A path of delight

Good morning Brave hearts.

Hail brilliant mankind.
A lifetime of beauty and serenity awaits you in the grand adventure of the wild. The peaceful quiet, the wonderful aromas, the clean, unpolluted waters, the immense landscape, the fabulous wildlife. The joy of an escape into peace. A timeless oasis of splendor for the senses, an awakening, a rejuvenation, a moment in time where all is well and the good Earth breathes it’s regular breaths and it’s heart pounds with regular beating. Here, the Earth lives!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E40lwh53ec forest tranquility message.

We feel the soft path under our feet, mosses growing in the shaded forest beside. Wild grasses and wild flowers tightly competing for a particle of soil to secure themselves to. The meadows are lush with vegetation. Insects thrive on the nectar and birds thrive on the insects. A perfect environment, a perfect interaction of life and the continuation of living.
Here, in the wilderness, the Earth lives.
Every inch of it’s surface is covered by plants. The seasonal changes of plant life, from a planet so creative, it continually changes it’s cover.
Now, it is fall. The seed pods are a burst of energy for new life. The tiny seed becomes a flower of exquisite colour and beauty. The proud planet, showing off it’s own newborn.
Here the planet chooses for itself. It plants it’s own lush creation of plants, the number and variety. It feeds it’s own creation of insects and wildlife. It chooses it’s own abundance, beauty, colour and scent. Here, in the great wild, where the wind pollinates the plants and rain nurtures the ground, is where the planet shows us her finest designs.
A tangle of forest, a carpet of meadow, every colour of green imaginable. Here, where the ponds match the colour of the sky, where every plant species is a different colour of green. Even in the fall, when the early frost changes the colour of the leaves, this is not a dying world. This is the time of rejuvenation. In this time of quiet, the animals will mate, the flowers will sow their seeds, the migrating birds will fly and the land prepares for a restful winters sleep. The Earth too, needs it’s time of restful calm.
The joy of an unhurried escape along a path of simple pleasure. A day of acquaintance with nature and its wonderful ways. Simple, gentle breezes wafting pleasant smells of plants so fragrant. The sounds of calling birds and the cascading waters of small waterfalls reminding us that we have nourishment here.
The discovery of a path of luxury. The luxury to have unspoilt lands, unpolluted waters, clean, fresh air. The luxury to protect, to conserve, to walk the great wild.
Here, we don’t plunder. Here we save.
The Earth smiles at us and presents her glory.
Brilliant mankind, come to the great wild. Let the fabulous good Earth nurture your soul and sing it’s songs of gladness to you.
Peace to you, brave hearts, nurture and care.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
September 12,2013

Rivers to Oceans Week

Rivers to Oceans Week

Congratulations you awesome being.  This is National Rivers to Oceans Week and this is our cultural heritage.

The immense cover of ice and snow that we call the Columbia Ice fields is the birthplace of some of our great rivers.  The vast sheet of ice at the border between Jasper and Banff National Parks is an awesome place of remote grandeur.  The spectacular, stark beauty of the masses of snow and mountain are a land unto themselves.  A land of life in high altitude and cold.  The streams from the melted ice are flowing with todays  first water and cascading into rivers and waterfalls, avalanches and crevases.  The ice fields are where some of our mighty historical rivers are born.  The daily melt water is the first drop of water into a river system that flows throughout most of the country

The huge icefields cover 215 square kilometers and is 300 to 360 metres deep in some places.  This massive sheet of ice provides us with clean, fresh, new water.

http://www.explorerockies.com/columbia-icefield/

Water! Our national heritage was formed from these rivers.  Great explorers ventured into our nation by these same rivers and lakes.

The historic Athabasca River, a fur trading route, is one of our national heritage rivers which starts at the Columbia Ice fields.  The importance of the Athabasca river, with its designation as a Canadian Heritage River  is its connection to exploration and the settling of the country.  The rivers in Canada played a major role in establishing the country.  Fur traders embarked on lengthy journeys of adventure and trade to explore, meet and negotiate trade with the indigenous peoples.

