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www.ringingcedars.com

See also our book review of Anastasia, book 1 of the Ringing Cedars Series.

Official website of Ringing Cedars Press, publisher of Anastasia and The Ringing Cedars Series by Vladimir Megre in English. Steven Foster, Author of A field guide to medicinal plants and herbs  www.stevenfoster.com acclaims:

The Ringing Cedars Series will impact a new generation of readers, like the works of Carlos Castaneda did for a previous generation – only this time through awakening the latent spiritual connection each of us has with nature. This is not about a walk in the woods, rather these books catapult us to an entirely new way of being on planet Earth.
This is a book series that could change everyone’s life and heal the planet if everyone read it. Each book gets exponentially better as the series progresses. new link.
www.climatecrisis.org

Official site for the documentary An Inconvenient Truth about the Earth’s climate crisis, now required viewing in all England’s schools! “Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world’s scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced.”

Also highly recommended is the film Global Dimming available to watch for free on Google Video.

Another key perspective is the hidden climate crisis contributer – the airlines industry! Check out www.planestupid.com “Aviation is the fastest growing cause of climate change and a major threat to the earth and everything on it.”

Most importantly, take action in your own lifestyle, home, and community! Check out Climate Change: What You Can Do – 9 Easy Things You Can Do To Help Our Climate! by a Nature Conservancy Scientist.

And on the Washington D.C. front, check out the article
The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Stop Global Warming new link.

Peace Pilgrim Streaming Documentary

Peace Pilgrim: An American Sage Who Walked Her Talk, an hour-long Documentary by Night Lotus Productions. This is a powerful documentary about an extraordinary woman, who at age 44, left her life circumstances and became Peace Pilgrim — walking coast to coast for peace for nearly 30 years, living on faith and sharing her wisdom and exhuberance generously with people across the land. This 60-minute documentary is a poetic and musical exploration of her life and message, which is as relevant today as ever. Also included are interviews with Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, John Robbins, Elizabeth Kubler Ross, and many of Peace Pilgrim’s friends, admirers, and relatives, along with newsreel footage from the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s, when Peace was on her walk for peace. Click on the link to watch the streaming film for free. See also http://www.peacepilgrim.net where you can order free copies of the booklet “Steps Toward Inner Peace” from Friends of Peace Pilgrim. new link.

How To Grow Your Garden Sustainably And Why

“What steps would you take if you or your community had to grow ALL of your own food in the next 5 years?” Learn about sustainable, organic gardening and food security while casting your vote in HOPE & Maganda Gallery’s Peace Polls. Scroll over the options to make an informed vote on how to help stop climate change, prepare for peak oil, and grow food in harmony with the earth. See also our first poll – “Which image do you think best symbolizes PEACE?” For more info, also check out the weekly column  The Hot Potato. new link.

Sustainability Food & Gardening
www.bountifulgardens.org
Bountiful Gardens sells untreated open-pollinated seed of heirloom quality for vegetables, herbs, flowers, grains, green manures, compost and carbon crops. Offering Biointensive and Grow BiointensiveTM sustainable organic seed and the essential book for all, How To Grow More Vegetables. BG is a project of the non-profit Ecology Action. For more organic seed companies, please visit the PEACE POLLS page.  new link.
www.growbiointensive.org
Ecology Action’s mission is to train people worldwide to better feed themselves while conserving resources. The 8 Step GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Food-Raising Method is a high-yielding, sustainable agricultural system that emphasizes local food production and is based on historically intensive gardening systems. Even organic agriculture depletes topsoil, just slower than chemical methods. End hunger and the dependence on nonrenewable, polluting fossil fuels! Support the training of thousands of farmers and gardeners worldwide!

