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Among the Garbage and the Flowers

Meet Michelle Stitzlein,an artist who searches for beauty in the mundane. She creates myriad varities of exotic moths spanning as much as 11 feet across from humble found items such as license plates, car parts, piano keys, broken china, rusty tin cans, electrical wire, bottle caps, mirrors, trash can lids, bicycle tires, scrap wood, aluminum siding, faucet handles, oil drum lids and phone hand sets.

She prefers materials that bring the experience of personal associations to her work over those that are “shiny and new.”

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She writes in her statement: “As an artist and as a person, I ask myself to look closer, lest I miss the one exquisite trait in something oftentimes regarded as distasteful, old, tired, unimpressive or just plain ugly so that I may see it again with fresh eyes.”




Stitzlein has also written two books outlining projects for children, families, schools and non-profits utilizing recycled, plastic bottle caps

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No Blue No Green

Ocean Researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean and
shocking stats about its rapid decline as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

If you are a parent or grandparent or simply love a child in your life, please take the time to view this video.

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Seeds

Drop the seed, cover it, pat the warm earth down. Water it black. What else? Roethke heard the sucking and sobbing of cuttings putting down roots, resurrecting themselves. I hear nothing from these seeds and spindly tomato plants. But I do like sitting here in the evening air, watching the wet soil, knowing it’s primed with hours of my work and its own latent power. Drop in the seed and the dirt takes over, the moist warmth, the dark. It’s mystery now, out of my hands. But I want to follow. I want to understand what begins to wake the seeds. I want to hear that inaudible moan or hum, that chant of all the lives and parts of lives that dirt composes — I hear it after all, in my mind — that steady call, alive down there, that cannot rise without seeds, that even now enfolds them with its infinitesimal vibration, urging them remember now, remember now, it is time to remember yourself.
— John Daniel in The Trail Home: Essays

Lately, I’ve had the pleasure of watching vegetables grow from seed, and of cooking and eating them right out of the garden. So incredibly simple and basic and yet so mysterious. I see more and more back yard and side yard gardens these days…one of the good spin offs of the economic downturn. What are you waiting for? Find a seed, some dirt and some water and a miracle will happen.

Peace, Yvonne www.lunaguitars.com

Watch some amazing time lapse photography of seeds germinating here!
http://plantsinmotion.bio.indiana.edu/plantmotion/earlygrowth/germination/germ.html

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“One of our most important renewable resources is HOPE. We must put it on with our shoes every morning.”……….Barbara Kingsolver

Krista Tippett explores what it means to face the question of sustainability in a hopeful way in her two minute musing below.

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Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett is public radio’s weekly program about “religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas.”

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Sustainable Woods

I’ve been researching sustainable woods recently and will be writing more in future posts, but I wanted to share a few words about bamboo. Bamboo is rapidly renewable, restoring itself for use in just 5 years and requires far less energy to harvest and produce than most “lumber” products. Bamboo also has an incredible range of product….flooring, cabinetry, textiles, furniture and, yes….guitars. Its production and by products yield healthy, salvageable materials that continue to be used in new ways.

I have had the pleasure of watching a stand of bamboo grow in my back garden. The first picture is the size it was three years ago. The rest are what has resulted from the original plant!

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