The fur trade was the most important industry in the country in the early years of settlement.

http://www.chrs.ca/en/main.php

The Columbia Ice Fields are also the source of the North Saskatchewan River and the headwaters of the tributary of the Columbia River.  This is the top of the Continental divide, where waters flow to the Pacific, the Artic and to Hudson Bay.  The significance of this, is waterways all across the country.  For exploration, the waterways provided access all throughout the nation.

The mighty St Lawrence River was the first river accessed by explorers from Europe.  Jacques Cartier explored this area for France in the late 1400’s and made connections with the local people who resided near the shores.  The St. Lawrence is an access route into the interior of the country.  By exploring this route, Europeans were able to penetrate far into the nation and in doing so, discover the wealth and abundance of the land.   The sea wealth for fishing and the forest for furs.

The river and lakes system is so vast it connects one province to another through historical waterways that were travelled frequently by early explorers.

Water!  A wealth for our land. A country filled with lakes and rivers.  The play land for sports.  The abundance in fishing.  The salvation of our populace.  Our good fortune is to have water.  Clean water.  Unpolluted water.  Water filled with life.  Aquatic life, plant life, animal life and ultimately, our life.

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

June 11, 2013

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Clean Air Day

Clean Air Day

Before the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955, ...

Before the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955, air pollution was not considered a national environmental problem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Save the forest!  Save the trees!  Plant a tree a shrub a bush a flower.  These plants are our salvation, they are our clean air.

Save me, sighs the great planet, I need the forest for my lungs.  I need that immense diversity of plant life so that I can breathe.  It’s not enough to clean the air with anti-pollution devices. Cleaning the air doesn’t create oxygen.  I need the mighty forest, the green earth to breathe.

Breathe mankind.  The clean air keeps you healthy.  No airborne diseases and pollution ridden skies.  The clean air is your health and your life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOCy7FYwN6E

Almighty human, with your immense mind, your brilliant aptitude, your compassion and nurturing.  Save us, calls the Earths creatures.  This is our home!

http://www.sustainability.ualberta.ca/Events/EnvironmentWeek.aspx

One more tree to plant, one more life to save.  There are 7 billion people on the planet and those people need air to breathe.  Clean air.  No pollution, no war, no more deforestration.  The deserts are increasing and the sand gives us nothing.  Nothing to eat, no shelter, no life forms, no oxygen to breathe, no plants to create oxygen.  The increasing desert brings death to the planet.  This fabulous oasis in the universe can’t sustain itself without the forest.

http://www.edmonton.ca/environmental/programs/air-quality.aspx

A small oasis in the desert, is like the Earth in the universe.  All of that vast, uninhabitable space, with a minute amount of life giving force.  That is the Earth in this solar system.  A small planet of life amongst a void of rock and gases.

We are alone in the solar system.

The life giving forces of the planet are strong.  The creative force that creates life is still giving. Human babies are being born every second.  The human population of the earth is constantly increasing and there is less oxygen in the air.  More lungs demanding air to breathe and less oxygen to fill them.  More bellies demanding food and less aerable land to produce it.  More bodies needing fresh drinking water and a water table diminishing.

The Earth still provides at the maximum capacity that it can, but it can’t create oxygen without it’s plant life.  Plants and trees are essential to the survival of the planet and to the survival of all animal life forms on the planet.

It is not enough to say, plant a tree, but it’s a start.  We need to start.  Planting a tree provides shelter for animals and birds, shade for your grass and for your comfort, sometimes food and healing products for your bodies.  Trees help to take pollutants out of the air, they provide oxygen to clean the air and oxygen for our lungs to breathe with.  The mighty planet provides all, but sustainability is not enough.  We are producing humans at an alarming rate and these people need to survive.

More lungs needing oxygen, more bellies needing food.  How will you save yourselves, almighty human.  The earth is stretched and provides what it can, but you, almighty mankind, must save yourselves.  A tree for the Earth is a tree for yourselves.  A forest to save the planet is a forest to save ourselves.  We need clean air to breathe.

Save our forests, plant more trees.  Even your shrubs and bushes will help.

