Fire Insists – Unity within Community

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Almeda Fire

As we head into the weekend, we are pausing to communicate with you—our extended community—to share a bit about what has been happening in our world and to let you know— amidst all our shared and unique challenges—we are thinking of you!

You may have heard, on Tuesday, the “Alameda Fire” began as a grass fire in our town of Ashland.  The wild winds lapped up flames from the dry grasses and spit them out onto the tops of trees along a greenway.  At warp speed, the fire traveled from Ashland to the small towns of Talent and Phoenix, and on to Medford.  Each community was touched with the devastating loss of homes and business, as well as the tragic loss of pets.  This presented a tremendous challenge on top of an already rough year. 

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Movement Meets Stillness

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Yesterday we took the kiddos on a hike.  We called it a hike, but it was actually bouldering and scrambling for three hours.  It pushed everyone’s limits.  It was hot and rather hard at times, but the things we saw and experienced were only possible through the path we took.    I found myself pausing, watching the water roar between the boulders, shaping them bit by bit until they were smooth and grounded into their position.  There was a symbiosis that seemed to be happening between water and earth, between movement and stillness.  

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Sprouting New Life

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Sprouting new life in the time of Shelter In Place goes far beyond just talking about actual sprouts. That said, I’m going to keep it simple, and just talk about sprouts — yummy nutritious threads of nature, rooting our bodies with their power-packed sustenance.   Come take a peek at what we’ve been growing in our kitchen. 

 

“We can not become what we are meant to be by remaining what we are.”

Max DePree

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Toilet Paper Roll Dragons

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We’d like to introduce you to EllaG, the newest contributor to our ReTHINC Blog.  This amazing nine year old is a natural artist, and she is excited to share some fun ideas for your family to enjoy.    This week EllaG brings us a crafty idea that uses Toilet Paper Rolls.

Here she is.  Take it away Ella…..

Today’s project is making toilet paper roll dragons.  This is a very easy and fun project for a day indoors.  Have fun doing this project with a family member, or you can Facetime a friend.  You can make dragons breathing fire, ice, or my  brother made  his dragon breathe lightning!!!   We had a blast making ours, and we hope you will too. 

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ECO-Inspiration: Hug your Food

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Did you know that 30% of garbage in America is food waste?  Leftover tomato paste spoiling in the can, the half cut onion forgotten in a plastic baggie, salsa that’s missing it’s lid after the neighborhood potluck….Food Huggers is here is to save the day! Food Huggers dramatically reduce your trash footprint while also saving your food from premature spoiling.   

{Keep reading for a chance to win a set of free Avocado Huggers!}

Covid-19 has many families shopping in bulk, which expands the opportunity of food spoilage and waste.  Let’s prep food responsibly.  Hug your food, and your neighbors.  Have half a onion?  Cap the cut end with Food Huggers!  Did you cook up more soup than your family can eat?  Jar it up and leave it on an elderly neighbors doorstep, or pop it in the freezer to defrost for a premade meal next week.  

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