%.

Your business, coaching practice, and transformational outcomes are enhanced with a working knowledge of how to optimize on the productivity of your clients, customers, and employees. Human capital is a valuable asset that adds revenue to support a sustainable economic model.

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD is an author and owner business owner. Book “Align With The Wild”. Blog: naturemystic.wordpress.com. Join the Edible Garden Challenge: facebook.com/ediblegardenchallenge. Receive Jazzy Eco’s Newsletter through her website; http://www.jazzyeco.com.

References

Bolen, Anne. 2012. Healing Gardens. National Wildlife (World Edition). 00280402. Vol. 50:2.

Chang, Ta-Yuan, Bing-Fang Hwang, Chiu-Shong Liu, Ren-Yin Chen, Ven-Shing Wang, Bo-Ying Bao, and Jim-Shoung Lai. 2013. Occupational Noise Exposure and Incident Hypertension in Men: A Prospective Cohort Study. American Journal of Epidemiology. Vol. 177:8. Pgs. 818-825.

United States Environmental Protection Agency. 2013. Eco-Health Relationship Browser. http://www.epa.gov/research/healthscience/browser/index.html

REINVENTION OF WOMEN IN THE 21ST CENTURY

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Considering the earth is around 4.5 billion years old, it was not long ago when women were recognized as major contributors to society, a matriarchal society. Times changed and a patriarchal energy replaced the community structure in Egypt. There need not be a segregation of whether women or men are the major decision makers. A more realistic scenario is when there is a balance of the female and male blessings that create a holistic society model.

It is difficult to realize if a feminine and masculine balanced society existed when humans first colonized the earth. Although, recorded history does reveal where an Egyptian matriarchal society occurred from prehistoric time until about 3000 BC (before Christ) reported Asoka Selvarajah. It was interesting to discover where Isis was considered a composite Goddess and began their agricultural practices. In these matriarchal times, women had authority over their husbands and the ladies went to the market to conduct business.

Around 3000 BC, Egypt was invaded and the feminine based ecosystem began to shift towards a male dominated society. Women’s freedoms were stifled as a wife became dominated by her husband. The kinship of the children shifted from the mother to the father’s descendent ancestral line. By 1570 BC, women were no longer able to choose their own partners as in the past. The shift in gender dominance wafted from the Eastern to the Western countries.

Corrina Laughlin’s 2011 titled “5 Successful Societies Run By Women”, reveals there are cultures in the world where women may hold dominant roles in society. In the Ede villages in Vietnam, women own property that is passed to their daughters and are the ones to propose to the husbands. Chinese, Mosuo women run the household and make the business decisions. The Native American Hopi Indian women hold most of the power and predominantly organize their societies “matrilinerarly”.

Laughlin’s Papua New Guinea Chambri women provide for their families and control many parts of the culture. At the same time there is an equal balance of power among the genders. This sharing the responsibilities based on skill levels may be the best strategy for sustainability.

Pachamama Alliance reports where the Amazon indigenous female dominated culture exists. The women perform the majority of the activities as the men work to protect the dominant gender. These women were a powerful force that prevented big oil from exploiting their forests.

Cynthia Eller’s book, The Mother of Us All: Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriachal Prehistory, 1861-1900, revels where social structures in “Germany, Great Britain, and the United States” are already evolving as there may have been primitive matriarchy in existence the 1860s. Perhaps the best strategy may be to establish equality that exists between women and men.

There are strong indicators where matriarchy may be flourishing in the United States. A survey of American businesses revealed information where gender equality improved the corporate environment. The 2013 McKinsey survey reveals companies preformed significantly better when women were represented in executive committees. For example; a 47 percent increase in the return on equity and 55 percent increase in average earnings before interest and tax deductions occurred when women were represented in higher levels of the corporate ladder.

The Fourth Annual State of Women-Owned Business Report brought to light where women are starting 1,288 (net) new businesses per day. This number has doubled the rate from only three years ago. The estimated number of women-owned firms in the United States have reached 9.1 million and generate more than $1.4 trillion in revenue while employing up to 7.9 million people.

