What Families Should Do to Plan and Pay For Their Long-Term Care Needs

November is National Family Caregivers Month and is celebrated to honor and recognize the dedication and loving care of family members who take on the role as caregivers.

Long-term care is not only an individual issue; it concerns the entire family. Considering that many adult children have to care for their aging or disabled parents, as well as shoulder the costs for that care, the entire family suffers. The majority of adults don’t have the expendable income to spend on their parents’ long-term care, but early planning and understanding all available options can save your family from the stress of paying for long-term care.

Planning for long-term care

Just as you would do for retirement, planning for long-term care should begin when you’re young and making a full-time income. Regardless of how you feed your retirement fund, long-term care should be included with the cost of living expenses, along with medical bills from illnesses that could befall you in your senior years. You should be saving 10-15 percent of your income as early as your 20s. You probably didn’t think that you’d have to start planning for retirement 40 years early, but with medical advances and life expectancies increasing, Americans are living longer than before. Living longer is a great thing; finding ways to pay for it is not.

There’s no sure way to assess the likelihood you or a loved one will require long-term care, but assume that you will need it. Long-term care is not considered medical care, which is typically covered by health insurance or Medicare. Custodial care is everything else you need to get through the daily activities of life, such as using the bathroom, getting dressed, and eating. Long-term care is usually required as a result of a chronic illness, debilitating injury, or another disability due to age.

If you have a disease that will eventually lead to disability, there’s a good chance you will need long-term care. If you’re healthy with no history of serious illnesses in your family, you could still end up needing long-term care. Think about the lifestyle choices you are making now, such as risky activities and unhealthy eating. How can you reduce the risk of injury or the onset of illness in ways that are within your control? As a senior, you can modify your home to make it less accident-prone. What about risk factors that are out of your control, like hereditary illnesses and conditions? Visit your doctor and test for the risk of illnesses for early detection, prevention, and treatment.

Paying for long-term care

As you think about how to pay for long-term care, look at how close you are to retirement. What’s important is that you have a plan to pay for the costs of long-term care, whether you’re in your 20s or in your 60s. There’s the option to start early and save each month so you’re not scrambling in your senior years. The average cost of long-term care in one’s lifetime is $138,000. Divided across 40 years of earnings, you’d have to save $3,450 per year, or roughly $288 a month. If you’re unable to put aside that amount each month or if you’re already past age 50, consider purchasing long-term care Insurance.

Let’s say you’re already at an age where saving isn’t an option. What can you do now? Additional coverage like Humana Medicare Advantage plans offer the same coverage as Medicare Parts A and B, which cover hospital insurance and medical insurance, respectively. Some Medicare Advantage plans include benefits for prescriptions, dental, vision, fitness services, caregiver support and a 24/7 nursing advice line.

The key to long-term care is planning early, long before needing it. Many retirees didn’t think of this possibility when they were younger and healthier, but they’re feeling the impact now. Adult children and their senior parents should sit down together and map out the future together, in a way that satisfies everyone and meets all of your needs.  Your family can avoid the financial burden of long-term care by having a plan in place for yourself or your parents before entering the retirement age. With knowledge and preparation, you can anticipate long-term care needs for everyone in the family.


June is the co-creator of Rise Up for Caregivers, which offers support for family members and friends who have taken on the responsibility of caring for their loved ones. She is author of the upcoming book, The Complete Guide to Caregiving: A Daily Companion for New Senior Caregivers.


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Angela Serviss: Vibrancy Coach for Women Podcast

Angela Serviss

Angela Serviss, is a Vibrancy Coach for Women. She teaches spiritual women caregivers both practical and energetic tools to help them to step back into their natural vibrancy and femininity, thus preventing burnout.

Angela holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a graduate level coaching certification. She has worked as a family counselor and a behavioral therapist for children with autism.

After working as a therapist, Angela’s health and well-being began to suffer and she began to seek ways to feel good again in her mind, body and spirit. At the same time, her mother suffered a work injury resulting in chronic pain. This propelled Angela to start seeking alternative ways to assist her Mother on her healing journey. Angela began learning energy management tools through studying both ancient and modern vibrational healing modalities. In addition, she completed an Intuitive training certification program which helped to deepen her meditations and healing abilities. Because of the immediate results that Angela received, and those results that her clients reported, she became passionate about sharing and teaching these tools to women caregivers. 

