Month: October 2015

Back to Ethical Metalsmithing…….

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IMG_3324  Had I been in my favorite, nonstop, find anything you want city this weekent–NYC, my schedule would have found me at Lindhardt studios this evening for the Ethical Metalsmith meeting.

Departing upon the jewelry making craft, I never initially considered where the metals were coming from.  It was never mentioned in classes and only came about as a consideration while taking ethical fashion classes at FIT with the fantastic, passionate Carmen Artigas.  What a shock!

Fashion, according to Carmen, is about ten years behind the organic food movement and mining is not even on the map of industry movements for conservation and sustainability.   Why it never occurred to me to question where the metals I was using originated is inexplicable but once the seed was planted, jewelry construction took on a new twist to fit into my value system.

The fold formed fine silver bracelet above is a from recycled metal.  One can wear it with pride knowing it is a made in the USA ethically produced accessory.  Now all my jewelry is so constructed and if it cannot be, that design is off the books.

As my current instructor questioned why I care–and why anyone balks at the fact he has ivory obtained years past that he wants to use in custom pieces, I discovered Ethical Metalsmiths.  A tribe to belong to in this world of taking from mother earth for capitalist good.

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Love my Omega Juicer and Tribest.

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dreamstimefree_171595  The blueberries are for smoothies in the Tribest.  If you are not familiar with them they are the greatest portable smoothie blenders which also have an attachment for grinding spices and nuts.  I have travelled a lot with mine and it is always nice to know you can pick up a few fruits and vegetables at the market and have your healthy morning smoothie on the go.

The Omega juicer has turned out to be a fantastic investment.  I used to have a Breville and was never too keen on it since the wet pulp and the high RPM’s while making the juice did not jive as the best machine for the purpose.  Enter the Omega.  Wow.

It uses an auger to “squeeze” the juice out of the produce which then goes through a screen and into the catch container.  The ejected pulp is very dry.  Funny enough, my dog loves to sample it, especially if carrot juice is on the agenda!  In fact, I obtain more juice from this machine for the same amount of produce vs the Breville.

In addition, making your own nutbutters with this machine is easy as well.  I am one who looks at the nutbutter machines at Whole Foods and cringes at the sight of the exposed, clinging glob of nutbutter residue on the machine.  How sanitary can this possibly be?  Maybe this is never a problem (misting produce sprayers scare me as well due to the possibility of mold growing in the misters if they are not cleaned and maintained properly.  I will take my herbs dry, thank you, until I start growing my own).

The Omega plus Tribest give me the best of both juicing and smoothie making worlds.

Of Okinawans and Purple Sweet Potatoes

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     Anthocyanins.  Those wonderful blue pigments found in blueberries, purple cabbage, blue potatoes and blue sweet potatoes just to name a few foods.

     The Okinawan diet is comprises mainly of purple sweet potatoes.  Or should I say, was since they have now been eating a more Westernized diet, leaving the longevity statistics to the complete vegetarian Adventists right here in the USA.

      But what they did have in their traditional diet was a lot of sweet potatoes.  They were the primary food eaten along with yellow and green vegetables and soybean based foods, plus medicinal plants!  This diet is highly antiinflammatory, and antioxidant rich as well as being low calorie but nutrient dense.

     Maybe eating until 80% full and eating more blue and purple whole foods should be a mantra for us all.

TEDX MacStone and Everglades Photography

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Always a pleasure to encounter a gator on the daily hike. Much more exciting than spending time on a treadmill for exercise.
Always a pleasure to encounter a gator on the daily hike. Much more exciting than spending time on a treadmill for exercise.

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Check out MacStones’ Ted talk from Gainesville, Florida.  It is so much more than just stunning photographs.  A treatise on why we should protect Florida’s wildlife and wildplaces.