The 2011, Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being reported that around three out of the five American adults that live in households are headed by married couples. The dominant share of single-head of households are managed by single women (14 percent) compared to those managed by a single man (6 percent). It is clear that a balance of male and female are working together in head-of-household. At the same time, single women are out performing single men with their ability to manage the household.

The 21st century is a historic time where the matriarchy/feminine social structure may be evolving in the United States. Following the trends over the next century will allow us to understand the demographics and stability of this trend. Ideally, developing a balance between where females and males moving together in harmony may be the best strategy for a sustainable world.

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD is an author and owner business owner. Book “Align With The Wild”. Blog: naturemystic.wordpress.com. Join the Edible Garden Challenge: facebook.com/ediblegardenchallenge. Receive Jazzy Eco’s Newsletter through her website; http://www.jazzyeco.com.

References

Devillard, Sandrine, Sandra Sancier, Charlotte Werner, Ina Maller, and Cécile Kossoff. 2013. Gender diversity in top management: Moving corporate culture, moving boundaries.   McKinsey&Company. Women Matter Report.

Eller, Cynthia. 2011. The Mother of Us All: Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriachal Prehistory, 1861-1900. Women’s Review of Books. University of California Press, Berkeley, California.

Laughlin, Corrina. 2011. 5 Successful Societies Run By Women. Online: <http://utopianist.com/2011/06/5-societies-run-by-women-and-what-we-can-learn-from-them/>

Jarrett, Valerie and Christina Tchen. 2011.   Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being. U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration and the Executive Office of the President Office of Management and Budget.

Selvarajah, PhD., Asoka. In Search Of The Feminine Archetype. Online: <http://www.circlesoflight.com/asoka/asoka5.shtml>

FACE THE DROUGHT TO SURVIVE 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES

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Ok, it is time to come out of the closet. Let set aside the word climate change due to all the hype of “if it is occurring” or “if not occurring”. “If” creates confusion. What is going on is drought.

Alaska is the largest state in our union. The second and third largest sates are Texas and California. Both the second and third largest states are experiencing extreme drought conditions. In addition, they produce the majority of agricultural crops for the United States.

An urgent alarm has been sounded when California governor, Jerry Brown, issued a historic mandatory water restrictions for the state shouted Bill McColl last week in his article “Why the California drought matters to you”.

Any of you that have lived in drought conditions over the past 20 years knows how it feels to survive through a summer of 100+ Fahrenheit degree temperatures with little to no rain in sight. Did you fall to your knees and pray for relief? You may want to put on your praying hat since we have work to do and can use all the guidance possible.

It has been everything I could do to squelch my emotions. Laying on the floor in the middle of my tears will not solve the problem of no water. It is disheartening to know the potential fear that overwhelms your soul with the realization of current environmental conditions.

It is very important that we put our fears and tears in a box and walk away. We must take action to do everything we can to preserve whatever resources; such as water, that are still available on our planet. The situation is not going to get any better any time soon.

A statement holds in my mind, “we will have to take every airplane out of the sky to stop the current destruction of our environment”. Yes, I can completely understand how unrealistic this sounds.

Know that it is unheard of for scientists to start waving their hands in the air and make a statement without the support of sound scientific inquiry. This means coming up against maga-experts in all fields of science and on both sides of the table saying “show me”. Not “prove it” since science does not ever prove anything. “Show me” means a lot of research, data collection, and data crunching using statistical analysis on the numbers.

So allow me to jump into the first step of looking at the big picture of what we are facing. Trust me that the tears filled my eyes when I came across this information.

Some scientist gathered together and collaborated on a project to look into the paleoclimate history related to drought. Paleoclimatology simply means “the study of changes in climate taken on the scale of the entire history of the Earth” revealed by Wikipedia.org online encyclopedia. Some tools used for this investigation include tree rings, corals, shells microfossils, and rocks.

The results of Woodhouse’s crew of detailed study uncovered some interesting results. The extreme mega-drought that occurred from ~AD 900 to 1300, termed the “Medieval Warm Period”, were not as warm as the conditions found in the 20th and 21st centuries. This means that the current drought conditions found in the southern east and west United States are more severe than any other recorded drought conditions since 600 AD. Even the conditions found during the Dust Bowl does not compare to current high temperatures and dry weather occurring in the present.