The Podcast

In the podcast Angela talks about various modalities she uses to aid woman to live a better quality of life. Some of these are as follows.

  • Intuitive healing
  • Yoga
  • Affirmations

She also discusses the effects that stress has on women and ways to avoid burn out. To learn more about Angela visit her website Vibrant Fem. Visit our YouTube channel to hear the prerecorded podcast.

Are you a woman who is burnt out or on the brink of burn out? If so visit Angela to see how she can help you.

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Everything You Need To Know About A Water Filtration System Before Buying One

Republished with permission

by Anna Kučírková

Everyone is looking for new ways to help improve their health. Whether you’re dieting, working out, or simply trying to increase your water intake, it’s requires dedicated effort with some parts easier than others.

When it comes to the water you’re drinking, are you confident that you’re ingesting lead-free, healthy, treated water? Can you count on the water you’re getting from your home?

It’s time to start thinking about how your water is filtered, regardless of whether you’re drinking water at home, out and about, or in any other location. If you live in America, water filtration and clean water probably isn’t the first thing on your mind when you head to the sink to fill up a cup.

You’re not living in a developing country, so your water has to be clean, right? Unfortunately, toxic tap water is a real issue in several different cities throughout the United States, including (but not limited to), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Brady, Texas, and the well-publicized and infamous Flint, Michigan.

We’re going to lay out everything you need to know about the state of your water, water filtration, and the types of water filters that might be available to you, as well as the benefits of water filtration for you home and your family.

What is a Water Filtering System?

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If you’re unsure about what a water filtering system is to begin with, here are the basic. In its simplest form, a water filter helps decontaminate water by either using a physical barrier, chemical process, or a biological process.

People use water filter systems for a variety of different reasons, and there are dozens of benefits of filtering your own water. For example, people will use water filters to remove chlorine and bacterial contaminants to provide better tasting and better smelling drinking water. They’ll also use them to remove lead from drinking water immediately before they drink it, eliminating the chance of a harmful substance entering their bodies.

Another benefit of water filter systems is that they provide you with clean water without racking up a huge bill from plastic water bottles ( environmentally-speaking, this is a much better option too).

Overall, drinking clean, filtered water can help to protect your body from diseases and lead to greater overall health. Filtered water can reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by more than 33 percent, help children’s’ developing immune systems grow strong, act as the last line of defense against 2,100 known toxins from drinking water, and greatly reduce the risk of rectal cancer, colon cancer and bladder cancer by removing chlorine and chlorine byproducts.

And water filtration doesn’t only benefit drinking water. In fact, filtered water should be used for cooking, drinking, brushing teeth, bathing, and more. Using filtered water means there’s a healthy mineral deposit and a healthy pH in the water you ingest!

Types of Water Filters

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There are several types of water filters that are typically used, each with different mechanics and functions, but all serving the same purpose: cleaning your water supply to provide healthy, safe water. Let’s focus on a few common types.

Activated Carbon

The activated carbon filter is one of the most common household water filters. This type of filter uses activated carbon granules that attract and trap chemical impurities through an absorption process.

Activated carbon granules are based on charcoal and are very porous forms of the carbon that is created by burning wood with a reduced supply of oxygen. Charcoal, somewhat like a cross between lead and a sponge, has an internal surface area that’s riddled with nooks and crannies that can help to boost that absorption process.

The Environmental Working Group does offer one important caveat to remember when using carbon filters:

Keep in mind that carbon filters vary greatly in effectiveness. Some just remove chlorine, and improve taste and odor. Others remove contaminants including asbestos, lead, mercury and volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. However, activated carbon doesn’t remove common inorganic pollutants such as arsenic, fluoride, hexavalent chromium, nitrate and perchlorate.

Additionally, this type of filter isn’t ideal for dealing with hardness like limescale heavy metals, nitrates, fluorine, microbes, and sodium.

