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2016 Grow Wild seed packet give-away Have you read about us in your daily newspaper or heard about us on the telly or radio? It's true - we've got thousands of native wild flower seed packets to give-away for free. But they're going fast, so claim today, to join the UK’s biggest-ever wild flower campaign! Click here to claim your FREE Grow Wild seed packet Understanding the Power of the Mind: Part I of the Repentance Series Tzu Chi volunteers from all around the taiwan and professional actors perform sign language opera, to attract Hualien community to perform together. (Photo by Xie Guang-xiong; date: 05/20/2011; location: Hualien, Taiwan) [ Master's Teachings ]Editor's note: Deeply concerned about the state of our world today—a world facing the crises of climate change, environmental degradation, instability and unrest, and eroding of moral values—Dharma Master Cheng Yen has appealed to her followers to engage in the practice of repentance. Though the collective problems of today's world seem beyond the control of ordinary individuals, the Master tells us that each of us in fact contribute to the problem in many different ways; that is why we need to return to our own heart and mind, and deeply reflect. (The repentance practice is introduced here.)

A walk on the wild side: 7 fascinating experiments in rewilding George Monbiot gets in touch with his rewilding side at TEDGlobal 2013. Photo: James Duncan Davidson George Monbiot begins today’s talk by recalling a time he was “ecologically bored.” “We evolved in rather more challenging times than these, in the world of horns and tusks and fangs and claws,” explains Monbiot, an investigative journalist who found himself deeply dissatisfied returning to the United Kingdom after years reporting in the tropics. George Monbiot: For more wonder, rewild the world“We still possess the fear and the courage and the aggression required to navigate those times. But in our comfortable, safe, crowded lands, we have few opportunities to exercise them without harming other people.”

Radio tag reveals epic phalarope journey Female Red-necked Phalarope are more brightly coloured and do little of the care of their offspring. Photo: Steve Young ( Radio tag reveals epic phalarope journey Posted on: 09 Jan 2014 A tiny geolocator has uncovered a hitherto unsuspected extra-long migration by a Scottish Red-necked Phalarope. An RSPB tracking device weighing less than a paperclip has helped scientists uncover one of the world’s great bird migrations.

Glass Beach – Nature Corrects Another of Our Mistakes No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that a rubbish dump being created would, in the space of a century, become a protected area. Yet that is exactly what happened to what has come to be known as Glass Beach, just outside Fort Bragg in California. The residents there had no refuse collection so, with the sea so close by the solution seemed obvious – throw the garbage over the edge of the cliffs above their local beach.

Wasp Stings: Treatments & Home Remedies Before trying a remedy, check to see if the stinger remained in the skin. You can remove it by scraping it out (to prevent releasing more venom) before treating. Items From The Kitchen That Soothe: Ice: Place an ice cube or ice pack on it and press for about 20 minutes, will help reduce pain. Untitled Document The bristlecone pines are three species of pine trees (family Pinaceae, genus Pinus, subsection Balfourianae) believed to live longer than any other known organism: over 5,000 years. Bristlecones grow in scattered subalpine groves at high altitude in arid regions of the Western United States. The name comes from the prickles on the female cones.

Socotra It’s nearly midnight on the broad hill called Firmihin, where a dragon’s blood forest grows. The moon, a night past full, floods the jagged landscape with cool silver. Inside the rock wall of a shepherd’s compound, flames light the faces of four people sitting barefoot around a fire, sharing a pot of hot tea mixed with fresh goat’s milk. Neehah Maalha wears a saronglike garment called a fouta; his wife, Metagal, wears a long dress and matching head scarf in rich purple.

Genius Recipe: Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse Every week, at, we're digging up Genius Recipes -- the ones that make us rethink cooking myths, get us talking, and change the way we cook. Today, just for you, Valentine: a completely forgiving, undemanding, and lovable chocolate mousse. - Kristen Miglore, Senior Editor, It took a brilliant, adventurous chemist to discover the simplest way to make chocolate mousse at home. "I invented it -- but it was so easy, I'm embarrassed!"

Saihō-ji (Kyoto) Golden Pond, in the center of the moss garden. Saihō-ji (西芳寺?) is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple located in Matsuo, Nishikyō Ward, Kyoto, Japan. The temple, which is famed for its moss garden, is commonly referred to as "Koke-dera" (苔寺?), meaning "moss temple", while the formal name is "Kōinzan Saihō-ji" (洪隠山西芳寺?). 21) Down To Earth Fertilizer As more and more of us are growing our own everything, it’s great to see organic vegan fertilizers popping (not pooping) up. Down To Earth vegan fertilizer is the one everyone was raving about in 2011. It’s a bit expensive, but used in conjunction with compost, a little will go a long way. Earth - Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus It's an information superhighway that speeds up interactions between a large, diverse population of individuals. It allows individuals who may be widely separated to communicate and help each other out. But it also allows them to commit new forms of crime. No, we're not talking about the internet, we're talking about fungi.

Collected Quotidian » sourdough Sourdough Foccacia with Cranberries, Sage, and Thyme Focaccia is another of those recipes that is redolent with memories. I was introduced to this Italian snack in its simplest form, topped with olive oil and salt during college. The humanities department would have semi-regular meetings where all the professors and students would gather together. (It was a small school, so this wasn’t as big an ordeal as it may seem.)

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