Reeves Clippard, CEO, A&R Solar
What is going Green in your words?
Going green is about reducing negative impacts on the environment and
enhancing positive impacts on the environment.
How have you gone green, what things have you change in you life
or business routine?
Personally, my family eats mostly vegetarian, grow our own vegetables,
reduce energy usage through efficient lighting and appliances, we keep our
heat low, and we commute by bus or by bike several times per week.
Business wise: we install solar panels. We allow our office workers to
telecommute. We recycle the waste from our jobs. We’re a paperless
office. We do most of our design work from satellite photography before
ever driving a truck. We offset our CO2 emmissions at the end of each year.
What challenges do/ did you face when going green? Hardest? Most
The hardest challenge of going green is having to pay a little more for a
product that has a smaller impact. We’re a young family and the extra
expense is hard to justify. The most rewarding part of going green is the
slower pace to our life. All of the behavioral changes we’ve made mean we
spend more time together in the kitchen and garden, and the time alone on
the bus to read or just to think is precious.
Do you or how do you continue to Grow Change in your life/
We’re always looking for ways to use less or use something more
intelligently. I love when I finish a project how it enriches the lives of
me, my family, and the community of life around me.
What message do you have for others looking to go green and help
out the environment?
It’s easy to give up when learning a new habit. Just give it some time and
think about how good it feels to be doing something right.
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<a href=”your_url_goes_here“>Click here!</a>
And you already know how to show an image, like this:
<img src=”your_picture.jpg” />
Then you can combine those tags to make an image into a link:
<a href=”your_url_goes_here“><img src=”your_picture.jpg” /></a>
See that? You’re just replacing the text (“Click here!”) with the code to generate an image.
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The eagle recovers around a mark!
I had to share this
The aloe vera grows only under the sun with well drained dry or moist soil. Although the plant tastes like turd, it’s still edible. The sap from aloe vera is extremely useful to speed up the healing and reducing the risk of infections for :
- reducing inflammation
Apart from its external use on the skin, aloe vera is also taken internally in the treatment of :
- ulcerative colitis(drinking aloe vera juice)
- chronic constipation
- poor appetite
- digestive problems
The plant of which marshmallows are made of. The root is taken internally to treat :
- inflammations and irritations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranes
- counter excess stomach acid
- peptic ulceration
Externally, the root is applied to :
- aching muscles
- insect bites
- skin inflammations
The leaves are very edible, unlike the aloe vera. They can be added to salads, boiled, or fried. It is known to help out in the area of cystitis and frequent urination.
It requires moist soil and can grow shadeless. The great burdock is the pretty famous in the area of detoxification in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine. The root is is used to treat ‘toxic overload’ that result in throat infections and skin diseases like :
The leaves and seeds can be crushed to poultice it to bruises, burns, ulcers and sores.
It grows in almost any type of soil condition. It has no problem with nutritionally poor, very acidic or very alkaline soils, just as long as it’s moist. Well known as a remedy for skin problems, the deep-orange flowered pot marigold variety is applied externally to :
- sore eyes
- varicose veins
Internally it is used to treat fevers and chronic infections.
The tea of the petals tones up circulation and, taken regularly, eases varicose veins.
The gotu kola acts on various phases of connective tissue development and stimulates healing of :
- skin injuries
- decreasing capillary fragility
- stimulation of the lipids and protein necessary for healthy skin
Leaves are thought to maintain youthfulness. Crushed leaves are poulticed to treat open sores. The gotu kola can also be used to :
- treat leprosy
- revitalize the brain and nervous system
- increase attention span and concentration
- treatvenous insufficiency
With a sweet, crisp, fruity and herbaceous fragrance, has long been used medicinally as a remedy for problems regarding the digestive system. It has a soothing and calming effect in the area of aromatherapy, used to end stress and aid in sleep. The entire herb is used to treat common aches like toothache, earache, shoulder pain andneuralgia.
A bitter tasting plant that requires a lot of sun, the cardoon has become important as a medicinal herb in recent years following the discovery ofcynarin. The cardoon leaves, best harvested before flowering, helps to :
- improve liver and gall bladder function
- stimulate the secretion of digestive juices
- lower blood cholesterol levels
- treat chronic liver and gall bladder diseases
- early stages of late-onset diabetes
A type of yam that can be eaten raw, the chinese yam can be easily grown, succeeding in fertile, well drained soil in a sunny position. It is sweet and soothing to the stomach, spleen and has a tonic effect on the lungs and kidneys. It is used internally to treat :
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
- poor digestion
- chronic diarrhea
- dry coughs
- uncontrollable urination
- emotional instability
Externally, it is applied to :
The leaf, on the other hand, is used to treat snakebites and scorpion stings.