Reverse Osmosis

You remember osmosis from science class, right? It’s when one things absorbs another. Reverse osmosis is the forcing of contaminated water through a membrane at pressure so that the water is able to pass through, but the contaminants in the water are left behind.

Essentially, you’re making the water go against its natural inclination, to force the comaninents out of a water supply. Unfiltered water is pumped in through a plastic membrane, clean water flows through the membrane at pressure, and that semipermeable filter or membrane will catch all the contaminants in said water.

Again, the Environmental Working Group offers a helpful note regarding reverse osmosis:

Also, consumers should be aware that reverse osmosis systems waste a lot of water – they typically use three to 20 times more water than they produce. For this reason, EWG recommends that they be used for drinking and cooking water only.

Ion Exchange

Ion Exchange filters are some of the best filters for softening water. They can take hard water and make it more digestible by removing limescale. In layman’s terms, these filters are designed to split apart atoms of contaminating substances to make ions, then, then traps those ions  and releases less good ions.

These types of filters use zeolite beads that contain sodium ions. These beads, which act as filters, trap the incoming contaminants and replace them with sodium ions. Without that magnesium and calcium, your water is going to taste softer much more pleasant.


This is one of the simplest ways to purify water. While this is less of a type of filter and more of a way to filter water on your own without the use of a fancy device, distillation is still one of the best ways to filter or purify water.

Distillation involves boiling the water, but then taking things a step further to ensure purity. First, you boil water to make steam, much as you would boil it to kill the bacteria. Then you capture the steam and cool it back into water in a separate container. Because water boils at a much lower temperature than other contaminants (like toxic heavy metals), these will stay back as the steam separates and boils off, leaving you with clean water.


Regardless of where you live (home, on the road, or when you’re camping), it’s important to keep your water as clean and filtered as possible. Water filters are becoming more and more important in a world where every day health seems to be diminishing. Remember to change your water filter every 3 to 6 months, or sooner if you notice the water flow slowing down or your water color becoming darker.

You can easily pick up a water filter at your local grocery store or supply shop, and it doesn’t have to be fancy. Even a simple $30 home filter that you put on the end of your sink faucet will significantly help,. Ultimately, it’s important that you’re putting your health first, and keeping you water clean and filtered is a big step in that direction.

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Podcast: Fracking & Trafficking – Prostitution Research & Education

Research and education on fracking and trafficking and prostitutionThis podcast has been in the works for some time. The connections between fracking and trafficking and prostitution are complex and rarely addressed in popular culture, as is prostitution as the oppression of women in most popular discussion. We are grateful to Dr. Melissa Farley for her decades of work with PRE (Prostitution Research & Education). Please visit this website and educate your Self with this valuable and trustworthy resource.

We interviewed Dr. Farley for our Podcast series and Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen here. Psychologist Melissa Farley explains her understanding of the intimately connected exploitation of women and exploitation of the earth:

  • Multinational corporations and governments designate so-called “sacrifice zones” for resource extraction and in the process they exploit both men and women.
  • Poor men are exploited for their labor, and women are provided to pacify them after what is usually miserable and dangerous labor.
  • Eventually, when the resources are depleted or the land is destroyed, or environmentalists protest, and the resource extraction stops, the sex trade nonetheless continues. In sexist cultures where women can’t make enough to survive, prostitution becomes entrenched.
  • Melissa Farley quotes Lisa Brunner, White Earth Ojibwe at the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and anthropologist Peggy Reeves Sanday.
Decades ago, Dr. Farley started a non-profit organization named PRE (Prostitution Research & Education.) PRE’s research has been used by the governments in South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Ghana, Spain, Sweden, Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States for education and policy development on prostitution and trafficking.

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Melissa Farley explains her understanding of the connections between exploitation of women and exploitation of the earth. The connections between exploitation of the earth and exploitation of women is explained by Indigenous women, some animal rights activists but not PETA, Eco-Feminists and academics worldwide.

There IS a relationship between how women are treated and how the land is treated.

