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Personal faith versus Public Religion

Posted by forestwood on May 21, 2010 at 12:24 AM Comments comments (0)

 When is the boundary drawn?

Does the public institutions of religion enhance or restrict the evolution and developement of personal faith.

If a person becomes enlightened, do they really need the guidance and advice of the clergy with their opinionated dogma. Can the clergy really provide an impartial view?

The hypocrisy of a cleric extolling the virtue of living a simplistic life, so as to assist the poor and needy, and deriding selfishness, grates against my craw when I see the wealth that exists in the churches of the old religions.

Teleevangelists do not seem to have a good grasp either. They encourage their congregations to pray for a new car or for money for this and that. Is that the true purpose of becoming a spiritual person, so as you can attain more material weath, and by supposedly guaranteeing your place in the eternal hereafter?

Where does caring, compassion and trying to be a better person fit with the goals of material wealth.

Finding one's inner strength and using that to better the conditions of one's life and those around us sits more correctly with me. The dogma of God first, others second and me last does not always seem to universally apply.

Perhaps St Francis had the right path, or the Dalai lama?

Something to ponder about.....

next time Crafts and Recycled Bags....

Litter in the Environment Problems and Solutions

Posted by forestwood on May 9, 2010 at 5:06 AM Comments comments (5)

Thank goodness school are waking up to the importance of studying socially useful topics like sustainability and Caring for our Environment. My local school is discussing Litter and possible solutions....


Did you know:



* Cigarette butts, are made of a form of plastic that can persist in the environment for 10-12 years! 4.5 trillion Non-biodegradable cigarette butts are littered worldwide.

• Polystyrene litter such as disposable coffee cups or packing materials can be eaten by animals who mistake it for food,. Polystyrene can poison and/or clog stomachs leading to death by either toxicity or starvation. Once released into the environment, polystyrene will NEVER decompose to a non-recognizable form.

Entanglement occurs when animal becomes wrapped in or ensnared up by something. In many cases litter can entangle an animal swimming by. It can suffocate or drown. Six packs rings causing 6 million sea bird deaths a year and over 100,000 marine mammal deaths. The plastic used to create the rings takes 450 years to decompose!

• Plastic shopping bags take between 10-20 years to decompose. Turtles mistake plastic bags as jellyfish and eat them causing suffocation, drowning and gut obstruction.




• Set an example by not littering.

• Using cloth napkins rather than paper,

• Composting food scraps,

• Carrying reusable bottles instead of buying water in plastic, etc.

• Talk to your family and friends about recycling to reduce the amount of material you throw away, this will also result in a reduction of litter generally.


• Dispose of rubbish properly. Recycle any materials that can be recycled and dispose of the rest in a garbage can.


• Do not have bins in forest areas where birds or animals may spread litter around. When you visit a park or beach, remember to take out what you bring in. Keep trash and recyclables in a bag or backpack until you can put them in a litter basket.

• Do not dump anything down the storm drain.


• Keep a litterbag in your car.


• Avoid excess packaging when you shop. This will decrease litter from the start.


• Purchase reusable canvas natural fibre bags for your groceries and errands. Keep these items in your car so that they are handy whenever you might need them.


• Do not accept plastic bags with items you purchase if you can carry your purchase with out them.


• Keep your yard clean and free of things that can blow into the street and become litter.


• At home, make sure garbage and recycling bags are tied securely so that loose papers and other items cannot fall out and become litter.


• Make sure you close the lid on your refuse containers after depositing your trash or recycling inside. This will prevent refuse from spilling into the street.


• Do not overfill refuse containers; exposed garbage will likely result in litter.


• Remove flyers or take-out menus promptly from your front door or windscreen before they are blown away and become litter.


• Participate in and promote recycling programs such as kerbside cleanup.


• Stop litter at the source. Reduce your junk mail by writing to Direct Marketing companies to request no junk mail to be sent to your address.


• Have a "no smoking" policy or allow smoking only in designated areas. More and more public beaches, parks, open-air shopping malls, and college campus are trying to concentrate cigarette butt litter by requiring smokers to use only designated areas.Posted byI write about things that interest me, frustrate me, puzzle me and information that will be educational and useful to others. 


Are our Health Expectations too High?

Posted by forestwood on March 7, 2010 at 5:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Nowadays it seems there is an expectation that as one ages, we can expect have a knee replacement/hip replacement/ bypass surgery etc.  The health care system (especially the public ones) are strained by an affluent society with expectations that each niggling pain and ache will be dealth with promptly.

Is this an unreal expectation? I have known many people who have had a hip replacement, only to pass away six months later, never havig gotten out of the rehabilitation wheelchair; other more mobile citizens being told they need a knee replacement but ten years later they are still mobile, albeit in some pain, but still not enough to warrant them consenting to a knee replacement.