Your call to action:  share this post.  Participate in Environment week.  It’s only one short week to remind us of the dying planet and the need to save it.  One ecosystem, one forest, one week of salvation.  Heed the call, your garden is needed.  One more tree, one more chance.

http://cleanairmakemore.com/make-the-commitment/commit-to-one-day/

Written by: Dr Louise Hayes

June 5, 2013

Environment Week

Environment Week

http://www.ec.gc.ca/sce-cew/

Listen to the Earth song.  The rapture, the glory.  The song from the mighty planet, it fills our lives.  Hear the sounds of the planet, with joy, with gladness.  Great, bountiful Earth with songs of praises, songs of joy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCJ5DwPWIIw

The brilliant, beautiful displays of colour.  All the hues of the forest, all the vibrance of the meadows,  all the showy flowers and the cascading waters.  The Earth.  So magnificent, so powerful.  All life comes  to us from this mighty planet.

Here, you awesome planet, the oasis for us.  We live our lives with gratitude, with compassion. For the world presents itself with boundless  discovery!  Each day gives us the opportunity for more knowledge, more sport, more information, more aptitude.  The mighty Earth with its seasons and  changes.  The great, good Earth, how to praise it.

This week, this short space in time, we contemplate the protection of the planet. How to save it, how to save ourselves.  One short week of sharing ideas, information and knowledge.  Too little.  To take a week out of our year to concentrate on environmental protection, is  not enough time.  In the lifespan of the mighty planet,  the needs for protection of the planet is constant.

Constant striving for zero pollution, constant striving for human population control, constant striving to reduce the impacts of development.

Environment week praises the planet for all of life.

http://www.edmonton.ca/environmental/programs/environment-week.aspx

Thank  you, sighs the great planet, Earth, for the protection of that ecosystem. for unpolluted waters, unpolluted skies, unpolluted soil.  Thank you for no plunder, all life survives.  Thank you, almighty human, for compassion, nurturing, reforestration.  Without the forest, the planet will suffocate, it will die.  Without oxygen in the mighty ocean, it will die.

The mighty planet sighs, with the burden of pollution.  Too much for its natural abilities to recover.  Too much waste, too much plunder.  Too much hardship for the great planet.  It’s immense variety of animal life is being destroyed, it’s wonderful  forests, for air to breathe are vanishing,  it’s mighty oceans are dying.

Brilliant mankind, sighs the great planet.  Thank you for your efforts.  Each ecosystem is fragile, each is needed, each is a creation of its own divinity.  Each is a refuge to a world of it’s own.

Brilliant mankind, sight the great planet.  Thank you for environment week, even this small gesture, is worthy of praises.

written by: Dr Louise Hayes

June 4, 2013

National trails hiking day

National trails hiking day

Good Morning Brave hearts.  Do you feel the call to the wild today?  This great day is set aside for you to enjoy and to explore the fabulous system of national trails throughout the country.  A day for exploration, for rejuvenation, to connect to nature, to encounter the beauty, the splendor, the grandeur and the persona of a wonderful, immense country, with an beautiful multitude of trails.  The artist, the athlete, the nature lover, the photographer,  the environmentalist, the hiker, the walker, runner, the adventurer, young and old, differing fitness levels,  all enjoy our spectacular scenery and the awesome call of the wild.

To be so fortunate as to be able to hike a trail to a protected place, a special place, a place of natural or cultural significance.  A place of wonder, of immense beauty.  A place where only the few adventurous humans have the delight to travel.  A nature trail, or an historic trail, a guided trail.   Nonetheless, a trail of significance.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jasper-Trail-Alliance/168509399845259

Worthy human, you chose this trail of significance yourselves.  These are the worthwhile paths of discovery, to destinations superb, that you chose as special, protected, significant.  These destinations are your own call to adventure.

To enjoy the beauty of this great land is a privilege for most of us.  The vast system of parklands offer a diverse opportunity for all of us to experience the grandeur of nature.  That distant lake with its variety of birds, the forest with its singing songbirds, the flowers, the animals, the smell!  The trail takes you to a destination of unique cultural heritage.

Count the flowers, watch the birds, try geocaching, participate in an event.  How you get there is up to you.  You can walk, mountain bike or ride a horse, paddle a river or a lake.  The enjoyment of the trails is a national pastime.

Step off the busy sidewalk and venture into the parklands. Meet the specialists with events from hiking organizations as listed below.  Nature and its beauty are the pride of our land.  This national heritage is for all of us.

http://www.canadatrails.ca/hiking/hk_evca.html

http://www.americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

June 1, 2013

The Garden – A room with a view

Sweetness!