The current drought conditions have been accumulating for over 15+ years. It will take more than 10 consecutive years (in a row) of high levels of rain fall to refill the water in lakes and rivers; and in the underground aquifers to replenish our parched lands. The chance of this is like taking every airplane out of the sky, today.

There is a very good chance I will be sharing more information about our current drought conditions so keep an eye pealed. The time to Take Action is now. It is time to fill your minds and lifestyle habits with water conservation strategies to Combat Drought. Please feel free to share any of your thoughts.

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD is an author and owner business owner. Get my book, Align With The Wild, at amazon.com. Check out my Blog: naturemystic.wordpress.com. Join the Edible Garden Challenge: facebook.com/ediblegardenchallenge. Receive Jazzy Eco’s Newsletter through our website: http://www.jazzyeco.com.

References

Cook. Edward R., Connie A. Woodhouse, Mark C. Eakin, David M. Meko, and David W. Stahle. 2004. Long-Term Aridity Changes in the Western United States. Science. Vol. 306. Issue 5698.

McColl, Bill. 2014. Why the California drought matters to you. Online: <https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-the-california-drought-matters-to-you-172933608.html>

Woodhouse, Connie A., David M. Meko, Glen M. MacDonald, Dave W. Stahle, and Edward R. Cook. 2010. A 1,200-year perspective of 21st century drought in southwestern North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Vol. 107:50. Pgs. 21283-21288.

URBAN AIR QUALITY AND RESPIRATORY ILLNESS

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Climate change has become a very popular buzz phrase as of late. Scientists are now in agreement that an ecosystem (interacting life forms with their environment) impacts your health. Lifestyles that release greenhouse gases and fewer green space that filters the air results in respiratory illnesses.

BBC News reported where “long-term exposure to air pollution contributed to more than 28,000 deaths across the UK in 2010”. Know that the atmosphere is not bounded by limitations to the movement of pollution.

Ecosystem Health Theory is the name used to describe this agreement where natural or human activities may cause negative health outcomes reports Tarocco and his colleagues. Your eco-literacy skills are enhanced when reading this article.

You may have an interest on how an urban ecosystem impacts your health. Urban simply means an area that is composed of both artificial human-made and naturally created environmental ingredients. You do not need to know everything to understand how you may be impacted by your environment.

It is similar to an automobile that is composed of many mechanical parts. You do not need to know how the whole mechanical ecosystem works. All you need to know is how to drive the car to get you where you want to go. You do not need to know all about the bits and pieces of the urban ecosystem. What will help you to adapt and survive is to know which parts of the urban ecosystem makes you un-healthy and which parts improve your health and well-being.

Respiratory infections and illnesses are a major health problem that prevent you from being productive, increases your visits to health professionals, stops you from going to work or school, and causes death. People have strong emotional connections to children so many health studies involve the young’uns. Sharmas’ group discovered that low social class, illiterate mothers, overcrowding, smoking by those who live in the home, or pollution released from fuel sources increase the risk of respiratory illnesses in children. Stress factors and perceptions related to lower socio-economic groups have been found to increase the danger of experiencing respiratory challenges in urban ecosystems coined by Quinns’ group.

It was discovered by Lis’ group that respiratory illness in young children results from living close to highways, pets in the home, decorating the home, dampness, and cleaning a child’s room more than once a day. This same study found that airing bed linin in the sun and breast feeding more than three months improves children’s health.

Climate Change conditions increase the number and frequency of natural disasters. It is helpful to know that a flooded home or extra-ordinary dampness creates a risk factor for respiratory challenges revealed by Azumas’ team. It is essential to find solutions to ecosystem health challenges as more land is being developed into urban ecosystems.

You may find a wealth of information in the EPA health browser where industry, urban environments, and motor vehicles increase the concentrations of atmospheric hazardous pollution and is destroying the quality of the air you breathe.

