What is Pinterest and Pinning?

I first heard about Pinterest on Facebook a few weeks ago when I clicked on a friends link and had a look around. I thought it was neat but it wasn't real obvious at the time what I would do there. The name Pinterest came up again so thought I needed to check it out further. What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a virtual inspiration board. It's a place where you can 'Pin' things that you don't want to forget. It's like a virtual bulletin board or 'Dream Board.' Or, use your Pinterest pinboard to create a strong brand “story” build loyalty within your community through board collaboration. ...
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Organic Certification: is it all it’s cracked up to be?

I had been a devoted "certified organic" shopper for 25 years, when something struck me while shopping in a well known supermarket in 2003. While selecting broccoli in the produce section I couldn't help but notice that the appearance of both the conventionally grown and the "certified organic" broccoli looked exactly the same! I picked up a bunch of each; felt them, smelled them, both seemed exactly the same... so, I bought both to perform a little experiment. I continued my shopping and as I walked each isle I began wondering... how was it that just a mere few years ago that none of my lo...
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Where to Buy a Quality Made Elk-skin Hand Drum

It was about eleven years ago that I bought my elk skin hand drum, custom made by Denise Linn. I had been to a class she was teaching on Space Clearing and she had the most incredible sounding drum and when I inquired where she got it she said, "well I make them!" I was completely sold and placed an order for one. The drum was named and came with a care booklet/history/connection, and a beater; and arrived shortly thereafter in beautiful condition. I've since decorated my drum with dangling feathers (see photo) and have used it in Space Clearings, performances, healing's, drum circles, Jour...
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Gross National Happiness

Gross National Happiness
Until a few years ago I didn't even know a country named Bhutan existed, only 110 miles from the north to south and 200 from east to west, Bhutan - called by its people Druk Yul, "the Land of the Thunder Dragon" - is home to a remarkable variety of climates and ecosystems. When I heard a long-time friend talk about a guy he had met from Bhutan and how cool and sane it was I Googled the name and began reading... WOW! It sounds like an absolutely amazing place!!! A place where we, in the US, can learn lessons and continue on the path of 'positive' change. Many Americans are probably unaware o...
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Using the MOD mathematical function in your website.

Recently while I was doing some research for a new web application I was looking for a simple and clean, almost zen-like way to create alternating rows of color in a table. Interestingly this problem was not connected with the website I was creating. As I was scouring the web I came across a multitude solutions, that while they may work, were just way too complex for my taste. I read a quote in a signature on a forum a while back that said "Code is poetry." With the exception of regular expressions, that is what I try to do with my code - but I try to take it one step further and try to ach...
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1 Trillion

One Trillion Dollars seems like a large amount of money. It can be a little hard to comprehend so, I broke it down with several examples so that we can see what it really is. It is only 18 times Bill Gates net worth It is enough for every (legal) man, woman and child to each receive $3,333.33 (based upon a population of approximately 300 million). It is enough to build 20,000 new schools at $50,000,000 each. At 0.0043 inches thick 1 trillion dollar bills would reach 72,428 miles high, or circle the earth 2.8 times With 105,480,101 households, each household would receive $9,480.46 ...
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Obama gives $36 Billion in Guarantees for Nuclear Power Plants

Just how much is 36 Billion dollars? 36 Billion Dollars seems like a large amount of money. It can be a little hard to comprehend so, I broke it down with several examples so that we can see what it really is. It is one-half of Bill Gates net worth It is enough for every (legal) man, woman and child to each receive $119.90 (based upon a population of approximately 300 million). It is enough to build 720 new schools at $50,000,000 each. At 0.0043 inches thick 1 trillion dollar bills would reach 2,605 miles high, or or reach two thirds of the way across the US 3,797,468 households,...
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Nuclear Power, Earthquakes and Our Energy Consumption

This really sucks... devastating news about what occurred in Japan. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake caused extremely destructive tsunami waves in northeastern Japan. Leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing, and millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation... one can only imagine what's going to happen with those nuclear reactors. Slightly a month before I was born; December 2, 1957, in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, the first full scale nuclear power plant went into service. I didn't know a thing about nuclear power until March 28, 1979 when Thre...
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What I Like Most About Living Simply

Even though this stage of our lives is only a little over a month old now I can honestly say that I do not miss any of the things we parted with and I do not miss anything we left behind. I'm finding living in community with the people here at Earthaven Ecovillage to be quite nice. In many ways it's more like what I've felt living should feel like.  There is definitely  a sense of community. And even though each of us are unique personalities there is a kindred spirit. While making a life change like this might not be for everyone, it sure feels right for me. Some things I've noticed so far...
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February: ‘Good Oak’ from A Sand County Almanac

"There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot. Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television, and the chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech. These wild things, I admit, had little human value until mechanizat...
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