One of the world’s most important medicinal herbs, the echinacea has the capacity to raise the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system. It also has antibiotic properties that helps relieve allergies. Basically, the roots are beneficial in the treatment of sores, wounds and burns. It was once used by the red indians as an application for insect bites, stings and snakebites. The echinacea grows on any well drained soil, as long as it gets sunlight.
The siberian ginseng has a wide range of health benefits, mostly as a powerful tonic herb that maintains good health. It’s medicinal properties are used for :
- menopausal problems
- geriatric debility
- physical and mental stress
- treat bone marrow suppression caused by chemotherapy or radiation
- hypercholesterolemiaandneurastheniawith headache
- poor appetite
- increasing endurance
- memory improvement
- anti-inflammatory purposes
- immunogenic purposes
- chemoprotective purposes
- radiological protection
Great Yellow Gentian
The great yellow gentian root is a bitter herb used to treat digestive disorders and states of exhaustion from chronic diseases. It stimulates the liver, gal bladder and digestive system, strengthening the overall human body. Internally, it is taken to treat :
- liver complaints
- gastric infections
The sea-buckthorn has been used throughout the centuries in China to relieve cough, aid digestion, invigorate blood circulation and alleviate pain. The branches and leaves are used in Mongolia to treat gastrointestinal distress in humans and animals.
The bark and leaves are used for treating diarrhea, gastrointestinal, dermatological disorders and topical compressions for rheumatoid arthritis. Even the flowers are used as skin softeners.
The berries on the other hand are used together with other medications for pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cardiac, blood and metabolic disorders. Fresh sea buckthorn berry juice is known to be taken in the event of :
- stomach ulcers
- metabolic disorders
- liver diseases
- peptic ulcer
- canker sores
- general ulcerative disorders
Even the aborigines have been using the tea tree leaves for medicinal purposes, like chewing on young leaves to relieve headaches. The paperbark itself is extremely useful to them as it serves to line coolamons when used as cradles, as a bandage, as a sleeping mat, as material for buildinghumpies, as an aluminum foil, as a disposable rain coat and for tamping holes in canoes.
The leaves and twigs, eventaully made into tea tree oil, is anti fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and deserves a place in every household medicine box. Tea tree oil can be used to treat :
- glandular fever
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- vaginal infections
- athlete’s foot
- insect bites
- cold sores
- minor burns
The reason the plant is called lemon balm is because of the lemon minty scent of the leaves. The flowers, which appear during the summer, are full of nectar. The crushed leaves, when rubbed on the skin, are used as :
Infusion of the leaves with water are known to treat :
- indigestion due to nervous tension
- digestive upsets in children
- mild insomnia
Peppermint is sometimes regarded as ‘the world’s oldest medicine’, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago. Pepeprmint are naturally high in manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C. Crushed leaves rubbed on the skin help soothe and relax the muscles. Infused peppermint leaves are used to :
- reduce irritable bower syndrome
- against upset stomachs
- inhibit bacterial growth
- treat fevers
- spastic colon
The young roots can be eaten like a vegetable, or the shoots can be eaten as a salad. Poulticed roots of the evening primrose is applied topilesand bruises. Tea made from the roots have also been used in the treatment of obesity and bowel pains. However, the more valuable parts are the leaves and bark which are made into evening primrose oil, known to treat :
- multiple sclerosis
- premenstrual tension
- brittle nails
- rheumatoid arthritis
- alcohol-related liver damage (alcoholics, this is for you)
One of the most highly regarded medicines in the orient, the ginseng is reputable in it’s ability to promote health, general body vigor and prolong life. The roots are used to :
- stimulate and relax the nervous system
- encourage secretion of hormones
- improve stamina
- lower blood sugar levels
- lower cholesterol levels
- increase resistance to disease
- treat debility associated with old age
- treat lack of appetite
- treat insomnia
Known mainly for it’s positive and balancing effect upon the digestive system as a whole. Even children may use the turkey rhubarb as it is gentle enough. The roots act as an astringent tonic to the digestive system while larger doses are used as laxatives. Other than that, it is also known to treat :
- chronic constipation
- liver and gall bladder complaints
- menstrual problems
- skin eruptions due to accumulation of toxin
Salvia, the Latin name for sage, means ‘to heal’. Internally, the sage is used for :
- liver complaints
- excessive lactation
- excessive perspiration
- excessive salivation
- female sterility
- menopausal problems
On the other hand, it is used externally for :
- insect bites
- skin infections
- throat infections
- mouth infections
- gum infections
- skin infections
- vaginal discharge
Wu Wei Zi
Low doses of the fruit are said to stimulate the central nervous system whilst large doses depress it, while regulating the cardiovascular system. The seed is used in the treatment of cancer. Externally, it is used to treat irritating and allergic skin conditions while taken internally to treat :
- dry coughs
- night sweats
- urinary disorders
- involuntary ejaculation
- chronic diarrhoea
- poor memory
It protects and improves the function of the liver (take note, alcoholics). Taken internally, milk thistle helps to treat :
- liver and gall bladder diseases
- hepatitis (liver inflammation)
- high cholesterol levels
- insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes who also have cirrhosis
- the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical, and prostate cancers
- the effects of a hangover
Comfrey contains allantoin, a cell proliferant that speeds up the natural replacement of body cells. It is reputed to have teeth and bone building properties in children. Safer to use externally than internally, comfrey is used to treat a wide variety of ailments ranging from :
- bronchial problems
- broken bones
- gastric and varicose ulcers
- severe burns
- varicose veins
A tea made from the whole plant is used in the treatment of arthritis, colds, fevers etc. It is said to be sedative and to regulate menses. An infusion is used to bathe swollen feet. Applied externally as a tincture, the plant is used in the treatment of bruises. Chewing 1-4 leaves a day has proven to be effective in the treatment of some migraine headaches.