The mysterious benefits generously offered by green critters provide relief from respiratory distress. It has been found that increasing the amount of ‘green space’ reduces respiratory illness mortality rates in males reported by Richardson and Mitchell. Although the results may be impacted by a male’s perception of the natural ecosystem.

The facts are reveling themselves in another study where more greening of the landscape reduces the onset of respiratory troubles with infants that have been exposed to traffic-related and other urban pollutions coined by Ebisu.

The relief is in the solar boosted, dynamic, atmospheric filtrating powerhouse modeled by the green trees, bushes, mosses, algae, and any green life form you are able to discover in your ecosystem. These magnificent green organisms ease and lighten respiratory suffering, lower health-care cost, and lessen days missed from work and school.

Up to or more than 20% of the atmospheric pollutants may be sucked out of the air depending on the number of trees or amount of green space that may be found in your ecosystem reported by the EPA.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports where beautifying roadsides and highways with greenbelts may reduce up to 65% of particles floating within the air. Best results have been realized with deciduous broadleaf trees that thrive during the Spring and Summer. In addition, green walls and green roofs bids relief by absorbing pollutants and decrease energy costs needed to maintain comfortable indoor climates.

Join the many “Greenies” around the world and add plants and algae to your ecosystem to improve your health.

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD is an author and owner business owner. Get her book, Align With The Wild, at amazon.com. Check out her Blog: naturemystic.wordpress.com. Join the Edible Garden Challenge: facebook.com/ediblegardenchallenge. Receive Jazzy Eco’s Newsletter through her website: http://www.jazzyeco.com.

References

Azuma, Kenichi, Koichi Ikeda, Naoki Yanagi, Kenichi Hasegawa, and Haruki Osawa. 2014. Effects of water-damaged homes after flooding: health status of the residents and the environmental risk factors. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. Vol. 24:2. Pps 158-175.

Ebisu, Keita, Theodore R. Holford, Kathleen D. Belanger, Brian P. Leaderer, and Michelle L. Bell. 2011. Urban land-use and respiratory symptoms in infants. Environmental Research. Vol.111:5. Pgs. 677-684.

Li, Angui, Yuexia Sun, Zhijian Liu, Xiaoxia Xu, Hongfa Sun, and Jan Sundell. 2014. The influence of home environmental factors and life style on children’s respiratory health in Xi’an. Chinese Science Bulletin. Vol. 59:17. Pgs. 2024-2030.

Quinn, M.P.H., Kelly, Jay S. Kaufman, Ph.D., Arjumand Siddiqi, Sc.D., and Karin B. Yeatts, PhD. 2010. Parent Perceptions of Neighborhood Stressors Are Associated with General Health and Child Respiratory Health Among Low-Income, Urban Families. Journal of Asthma. Vol. 47. Pgs. 281-289.

Richardson, EA and R. Mitchell. 2010. Gender differences in relationships between urban green space and health in the United Kingdom. Social Science & Medicine (1982). Vol. 71:3. Pgs. 568-75.

Sharma, Dhananjaya, Kumaresan Kuppusamy, and Ashok Bhoorasamy. 2014. Prevalence of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) and their determinants in under five children in urban and rural areas of Kancheepuram District, South India. Annals of Tropical Medicine & Public Health. Vol. 6:5. Pgs. 513-518.

Tarocco, S., I. Amoruso, and G. Caravello. 2011. Holistic model-based on monitoring of the human health status in an urban environment system: pilot study in Verona city, Italy. Journal Of Preventive Medicine And Hygiene. Vol. 52:2. Pgs. 73-82.

United States Environmental Protection Agency. 2013. Eco-Health Relationship Browser. http://www.epa.gov/research/healthscience/browser/index.html

NATURAL CAPITAL

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Have you ever heard of such a thing as “Natural Capital”? It is quite real and big businesses are including their share of the wealth found in natural ecosystems into their financial spreadsheet. The survival of businesses rests upon responding to the demands of their consumers for quality products and services.

Nellemann and Cororan stated in A Rapid Response Assessment report that the value of natural products and services is around $72 trillion annually. Tapping into your share of riches gleaned from this mysterious treasure chest leads you on a path to sustainability and supports your survival.

