The Open-Impressionism of  Erin Hanson                            

Inspired by rock climbing Red Rock Canyon and the southern California desert, Hanson has since spent almost a decade painting the dramatic scenery of Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California. Erin Hanson has created a unique style of her own, bringing elements of classic impressionism together with modern expressionism and adding a dash of “plein-air style.” Her oil paintings stand out in a crowd, bringing a fresh new look to contemporary Western landscapes.

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Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Basics

My favorite way to use these lovely tools is in a hot bath. :3

•Chamomile- peace, sleep, immunity
•Cinnamon- passion, psychic powers
•Clary Sage- euphoria, PMS, fatigue
•Cypress- comfort, hormone balance
•Dragon’s Blood- psychic powers
•Eucalyptus- Healing, respiratory
•Geranium- protection, fatigue
•Honeysuckle- concentration, money
•Jasmine- meditation
•Juniper- detox, relieve urine retention
•Lavender-peace, passion, dreams
•Lemongrass- psychic awareness
•Musk- courage, fertility, passion
•Patchouli- energy, skin, diuretic
•Peppermint- mental powers, digestion
•Pine- purification, decongestant
•Rose- peace, love
•Rosemary- concentration, healing
•Sandalwood- healing, psychic powers
•Thyme- courage, colds, aches
•Vervain- fertility, money
•Violet- healing, passion, protection

Remember dears, these are not for internal ingestion. Some, like eucalyptus, should not be applied directly to the skin. Do your research before using.


Berlin-based French artist Jaybo Monk creates visual collages where figures and their surroundings become one, a place that he calls “nowhere.” He then mixes unexpected elements into this nonsensical space, an experimentation Jaybo also carries into his sculptural works. “I want to disobey in my paintings; disobey the symmetry, the techniques and the narratives system. I am interested in nonsense, the only space for me where freedom is real. I use tools like chance and mistakes to evaluate my craft. I flirt with the impossible. I need to go to places I`ve never been before.” We visited with Jaybo in his Berlin studio, where he is now working on a new series inspired by immigration.

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10 ways you can help earth everyday - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

1. Turn off the lights

Use less electricity.

Coal and natural gas are the most common sources of energy that gets turned into electricity. The burning of these substances is a major factor in world air pollution. Reducing your reliance on electricity is a great way to play a part in saving the planet.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Use solar power for home and water heating.
  • Shut off electrical equipment in the evening when you leave work.
  • If you have central air conditioning, do not close vents in unused rooms.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120.
  • Turn down or shut off your water heater when you will be away for extended periods.
  • Turn off unneeded lights even when leaving a room for a short time.
  • Set your refrigerator temperature at 36 to 38 and your freezer at 0 to 5 .
  • When using an oven, minimize door opening while it is in use; it reduces oven temperature by 25 to 30 every time you open the door.
  • Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load so that it uses less energy.
  • Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot.
  • Turn off lights, computers and other appliances when not in use.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money and energy.
  • Plant trees to shade your home.
  • Replace old windows with energy efficient ones.
  • Keep your thermostat higher in summer and lower in winter when you are away.
  • Insulate your home as best as you can.

Drive and fly less often.

Cars, trucks, planes and other vehicles emissions are another big source of air pollution that has led to global warming. The manufacture of the vehicles, the gas needed to run them, the chemicals they burn, and the production of roads all play a part. If you can drive and fly less often, you’ll be doing a lot to help save the planet.

  • Walk or ride your bike instead of driving, whenever possible. Find bike routes in your town and use them!
  • Join a carpool or vanpool to get to work if biking or walking isn’t an option.
  • Report smoking vehicles to your local air agency.
  • Maintain your vehicle properly. Purchase radial tires and keep them properly inflated for your vehicle. Paint with brushes or rollers instead of using spray paints to minimize harmful emissions.

2. Recycle

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Recycling helps to conserve raw materials and often helps to save on additional energy that manufacturers would otherwise use in producing new products from scratch. Recycling also reduces the amount of material going into landfills, which is a big bonus given that many countries are fast running out of space for landfill. In addition, recycling can lessen pollution involved in waste disposal and reducing the consumption of raw materials helps to conserve our natural resources.