Learn how to grow – not deplete – topsoil, and grow your own sustainable garden! new link.

www.blessedmaineherbs.com
“Our certified organic gardens not only provide us with our food, medicine, and material and spiritual sustenence, but act as teaching gardens as well. We offer classes, apprenticeships and an herbal medicine correspondence course through the Blessed Maine Herb Farm School of Herbal Medicine.” Gail Faith Edwards is the author of Opening Our Wild Hearts To The Healing Herbs. new link.
www.communitysolution.org
Community Service is dedicated to the development, growth and enhancement of small local communities. We envision a country where the population is distributed in small communities that are sustainable, diverse and culturally sophisticated. Great links page and the producers of the DVD, The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. new link.
www.energybulletin.net
EnergyBulletin.net is designed to be a clearinghouse for current information regarding the peak in global energy supply. News categories include by global region such as North America, Polar Regions, and Russia; by resource such as natural gas, nuclear, and renewables; and by topic including Food, Transport, Design, Health, Education, Waste, Politics, Community, and Solutions. new link.
www.foodnotlawns.com
Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community by Heather Coburn Flores is a guide for ecological living in the city through paradise gardening and shared resources. The book offers a theoretical and practical handbook for ecological community transformation. The site also has a big Links & Resources page with sections on media, fundraising, animals, organic seeds, urban strategies, and more. new link.
www.guerrillagardening.org
A “growing arsenal for anyone interested in the war against the neglect of public space.” You can see photos and read about Troops who are planting green in public spaces all over the world, sign up to join the ranks, and find a global community forum of people who like to make the world more beautiful and alive. What weedy corner or abandoned planter in your neighborhood needs some guerilla gardening love? new link.
www.ic.org
Intentional Community is an inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives and other related projects and dreams to inspire us to live more sustainably, foster community, and create the world we imagine.
www.localharvest.org
Join the revolution. Local Harvest provides a database of local farmers markets, subscription CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms, and other resources around the country. Just type in your zip code and find the most nutritious, fresh, local, organic, and sustainable healing foods next to growing your own with love. new link.
www.organicconsumers.org
The only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation’s estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers. The Organic Consumers Association deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. Check out their informative literature, find organic guides, info on genetically engineered foods, how to support legislation to protect our food and farmers, and the newsletter “Organic Bytes”. new link.
www.postcarbon.org
“Reduce Comsumption, Produce Locally” is the motto of the Post Carbon Institute. The mission of Post Carbon Institute is to assist communities in the effort to Relocalize and adapt to an energy constrained world. Check out their relocalize.net project and organize your community for sustainability. Also see globalpublicmedia.com for a wealth of great news, research, and videos. Also check out the relocalizing work in Willits, California and see the film Escape From Suburbia! new link.
www.yougrowgirl.com
With experiments, humour, art and interactivity, You Grow Girl sets itself apart from the traditional bumper crop of flat, impersonal commercial gardening websites. Check out the book You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening by Gayla Trail. which includes how to transform a fire escape, growing and bagging your own tea, and other thrifty, crafy, and fun projects alongside gardening basic. new link.
Children Families & Healing Trauma
www.alice-miller.com
Alice Miller, PhD in philosophy, psychology and sociology, as well as a researcher on childhood and author of twelve books, translated into thirty languages, has created this website with the goal to inform future parents and former victims about the disastrous consequences of child abuses, which can be prevented thanks to the information that is available today. Find her essential book Banished Knowledge in our Online Bookstore. Read her articles such as “Adolf Hitler: How Could a Monster Succeed in Blinding a Nation” and “It is Never Right to Hit a Child”. Revolutionary child advocate and peacemaker’s intimate understanding of personal and planetary healing whose time is now.  new link.
www.attachmentparenting.org
Peaceful Parenting For A Peaceful World. Attachment Parenting International provides assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups and functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials, research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts. Also see API Journal articles on Breastfeeding, Co-Sleeping, Separation, Attachment, Discipline and Education. new link.
www.awareparenting.com/articles.htm
From the author of The Aware Baby: A New Approach to Parenting by Aletha Solter, Ph.D., includes articles on “Crying for Comfort: Distressed Babies Need to be Held”, “What Causes Violence?”, “Twenty Alternatives to Punishment”, “The Drugging of Children: A National Disgrace” which includes “Ten suggestions for parents of ADHD children.” new link.
www.birthpsychology.com
By the Association for Pre- & Perinatal Psychology and Health, many articles and book reviews for professionals, parents, and people who care about children alike. Life Before Birth, The Birth Scene, The Origins of Violence, Healing Birth Trauma. Also directories of practitioners, parenting books, videos, and websites. new link.
www.circumcision.org
The Circumcision Resource Center is a nonprofit educational organization with the purpose of informing the public and professionals about the practice of circumcision. Their mission is to raise awareness and facilitate healing. The Center is a valuable source of circumcision information for parents and children’s advocates. A must read: CIRCUMCISION:
THE HIDDEN TRAUMA-How an American Cultural Practice Affects Infants and Ultimately Us All by Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. new link.
www.mothering.com
Mothering Magazine celebrates the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and fosters awareness of the immense importance and value of parenthood and family life in the development of the full human potential. A must magazine and online community for mama’s and papa’s, mama’s and papa’s-to-be, and all interested in the heart of humanity – the understanding of loving and nurturing children. new link.
www.naturalchild.com
From the author of The Natural Child : Parenting from the Heart by Jan Hunt, this website’s vision is “a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust. Our society has no more urgent task.” Articles, trusting your child, homeschooling, conflict resolution, and a Gallery of Children’s Art from Around the World – you can submit a child’s artwork to be included! new link.
www.nospank.net
A resource for parents, students, educators,
education policymakers, healthcare providers,
children’s advocates, and all others who are concerned with the safety and wellbeing of children. News, legislation, editorial cartoons, and “Top ten paddling states” compared to “Top ten lynching states”. new link.
www.psychohistory.com
Psychohistory, the science of historical motivation, combines the insights of psychotherapy with the research methodology of the social sciences to understand the emotional origin of the social and political behavior of groups and nations, past and present. Articles include “The Childhood Origins of the Holocaust” by Lloyd deMause, “The Political Consequences of Child Abuse” by Alice Miller, and the book The Emotional Life of Nations by Lloyd deMause. new link.
www.unicef.org
The United Nations Children’s Fund upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child, works to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular, works for the Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter, strives for peace and security and works to hold everyone accountable to the promises made for children. UNICEF’s comprehensive work includes immunization, water and nutrition, education, community development, emergency aid, and counseling for children around the world.
Simple Rules To Prevent Child Abuse
Some important tips by Childhelp USA. Be an advocate for all children today and everyday.
Earth Health & Energy
www.circleoflife.org
For 738 days, from December 10, 1997 to December 18, 1999, forest activist Julia Butterfly Hill lived 180 feet high in the canopy of an ancient redwood tree to help make the world aware of the plight of ancient forests. Julia, with great help from steelworkers and environmentalists, successfully negotiated to permanently protect the tree and a nearly three-acre buffer zone. Check out their Solutions You Can Use page for quick-guides on stuff like Creative Things to Do with Old CDs, Reducing Junk Mail, and A Green Home Cleaning Guide. Why “clean” our homes with toxic pollutants?

