easter 2017 - 16th April



The rabbit is a representation of fertility and rebirth. Every year baby bunnies are bought on impulse as gifts for children.

Many of the bunnies adopted as Easter pets will never live to see their first birthday.

Some die from neglect or improper care, others are dropped off at animal shelters, while still others are simply abandoned. Almost 80 percent of bunnies that are up for adoption at shelters were once purchased as Easter gifts.

When shelters cannot adopt out all these animals into loving homes or a rescue facility, many are euthanized.

A common misperception is that rabbits are good pets for children. But many rabbits do not enjoy being held and will kick and claw when picked up. Rabbits are delicate creatures and struggling to get out of the grasp of a child (or adult) can leave them with broken bones or other injuries.

Rabbits are timid creatures. Loud noises or children running around can scare them.

Adopting a rabbit is a big commitment. Rabbits have a life span of over ten years. If you adopt a baby bunny for your ten-year-old, be prepared to care for the rabbit when your child leaves home.. Many shelters have older rabbits that would love a caring forever home.

Rabbits are high maintenance. Children may lose interest in a rabbit when the novelty has worn off or find it burdensome to care for him or her.

Rabbits should be seen more as a family pet, with the parent(s) being the rabbit’s primary carer.


With thanks to The Telegraph, Audubon, One Green Planet, The American Bible Society, Wikipedia, Mother Nature Network, The House Rabbit Society, Woodstock Sanctuary, Occupy for Animals & The American Humane Society. 

easter 2017 - april 16th



The brightly coloured chicks on sale at this time of year are adorable. But what is being used to dye the chicks, and how is it done? And what happens when the cute and cuddly rainbow chicks don’t have those pretty colours any more. And are full grown and not quite as cute.

The dye is either injected into the incubating egg at 18 days. They take 21 days to hatch. A dab of wax is put on top to cover the hole up, and it goes back in the incubator.

An alternative method is to spray the chicks. The dye is sprayed on the hatchling and then it is put back in the incubator. Farmers claim that these methods don’t hurt the chicks, because the food colouring is perfectly safe. But there is strong evidence that chicks around the world are tipped into buckets and tossed around as the dye is added. Many chicks die from shock.

Poultry farmers say it is harmless – but they obviously have a vested interest in a gimmick that leads to greater sales. Animal Welfare Organisations have disagreed with these practices for many years. They say that the practice is stressful for the birds and turns live birds into holiday playthings who are quickly discarded.

According to the American Humane Association, the majority of baby chicks die from stress or the lack of proper care within a few weeks of the holiday.

Animal shelters overflow with unwanted grown chicks who have lost their rainbow colours.

In some cases, unwanted chickens are returned to breeders who use them for food.


(DISTRESSING - There is a description and stills, if you would rather not watch the video)

With thanks to The Telegraph, Audubon, One Green Planet, The American Bible Society, Wikipedia, Mother Nature Network, Woodstock Sanctuary, Occupy for Animals & The American Humane Society.

If you asked me to pick a single photograph that encapsulated everything that’s wrong with modern consumer society, this would be my choice.

The Citarum River in Indonesia is reputedly the world’s most polluted.  It’s almost beyond belief that 5 million people depend on the river for their water supply.

An ambitious $500m clean-up project is underway…..but you really have to question whether money and remedial actions are going to solve a problem like that.


Yeah yeah yeah, this is soliciting tech bubble Kool Aid 

But this is also inspiring.  #Shift series provides interesting feedback about today’s tech industry and innovative ideas.  

MNN's Thanksgiving potluck

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We had an office potluck today with desserts and sides and decided to turn it into a little competition among the staff. Although all the dishes were delicious, there could be only one winner, and the prize went to Hope’s hazelnut tri-cherry stuffing! Check out her yummy recipe below

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Hazelnut tri-cherry stuffing

    •    1 large onion, chopped
    •    4 tbsp butter
    •    2/3 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
    •    ½ cup fresh or dried cranberries
    •    1 loaf rustic bread (a 1 lb. size)
    •    A handful of parsley, chopped
    •    2 cups chicken or turkey broth
    •    finely grated zest of 1 lemon
    •    olive oil, for drizzling
    •    salt
    •    pepper
Time Estimates
Prep time: 30 min  
Cook time: 1 hr  
Total time: 1 hr 30 min  


If using dried cranberries, put the cranberries in a bowl and cover with hot water for about an hour.

If you’re cooking the stuffing outside the turkey, heat the oven to 375°F and oil a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Remove the crust from the bread and cut the bread into ¾-inch chunks.

In a large bowl, combine the bread, olive oil, salt, pepper. Arrange the bread cubes in a single layer on baking sheet and toast them until lightly browned.

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, 1 to 2 minutes.

In a large bowl mix the bread, cranberries, onions, hazelnuts, parsley, and lemon zest. Stir in the broth. Toss well to combine; the bread should absorb most of the broth.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

If cooking separately, spread the stuffing in the prepared dish and cover with foil. Bake for 25 minutes; then remove the foil and bake until crusty and golden, about 35 minutes more.

No Shampoo - Day 1

So, after reading a very interesting article on Mother Nature Network about how ceasing the use of shampoo had improved the authors hair quality, I thought I’d give it a try. Since I only wash my hair twice a week anyway (calm down, I do wash, but since I don’t dry my hair with a hair dryer, it takes frickin’ aaages to dry, so it’s not practical to wash it everyday. Plus, it doesn’t get greasy so quickly…probably because I don’t wash it everyday!) I thought I’d give it a try.

First thing, much quicker to take a shower! I usually wash my hair, put conditioner on and leave it for 3 minutes or so. So yeah, that was good. I didn’t like the fact my hair didn’t feel soft (since I’d not used conditioner) but I guess that’s something I should get used to.

Now my hair is mostly dry (after 7 hours, told you it took ages) it looks really greasy :( Fortunately I have no where to go, but still! It feels ok though, just looks greasy at the top. It’s also more curly and defined than usual which is a plus.

Another major plus is that, already, my usually flaky scalp is way better. My main reason for stopping shampoo use is because I’ve felt for a while that it only exacerbated my dandruff, but I’ve been ingrained into this notion that you HAVE TO use shampoo.

I’m not sure I can deal with it looking greasy though…we’ll see.