You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch!

There are a lot of Grinches that appear around this time of year. You know who they are, the people who scowl at the neighbor who lights up his lawn, who takes the joy out of gift giving by talking about the horrors of consumerism and who guilt trip you about the excess fossil-fuels/paper/live tree you are using in an attempt to share your cheer.

However, I have noticed that few of the Grinches actually take action beyond ranting at everyone who dares to enjoy the holiday season. A friend of mine has a policy, whereby if you choose to be “against” an action/belief/lifestyle you must be willing to act out your words to be honestly committed to your opinion. I find this to be a personal challenge myself and and by no means perfect at this practice, but I would like to put out this challenge to ALL the Grinches out there!

Take the actions to back your words.

Perhaps that means hand-making all your gifts to avoid the cringe-worthy consumerism of the season. Or offer to set up a carpool for the neighbors to get together and share a ride to look at the neighborhood lights to save on gas. Feel like being “forced” to take Christmas off is a violation of church and state? Offer to work at a local homeless shelter or restaurant handing out food and presents and put all that horrible time off to good use!

9 WAYS TO GIVE MINDFULLY THIS CHRISTMAS

The fact is that the time around Christmas HAS become ridiculously commercialized and yes, it is pushed down out throats starting after Halloween. But when all is said and done the family time is priceless. I will be seeing my 9 (future) nieces and nephews in a week and that is what this time of year is about. It is what makes the flight to New York two days before Christmas worth the insanity that is airline travel and it somehow is even magical enough to make the mall bearable!

Honestly,what part of our everyday lives are not already, to some extent, affected by these same issues? Everyday we are blasted with advertising for stuff we don’t need but are told we want and ,let’s be frank, often end up purchasing… iPhones anyone? We attend or watch major sporting events, concerts, tv shows, movies that ALL use massive amounts of fossil fuels and other resources that could be put to much better use.

Do we NEED yoga on our iPhone....No. But we like it!

Lastly, a persons feelings regarding Christmas is a personal choice. Just like being vegan, atheist, Republican or a Grinch, the personal choice should be shown through practicing the lifestyle, not spreading anger and demands that everyone see the world from the same negative perspective the Grinch is famous for! Why not take a breath and enjoy the holidays for what the positive aspects?

 

The best present is getting to see these cuties!

Personally, I am giving some handmade gifts. I had a few handmade fresh-fir swags to decorate and hang around the house instead of a tree (can’t resist the smell of fresh pine in the house) and re-used as much wrapping paper as possible. Small steps but ones that I am able to do at the moment to try to stay as true to my convictions as possible while allowing myself to enjoy the holiday season with those around me.

And with that, Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: I don’t care how it happened, I just want it fixed. ~AlpineLily Blog

I don’t care WHY the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill happened.

I don’t care who it to blame, who didn’t do their job or who paid to get permits passed.

I just want it fixed.

I want the uncontrollable leak to be plugged. I want the massive oil slick contained.

I want the animals who do not have a voice in the off-shore drilling debate to be protected from the oil.

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Does Your Dog Blog? ~ AlpineLily Blog

Improve Your Dog's Life

If your dog could blog, what would they write about?

The best dogpark in town? Doggy rights? Where to get the best bath in town?

If your dog could blog they would rave about Dogasaur, the best doggy-lifestyle blog on the web.

Get online and check it out- they have information regarding groomers, local doggy events, the best products for your pooch and a great list of charities you can donate to.

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STAMP OUT SHELTER ANIMALS. ~ AlpineLily Blog

Help our furry friends living in animal shelters across the country by purchasing these Animal Rescue Stamps from the postal service.

My lovable Labrador-mix was adopted from the Boulder Valley Humane Society after starting life on the streets in horrible conditions that NO animal deserves so this is a cause very dear to my heart.

Rayleigh is a Black Lab-Mix who was born on streets and lived a hard-knock life until rescued by the Boulder Valley Humane Society. She now lives a very pampered life in Boulder where she enjoys chasing squirrels and teaching her little brother Dante how to get away with puppy mischief.