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The Garden – A Room With A View

When you look into your own stunning garden, what do you see? Is it the oasis of peace and tranquility for you? Is it that place where you find that quiet stillness? Does it nurture you, entice you, welcome you? Does it say to you, come here, come here, come into the garden!
Your garden is your own room with a view. When you look into that space, it’s your own stunning landscape that you’ve created yourself, that you see.
The fabulous colour, the blooms, the decor, the garden design and the fabulous foliage. This you create yourself. The never ending room with a view.
Your neighbour has a house there, but cleverly, you conceal that. What is that back garden gate for? Does it take you into the forest? Perhaps the orchard.
Logistically, your house and front yard take up about half of your property if your property size is 50’x100′. This gives you room for your backyard living space. To create the ongoing garden and to give the appearance of more and more space, you can put your forest or orchard outside of the back fence.
Why did out ancestors put in the garden gate? They didn’t necessarily own the land beyond the fence. The land implied, by the gate.
There’s an assumption implied by putting in a gate. The gate surely accesses something. Surely, when you open the gate, it accesses something that you can enter. It’s clever and it’s a trick you can use yourself. You can build your fence and put in a gate. The gate itself, implies that you have access to the land beyond.
You, also, can access the land beyond.
Build your fence several feet from your property line. It doesn’t have to be a high fence, but it can be. Chose whatever building materials you prefer, but be careful of light and shade. If it’s too dark, you’re plants won’t grow. Put in your gate.
Behind the fence plant your trees and shrubs, for your own forest. You can build a pathway through this garden and put in a bench. You should fence the back behind this garden as well so that you have properly claimed your own property. By doing this, you’ve given yourself the view you enjoy and your lucky neighbour has a beautiful view as well.
Some of us were raised that the garden is a yard. An expanse of grass. The expanse of grass has visual appeal, but offers no privacy. You can still have this expanse of grass, or/and a garden, the fence, the garden gate and the forest all on your property.
If the fenceline is too harsh for your taste, you can do a graduating garden, with shrubs closer in the yard, gradually incorporating trees as you move further back to your lot line. You can still put in a gate, by putting a break in the shrubbery and making a path to the gate.
Now follow the path into the forest.
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written by: l
Louise Hayes
April 14, 2013

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Health Benefits of Fennel:

      • Increased Immune Function
      • Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Slowing Aging
      • DNA Repair and Protection
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Alzheimer’s Protection
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Fennel is thought to reduce  flatulence, colic, urinary disorders, and constipation. The Anethole compound  which gives it most of its flavor is thought to alleviate inflammation and help  prevent cancer.

*Some of these health benefits are  due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Fennel, and may not necessarily be  related to Fennel.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Fennel: Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin  C | Calcium | Dietary  Fiber | Manganese | Iron | Potassium |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/fennel.php#oMIAqddtXSCZBAzB.99

 
Health Benefits of Ginger:

      • Increased Immune Function
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
      • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
      • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Ginger is known to help resolve  an array of digestive ailments, chiefly, gas and nausea. Ginger also has strong  anti-inflammatory properties that may cause it to help osteoarthritis. It is  also thought to help reduce and fight cancer, and is often used to alleviate  symptoms of the common cold and flu.

*Some of these  health benefits are due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Ginger, and may  not necessarily be related to Ginger.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Ginger: Carbohydrates | Vitamin  B6 | Vitamin  C | Dietary  Fiber | Magnesium | Manganese | Potassium | Copper |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/ginger.php#tFe58dLJY4Rz5e6h.99

Health Benefits of Daikon:

    • Increased Immune Function
    • Protection Against Heart Disease
    • Slowing Aging
    • DNA Repair and Protection
    • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
    • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
    • Alzheimer’s Protection
    • Osteoporosis Protection
    • Stroke Prevention

*Some of these health  benefits are due to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Daikon, and may not  necessarily be related to Daikon.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Daikon: Vitamin  B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin  C | Dietary  Fiber | Potassium | Copper |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/daikon.php#WGccJOEBBGfK6dlY.99

Health Benefits of Garlic:

