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Hubcap Mandalas

...How delighted I was to discover a community garden in Gainesville, with vegetables, flowers, and art. Here are some photos of painted hubcaps, found objects which have become in this setting a contemporary form of mandala.

Urban Mandalas

...One of these is a real jewel: the McRorie Community Garden in the southeast part of town, incorporating vegetables, flowers, and artwork. All of these, it seems to me, testify to the hopefulness and creativity of the human spirit, especially since the art is for the most part constructed of found objects

Sh'mal writes: Plotting at the [McRorie] Community Garden

One of the great passions in my life is gardening. I've been doing it for 30 years, half my lifetime. I planted kale, collards, lettuces, radishes, broccoli. All have been doing very well for the past couple of months. To me, it's sort of the miracle of life, like birthing children, or caring for them. You put in a bit of sweat energy turning up the plot, like making passionate love, plant seeds or put in plants, plant your seed/will your egg to fertilize, tend to them with water and some love, and voila! Some of these particular plants just keep on producing organic greens throughout the winter. Like children tended to and loved properly, there will be good healthy results...

Popeye Did Not Know Egyptian Spinach Called Molokhiya

Molokhiya is known as the king of vegetables. Its carotene contents are 4.6 times more than spinach, which Popeye loved, and 19 times more than broccoli. Its calcium contents are 9 times more than spinach and 10 times more than broccoli. Even vitamins B1 and B2 are five times more compared to spinach. It contains much more Vitamin E, C, potassium, iron, and other vegetable fibers than any other vegetables. Plus, it tastes incredibly good, especially with toasted pine nuts!

Qi Gong is the Alphabet

Mike writes for Elephant "about the mindful life"

The Ginger Cafe

Mike writes for Elephant "about the mindful life"

Yoga On Demand | elephant journal

Mike writes for Elephant "about the mindful life"

The one that DIDN'T get away!

A real fish story!

Being Slow | elephant journal

Mike writes for Elephant "about the mindful life"

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Hello all!It's been exactly one year since my last visit to Portland and the friendly Hawthorne Hostel. It's been very hot the past few days but it's cooler this morning. the hostel is looking great! There are a couple of new faces behind the counter. Steve, Shawn, Michele and Talbot are here. Blackwell the cat is, too. Being in Portland is such a treat. I always want to travel but usually wind up reveling in the fun town. Have you got any news to share?See More
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Bike of the Day {BotD} ::: Bridgestone XO-1

Bike of the Day {BotD} ::: Bridgestone XO-1. Pumpkin orange. These bikes are loved by people who know them. They have an excellent geometry and solid components. There's tons of interesting and entertaining info about them on the web. This one is…
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Organic Gardening, Vegetarian Cooking, Sustainable Lifestyles, Mind:::Body:::Spirit, Bicycles, Poetry, Helping others, Alternative Energy
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Photography, creative writing, travel. I ride bikes a lot. I like ethnic cooking. I try to use recipes from interesting spots I've visited to cook tasty dishes made with fresh ingredients.
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I'm reading "Botany in a Day", by Elpel and following along in Marc Williams website as he annotates the book with his excellent notes. http://www.hopspress.com/Books/Botany_in_a_Day.htm
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I live in Florida. I love nature and walks in the woods.

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Looking for Volunteer Vacations?

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Looking for a cool way to help out and see a new place? Here's one...

The Pacific Crest Trail Association is a non profit org that maintains the Pacific Crest Trail. So, you can volunteer and help out and also meet some nice people…



Posted on July 4, 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Dot com. Taken... But this would be pretty fun to do on a park excursion or just about anywhere. No elect…


Galapagos and Eco-Tourism

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Blue Footed Boobies in the Galapagos

photo by Michael Levin

The Galapagos Islands are way off the coast of Ecuador, South America.…


Kayaking in Florida

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

You say you like outdoor adventure? The two best days of a boat owner's life are the day he buys one and the day he sells it.