www.drnorthrup.com
Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup is a leading proponent of medicine and healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful role of the human spirit in creating health. Also see her essential book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom! new link.
www.leonardodicaprio.org
Established in 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation places particular emphasis on the issues of global warming, alternative and renewable energy sources, and the preservation of the planet’s amazing biodiversity. Watch the “Global Warning” video!
www.mercola.com
The most visited natural health site in the world. Dr. Mercola says “When you focus on choosing natural unprocessed foods, healthy water, air, appropriate sun exposure, exercise, proper rest, emotional balancing and avoidance of toxic chemicals and pollutants, you will shine the light on disease and allow health to replace it.” We DO NOT endorse the EFT method, endorsed by Dr. Mercola, for healing emotional trauma. Please see the above Healing Trauma category for good resources. Dr. Mercola’s site has a wealth of info on balancing hormones, how stress affects women’s issues, pharmaceutical industry lies, healthy diets, and more. new link.
www.scorecard.org
Air pollution harms health, damages forests and lakes, and lowers our quality of life. But relief from smog and soot are within reach. We have the right to clean air – and the right tools to get there. Visit Clean Air for Life and find out about practical solutions to clean up dirty air. Learn more about: Dirty Air and Your Health and what you can do. What smog and soot have to do with asthma. View the 50 Worst Cities for unhealthy air. new link.
www.tortuga.com
Recognizing Earth to be a living work of art, The Planet Art Network (PAN), engages in Art, Science, and Spirituality that promotes harmony in ourselves, our community, our bioregion, and our Planet. Get in tune with the earth’s natural rhythm cycles and download for free the 13 Moon Calendar based on the ancient, advanced astrological timekeeping of the Mayans whose calendar cycle reaches completion on 21 December 2012.
www.slweb.org/fluoridation.html
Second Look – a rational approach to controversial issues. Research, facts, opposing and favoring statements about the fluoridation of municipal water, especially in the United States. See also Dangers of Fluoridated Water Confirmed article by the Organic Consumers Association, and another good source is the book Water: The Ultimate Cure : Discover Why Water Is the Most Important Ingredient in Your Diet and Find Out Which Water Is Right for You by Steve “Sproutman” Meyerowitz.
News & Research