Unfortunately, not everyone feels motivated to recycle and indeed, it can sometimes seem like a complex undertaking. Yet, coupled with understanding the benefits, once you know how to recycle, you’ll realize it’s not that hard and it soon becomes second habit. Start by making the commitment to recycling in your household and work your way right through to persuading others of its benefits too.

Know what can and cannot be recycled.

Many items are recyclable and over time, more items are added to the list of what can be recycled. Although recycling is dependent on your local collection point’s capacity and facilities, as a general rule, most of the following items are recyclable but you do need to read the policies relevant in your area:

  • Glass drinking bottles (leave the lids off)
  • Milk cartons and other cartons
  • Paper, including magazines, newspapers, waste office paper and Contact books (Contact books can have a special collection time in some places); and don’t forget your greeting cards and cereal boxes
  • Aluminum drink cans; in some places foil trays and foil wrap can be collected, but not all recyclers will collect these latter items
  • Steel food cans (also known as “tins” in some places), paint tins, aerosol containers (minus lids and note not all places accept these), coffee tins, bottle tops and jar lids––how do you know it’s steel? Use a magnet. If it sticks to the can, it’s steel.
  • Plastics with recyclable symbols on them; usually PET or type 1 plastic and H.D.P.E or type 2 plastic; leave the lids off bottles
  • Some supermarkets collect plastic bags (unless they’ve been banned completely, in which case, bring your own bags)
  • However, see the next step for exceptions, which can include recyclable products just because there are no practicable recycling facilities in your area.

Items that cannot be recycled yet. (keep an eye on what new items can be recycled in your area):

  • Light bulbs (although some places provide drop-off areas for compact fluorescent bulbs, to avoid mercury contamination of the landfill)
  • Plastics without recycling symbols might not be recyclable
  • Drinking glasses, crockery, Pyrex or other oven-proof glass, ceramics
  • Carbon paper, foil wrapping, laminated paper, gift ribbon, gift wrapping
  • Stickers
  • Foil potato chip/crisp bags
  • Aerosols are not accepted by all recycling places
  • Mirrors and window glass
  • Broken glass
  • Items contaminated with food spills such as take out containers and pizza boxes; this can vary according to municipality though
  • Items such as Tetra-paks (wax coated or lined cartons), batteries, paint (tins), oil, polystyrene, tin foil, clothing, etc. may be recyclable depending on what processing plants are in your vicinity. In most cases, these items need separate sorting and often require a specific drop-off rather than being collected from your household; even then, they may not be able to be recycled at all in some areas… yet.
  • If your area doesn’t collect milk or drink cartons, reuse them for many home uses including garden use or donate to a school or kindergarten for art projects. Ditto for foam peanuts, polystyrene and clothing.
  • And some things that shouldn’t even have to be said but have unfortunately turned up in recycling from time to time––dead animals, medical waste, used diapers (nappies) or sanitary ware, used syringes and unwanted live animals. Adding such items (and in the latter case living beings) is simply irresponsible, cruel or ignorant.

3. Save your leftover

Buy local goods.

Buying local helps combat air pollution in two ways. You don’t have to travel as far to get what you need, and products don’t have to travel as far to get to you, either. Making smart choices about where your food, clothes, and other goods come from can help make a dent in air pollution.

  • Shop at farmer’s markets and buy food that was produced as close to your home as possible.
  • When you’re online shopping, pay attention to how far the items you order will travel before they arrive. Try to find items that won’t have to travel long distances.
  • Pay attention to where your clothes, electronics, home goods, and other possessions were made. As much as possible, buy items that were made in your region.
  • Never throw away the remains of food, and when it is possible in restaurants ask for a doggy bag.

4. Be nice to the worms

As an earthworm feeds, organic matter passes through its body and is excreted as granular dark castings. You may see these small casting piles in your garden. An earthworm produces its weight in castings daily. Worm castings are a wonderful fertilizer, rich in nutrients otherwise unavailable to plants.

