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Egyptian Religion and Art
Nowhere in history do we find a religion more oriented around nature than in ancient Egypt. In Egyptian art one finds remarkably precise observations flora and fauna. They are easily identified by contemporary biologists. But Egyptian art also shows the way nature affects the soul, and reveals a spiritual light deep inside all natural phenomena. This was accomplished with subtle exaggeration and distortion. Thus, Egyptian artists were equally precise when depicting the details of either the inner and outer world, and they were remarkably adept at revealing that these logically incompatible worlds constitute a single seamless reality.
...healing from sacred geometry is very interesting!
The candles placed in front of each branch created corresponding figure and vessel shadows that danced upon the steel walls. The cascading wax formed stalagmites, which documented the `life cycle' of the installation during the exhibition period. Viewers passing through the corridor also encountered smells of earth, smoke, and roses.
Kiwi11--lovely, superb images in this blog! Thankyou
Thanks,webdoodle...also, check out the book, The Secret Life of Plants...
Researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered that when the leaf of a plant is under attack by a pathogen, it can send out an S.O.S. to the roots for help, and the roots will respond by secreting an acid that brings beneficial bacteria to the rescue.
...for the Know Your Rights 2008 campaign.
Jen Corace, artist...pen/ink
A report by the Minerals Management Service in the US gave preliminary environmental approval to a proposed wind-farm off Cape Cod. Plans by developer Cape Wind Associates describe a wind-farm encompassing 25 miles of federal waters in Nantucket Sound, with 130 windmills generating power for thousands of households.
The findings showed that the plans would pose no significant threat to the environment, despite claims to the contrary by locals and politicians.
Public comment is now requested by the agency that will make the final decision for the project, probably later this year. Public hearings will be held in March in West Yarmouth, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Boston.
A successful acceptance of this proposal would allow for America's first offshore wind-farm to be constructed. With turbines rising up to 440 feet above sea level (when the tallest blades are at their peak), this project is nothing but controversial though.
"The draft environmental impact statement is a crucial step forward in completing our review of the Cape Wind Energy Project," said Minerals Management Service director Randall Luthi in a statement.
And there is a lot of support behind this project, with calls from the Conservation Law Foundation pointing out the benefits of such a renewable source of energy. "Cape Wind is one of the nation's most promising clean energy projects," said foundation president Philip Warburg in a statement. "When built, its 130 turbines will deliver clean energy to thousands of households, making an immediate impact in the region's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and end our dependency on dirty fossil fuels."
Buy Nothing Day--make an effort every day...
Thanks, earthwormken...tasty chapchae for me...
Making a book is much like building a house: many small decisions both contingent and dependent. It's a form that allows for a sequential unfolding of ideas and concepts; that has rhythm and movement that can be controlled and directed like music or breath.
Think Global : Eat Local is a celebration of local food systems in communities around the world - farmers markets, food box systems, food coops, community farms, community gardens and school gardens. The film touches on many of the issues caused by and impacting our current unsustainable food system and points to the relocalization of food systems as a key strategy for working toward sustainability, social justice and well-being.
Morag and Evan have spent the past few months pulling together footage of local food projects that they have filmed and photographed both locally and internationally since 1992. Locations include: Cuba, Ladakh, Indonesia, Turkey, South Korea, Spain, The Bahamas, USA, Scotland, Denmark, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Hong Kong, and in Australia - Northey Street City Farm, Maleny and Crystal Waters.
The film shows interviews with world-renowned scientist and author, Fritjof Capra, and well-know Brisbane-based food activist and academic, Kristen Lyons. Other interviews include Northey Street City Farm's Organic Market coordinator - Anaheke Metua, CSA Farmer - Les Nichols, a local food chef, a naturopath, alongside input from Morag and Evan.
The film was produced by Morag and Evan's organisation, SEED International (www.SEEDinternational.com.au), with the help of a small grant from the Maleny Film Commission (through Festivals Australia). The Maleny Film Commission is an arm of the Maleny Film Society, one of the largest film societies in Australia.
To accompany the film, Morag and Evan are developing this complementary website (www.localfood.net.au) and a book to be launched in late 2008. Morag and Evan plan to take the film and book on a tour with a photographic exhibition. For more information, please contact Morag on 07 5494 4833 or email@example.com
Still Pools by Tracey Johnson
Thank you Medea89--what a wonderful image....Hydra Island, Greece
DOMESTIC RAINWATER HARVESTING
Rainwater collection is one of the oldest means of collecting water for domestic purposes. In India, simple stone-rubble structures for impounding rainwater date back to the third millennium BC (Agarwal and Narain, 1997). It was also a common technique throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East. Water collected from roofs and other hard surfaces was stored in underground reservoirs (cisterns) with masonry domes. In Western Europe, the Americas and Australia, rainwater was often the primary water source for drinking water. In all three continents it continues to be an important water source for isolated homesteads and farms. Collection and storage for agricultural use has equally been widely practised for thousands of years. "Dying Wisdom: Rise, fall and potential of India's traditional harvesting systems" gives a good historical overview of such practices in India (Agarwal and Narain, 1997)
Rainwater harvesting revival
In the last two decades, interest in rainwater harvesting has grown. Its utilisation is now an option along with more 'traditional' water supply technologies, particularly in rural areas. It is of particular importance and relevance for arid and semi-arid lands, small coral and volcanic islands, and remote and scattered human settlements. The increased interest has been facilitated by a number of external factors, including:
1.the shift towards more community-based approaches and technologies which emphasise participation, ownership and sustainability;
2.the increased use of small-scale water supply for productive and economic purposes (livelihoods approach);
3.the decrease in the quality and quantity of ground- and surface water;
4.the failure of many piped water supply systems due to poor O&M;
5.the flexibility and adaptability of rainwater harvesting technology;
6.the replacement of traditional roofing (thatch) with impervious materials (e.g. tiles and corrugated iron);
7.the increased availability of low-cost tanks (e.g. made of ferro-cement or plastics).
Sway With Me
sway with me, everything sad --
madmen in stone houses
lepers steaming love and song
frogs trying to figure
sway with me, sad things --
fingers split on a forge
old age like breakfast shell
used books, used people
used flowers, used love
I need you
I need you
I need you:
it has run away
like a horse or a dog,
dead or lost
Thank you Shitao, for this wonderful photo and the poem by Bukowski....