Fenugreek seeds are nourishing and taken to :
- encourage weight gain (take note, anorexics)
- inhibit cancer of the liver
- lower blood cholesterol levels
- treat inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and intestines
- drain off sweat ducts
- for body building
- for late onset diabetes
- poor digestion
- insufficient lactation
- painful menstruation
- labor pains
- freshen bad breath
- restore a dull sense of taste
The inner bark of the slippery elm can be ground into nutrient-rich porridge-like soup that serves as an excellent remedy for sore throats. Other than that, it can be used to soothe the digestive tract. The bark of the slippery elm was used as an abortion tool, moistened with water and inserted into the cervix, before it was banned by certain countries like the UK.
Long known as a nutritious addition to the diet and as a herbal remedy, the stinging nettle leaves have been traditionally used to :
- cleanse the blood
- treat hay fever
- arthritis and anemia
- excessive menstruation
- skin problems like eczema
- nettle rash
- chicken pox
Beneficial to female hormonal system, the agnus castus seeds and fruits are used to rectify hormonal imbalances caused by an excess of estrogen and an insufficiency of progesterone. It acts upon the pituitary gland, reducing the production of certain hormones and increasing the production of others, shifting the balance in favor of the gestagens, hormones that ‘secure’ pregnancy. Thus it has a wide application of uses in malfunctions of the feminine reproductive system and has been used with great effect in :
- restoring absent menstruation
- regulating heavy periods
- restoring fertility caused by hormonal imbalance
- relieving premenstrual tension
- easing the transition of menopause
I am going to be hosting a book review party for Modern Dating A Field Guide Below is a collection of reviews. I look forward to reading it and seeing all that it has to offer. As I mentioned I am hosting a book review it will be May 14th in the afternoon I invite everyone to follow along on twitter follow of course me @candymodelstm and search #HowAboutWeBook, & @HowAboutWe Don’t forget to follow them too!
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Written by Chiara Atik with a forward HowAboutWe co-founders Brian Schechter and Aaron Schildkrout, Modern Dating, like Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl 60s manifesto, heralds an entirely new dating era where the world of modern relationships is as flexible and confusing as ever.
The book is with beautifully-designed how-to’s, infographic, charts and guest-posts from the likes of Hanna Rosin (The End of Men) and Lauren Leto (Texts from Last Night.) From pre-date Googling stalking, to splitting the check, to the art of the sext and taking a sexy selfi — Modern Dating guides readers through all the triumphs and pitfalls of what dating is actually like in the 21st century.
You will discover:
· Seventy out-of-the-box date ideas.
· A fascinating infograph on the evolution of dating from the 1100s to present—do you know what era condoms first existed and what they were made of? Or the era that ushered in the phrases “going steady” and “long term”?
· Expert advice from Hanna Rosin (Author of “The End of Men”), Katie Heaney (Editor at Buzzfeed, Author of “Never Have I Ever”), Leandra Medine of ManRepeller.com, Lauren Leto (Founder, Texts from Last Night, author “Judging a Book By Its Lover”), and Claire Cavanaugh, founder of Babeland.
· Funny and useful flowcharts, such as “Can We Be Friends With Benefits?” and “Should I Ask Him Out?”
MODERN DATING is an encouraging, and practical resource for women at all stages of the dating game. Whether you’re single and looking to sow some wild oats, casually dating, or really ready to find a serious relationship, the tips, anecdotes, and stories will help ease the frustrations of dating.
Chiara Atik is a writer and blogger, recently described by Gawker as “The Girl You Wish You Knew When You Moved to New York.” Her writing has been featured on Elle.com, Glamour.com, The Hairpin, Today.com, and Yahoo! Shine.
Brian Schechter and Aaron Schildkrout are the pioneers of the offline dating movement. They launched HowAboutWe.com in 2010 and spend their days creating a fundamentally new way for people to find and sustain love, one date at a time.
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