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Michael Levin's Blog – December 2009 Archive (12)

Happy New Year!



Happy New Year, Zoobirders! We'll all be thinking about times gone by and the coming year today. Zoobird has grown to hundreds of members this year. Thanks for all the content. We've got the whole healthy, organic lifestyle represented here. If you see something missing that you'd like, just let us know.



My favorite parts of Zoobird have been the new fiction, the fun I've had telling about Great Days in the Garden, and all the things… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on December 31, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

War Is Over, If You Want It: John and Yoko, 40 Years Later



Thanks, Shmal - The Nation: "“WAR IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT” – a full page ad in the Sunday New York Times Dec. 27 must have puzzled many readers. The ad marked an anniversary: it was 40 years ago today that John Lennon and Yoko Ono launched their “War Is Over!” campaign, with billboards in New York, London, Hollywood,… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on December 28, 2009 at 3:33pm — No Comments

A Great Day at the Garden

A Great Day at the Garden



What a beautiful afternoon! Click on the photo above to see some gorgeous pix of the garden.







My jalapeno peppers yielded a few hot ones for the weekend. There's nothing better than fresh picked peppers. These aren't too firey hot, but they're a lot hotter than Poblanos or… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on December 27, 2009 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

So Many Songs in My Mind

Holiday time can be miserable, especially if you're on the street. Extreme conditions can be euphoric, too. I interviewed Richard Emerson on Swampcast one day at Lake Eola in Orlando. You can hear the euphoria in Richards… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on December 26, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Gratitude is a Sickness Suffered By Dogs...

Elephant Journal points us to an article in the NYTimes entitled "Now Sending | Dictator Cards". It's good to remind ourselves of the ways various people… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on December 25, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Great Day at the Garden

The birds were singing, the breeze was blowing and you could smell the rosemary in the garden the other day. I've been all over the place the past few weeks and had finally a chance to drop by my patch to tend the plants.



That's McRorie community gardener Nick in the photo above. He and I chatted and I hope you all get a chance to meet him virtually here at the Zoobird community. I wrote about this latest Great Day in the Garden on Elephant… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on December 23, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Omnivores Dilemma and Everything Else...



Whenever I begin a blog post with the title "...and Everything Else...", I'm going to do some free associating. So brace yourself.



It's a sunny day here in the Swamp (as I affectionately call Florida, where I live now). Here I am, minding my own business and just piddling around. I really should be outside, riding a cool, red bike I just got. Click the photo below to go to the Bike Zoo and read along with me… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on December 20, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Community Supported Agriculture



Before we begin, please set the tone by clicking on this music video* and smile while you read this, because it's going to make you feel good!



What is community supported agriculture (CSA)? CSA's are farms that operate on the community's promise to support them, sharing the risks. Magnolia… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on December 17, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Want to work on an Organic Farm? Magnolia Farms is calling...



Magnolia Farms is in Live Oak, FL and serves Gainesville and the surrounding area. So, if you're local, you can sign up - it's CSA, community supported agriculture.



Darlene and Mike McElwee need helping hands at our farm in exchange for food shares. How cool is that? They also… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on December 16, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Copenhagen Calling Brown COP15

This just in from Avaaz:

“We just got word that the UK’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown would like to update Avaaz members on the Copenhagen summit and answer some questions from us TODAY (Wednesday), before he sits down with Barack Obama, Germany’s Angela Merkel, China’s Wen Jiabao, President Lula from Brazil and other top leaders.



Details -

A conference call with the UK Prime Minister at 5.30pm European time (4.30pm GMT /…
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Added by Michael Levin on December 16, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Friend of the Devil

Ian sent me this photo of a snake he discovered in Texas. Can you tell what kind it is?

...Later

Yes, indeed. It's a diamondback rattlesnake. Beautiful and deadly. Best to admire these sleek creatures from a safe distance. Thanks, Ian!

Added by Michael Levin on December 8, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Scattered Notes

Beautiful tree in Cochabamba, Bolivia on Twitpic

Eknath Easwaran's Thought for the Day made me feel so good I had to share it with you:





"December 2



If your heart were sincere and upright, every creature would be unto you a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine.

– Thomas a Kempis



The pure in spirit, who see God, see him here and now: in his handiwork, his hidden purpose, the wry… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on December 2, 2009 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

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