I have an 88 year old father - in - law with circulation impaired enough in his leg that his knee bone is dying. Yes dying, and ten years ago they drilled a hole in his kneecap to initiate further bone growth. This worked. Now the problem has recurred. At 88 what would he do differently if he knee was magically fixed. In his words, probably nothing different, except perhaps walk a little further than he does each day.  He would not play any more lawn bowls or sport than he does now, would not be taking on any marathon challenges, so does he need the magic wand, even if the Doctor had it?  Probably not, although some pain relief would probably be desirable.

I am not in any way demeaning the suffering of those with a very serious condition who do urgently need replacement joints. This will always be necessary in some cases. And I can only imagine the agony that some people go through with their joints. I really hope I am never in that situation myself.

 However, perhaps insted of lamenting or questioning a health care system that is struggling to cope with the masses of patients, and a shortage of beds, we should rather question modern lifes' expectations in senior years and the quality of life that is possible without resorting to major surgery.

Is the Work Ethic dead? or does it need Reforming?

Posted by forestwood on February 1, 2010 at 6:03 PM Comments comments (0)

"The work ethic has become obsolete. It is no longer true that producing more means working more, or that producing more will lead to a better way of life.The connection between more and better has been broken; our needs for many products and services are already more than adequately met ,and many of our as-yet- unsatisfied needs will be met not by producing more, but by producing differently, producing other things, or evenproducing less. This is especially true as regards our needs for air,water, space, silence, beauty, time and human contact.

Neither is ittrue any longer that the more each individual works, the better off everyone will be. The present crisis has stimulated technological change of an unprecedented scale and speed: `the micro-chiprevolution'. The object and indeed the effect of this revolution has been to make rapidly increasing savings in labour, in the industrial,administrative and service sectors. Increasing production is secured inthese sectors by decreasing amounts of labour. As a result, the social process of production no longer needs everyone to work in it on afull-time basis. The work ethic ceases to be viable in such a situation and workbased society is thrown into crisis." André Gorz, Critique of Economic Reason,Gallilé,1989


Useful Household cooking and Cleaning tips

Posted by forestwood on December 14, 2009 at 9:56 PM Comments comments (0)

DID YOU KNOW?  (probably?; maybe?; maybe not?)


**Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to

pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. That's how the primates do it.


**Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.

If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.


**Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Capsicum with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.

Capsicum with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

**Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

**To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of

spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

** Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

** Leftover snickers bars from Christmas make a delicious dessert. Simply

chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them

in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped chocolate bars over the apples. Bake at 350

for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

** Reheat Pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low

and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. This really works.

**Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

**Expanding Frosting

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer

for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes

with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

**Reheating refrigerated bread

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in

a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food

moist and help it reheat faster.

**Newspaper weeds away

Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers,

put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and for-

get about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not

get through wet newspapers.

**Broken Glass

Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.


**No More Mosquitoes

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket.

It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Possums Away!

To keep possums from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper.

The cayenne pepper doe sn't hurt the plant and the won't come near it.


**Flexible vacuum nozzle

To get something out from under the fridge add an empty paper towel

roll or empty gift wr ap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in nar-

row openings.


**Reducing Static Cling

Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt

or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose.

Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ... static is gone.


**Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water.

Dump out the hot water, but don 't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such

as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.


**Foggy Windshield?

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard duster and keep it in the glove box of

your car . When the window s fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

** Reopening envelope

If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside,

just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals



Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and

leaves your legs really smo oth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you

bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.


**Goodbye Fruit Flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar

and 2 drop s of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the

cup and gone forever!


**Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal (cornmeal, maize meal, maize flour, polenta, or polenta flour) where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills t hem. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

Hope some of these help you. Let me know how things go. Amanda




St Lucia Day

Posted by forestwood on December 9, 2009 at 4:41 AM Comments comments (0)

December 13th will mark St. Lucia Day. Lucy/Lucia (283-304) was a Christian who lived among pagans. She dedicated herself to God, pledging to remain pure.

She refused to marry a pagan, and gave her dowry to the poor. Her would-be husband denounced her as a Christian to the governor of Syracuse, Sicily. She was condemned and was to be put to death. Miraculously the guards were unable to move her or even set her on fire so the guards took out her eyes with a fork. She is the patron saint of the blind.

The current tradition of having a girl portray Lucia is said to have started in the late 1700s. She wears a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles on her head. She is at the head of a procession of women carrying candles. Boys have recently joined the festivities. St. Lucia's is not an official holiday in Sweden. Many cultures have a similar celebration and Scandinavians around the globe continue to observe this ancient celebration. A special bun made with saffron is baked for this day called Lussekatt (St. Lucia Bun.)

Communities around the world celebrate St Lucia in many ways. In  my town, a combined Norwegian and Swedish service will be held in the Swedish church.