As I write this the kids and I (except our oldest who had to work) are at my Mom's for the “big” annual event, the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival. I grew up loving this every year and have only missed one since I moved away when I was 19. We even roped some of our Rockford friends into coming with us this year, it's crazy how excited I am to take them around this little town, hah! We got our own tour of the Sap House, which I've done a thousand times before, but it's all new to me since I don't ever remember anything anyway…
- Kimi Harris put up a post last week that about knocked me off my chair because a 20 year old relative was just diagnosed with this disease. The post is called, Healing Multiple Sclerosis with Food. When I put it on Facebook, it also sparked some interesting comments.
- Did you see the ‘a day in the life of our homeschool' video from last week? It certainly wasn't polished, but gives you an idea of what a day around here is like anyway. 🙂
- My talk went well at Harvest Health last week, even though we couldn't get my stupid Keynote to work right and I did it without any of my notes. It was fun, though, because while most were into healthy eating (or they probably wouldn't have been to a talk at a health food store), they were still a “fresh crowd” when it came to traditional foods. As an example of what I mean… There were 110 people there and no one had ever heard of Joel Salatin. Crazy huh? Afterward many came up to share some of their stories and it made me sad and angry once again to hear how thoroughly the SAD (standard american diet) has screwed up so many lives. It was fun to talk to them and see hope come into their eyes when I told them about the power of real food!
- This post from Butter Believer is a great one about the dangers of fat-free milk: 6 Secrets You Don't Know about Skim Milk.
- You've probably seen similar articles like this, but here's one Kent emailed me last week and said, “Gross article: McDonald's burger bought in Utah in 1999 looks exactly the same as the day it was first flipped even after it spent two years in a COAT POCKET.”
- Emily posted a great article on protecting yourself against pools with chlorine this summer. My favorite recommendation (so easy and good for you, too) is to apply coconut oil before getting in! (Here's where to get quality brands of coconut oil.)
- On an unrelated-to-food note, does anyone else get sick of never being able to find a flashlight with batteries that work? I heard about these solar flashlights from Shannon, who lives off the grid. (Pin it here if you want.)
- And since I'm griping a bit, I'll whine again about how our local grocery keeps getting rid of things I used to buy there! So now, heck with 'em, I'll buy more on Amazon I guess. The latest is this soap that we love, I got a good deal on a multi-pack.
- One Colorado farming family was put through the wringer recently when this nursing mother was arrested. Read the whole story at that link from the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
- And here's another nasty ordeal… Have you heard of all that Vernon Hershberger is going through in Wisconsin?
Here is the website with more information on him and other farmers on trial, and you can watch a video with Vernon below, which shows his beautiful, peaceful farm. “If Vernon is found guilty on ANY of the charges, we will see this method used to shut down buying clubs around the country.” They could use your support next month during the trial in Wisconsin! ***Find all the information here on where to go and when.
- Here are a few Facebook highlights from last week…
- Check out this picture of farming ‘before and after Monsanto'.
- Can you guess what it is: 100% GMO, plus it has 4 food dyes banned in other countries? Click here to find out…
- Here's a cool picture of window cleaners at a children's hospital. 🙂
- There was a lot more going on over at my Facebook page last week but I'm out of time, be sure to follow me there. Thanks!
- Did you see any cool things on Facebook this week?