Sustainable simply means having the resources that support present and future generations. Many of our resources include clean water, fresh air, rich soil, quality food, and biodiversity. The condition of our precious resources is the result of the diligent work that occurs in the collective processes found in plants, soil and the diversity of critters (such as insects, trees, birds, and wolves to name a few).

I am sure you will enjoy a video that shows the relationships that occur among the wildlife where the reintroduction of wolves changed the behavior of the rivers. Have a look: http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/how-wolves-change-rivers/

Trees filter the air and water of impurities. Birds carry the seeds of plants to different locations. Insects breakdown leaves and other organic matter into small pieces. This results in an increase in surface area that aids in the decomposition service provided by fungi.

Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of fungi that form mutually beneficial relationships with plants. The plants are able to send chemical messages to their young’uns and other trees through the underground network of fungal hyphae.

As you look upon a field of flowering plants on a warm spring day, you may be able to perceive the subtle orchestrated chemical communication system that occurs among the wildlife reported by Monica Gagliano and her team of researchers.

Big businesses are paying attention to what is needed for them to provide quality products and services. Heather Clancy had some verifiable tidbits of information in her article “State of Green Business: Supply chain transparency ramps up”. McDonalds’ goal is to provide their customers with hamburgers made from verifiable sustainable beef by 2016. The apparel maker, Patagonia, has worked for over six years to develop a 100 percent traceable supply chain for sustainable products.

The key is provide products and services that product the health of our environment and biodiversity, including people.

England is very aware of the threat to their economy from the accumulation of pollution. More than 28,000 deaths are related to long-term exposure to air pollution reported by BBC News. A reinvestment plan called for by the Natural Capital Committee reports where ”improved air quality and greener cities would bring economic benefits”. An environment investment of about 250,000 hectares of woods planted near cities may generate $541.59 annually in benefits to the community reported by Roger Harrabin in his article “Decline of England’s natural environment ‘hits economy’.

Will it not be easier to plant trees and other green life? The renewable energy from the sun powers the green chloroplast powerhouse supporting plants to purify your air, water, and enrich the soil. This economically efficient strategy is a reliable way to protect yourself from the consequences of increasing pollution impact to your health.

You hold unimaginable power to recognize and act upon the incredible natural capital found in the environment where you live. You possess incredible power to engage your problem solving skills and form mutually beneficial relationships with the biodiverse wildlife that find refuge in your yard and community.

You have the ability to enhance genetic biodiversity and amplify the benefits generously provided by the wild. The Millennium Ecosystems Assessment committee suggests you consciously blend your assets into the world’s bio-diverse gene pool to strengthen the resilient adaptive responses of the living to enhance planetary well-being.

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD is an author and owner business owner. Get her book, Align With The Wild, at amazon.com. Check out her Blog: naturemystic.wordpress.com. Join the Edible Garden Challenge: facebook.com/ediblegardenchallenge. Receive Jazzy Eco’s Newsletter through this website: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=9mxfmitab&p=oi&m=1120193928602&sit=mszgbbpjb&f=d6713d32-713c-4837-8c06-18fcdfd5200d

References

BBC News. 2014. Air pollution link to 28,000 deaths. Online: <http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26973783>

Clancy, Heather. 2015. State of Green Business: Supply chain transparency ramps up. Online: <http://www.greenbiz.com/article/state-green-business-supply-chain-transparency>

Gagliano, Monica, Michael Renton, Nili Duvdevani, Matthew Timmins, and Stefano Mancuso. 2012. Out of Sight but Not out of Mind: Alternative Means of Communication in Plants. Plosone.org. Vol.7:5.

Harrabin, Roger. 2015. Decline of England’s natural environment ‘hits economy’. Online: <http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30996096?postId=121254873>

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Synthesis (Washington, DC: Island Press, 200). (Online) http://www.millenniumassessment.org/documents/document.356.aspx.pdf

Nellemann, C. and E. Cororan (eds). 2010. Dead Planet, Living Planet – Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development. A Rapid Response Assessment. United Nations Environment Program. GRID-Arendal. <www.grida.no>

COMPANION PLANTING IN GARDEN ECOSYSTEMS

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Did you ever think that plants and insects were involved in mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships? Well, plants do enjoy companionship. Grocery stores were not always the norm and experienced gardeners know how to optimize on their growing space, minimize labor, and grow high quality and flavorful produce by working in harmony with living organisms.