Lisa Brunner, White Earth Ojibwe at the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center: “They treat Mother Earth like they treat women. They think they can own us, buy us, sell us, trade us, rent us, poison us, rape us, destroy us, use us as entertainment and kill us. I’m happy to see that we are talking about the level of violence that is occurring against Mother Earth because it equates to us. What happens to her happens to us.”

Farley notes the work of anthropologist Peggy Reeves Sanday who also described the connections between how the earth is exploited and how women are exploited 35 years ago.  Sanday studied 156 cultures categorized as either rape-free or rape-prone and found a relationship between how the land was treated and how the women were treated. In cultures where sexual violence  was minimal or nonexistent, the earth was relatively free of exploitation and destruction. And where there was environmental degradation, Sanday observed simultaneous high levels of sexual violence.

Historically, colonizers have extracted resources while perpetuating the notion that they have the right to take whatever they want from People’s homelands. Today, everything is for sale: animals, trees, the ocean, as well as human beings.

On Climate Change: Desertification in Africa is causing girls to walk increasingly farther distances to get water for their families. This puts them at risk for sexual assault and also leaves them too tired to attend school. Educating girls is one way they are able to avoid the sex trade. In 2015, California Representative Barbara Lee introduced a congressional resolution recognizing that climate change disproportionately affects poor women. In her resolution, Barbara Lee noted that as a result of climate change, these women were likely to turn to prostitution.

On Lies & Denial: Climate change denial is similar to the denial of prostitution’s harms.  Both create doubts in peoples’ minds about the facts.“Compartmentalization or disconnection is the primary tool of patriarchy.” Robin Morgan wrote many years ago.  Compartmentalization is a primary method of denial of the intimate connections between prostitution, trafficking, resource extraction, and climate change.

On Prostitiution & Trafficking: Melissa Farley started work on the sex trade in San Francisco twenty-five years ago in order to counteract the lies and myths about prostitution from pimps and their allies, for example that it is a reasonable job for poor women, a job where women get rich or that prostitution is an activity where you don’t get hurt. Prostitution Research & Education (PRE) was created to amplify the voices of sex trade survivors and to learn from them.

prostitution research and education on fracking and traffickingDecriminalization of Prostitution for those Being Sold but no Decriminalized Pimping and Sex BuyingEveryone agrees that women in prostitution should not be arrested – they are victims of crime rather than criminals themselves. However, when the decriminalization of prostitution is promoted by organizations like Amnesty International, the objective is to decriminalize not only the women theselves but also pimps and sex buyers.  Groups like Amnesty, UNAIDS, Human Rights Watch, World Health Organization, Physicians for Human Rights -may do some good work on some issues.  But when it comes to prostitution, they are truly reactionary.  They advocate decriminalization of pimps and mainstreaming the sex trade as a mode of survival.  They avoid the obvious which is that if you listed to what women really want – they’re not asking for a prostitute union.  Instead, they’re asking for help staying out of prostitution and they tell us they need physical safety, housing, food, and education. In the U.S., there are women prostituting for a tank of gas or a hamburger. If you see an attempt to stop safetynets for those most vulnerable, like education funding, food stamps, housing subsidies, please become an antitrafficking activist and fight these cruel attempts to put more money in the hands of the 1%.

Prostitution is a result of systemic sexism, racism, and poverty, also child neglect and abuse. The institution of prostitution arises out of inequality between men and women, between white people and people of color, and between the rich and the poor.  Men are taught that they have the right to treat women like  commodities. One sex buyer explained that prostitution is “renting an organ for 10 minutes.”

Homicide rates are higher among women in prostitution than any other group of women.

Trafficking is third party control over another person. A trafficker is a pimp, thugs who manipulate women and use them over and over again. 84% of adult women in prostitution are in third party control and are being trafficked by a pimp.

Internet Advertising and Trafficking: 90% of the sex trade is now online. Escort prostitution is cell phone prostitution, and it is based on the pimps’ instructions. Women can be rented along with a car at the airport. Tracking pimps is easier now for law enforcement using evidence trails created online.

