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Being Prepared for whatever

Be Prepared

Are you prepared? Devastating floods in Texas, monsoon rains in Bangladesh, fires raging in Pacific Northwest, extreme weather around the globe as climate change becomes an ever-increasing reality in our era. What challenging times we live in. Did you even hear about Bangladesh where thousands of people died recently because of flooding? Did you know about the dozens of fires raging in thousands of acres in the Pacific Northwest? How can one be prepared for such catastrophe? It’s not something one even wants to think about, but when we look at those images of flooded homes and highways in Houston or hear about friends who had to abandon their homes for fear of fire, it becomes clear that we need to consider preparation in a big way.

One of the hopeful things we hear about in times like these is the help one receives from neighbors and even strangers. Do you know your neighbors? Do they know you? Dean Evenson and I have always made it a point to know our neighbors, no matter where we live. It can be very helpful in times when we lose power or when we have a silver thaw like we did last winter with snow melting, then freezing, and hundreds of trees and branches falling everywhere leaving many without power for days or weeks at a time.

What would you do if you lost electrical power? Or access to clean, running water? Or a toilet that flushes? Do you have water poured out and food stored? Of course, none of that would have helped the people in Houston when hurricane waters flooded their homes and they had to be evacuated and leave all behind. If you had to leave your home quickly because of fire, earthquake or flooding, what would you take with you? Do you have a plan of how to connect with your family members?

Are you prepared?
Be prepared. These simple steps can help you to be prepared for whatever might occur that would disrupt your life.

Be prepared. That is the Boy Scout motto and since Dean was an Eagle Scout, he takes that concept seriously. Our local government has put together this comprehensive preparedness guide to help people be prepared for whatever disruptions may occur. It’s well worth the small amount of time it takes to invest in preparing for a disaster of any kind because if or when such an unforeseen event occurs, you will at least have a system in place to help you navigate troubled waters or flaming embers. And remember, knowing your neighbors and building community around you will give you a strong basis to deal with any challenge that may arise. Yes, we are stronger together!

We know stress is a major factor for people who are suffering with loss and displacement and we have been trying to think of what we could give to victims of Hurricane Harvey or other natural disasters. Although many have lost their homes, they may still have their phones so they can easily download an album. Since anti-stress music is what we do, we want to offer a gift of music that might help as people work through these troubled times. Therefore, we are giving away a FREE DOWNLOAD of our album Healing Sanctuary. If you or anyone you know is feeling stressed, please click the link to download your free album. Let us know how it works for you.

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What do David Suzuki and Pope Francis have in common?

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What do David Suzuki and Pope Francis have in common? It turns out they both care deeply about the fate of the planet and have some strong words for those who will listen.  Just the other day we heard renowned author, scientist and television host of The Nature of Things, Dr. David Suzuki, speak to a packed hall about the crises our destructive human behaviors are causing to the planet.  And today we hear that the new Pope Francis is issuing a Papal Encyclical about the unprecedented destruction of “God’s Creation” if we don’t change our consumptive ways.

This is so relevant to Dean Evenson and me as we have been looking at ways we can considerably reduce our ‘carbon footprint’ and tread more lightly on the Earth. We want to look at the energy we use and make concerted efforts to reduce it by measurable results.  We hope to engage others in taking a personal look at how much energy we use, where it comes from, and how we can switch to renewable energy in most of our areas of use.

Here are some relevant excerpts to give you an idea of the depth of the Pope’s commitment to get some traction on this very important issue:
“Humanity is called to take note of the need for changes in lifestyle and changes in methods of production and consumption to combat this warming, or at least the human causes that produce and accentuate it,” he wrote in the draft. “Numerous scientific studies indicate that the greater part of the global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases … given off above all because of human activity.”

The pope will also single out those obstructing solutions. In an apparent reference to climate-change deniers, the draft states: “The attitudes that stand in the way of a solution, even among believers, range from negation of the problem, to indifference, to convenient resignation or blind faith in technical solutions.”

Mother Earth, Mother Nature, God’s Creation, whatever you want to call it – there is no doubt that the health of the planet forms the foundation of our own health.  So consider each of your actions, everything you consume or use, how it affects the overall eco system of the planet.  It’s a lot to ask, but then again, nature gives so much, it’s the least we can do.

If you are interested or have experience in doing this, please let us know.  I welcome your comments and ideas on the subject (and will send you a free music track to those who post comments). This will take more that a village to make the necessary changes to really make a difference.  Stay tuned!

Click here for some of Soundings of the Planet albums that include natural sounds. It’s our way of honoring the Earth.

And since Father’s Day is coming up, we’re offering a super discount at soundings.com through June. Use code – FATHERSDAY15.  And check out Dudley’s photos on Soundings Facebook page – A Tribute to Dads & their Babies.

 

Mother Earth, Mother Nature, Mothers Everywhere

Curtis Print Comanche MothersThis picture of Comanche Mothers was taken in 1927 by E. S. Curtis and is an original print that was given to us many years ago in appreciation for our work. It was actually the negative holder for this wonderful image of mothers and their papooses, taken during a time when Native American traditions were still somewhat in tact.  We have much to learn from those traditional ways. All mothers everywhere have the same need – to care for their children.  And for mothers to be able to care for their families, they also need to be well cared for.

In 1972, my husband, Dean Evenson, and I attended as videographers the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden.  I was five months pregnant with our first child but that didn’t stop me from hauling a backpack, tent, sleeping bag and our 35-pound video deck connected by a cable to an eight pound camera.  Of course Dean carried much of the heavy load and we managed to get around the conference, videotape and hitchhike throughout Sweden.

At the conference, we were fortunate to meet the 15 Native Americans who were sent over by Stewart Brand, the founder of the Whole Earth Catalog.  They were there to speak about Mother Earth and how the planet is a living being and how her human children are destroying her with their consumptive, polluting ways. This was the first time we had heard the phrase ‘Mother Earth’ and we were fascinated.

Over the four decades since then, we have been with and videotaped many Native brothers and sisters who echoed the same plea to save our precious Mother Earth, the only home we have.  The Earth is the source of all our physical beings and we are totally dependent on her for our survival.  Our very being depends on the health and wellbeing of our planet.  This message resonates even more strongly today as we witness the destruction brought on by climate change, extreme weather and carbon emissions from our overuse of fossil fuels.

So during this season of celebrating mother, we ask that you also consider the Earth and honor her sacred being by respecting her and finding ways to ‘give back’ what you have taken.  Consider switching to renewable energy, growing your own food or supporting organic, non-GMO farming and gardening and taking the time to educate your children, your grandchildren, and all those you come in contact with about this very important way of appreciating nature.  Mother Earth, Mother Nature, whatever you call this precious planet, our very lives depend on how we treat the Earth today.

Also for a limited time, I am giving away a free download of our nature music for those who comment on my blog about our music or about how you find ways to ‘give back to the Earth.’ And for those of you who would like to purchase some of Soundings of the Planet’s relaxing, nature-based music, we are having a super sale on all our CDs at only $9 through May 15.  Use this code at checkout to get the discount – MOTHERSDAY15.