www.supportthetruth.com
Treasure trove of streaming videos and clips – supporting the troops, real history, September 11th, drug wars, media, money, martial law, political bios, child trafficking, and streaming video whose topic changes regularly. The full video featured on supportthetruth about George Galloway can be found at http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/galloway.html. This must-see 4 minute video is of the the British Parlimentarian speaking a deluge of truth to a US Senator from Minneapolis. An excerpt from his tesitmony:
Now, Senator, I gave my heart and soul to oppose the policy that you promoted. I gave my political life’s blood to try to stop the mass killing of Iraqis by the sanctions on Iraq which killed one million Iraqis, most of them children, most of them died before they even knew that they were Iraqis, but they died for no other reason other than that they were Iraqis with the misfortune to born at that time. I gave my heart and soul to stop you committing the disaster that you did commit in invading Iraq. And I told the world that your case for the war was a pack of lies.

Educate yourself – watch some cool videos at supportthetruth!

www.truthout.org
Daily news, photos, and multimedia feature sections on Women, Labor, Environment, Health, Voter Rights plus an awesome video section including “Red State Road Trip.”
english.aljazeera.net
World news from Al Jazeera based in Doha, Qatar.
www.cooperativeresearch.org
Center for Cooperative Research – well-documented research and timelines for many topics, including September 11th timeline with pictures. See also:
www.deceptiondollar.com – informative, creative dollar art
www.septembereleventh.org – 911 Visibility Project
www.physics911.net – The Scientific Panel Investigating Nine-Eleven (SPINE) consists of scientists and engineers who have been analyzing the events of September 11, 2001 with a view to developing further information about the alleged terror attacks.

See Operation Pearl by scientist A. K. Dewdney under the category What May Have Happened.

Conscious Shopping
www.coopamerica.org
How can I find non-toxic house paints? Where can I find fair trade, non-child slave labor chocolate? What socially responsible mutual funds should I invest in? What top 10 things should I never buy again? Co-op America publishes the National Green Pages accesible in print and online which is the eco-bible to find unique and practical green products for your everyday needs. Other ways to shop smart are by boycotting war profiteers. Check out: boycottbush.net – huge list of brands to boycott plus alternatives

The Center for Corporate Policy’s Ten Worst War Profiteers of 2004.
www.downbound.com
Canadian-based fair trade, vegan, and environmentally friendly boutique, community, and library online. Bags, footwear, clothing, home items, cat and dog care, even hemp frisbees, cellphone cases, and guitar straps.