Sunday, December 16, 2012

Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Take a break from the craziness of commercialized Christmas.........and the craziness of the world we live in...seems like it would do us good to be a little more grounded.... 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Excessive Feeding of Birds & Wildlife

It's a very windy day today & spores from dried droppings accumulated from drawing large numbers of birds and animals can cause problems to the animals and to humans. Pigeons in particular can cause serious health risks from disease organisms that can grow in the nutrient-rich accumulations of bird droppings, feathers and debris. 

histoplasmosis can affect both humans and animals and is transmitted by airborne spores from soil contaminated by pigeons' droppings as well as droppings from other birds. Usually, the enrichment of the soil by the birds' droppings for two years or more allow the disease to reach significant levels of development

Similarly, the Cryptococcus is found in the accumulations of pigeon droppings around nesting sites like attics, cupolas, ledges and water towers.

Hungry pigeons feeding on the ground.

If you're having problems in your area, check out my petition of a sample ordinance that may help:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cancer Causing items commonly found around your home

This is a good summary of the many things commonly found around your home that are known to be cancer causing and some ideas for alternatives

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Stop Excessive Wildlife Feeding

While many people mistakenly think they are helping animals, feeding them, especially excessively, causes a multitude of problems for the animals and for humans.  In the process of researching this I found a web site called PAWS.  Please take the time to check into the issues at their site,  Also be sure to read their "About" page.

As PAWS describes so well:  " We are the kind of people who delight in the company of an animal friend, who are awed by a majestic eagle in flight. Like you, we understand that animals enrich our lives. We also know they cannot speak for themselves and need protection. That is why PAWS brings together people like you to ensure animals are respected, safe and have a voice."

Please sign my petition to encourage our Town Council to adopt an Ordinance and maybe even duplicate this for your town, here:
Help Stop Excessive Wildlife Feeding

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Plight of Maine Loggers

Anyone who cares about the Maine woods and logging should take the time to read this:  

Monday, April 30, 2012

Notes on fructose and other important dangers of how and what we eat

This article is a good summary of how to counteract the terrible way we eat today, why what we're told to eat is not good, the danger of fructose that's hidden in so much of what we eat.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A trombone for Roger

Can you help with a good cause?  The "Wicked Good Band"'s  friend and musical mentor, Roger Snow, was in a serious automobile accident last week. Roger, 87, walked away without a scratch. His beloved trombone, however, did not. Will you help us purchase a new trombone .

Roger lives and breathes music. He continues to gig - playing nursing homes throughout Southern Maine with his band, which includes Wicked Good Band's own Steve Bither.
Roger has given the gift of music his entire life. Won't you help us give back?
We're wicked grateful for your generosity!

You can safely contribute through PayPal, it's quick & easy, any amount would be great, just click the link below:

A trombone for Roger:

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dog Treats Causing Deaths

After seeing something on Wagon Train Dog treats causing deaths I Googled Wagon Train (of course the first posting was their site with a headline saying how wholesome they are), check this web site for yourself

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A letter to a Trucker's Wife--from the truck!

Letter to a truckers wife

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Room Divider

Room Divider: This is an antique wood frame room divider/screen that can be customized by bringing the wood back to natural or repainting & replacing the panels with mirrors, material or photos!

Twin Antique Brass Headboards-2

Twin Antique Brass Headboards-2:
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Omega 3's Aren't Just For Humans...

Dr. Karen Becker, is a Veterinarian who describes herself on her website:
I'm Dr. Karen Becker, an integrative, proactive, wellness veterinarian. I believe animal guardians must become responsible health advocates for the animals in their care. By identifying and removing lifestyle obstacles before disease occurs, we are capable of providing the best possible lives for animals in our lives. Species-appropriate nutrition, a balanced immune system and a resilient body are the foundations for a healthy pet. This website is dedicated to helping you make healthy lifestyle choices for your pet, and take a proactive stance in their health. is your one-stop resource for pet health articles and discussions that will help you prevent disease and nurture happy, thriving pets.

While reading Dr. Becker's article "Failure to Give This Fat To Your Pets & You're Asking For Trouble  a sentence caught my attention
Because most pets consume an abundance of high carbohydrate, empty calorie dry foods (kibble), the pet obesity issue is quickly rivaling the human obesity epidemic.
Sound familiar?  I'm sure it's no accident that animals are now suffering from the same maladies as we are--and for the same reasons. You may recall the pet food scare a while back?  There is a little more attention given lately about the dire straits our human food is in, imagine how horrible our pet food is.  Like human food, all the goodness of the food is removed, fillers added and injected with vitamins & marketed as if it's a wonderful thing

Dr. Becker goes on to say

"And as you might have guessed, omega-6 and omega-3 fats are as vital to your pet’s health as they are to yours. These fatty acids are crucial for many of your pet’s most important tissues and organs -- everything from reproduction to a healthy skin and coat.
There is also mounting evidence that essential fats play a significant role in your pet’s ability to fight off most all illness and disease.
This is the most common nutritional deficiency I see in my practice.
The symptoms I encounter on a daily basis include cats with dry skin and chronic oral inflammation, and dogs with recurrent skin and ear infections."
 Fortunately, this is an easily remedied situation. 
The “Essential” Nature of Omega-6 and 3 FatsYour dog or cat has a fundamental dietary requirement for certain fatty acids that it cannot produce on its own. These fats can only come from the food you feed your pet, thus the term essential.
Omega-6 and omega-3 fats derive their names from their chemical composition. It’s important to realize that your pet requires both omega-3 (alpha-linolenic) and omega-6 (linoleic) acids in order to thrive.
How to Spot an Omega-6 Deficiency in Your PetThe ratio of omega-6 to 3 fats is very important to your pet’s well being. Current recommendations are for ratios of 10:1 to 5:1.
If your dog or cat is eating a typical commercial pet food diet, it’s actually far more likely he or she is getting too much omega-6 fats rather than too little. However, it’s important to understand the role the omega-6’ fats play in your pet’s health.
A lack of omega-6 fats in your pet’s diet will result in poor overall development and a failure to gain weight. An omega-6 deficiency can compromise your pet’s immune system and cause liver and kidney degeneration.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Years Prayer

 New Years Prayer Poem
By: Charlotte Anselmo

Thank you, Lord for giving me
The brand new year ahead.
Help me live the way I should,
As each new day I tread.
Give me gentle wisdom,
That I might help a friend.
Give me strength and courage,
So a shoulder I might lend.
The year ahead is empty,
Help me fill it with good things.
Each new day filled with joy,
And the happiness it brings.
Please give the leaders of our world
A courage born of peace
That they might lead us gently
And all the fighting cease.
Please give to all upon this earth,
A heart that's filled with love,
A gentle happy way to live
With your blessings from above."