      • Increased Immune Function
      • Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
      • Protection Against Heart Disease
      • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
      • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
      • Promoted Eye Health
      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Stroke Prevention
      • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
      • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
      • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Alleviation of the Common Cold
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Crushed raw garlic contains an  antibiotic called allicin, thus, it is good to eat garlic when you have a cold  or flu. As a blood thinner, garlic is thought to promote cardiovascular health  and reduce the chance of heart attack. Garlic is also a

cholesterol lowering food

*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients  highly  concentrated in Garlic, and may not necessarily be related to  Garlic.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Garlic: Carbohydrates | Vitamin  B1 (Thiamin) | Vitamin  B2 (Riboflavin) | Vitamin  B5 (Pantothenic Acid) | Vitamin  B6 | Vitamin  C | Calcium | Dietary  Fiber | Magnesium | Phosphorus | Manganese | Selenium | Iron | Potassium | Copper | Zinc |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/garlic.php#VR1jqbF3w5voPBcG.99

Health Benefits of Eggplants:

      • Osteoporosis Protection
      • Antioxidant Protection
      • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
      • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

Eggplants are high in  antioxidants and are thought to contain chemicals which can help reduce  cholesterol.

*Some of these health benefits are due  to the nutrients highly  concentrated in Eggplants, and may not necessarily be  related to Eggplants.

Natural vitmains, minerals, and nutrients found in  Eggplants: Vitamin  B1 (Thiamin) | Dietary  Fiber | Manganese |

Read more at http://www.healthaliciousness.com/vegetables/eggplant.php#CqCWbTCK0rvtgTPV.99

Spring

Spring

Spring

It’s spring and as your view turns from winter to summer, enjoy the progress!  From fresh, vital, cold white winter to green, blue scented spring.  The early crops will save you and the land warms to summer promise.

You,  the dauntless being, whose unfathomable aptitude has you wading into the near frigid waters already.  That one day when the temperature warmed to 26 degrees and the sun melted the passing clouds.  There was that one day at the beginning of May, when winter vanished and summer started.  That one day.

Here, in our mountainous terrain, the pristine lakes are cold and clear, the nesting ducks hasten away from our passing by.  The birthing season is upon us.  The nesting eagle guards her  perfect nest, the ausprey returns to hers  for yet another year.  It is the season for our senses.

http://www.ducks.org/

Smell that delicious spring air, with all of the perfume of flowers, the aromas of  mosses and earth.  Hear the excited calls of mating birds as they gladly build nests and cozy homes.  The chicks call for food and test their tiny wings.  The wild animals bring their small children out to play.  Rolly,  polly  baby bears.  The new tiny fawns of elk and deer.  Small lambs and kids from sheep and goats.  The wild life start to show off their own creations with pride.  Picture perfect tiny ones with proud, watchful mothers guarding close by.  The serene family circle of adults and young, protective and nurturing, the vulnerable offspring, threatened constantly.

http://ecobooks4kids.wordpress.com/photo-gallery/

Our travels into the countryside reveal a promising bouquet of wild flowers.  The wildlife treats us with suspicion as we pass their secure, secluded hideouts.  Strangers!  They call.   Their unsettled wresting awaits the new day.  A tiny birth, another life, more promise, more protection, more creation.

The great diversity of life swells from the earth, the blooms awaken from nodding buds and a bare landscape turns lush with colour, flowers, butterflies, birds and animals.  The changing colours of the trees freshen the forest.  The swelling rivers flood their banks and the tumbling sound calls us to listen to the water.  The sound of the planet, the meditative stillness, the negotiated peace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTN8frhWOlA for water meditation.

Our casual encounters with wildlife remind us to be wary.  That docile doe is a formidable opponent when her dear offspring are disturbed.  Her own casual aloofness is a decoy to lure the hungry predator from her prized fawn and the quiet still baby hides motionless.  The wild.  The interdependent chain of existence. The constant strife and struggle for survival.  The daily portrayal of the circle of life.

Here, in this special protected place, spring is upon us!

Brilliant mankind, they call to us. Protect us!  Our lives are hard enough.  Predators, pollution, environmental disasters, habitat loss, encroachment, harsh climate.  All of our lives devoted to our own survival.  Help us, they call to us.

No plunder,  no destruction, nurture and care.

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

May 20, 2013

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