5. Share a book

Ever heard of BookCrossing? Leave a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then will do likewise. We all keep old books unused, and sharing is a way to promote culture and avoid wasting and save precious books from waste.

6. Plant a tree

  • Trees combat the climate change absorbing CO2
  • Trees clean the air
  • Trees provide oxygen
  • Trees cool the streets and the city
  • Trees save water
  • Trees help prevent water pollution
  • Trees help prevent soil erosion
  • Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays
  • Trees provide food
  • Trees heal

7. Use both sides of the paper

Reduce paper usage

  • Think before you print. Do you really need to print it?
  • If you only need one page of a document, only print that.
  • When printing a web page, copy and paste the text into a word processor so that it is formatted correctly for printing.
  • You can print on both sides of the paper with most modern printers. This is often referred to as print ‘duplex’.
  • Adjust margins on your documents. The smaller margin of .75 inch (1.90cm) is becoming more common.

8. Save water

Wasting water is one of the biggest ways individuals impact the health of the planet. Taking measures to use less water is something you can start doing right away. If you live in an area with a water shortage, this is even more important for the health of your region’s environment. Try to check off as many items as possible from this list:

  • Check and fix any water leaks. A leaky faucet can waste a lot of water.
  • Install water-saving devices on your faucets and toilets. A low-flow showerhead could be a good start.
  • Don’t wash dishes with the water running continuously. Use a method that requires less water to get the dishes clean.
  • Turn off washing machine’s water supply to prevent leaks. It doesn’t need to be on all the time.
  • Replace old toilets with new ones that use a lot less water.
  • Wash and dry only full loads of laundry and dishes. Doing a half-load wastes water.
  • Don’t use too much water to water your lawn.
  • Don’t leave the faucet running while you brush your teeth.

9. Clean up trash

Before adding some items to recycling, ensure that they’re clean. Rinse food or drink residues out of bottles, cans and drink water. Do this at the end of your dish washing, to save water and to benefit from using the suds.

  • Don’t add broken glass or sharp items to recycling.
  • Don’t add non-recyclable items just because you can’t be bothered doing anything else with them. This sends an unhelpful message to recycling authorities that citizens aren’t so capable of sorting! Be recycling proud and use common sense about the additions to your recycling.

Dispose of toxic waste the right way. Paint, motor oil, ammonia, and a host of other chemicals should not be poured down the drain or into the grass. They’ll soak into the earth and end up in the groundwater. Contact your local sanitation department to find out where the closest toxic waste disposal site is.

10. Put your underwear in the freezer

What You Need

  • A pair of dirty (feeling) jeans
  • A large Zip-Lock Bag
  • A freezer with some empty space (ie. not too much ice cream)


Fold your jeans neatly and place inside bag. Seal bag and insert in freezer. Remove after one week and wear as new.

While this process won’t remove stains and isn’t really intended for “work jeans” (I think), it is touted to kill any living organisms and make your jeans FEEL crisp and clean again.

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Argentina indigenous chieftain leads fight to reclaim ancestral land
Félix Díaz is attempting to change that narrative, by making visible the displaced indigenous minority and reaffirming their rights – and their claims to lost territory. Photograph: Alamy
By Uki Goñi

Félix Díaz stands before a line of colourful plastic tents on one of the broad strips of land running down the centre of the Avenida 9 de Julio – one of the busiest thoroughfares in the Argentinian capital.

“We have many gods,” he says. “The god of nature, the god of water, the god of air, but we no longer have the land we shared with them. They’ve taken our gods and now they’re taking what little is left of our land.”

Díaz, the chieftain of the Qom indigenous tribe, is leading the fight for the return of his people’s ancestral lands in the distant northern province of Formosa. Together with representatives of the Pilagá, Wichi and Nivaclé indigenous communities, the Qom activists have for the past five months camped out in central Buenos Aires to demand the return of their traditional territories. 

But his words are drowned out by the thunderous din of traffic – and his message has been actively ignored by government officials.

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