Old expressions usually have some truth.…


Rainbows and Smiles - Favorite Travel Photos

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 8:19am 2 Comments

TGIF! I'm thinking about springtime in Crested Butte for some reason. This is one of my all time favorite photos. I took it on Elk Avenue in bustling downtown CB. 

There was one year I drove to Colorado 5 times. I have a habit of going back to places I love. I've never been to WY, ID, MT, or even UT. I'd like to do the national parks tour there. Meanwhile, possibility is this weekend, at least Saturday night may do some camping in Wekiva Springs, …


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At 1:40am on July 18, 2015, Takako Takizuka said…

Thank you so much for introducing me to your wonderful Zoobird, Mike I am so lucky that I met you at the hostel. Please keep feeding me more precious information about Portland and life. 

At 8:02pm on June 17, 2015, Vaisnavi Aurubind said…

Hi Mike! I know, our Galapagos trip really was wonderful wasn't it? It's such a shame what's happening there at the moment, to think that the next generation might not get to see what we did. What horrifies me the most is how little the world seems to care, it's been a week and still not even a mention in any of the news here.

Hopefully we can get some support behind the Galapagenos!

Thanks for sharing this page with me, it looks like an interesting space, but it might take me a while to figure out how to use it properly! :P

At 10:42am on February 4, 2015, Ba Ba Bryan Konrad said…
Nice to meet you too!
At 3:55pm on May 7, 2014, Christine Cole said…

Thanks, Michael!  I followed links from the pics of the stingrays, but did that mostly because I liked what you said about yourself.  I love to have similar birds  "in my space".  :-)

At 9:49pm on September 12, 2013, Jamin Nichols said…

Thanks Mike.  Took a little bit to sign up since you told me about it but happy I did.

At 9:41pm on February 18, 2013, bradford powell said…

Several years ago a gathering of international stone masons met in Barre Vt for a weeklong symposium.  I'm standing under an arch built by a novice so I couldn't wait for the race which started under the arch to begin.

Building walls without mortar is my new passion.  The long standing passion that brought me to this site  is bicycling.  Are there any cycle savvy members here?

At 12:39pm on January 28, 2013, Jamie Seed said…

Hey brother!  I joined this crazy site just to try to tell you about Nahko's tuning for "Black as the Night"....it is OPEN D  DADF#AD  and then just strum the drone open, and use an E shape for the other main chord.  Watch his hands in the vid once you tune to Open D and you'll grasp it real quick.  Let me know if you have questions!  I BELIEVE IN THE GOOD THINGS COMIN'....

At 11:49pm on December 8, 2012, pete korhonen said…

Hi Michael,

I will send an update soon, I promise! =)

take care,


At 11:59pm on December 7, 2012, mishmael said…

greetings Mikey

doing well in Humboldt County right now glad to hear all is well in FLA !!!

i'll try to post some pictures of living in the mountains of Humboldt before I leave to go snowboarding on Mt. Hood


At 11:42pm on November 1, 2012, KrishnaPokhrel said…


Nameste and welcome to The Love Company.

We are a small yet big hearted orphanage in need for Volunteers with a love for children and an open mind to help bring joy and love to our children.

The Love Company was founded over 3 years ago in Pokhara and is in existence today only because of its kind hearted and spirited volunteers. To continue to nurture these children and to help sustain the orp
hanage we require the humble help of volunteers. No matter how small or large your contribution maybe, it will make a positive difference to the children and to the running of the orphanage.

Currently we have 14 children, ranging from 3 to 11 years old and all with their own heartfelt stories to tell.
They come from all backgrounds including coming from broken homes, being abused by their families with some children also being rescued from the streets of Nepal.

We are a not for profit organization with your donations and fees going directly to the children and running of the orphanage.

If you are not able to volunteer you can help in other ways such as clothes , stationeries, donations of toys and gifts for the children or alternatively monetary contributions are also most welcome.
It is possible to sponsor a child from our orphanage.

For further information please contact Krishna on:-

Facebook Page:Children Home Nepal


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