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Q: : I remember you saying that you’ve been an envi- ronmentalist for a long time: what exact- ly have you done, and what can you


write for

Earth Day this year?

A: : I so appreci-

ate ques- tions from kindred

souls, and in today’s world, we

need conscious attention paid to Nature more than ever. I’ve mentioned that I wrote the fi rst enviro primer for kids, families, teachers back

in 1991: Love Me, Love My Planet Playbook. I updated it a year ago with help from Gabriel Fraire (Hi, Gabe!). And


later the para- dox is that we need educated kids more than ever, to become adults who protect Mama Earth, and lead movements

for sustain- ability.

For April 2018, I’ll

write about an idea I fi rst learned from our own main- land indigenous peoples, and most recently, by reading about the Hawaiian healing

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“huna” traditions: the experi- ence that Nature is all of us, all living things, connected wholly in a web of life. The spirit of aloha is a way of life that honors this truth. The expression aloha is used like namaste or shalom in oth- er cultures --to say hello or good- bye while extend- ing love, kindness or con- sider- ation re-

spect. It’s

about wishing each other well.

But in the past history of the

Islands, Hawaiian chil- dren learned about its deeper meaning, a prescription for how to live as if I am part of you, you are part of me, and we are part of Everything, a refl ection of our Creator. Let’s try to do no harm, take and use only what we really need, and share whatever we have. Let it also be my hon- orable role to safeguard, tend, protect the earth, soil, sky and air, the oceans and all living creatures.

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This is a tall order! And such a worthy one. This is so remi- niscent of teachings found in spiritual and mystical tradi- tions. For example, there’s the Golden Rule and the ex- pression “all sentient beings,” which Buddhists invoke in prayers for all living things to thrive and be free from suf- fering. Similarly, the Way of Aloha stirs those on its path to be awake to our effects on the world each day. --And to aim high even while I’d add, we often have to fi nd and cre-

ate our own support system to do so. Fortunately, Sonoma County is pretty conscious. There are many Earth Day events too, to join in, dedicat- ed to stewardship of our plan- et. And a reaching out to learn from the many native, aborig- inal


who still remember the Old Ways, some- times risking their lives to

pro- tect the

health of

Moth- er Earth.

In ancient Hawai- ian traditions, those who led in the care taking and in sharing the code of ethics were the kahunas, the prac- titioners of healing and wis- dom ways. Kahunas are the wise elders, shamans, priests, healers. The word huna came into being in 1936 via Max Freedom Long and his theo- ries. To learn more, visit the internet.

Here’s one link: Max_Freedom_Long

Let me leave you with these wonderful ways to de- cipher the word Aloha: alo sharing, in the present. And oha, joyous affection, joy. Also, taking it letter by let- ter: A, ala --watchful, alert- ness. L, lokahi, working with unity. O, oia’i’o, truthful honesty. H, ha’aha’a, humil- ity. A, ahonui, patient perse- verance. It’s telling that the Hawaiians have no word for ‘nature’ as in the sense of “being outside in nature. The wise ones did not view nature

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There are at least 13,564 people in the U.S. listed on with the last name ‘Ham’

Country Ham or Country- Style Ham - This is a dry- cured ham. The ham is hand rubbed with salt, sugar and nitrate; packed in the cur- ing ingredients and usually smoked. A country ham is much drier than injected- cured hams and has a sharper fl avored due to its high salt content.

The Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota sold the fi rst canned ham in 1926.

The Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota sold the fi rst canned ham in 1926.

The Pennsylvania Dutch sup- posedly introduced the Eas- ter egg and the Easter Bunny to America. Originally they would also bake a big cookie rabbit in the act of laying an egg, until the squeamish objected.

It is estimated that 25% of our food budget was spent eating out in 1990. Today we spend about 40% of our food budget eating out.

“One day, all your worries will set like the sun does and deserved happiness will come gushing like waves at the beach do. All you need to make sure is that your trips to beach never end.”

Jasleen Kaur Gumber “Ignite the light within you, it will make your world brighter.” ~ Avis J. Williams

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