 Resoure Extraction, Climate Change, and Trafficking for Prostitution: North Dakota and Montana’s Bakkan oil fields employ large numbers of men who are engaged in exhausting, often exploitive employmen.  In order to pacify them, pimps sell women in the “man camps” where the men live.  I’ve seen photos of school buses used as mobile brothel advertisements.  Pimps are capitalizing on resource extraction by exploiting not only the workers themselves but the women used to pacify the workers.

On Solutions:

Seattle & Sweden: Seattle is enforcing laws against sex buyers, but they are not arresting women in prostitution. Seattle has made it an unwelcome climate for sex buyers and pimps. This is a human rights approach to prostitution like Sweden, which decriminalizes only women selling sex but also made it a felony to buy sex in 1999. We know that legal or tolerated prostitution is connected with increased trafficking. Sweden is intolerant of the institution of prostitution because the Swedes understand prostitution as an institution that systematically discriminates against women, the poor, and those who are ethnically marginalized. Sweden now has the lowest rate of trafficking in the European Union. The government of Sweden also provides exit services for anyone who wants to leave prostitution.  That  is necessary if you want to help women survive without prostitution.

PRE Resources: Services for Survivors

Donate to PRE: Research, public education, and immediate resources for survivors – all are part of the mission of Prostitution Research & Education.

See  Prostitution and #MeToo Here

melissa farley on fracking and prostitution

Dr. Melissa Farley, is a research and clinical psychologist who founded Prostitution Research & Education a nonprofit organization in San Francisco in 1994. PRE conducts research on prostitution, pornography, and trafficking, and offers education and consultation to researchers, survivors, the public, and policymakers.

PRE’s goal is to abolish the institution of prostitution while at the same time advocating for alternatives to trafficking and prostitution
including emotional and physical healthcare for women in prostitution.

The PRE website, ProstitutionResearch.com, includes a survivors’ blog, research on pornography, prostitution and trafficking.  An online library provides much information.

You can learn more about how advocates and policymakers and researchers use the work of Prostitution Research & Education at http://prostitutionresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/PRE-Impact-Survey.pdf

Please join PRE’s Newsletter and Donate to PRE and the important work they do in whatever amount you can.

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Earth Day 2018 Buy Woman Owned

Here’s how to help the planet on Earth Day 2018: Commit to Buying Woman Made & Woman Owned. Support eco-friendly women owned businesses with your dollars and your word of mouth advertising. Increase sustainability and women’s share of world trade. Studies show that when the resources are directed toward the women, everyone and Mother Earth benefits.

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Sales act like micro-credit loans:
  • That don’t have to be paid back
  • That provide consistent yields and self-sufficiency
  • That allow women to invest in our lives, communities, and businesses according to our priorities
  • Supporting and investing in women’s priorities will change our world in good and sustainable ways
  1. Surround yourself with women who have the same interests you have, and strengths you don’t have.
  2. Make friends with folks who bring you sustainable perspectives that challenge the status quo.
  3. Help Women of Color become leaders in your community and the world.
  4.  Come join us! Sell your products on GreenWomanStore.com.
“There is more to standing
than simply having standing, and more
to understanding than simply falling down;
There is standing your own ground.”

Excerpt from Queen of Swords by Judy Grahn l987.

earth day 2018 buy woman owned

“Investment in women drives social change, leading to economic prosperity in communities. That’s called the ‘women effect’. It’s very much an extension of socially responsible investing.” Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Dallas Women’s Foundation.

The photo to the left shows Chipko Women in Northern Uttar Pradesh, India, in 1994 hugging a tree to protect it from being cut down. These women started a movement that helped to save the world. Thank you Max Dashu via Pamela Singh for the image of women’s strength and commitment.​​​​​​​

Happy Earth Day 2018! It’s taken us 5,000 years to come full circle, to see women’s role as central to civilization again, to re-turn to sustainability, peaceful coexistence with Mother Earth and each other — we are post-patriarchy now. Watch us rise!


