Xylem in us all.

Example of a cross section of a (woody) stem. ...
Example of a cross section of a (woody) stem. Used with permission from Hydroponics – Indoor Horticulture by Jeffrey Winterborne. http://www.hydroponicist.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Xylem is one of the two types of transport tissue in vascular plants (phloem is the other). Its basic function is to transport water, but it also transports some nutrients through the plant.

If the xylem is the conduit for passing water and nutrients within plants,  this and any blog are also xlyem. We are the roots drawing nutrients from the soil and our thoughts to transport them to you, the flower.

I had the good fortune to take a class with a video professor in the early nineties that influenced me deeply.

Paul Ryan taught an upper level Field Production class that went beyond the traditional scope of using video cameras and microphones properly. He introduced us to the use of Ta’i Chi to control our bodies while shooting ‘hand-held’ cameras. Professional cameras you see news photographers lugging on their shoulders are pretty heavy. This approach, lowering your center of gravity and shifting your weight consciously from leg to leg, allows one to walk with a smooth glide producing less camera shake. You get a freedom of movement that a tripod cannot emulate. Your shots gain a fluidity that you can only draw on a storyboard as a curve. 

The other major focus of Ryan’s class was to bring in the concept of Earthscore to video production. He has several video examples at his site, earthscore.org.

While at the Sequatchie Vally Institute a few weeks ago, I thought of Paul while shooting this video. The camera was much smaller than the one we used back then. This video doesn’t have a lot of camera movement in it, but is full of movement. What I’m doing here is describing the water.

This is a bit of a stretch, but conceptually, the stream bed, this medium and this conversation with each other is a fluid transfer of nutrients, ideas, stories, experiences. 

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E ECHO Education to fight hunger and invigorate communities

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Florida Herbal Conference

While visiting Florida a few weeks ago, for the Florida Herbal Conference, the ladies met a few people involved in an organization called ECHO(Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) which is, 

“a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization located on a demonstration farm in North Fort Myers, FL. ECHO exists for one major reason, to help those working internationally with the poor be more effective, especially in the area of agriculture!”

They help those who help others, in a nutshell.

We’ve helped other organizations over the years like Heifer.org, which provides livestock and education.

This year I’m personally helping a local Atlanta organization called MtotoAfrica.org with their marketing and documentation work to support education efforts in Kenya.

Fat, Sick, Juicy, and Almost Dead

Drink This.

Rescuing this post with way too many links, from the drafts folder, but after a year sitting there, the topics are coming up again. This one’s for Papa Ho Ho.

The Juice:

The Juicy People at work and my extended family were interested in the movies we’ve been devouring about food, so it was time to dust off this post and prep it for release. Welcome back, SFDada.

We’re on our 3rd device for juicing and think we’ve found a great gadget. A little mortified by the infomercial, with David Wolfe, but the Nutribullet is just so fast and easy, it really allows for no more excuses to juice up.

David Wolfe is in a few of the movies I’m listing below, so even though the infomercial was a bit repellant I at least knew who he was and knew he has a lot of interesting things to say about nutrition and the health of your skin.

I ordered ours at Amazon, but my mom picked one up at Macy’s with a big %-off coupon and got the best deal for about $70. I don’t know this guy, but he does a great job talking about the thing in 8 minutes.

The old post on the movies:

A few years ago, Red1 wanted to go vegan. Over the years we’ve been watching a lot of documentaries on Netflix on the subject of food and health. A good friend at work also writes a vegan blog, “Healthy Living on a plant based diet”, so we seem to have really good support now. I think we’re now in the market for a good juicer.

Red1 has enjoyed them all. She became quite over the top after watching Food, Inc. So much so, her friend’s mother asked us to try to get her to stop lecturing their family about the cows who stand in their own poop and the sad little chickens and turkeys the fast food farms in America.

Today we spent a good amount of time at the supermarket buying some good fruit and vegetables to restock the kitchen properly. Last night, after watching a double feature of Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and Forks over Knives, I went through the kitchen and cleared out some of the worst junk on the counters and cupboards.

A good list of films to add to your Netflix queue:
Food, Inc.
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Forks Over Knives
Hungry for Change

Gerson
The Beautiful Truth… which is the one about the Gerson Therapy, if you haven’t really heard about it, it’s worth looking into. It’s pretty much the cure for everything. The film will lead you to more related films available at Netflix.

Here’s a copy of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead that’s currently streaming at Hulu with no account needed. (and still is.)

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