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Campsite Crashers.

If a tree falls in a forest and there is nobody there to hear it, does it make a sound?

What about when a tree falls onto a tent filled with blissfully unaware campers?

This is the question being addressed by the Forest Service as summer-time approaches, camping gear around the state gets dusted off and foresters begin to evaluate which recreational areas in Colorado have been the most affected by the beetle epidemic that is ravaging the forests.

As snow begins to melt, campsites are being scrutinized as foresters determine which sites are safe and which sites will need to be closed. Red Feather Lakes in Boulder County became the first area affected with the closure of the Dowdy Lake campground. The Colorado front range  can get VERY windy and understandably the Forest Service is concerned beetle-kill trees (that are more prone to wind damage) will start tumbling down, with potentially fatal consequences.

But not everybody agrees that closing camping areas is the best response to these potential threats.

Both Colorado and Wyoming’s governors have urged caution in closing forests and feel that this is a drastic reaction by the forest service. Presumably, their concern lies with the affect that campsite closures would create for the local tourism industries. They are not alone in their concerns either- the Greater Yellowstone Coalition is concerned that closures will distance the public from outdoor recreation opportunities, that will ultimately result in apathy regarding wilderness areas and a decrease in awareness and funding in the future. However, mountain communities do not see the closures as a big threat to their tourist season, since previously closed areas will be re-opened this season.

The Forest Service, however, is primarily concerned with the safety of both campers and their own employees, citing several recent “near misses” as evidence of the danger. Their approach has been to close the most used areas that are affected by the beetle epidemic and ensure they have been safely thinned before re-opening them for public use.

This is in contrast to the National Parks Service, which is also affected by the beetle epidemic, but has said that popular areas (such as Rocky Mountain National Park) will not be affected by any closures this upcoming season.

However, along with the danger of falling trees, the areas affected by beetle-kill are also more prone to fire danger,which is a much greater danger throughout the season. A wildfire started by a spark from a carelessly attended fire  seems much more likely than a tree crushing a camper, and to be honest, has the potential for much more damage and fatalities.

So what do you think? Are falling trees just another high country hazard that comes with the territory when recreating in Colorado? Or is the Forest Service responsible for creating a safe public environment, even when that means closing public areas?

 

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How Do You Milk Hemp?

“So…..how do you milk hemp” asks my father…..obviously sarcastically but also somewhat mockingly. I roll my eyes, throw up my hands and give up trying to explain to my family why I am going to attempt to make hemp milk at home.

But they are not alone in their teasing. Roommates, friends and even my boyfriend’s parents have teased me about my burgeoning interested hemp milk and other dairy alternatives including rice and almond milks.

I am not lactose intolerant, nor am vegan. I love cheese more than (almost) anything on this planet. But I also happen to enjoy a hemp-milk chai in the morning also.

What really confuses me is that these are not trendy new foods made famous by a skinny starlet-these items have been staples of diets around the world for centuries[1].

In South Africa, babies are weaned on a hemp-based cereal, in China roasted hemp seeds are sold in movie theaters and throughout history the benefits of hemp oil has been touted in traditional medicine. Almond milk has been used throughout the world since the Middle Ages (it was recommended as a milk substitute during fasting days) and rice milk has used as a substitute for those with lactose intolerance for years.

So why is there so much ignorance surrounding these options given that we live in a time in which it seems everyone is obsessed with avoiding pesticides and hormones in their foods?

Have we become so distanced from our food that we no longer remember the foods that fed out ancestors for centuries?

 


[1] Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill, Udo Erasmus, Alive Books, December 1993

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Welcome To AlpineLily Blog!

Aspiring to fight apathy and inspire awareness of social issues through enlightened thought and educated opinions.

~AlpineLily Blog~ is a brand new project that is hoping to grow into a lifestyle! If you would like to contribute please contact us, and as always, please give us suggestions for topics you are interested in!

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