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How to Make Nitrogen Rich Compost

Can we compost fish? Indeed we can! Fish scraps help us to create nitrogen rich compost to grow healthy vegetable plants. And this saves you money! No need to buy fish emulsion at your local nursery:)

Here are some tips to keep odor, rodents, and pests away from your fishy compost:

To Use an Underground Compost 
  • Dig a hole about 18″ deep.
  • Fill the hole with 6″ of scraps: This should be 3 parts carbon (wood chips, bark, sawdust, etc) to 1 part of your fish scraps.
  • Cover your fish scraps with 12″of soil.
  • Allow your compost to decompose for 1 year.

Plant your vegetables directly on top of the compost, or spread your compost heap around your garden.

To Use an Enclosed Composter

  • Add fish remains in moderation so you have a good mix of soil, vegetable waste, and fish waste.
  • Make sure there is plenty of plant waste directly on top of the fish waste.Enjoy your homemade fish emulsion! And eat raw when you can:)


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Nontoxic Kitchen Tips & Women’s eNews

kitchen tips by kristi marshHere’s a summary of Quick Nontoxic Kitchen Tips for Cleaning from the Savvy Women’s Alliance. Founder, Kristi Marsh, published her book “Little Changes” to help us all make our homes safer and to  prevent the cancer experience she survived with these tips. Listen to Kristi’s talk here. 

Kristi Marsh is a Breast Cancer Warrior! Diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 Cancer, she has become a nationally recognized advocate for women’s environmental health. Hear the “Little Changes” she made that help us deal with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products.

Kitchen Tips:

Check Labels  Don’t buy anything that contains ammonia, bleach, sodium hydroxide (lye), butyl cellosolve, triclosan, and petroleum distillates.

Supplies   Diluted vinegar or diluted castile soap is all you typically need to clean your kitchen unless raw meat touches a surface. Then use food-grade hydrogen peroxide.

Light Touches    Dust builds up with toxic chemicals, so clean, dust and vacuum.

Simple Tip   Use diluted vinegar to wipe off stainless steel appliances and the inside of your refrigerator.

Hand Washing  Washing with soap and water has been shown to be effective and safer than antibacterial soaps.

Just as Easy   Opening windows is the easiest way to freshen and clean the air pollution.

Food Packaging   Transfer prepared foods into glass containers before putting them in the refrigerator. Thermal sticker labels are often coated with BPA or BPS hormone-disruptors.

Speaking of Containers   Replace plastic containers with stainless steel or glass. Hot dishwashers degrades plastic making it more likely to leach into your food.

Consider how you line pans:  Avoid aluminum foil particularly with foods that are acidic or high in fats. Also, avoid oven liners and nonstick products. They contain perfluorochemicals and generate toxic fumes at regular cooking/baking temperatures.

Spills Happen   Do your best to avoid spills in the oven, which is easier than cleaning them up. If pans are too full and likely to spill over, place a piece of aluminum foil on the lower rack to catch any drips.

If You Have To  The self-clean cycle on your oven impairs indoor air quality. Open all of the windows and leave your home while the cycle is running.

And here are some important links for Women’s Herstory Month from Women’s eNews:


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Women’s HERstory Month 2018

moscow marketplace in winterCelebrating International Women’s Day with women and families around the world is always a delight! I spent March 8, 1986, in the icy snow of Moscow with 16 Women For Peace shopping the kiosks with Russian families.

International Women’s day in Russia is like Christmas in the U.S. Families were shopping for flowers and gifts for Aunties, Babushkas (Grandmothers), Mothers, Sisters, all the women relatives. I was amazed to see such national honoring of the women! If only women’s rights and human rights were honored and protected year round around the world.

Here are some U.S. Women’s HERstory Month 2018 offerings:

“Lakota culture has always been matriarchal. Grandmothers have always provided the tough fabric that weaves our homes and our tribes together. We have no plan to stop anytime soon. We Lakota women have long taken the lead in Native activism. My good friend Phyllis Young and I led in the American Indian Movement and co-founded Women of All Red Nations (WARN). We Lakota women started and led the fight at Standing Rock,and work now to bring renewable energy to Standing Rock.”MadonnaThunderhawk-WomenHerstoryMonth2018

Herstory re-membered by artist, feminist, activist, Max Dashu. Her Breastpot poster reminds us of ceremonial vessels widespread and yet rarely published.

breastpots poster by max dashuMax Dashu’s DVDs are of the bold and creative women you always knew existed. Seeing their reality will change how you think about female humanity.
View the video clip here.

