Birds, Bugs, and Boats… and Nelsolonika?

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Part II.V (A surprise addition to my three part story) The Unexpected It was getting very close to me leaving for the North when one of my aunts surprised us with a visit.  With her, were a couple really cool … Continue reading

Birds, Bugs, and Boats Cont.

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Part II The Unlearning What began as an innocent dip of my toes into what my dad likes to call the “boat life”, became a complete lifestyle transformation.  I lived in rolled up jeans and bare feet, showering became a … Continue reading

Birds, Bugs, and Boats

Alas, I have returned.  I guess it has been about seven months since I’ve posted anything really but it wasn’t just a break from my blog… I ended up taking a whole break from my entire life as some would … Continue reading

The Reign of Technology

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Today I watched a video that really, deeply, bothered me.  It wasn’t a video on famine, pollution, or war.  It was simply a video on cellphones.  This video wasn’t about health risks, money, or new technological advances.  No, it wasn’t even a documentary.  This was a short film, without dialogue, that simply observed someone’s day in the generation in which we find ourselves now; the wireless generation.

This video didn’t over exaggerate; it wasn’t even bias.   It showed me something that we see everywhere each and every day.  However, it is different seeing it like this.  You may even realize, like  I did, that this is something you are guilty of.

Watching this video made me ache inside.  What I saw were people missing out on so much in their lives because they were too consumed by social media, text messages, phone calls, and even just capturing the moment they were in.  They were too consumed by these things to actually just enjoy the moment.

So much of our time and effort gets put into an invisible world we created called “the internet”.  We are so busy trying to share our lives that we miss them; they simply pass us by like clouds in the sky.  And this scares me.  This scares me more than I know how to say.

Technology is like an addiction of sorts.  You get a taste and only want more and more until it consumes your whole life.  And don’t get me wrong, technology has many great things to offer, especially when we don’t abuse it.  I think technology is great if we are using it for something, such as learning or creating; as long as it doesn’t get put before real life.  There is nothing more important or more worth your time than real life, with real people.

Abusing technology can come with many side effects but the one that bothers me most is that it destroys communication.  Technology brings people together the world over but now that is our most comfortable form of communication.  When was the last time you called someone up just to talk?  When was the last time you just drove over?  Now when was the last time you texted someone?  For me, technology has majorly impacted the way I communicate face to face, I have a terribly hard time with it and like to avoid it.

Finally, I have come to the conclusion that we are letting our gadgets run our lives rather than treat them like the tools that they are.  We are constantly glancing at our phones with holes in our hearts and stress on our faces.  We worry about what we may or may not have missed on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.  We don’t want to miss out.  And in not wanting to miss out, we have already missed so much.

If you would like to watch the video that influenced me to write this, click here.

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Taking Some Health Habits From My Younger Self

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Yesterday I did something I haven’t done since I was a kid at home with my mum; I pulled out the juicer.

Growing up, vegetable juicing was a big part of my childhood.  Mum would bring out her Champion Juicer and we would make the “king of vegetable juices”, aka carrot juice.  Sometimes she would add beets, celery, and/or other interesting veggies.  As a kid, I hated when she added anything to the plain old carrot juice.  Now looking back, I think I should have let myself acquire a taste for those more “flavourful” juices.

Carrot juice is the “king of all juices” because it does so much for the body.  It contains vitamins B, C, D, E, and K.  It also contains pro-vitamin A, which our body converts into vitamin A.  Along with all of these wonderful vitamins we find minerals.  Carrot juice contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and trace minerals.

With all of that in mind, let’s look at what carrot juice does for us.  Carrot juice helps with acne, arthritis, asthma, bladder problems, bone problems, cancer, cataracts, diabetes, eye disorders, hay fever, liver disorders, pregnancy and delivery, skin disorders, ulcers, weakness (digestive/muscular), and weight loss. Now that is some powerful stuff.

So yesterday, I felt that I needed to get back into this.  The feeling just came over me and I am so glad it did.  Plugging in that juicer and putting in the first carrot was like coming home after being away for too long; it just felt so right.  I am really looking forward to putting the juice back into my life.

All of my information on carrot juice was collected from a wonderful book by Stephen Blauer called The Juicing Book.  If you are or want to get into juicing this book is quite the little gem.

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Do you juice?  What kinds do you like?

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