Gardeners know the value of attracting the right type of beneficial insects to their flowering plants for fruit to develop. Insects are enticed by sweet nectar and other food sources for a mealtime feast. The bee or butterfly enjoys the edibles while being dusted with pollen from the male flower that is carried to the receptive female flower. This reproduction process allows for the development of fruit that house the seeds for the next generation of plant growth. As a result, people benefit from the abundant food sources that grace the dinning table or fill the fruit bowl.

Everything and everyone are made-up of chemicals and is the language of plants. Pollen is an example of a chemical compound that has a role to play in the game of life. There are many other chemicals that are involved in the communication system among the living. These compounds may enhance or agitate neighboring species of plants. Tomatoes and chives/onions enjoy sharing their space in a garden where the addition of potatoes creates an inhospitable combination.

Sharing space is a great way to intermix your planting of crops to gain relationship benefits and maximize on the area that is used for planting. Native Americans used the term “Three Sisters” to bless the union of corn, beans, and squash in the same growing area. Beans provide a valuable service of offering nitrogen to the soil as a service to their community. Nitrogen is a valuable chemical relished by plants. Corn offers shade and a possible pole for plants to climb. Squash may serve as a ground cover to reduce the evaporation of water from the soil. Remember to keep the beans away from garlic/onions.

Leafy spinach and radish roots do well with sharing an abundance of space found in a well-organized garden. It helps to start your gardening strategy session early since good planning offers the opportunity to start the season with cool season crops. The cool ones complete their growing cycle in a location where the next generation heat tolerant transplants dominate. The cool fall temperatures ushers in a permit to plant cool season crops once again. You may even be industrious enough to start your plants in pots in preparation for the welcoming space offered by the early successional harvest. Potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, and garlic may be found in many a cold season ecosystem.

Not all insects are as friendly as the beneficials and will compete for the fruits (or leaves) of you labor.   Companion plants may acts as a decoy or repellant to those pesky buggers. Nasturtiums provides a welcoming habitat to pest insects; such as spiders and grand beetles. You must be alert to remove any pests that find their way into your garden.

Marigolds are a great associate for tomatoes and melons. Nematodes and diamond back moth larva are controlled by these brightly colored, fragrant flowers.

As you design your collaborative plantings it helps to be attentive to the similar needs of the plants. Different crops are persnickety as to the types of soil, light, water, and fertilizer found in their domain. Make note of root-space and timing with your creative design.

There are those plant lovers that tend to separate their plantings of herbs, flowers, and food crops. A great strategy is to mix your plantings wherever you choose to plant. You may have to defend flora from rabbits or deer that will enjoy a feast of your delectable crops. My story: I saw the most incredibly, beautiful deer as I worked in my garden. My feelings about this multi-horned stag changed when I entered my sanctuary the following morning. The precious crop had been defoliated as their stems were stripped clean of their leaves. A solar-powered electric fence with peanut butter laden strips of aluminum foils solved my herbivore problem.

Home and community gardening takes time, patience, and experience. However, the rewards are abundant. A freshly picked melon, ear of corn, or tomatoes greets your taste buds with a flavor to tame the wild spirited.

You can google almost any terms to find your hearts’ desire of information. The material gleaned from this article may be discovered on the following websites:

http://howtogardenadvice.com/garden_info/companion_gardening.html

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/companion-planting

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/companion-vegetable-garden.htm

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD is an author and owner business owner. Book “Align With The Wild”. Blog: naturemystic.wordpress.com. Join the Edible Garden Challenge: facebook.com/ediblegardenchallenge. Receive Jazzy Eco’s Newsletter through her website.

Sustainable, Green Heart-Centered Natural Awareness Gifts You with Increased Wealth and Greater Health