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Advice for the future:
  • Solidarity now needs to be on maintaining woman centeredness, and also earth centeredness, and living in ways that understand the connections to nature and the earth no matter how much fun is made for doing it.
  • EcoFeminism is a crucially important movement around the world, and already existed among Indigenous Peoples whose women fought back against sexist, racist, and earthist prejudice.
  • It’s important to cut across class lines and make use of the different wisdoms that come from different class positions in the world. This was one of the strongest parts of the 1970s Feminist Movement.
  • Economy is community, spirituality, animals, microbes and environment — what is actually sustaining!
  • Think with Nature in mind and do something, this is how social change comes about — we can do this!
"We should not allow the fear to overtake us." Dr.Asoka Bandarage Women, Sustainability and Climate Change“We should not allow the fear to overtake us.” Dr.Asoka Bandarage, Women, Sustainability and Climate Change
“We should not allow the fear to overtake us. This Climate Crisis is an opportunity to develop our own emotional and spiritual capacity. There is a global consciousness that is shifting to sustainable energy. We need to think about System Change, and equal and sustainable forms of globalization.”
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Reduce Waste, Help Your Environment & Curb Climate Change

Use reusable produce bags called Bunch Bags at greenwomanstore.comI think we have all been trying to reduce waste, especially plastic waste for sometime now. Some of our local laws have helped us in this direction by prohibiting grocery outlets handing out free plastic bags that end up in the ocean (and in our seafood), in trees, and in already pushed to the limit landfills.

The awareness of plastic straws is currently in the forefront and we are glad for that education too. I found bamboo straws for sale at our healthy food store. Keeping a few of these in our car will be a big help! Along with glass and ceramic food containers for meals to-go.

Here are more simple ways to reduce waste and help your environment:

  • Reusable Produce Bags
  • Clean Your Plate to Curb Climate Change
  • Use & Store Stainless Steel, Glass or Bamboo Straws
  • Buy in Bulk to Eliminate Packaging
  • Bring Your Own Paper Bags to Your Farmers Markets
  • Keep Cutlery & Containers in Your Purse & Car
  • Bring Your Coffee Mug to Cafes for Refills
  • Reduce Animal Waste & Eat Vegetarian
  • Buy “Ugly” Fruits & Veggies — They are often the tastiest!


Agriculture is a major driver of climate change, accounting for more than 20% of overall global greenhouse gas emissions. Between 30 and 40% of food produced around the world is never eaten. It is spoiled after harvest, during transportation, and/or thrown away by food stores and consumers. That’s us! We can help prevent waste and curb climate change by “cleaning our plates,” and buying only what our families will eat each week, deeply reducing food waste and the greenhouse gasses it produces.

Most of us shop weekly either at food stores or farmers markets. This requires us to estimate how much food we ourselves, or our family, will eat in a week. We can make better use of our freezers by packaging the greens that remain in our produce bins into a glass jar for soup the following week. This could include things like onion and garlic peels, veggie stems, etc. All these micro-nutrient rich food stuffs that contribute to “garbage” in landfills and climate change could be contributing to our overall health!

Reduce Animal Waste & Eat Vegetarian. We must also address the environmental impact of factory farming. Did you know that agribusiness, industrial food, and large scale farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming. Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), contribute directly to global warming by releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere—more than the entire global transportation industry. The air at some factory farm test sites in the U.S. is dirtier than in America’s most polluted cities.

Freezing in glass jars is easy if you leave the lid on the counter until the contents has frozen. Leaving the jar lid on the counter, in plain sight, helps you to remember to put the lid on the jar in the freezer.later. Better soups, more nutritious broths and sauces, and we feel we are contributing in yet another way to improve our environment and reduce the effects of climate change on our own communities and those around the world.

