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Earth Day: Our Dependence on our Mother

Today is Earth Day.  This is a sad day for me as I see the arrogance and controlling nature of human kind destroying our planet at an alarming rate.  Even in our quiet little wooded lakeside community we live with people who want the trees cut down and the wildlife killed or relocated.

As much as people want to believe they depend on no one, we have to remember the earth is our mother.  We do depend on her — for our very lives.  She provides the air we breathe, the water we drink, the ground that supports us, the food we eat — everything necessary for survival is available from our mother, the earth.  As we continue to poison the air, water and ground how long can we expect her to support us?

We were put on this earth to tend the garden.  To care for and nurture the earth and the creatures living on it.  The earth is not ours to exploit until there is nothing of any value left.  As we destroy the earth we are destroying ourselves.

This is the time to keep up on important environmental issues and take action as needed.  Some may be able to work on the “front lines” to save and protect our earth and her wildlife.  Those of us who cannot do that can still help by writing letters, signing petitions and being aware of how our everyday actions effect the earth.

Finally, we can all pray.  The prayer of one person raises the energetic vibration of the earth, but when we all join together it is multiplied over and over.  I have been involved in international, inter-faith prayer efforts and the power of such prayers is so strong, at times it can seem overwhelming.

So this Earth Day, start taking your responsibility for caring for the earth seriously.  Show Mother Earth a little love.  We can stop this…

 

Healthy Living A to Z: L is for Lentils

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Lentils are legumes and come in varieties which cook to different consistencies. They are an ancient food, mentioned in the Bible and are naturally gluten free.

Lentils are a nutritional powerhouse but often overlooked. Seen as “poverty food,” in this case low cost means high nutrition. High in protein, soluble and insoluble fiber and low in fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories, they are also rich in folate, manganese, protein, iron, phosphorus and copper and are a complete protein. Evidence suggests lentils help lower cholesterol due to high fiber content and help control blood sugar. However, if you have gout, kidney stones or other conditions related to uric acid, talk to your doctor before eating lentils.

Lentils do not have to be soaked before cooking. With a mild flavor, they can slip into a dish unnoticed or be seasoned as desired. They may be used to thicken sauces, as an extender in meatloaf, as a one dish meal with veggies, tomatoes and onions, as veggie burger or loaf and of course in soup.

Some seasonings such as salt and vinegar may interfere with the cooking process.” No one wants crunchy lentils so season after cooking.

Spend some time getting to know lentils. They are a nice legume to have around.