Julie A Carda

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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The New Economics Institute

The New Economics Institute is working to make the new economics, one which supports people and planet, mainstream in the United States. Our current economic system is failing in its essential purpose: to provide fulfilling and healthy lives for all people while nurturing the social and natural systems on which the economic system depends. The New Economics Institute is helping people imagine the kind of economy that is designed to enhance human well-being and ecological health.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The American Denial of Global Warming

Friday, October 29, 2010

Earth and the American Dream


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Coming Soon: The Story of Electronics

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Century of the Self

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Planetize the Movement

Planetize the Movement from Drew Dellinger on Vimeo.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Racism and Cosmology

Drew Dellinger, Sophia Center clip 1 from Drew Dellinger on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Economic Reality Check

Friday, October 22, 2010

Morning Greeting

As the sun rises, raise your arms open your hands and simply receive.

The mountains, I become part of it...

The herbs, the fir tree, I become part of it.

The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters,

I become part of it...

~Navajo Chant

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ode to the Green Pepper

A plethora of peppers...and they are still producing...but will not turn red!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Squash--the Sequel

Canned squash, steamed squash, cubed squash, fried squash, frozen squash, baked squash...these are going into pies!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another Tomato Preservation

I haven't even gotten to the green tomatoes yet! Dehydration seems the most prudent with the end of season stragglers. Once dried, I can grind them into powder and add the powder to all kinds of recipes.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Bouquet

To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.

~Mary Oliver~

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Seeds, Glorious Seeds

I may not reap the benefits of my gardens next year, but I will carry with me wherever I roam the seeds to begin anew.

Save your seeds!

Ask others to save seeds.
Share your seeds.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cold Crop Foods

I love the color and vibrancy of the cold hardy crops.

Collards are so much better in October and November than they are in mid-July.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Earth Prayer

Now Talking God
With your feet I walk
I walk with your limbs
I carry forth your body
For me your mind thinks
Your voice speaks for me
Beauty is before me and beauty is behind me
Above and below me hovers the beautiful
I am surrounded by it

I am immersed in it

In my youth I am aware of it

And in old age I shall walk quietly
The beautiful trail.

~Native American Prayer~

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bee in Flight

Caught in the last of the autumn blossoms hard at work for winter's bounty.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Community Garden Profits

My chickens are content and giving back--which is their role. A local community garden collected the chicken house and run, transported it across town, and set it up under two large mulberry trees. The moving event was multicultural and multi-generational. Wilma, the more docile of the three hens, even laid an egg before I left so that I witnessed the newbie chicken stewards glory in the bounty of animals working for earth restoration. I selected the community garden as the recipient of my chicken set up because it is the pivotal point for urban agricultural education within a neighborhood exploring ways to bring real food into people's lives. As an additional bonus, I will supply resource help to them as they embrace the beauty and challenges of living local.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chicken Moving Day

Monday was moving day for my chickens. Step by step, I am dissembling my Kin Domain, at least certain physical aspects, preparing for my imminent departure. The soil restoration and harmonic balance remains into perpetuity. For those people moving chickens, I highly recommend a large dog kennel. Water, food, and a nesting box fits within and creates less stress for the chickens as they willingly enter the enclosure.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pumpkin Fun

Since we had such a small harvest from the community pumpkin patch project this year, we decided to auction the pumpkins. Each was given a name--everything from Buddy to Octavius--and a colorful party hat. The auction benefited the local food bank.

The humor alone was worth the experience. Pumpkins do have unique personalities. Wouldn't it be fun to take a photo with each person holding his/her pumpkin. Sort of like those old time commercials where the dog and owners walk together and you can see the resemblance.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Big Dog Poop Compost

If you don't have one of these yet, you might want to consider. I met the local manufacturer. He does a fabulous job re-purposing all kinds of containers. The fifty-five gallon barrel in this photo will be buried leaving only about half the upper tube exposed. You probably guessed that this is an anaerobic composter.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Glorious Day for Ballooning

Just look at this clear blue sky framing this red hot air balloon. I had to stop and snap a picture. The balloon hovered in the sky above my garden for quite some time. I wonder if they were able to see my potato digging technique. What a glorious day for a ride.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Steller Butternut

I see abundance here. I picked two bushels of butternut squash. The plants were still creeping out into the yard and producing. I simply decided enough was enough.

In the next few days, each will meet with a different fate. Some will be saved in the vegetable drawer. Some will be cubed and pressure canned. Some will be baked and frozen for winter pies, soups, and puddings.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Yummy Red Potatoes

Digging potatoes is really therapeutic. The process is slow, requires a sensitive touch and is hands on with the dirt. I usually sit and work a small area at a time. My technique involves a forked trowel and careful sweep of soil layers until I reveal the hidden treasures.

The tubers I used were started from a batch of organic red potatoes that I allowed to sprout. I cut out the eyes and planted them around the full moon in March.

As I harvest each section, I've noticed that most grow toward the surface. However, I have found them down at least half a foot or more.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Odd Shapes

I just love harvesting root vegetables. Each one has a unique shape. I like the idea that they get to express themselves. I'm sure there is probably a blog dedicated to interesting shapes. In all of the leisure time I don't have, I'll have to do a little research. By-the-way, the carrots smelled wonderful and tasted great.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tree of Love Update

So how has the tree of love fared this summer?

On one visit someone had used the sign for an air-soft gun target.

When I returned someone had taken out the plastic pellets and closed the holes.
On another visit the bell was missing. A week later, the bell was returned and fastened with a new piece of brown yarn.

All the items I had placed at the base of the tree to create an earth altar were still there--even the little quartz crystals.

I was truly moved as I witnessed through anonymous gesture other silent keepers of the shrine.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dream Stream

Water flows from high in the mountains.

Water runs deep in the Earth.

Miraculously, water comes to us,

and sustains all life.

~Thich Nhat Hanh~

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hot, Hot Pepper

Okay, when I wanted these for my salsa mix they weren't even in flower. Now I have so many, I don't know what to do with them.

And do you think they would turn red? Not a chance! However, they make good pepper poppers. A nice whole grain dough with a split pepper and chunk of mozzarella cheese baked to a golden brown and ...wow. You might want to serve something acidic to cut the heat.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wendell Berry

When I rise up
let me rise up joyful like a bird

When I fall
let me fall without regret
like a leaf.

~Wendell Berry