"Ugly" or misshapen foods are healthy, nutritious, and sometimes more delicious -- especially if a sunspot/sun kissed spot “Ugly” or misshapen foods are healthy, nutritious, and sometimes more delicious — especially if a sunspot/sun kissed spot is what makes it “ugly.” I find this to be true especially with fruits such as apricots, nectarines, apples an plumbs, even grapes. The best tasting are the ones kissed by the sun! Keeping these foods out of landfills is a most important effort being carried out by forward thinking folks around the world. The land, water, and human effort it takes to grow all food is to be respected. Have fun with ugly foods, and teach children to appreciate the efforts it takes to grow nutritious foods.

I’ve noticed that some American women over 90 are holding on to the outdated behavior and belief that “A lady always leaves a bit of food on her plate.” In India this would be an insult to the cook — and indeed an insult to Mother Earth everywhere! It’s time for all of us to shop for, cook, and help ourselves to only as much food as we plan to ingest — and clean our plates — no matter our age!

It snowed in Rome this week. Climate Change is effecting us all, and will take all of us to turn it around.Reducing food waste is not a focus of governments at the moment, so we must pick up this effort as a personal and family ethic. It snowed in Rome this week. Climate Change is effecting us all, and will take all of us to turn it around.


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Mother Nature’s Antibiotics

Mother Nature probably has a plant of some kind to balance every microbe problematic to humans and other species. Our foremothers were scientists. I call their ancient science and knowledge of Nature, “matriscience,” because it has been followed in continuum from matriarchal times to modern times. And we benefit from all that herbal and plant wisdom today as Mother Nature’s Antibiotics.

Antibiotics are expected to heal us of stronger and stronger viruses, bacterias and molds — ones created by the very unnatural antibiotics invented or developed by the science I call “patriscience” — the science of greed and other patriarchal and corporate priorities.

Thanks to today’s herbalists and healers, we have the benefits of learned and instinctual wisdom. Here is a list of Nature’s antibiotics, some will surprise you!

  • Garlic (I learned recently that we should peel and smash each garlic section, then wait about ten minutes to let the medicinal aspects develop before cooking. Have any of you heard this too?)
  • Goldenseal (My favorite goldenseal tincture blend is Zand’s Ensure)
  • Licorice (This is such a nice sweetener to add to teas)
  • Echinacea
  • Aloe Vera (I didn’t know this was antibiotic, but this may be why it is so healing for wounds!)
  • Coconut Oil (Monolaurin is sourced from coconut and is a natural TamaFlu Antibiotic. It comes in Capsules)
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil (Can be fatal for cats, so use with caution if you have any.)
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Tumeric (Fermented Tumeric is good too.)
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (organic)
  • Ginger (Have you ever smelled the flower that comes from the ginger plant? Beautiful!)
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Oregano (Capsules or Essential Oil)
  • Honey (of course! it is the Bees’ medicine:)
  • Cinnamon (One of the Essential Oils used in “Thieves” formula used in Europe in the Middle Ages to protect folks from the plague. Some folks who used essential oils in their work were immune to the plague and stole the belongings of the afflicted.)

And here’s some new info: : A class of antibiotics recently discovered by patriscience and made by soil-dwelling microbes may kill deadly superbugs — bacteria that no longer succumb to known pharmaceutical drugs. Mother Nature’s got us covered every time.

I do think we are wise to work with a learned herbalist or functional medicine doctor who know about the interactions of plants and the bacterias and viruses we want to kill and the ones we want to grow in our gut and brain. This is a new avenue of medical science that most MDs have not caught up with yet. The gut “biome” has been found to have the same bacteria as our brain biome. Isn’t that an amazing thing.

We never knew we had good bacteria in our brain before, but it makes matri sense. Our brain needs to stay healthy too. And, if we have leaky gut, where our gut lining is allowing food and protein particles into our bloodstream, we most likely have a leaky blood brain barrier too, allowing these same particles into our brain. We are getting closer to solving a lot of disease mechanisms that have to date been a mystery to modern science. Just in time for all the Baby Boomers scheduled for Alzheimers. Full circle medicine – matriarchy to patriarchy — and Matriarchy wins! Bee well:)

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