Archive for September, 2008

Your Mind Power

photo by: Christine Kesler

I recently came across a video of Napoleon Hill talking about Andrew Carnegie’s influence on him as a young man. It was a timely reminder of the importance of keeping a positive mental outlook in the face of life’s challenges. Indeed, our outlook is the only power that is in our complete control. All success begins with a clear picture in your mind of precisely what you want from life.

Before you decide this is mumbo-jumbo, give it a try for one or two weeks. I have been experimenting with this and, when I remember to do it, it’s very empowering and effective. Roadblocks dissolve, people come into my life unexpectedly, problems get solved effortlessly. There is a feeling of expansiveness and possibility that is positively juicy. Conversely, when I slip back into worry, frustration and doubt, my mind becomes a tangled mess and I feel small and ineffective.

In the words of Napoleon Hill, you have a power that is greater than poverty, lack of education, and all of your fears and superstitions combined. You have the power to take possession of your own mind and direct it to any ends that you may desire. Continued

Beyond Pesticides

photo arranged by: alyssa

Beyond Pesticides was formed in 1981 (formerly the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides) as a nonprofit membership organization to help keep local, state, and national pesticide policy responsive to public health and environmental concerns. With the overarching goal of leading the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides, the organization seeks to effect change through local action, assisting individuals and community-based organizations to stimulate discussion on the hazards of toxic pesticides, while providing information on safer alternatives. Their website features daily news, various fact sheets, and information on a number of issues, as well as membership.

Bay Organics

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Bay Organics , located in Dorchester County, offers a unique composting process through nutrient-rich soil enhancement products that aid in healthy cultivation for agricultural purposes. One primary focus is to assure pesticide free and environmentally friendly waste disposal from agribusinesses on the eastern shore. Through this work, their unique composting methods, and decades long experience in the soil and mulch industry, offer some of the richest and environmentally friendly soil in the region. Check out their Bay Organics T-shirts. Proceeds go to preserve the health and natural ecology of the bay.

City Tour for Solar

photo courtesy of: CTFS
The City Tour for Solar Is a “mobile photovoltaic (PV) solar educational event that will travel across 50 cities in 100 days, educating citizens and city leaders on the benefits and viability of solar power.” The tour started on August 1st and will run through November 14, 2008 with the only disappointing aspect being that it will not reach the east coast, even though one of their leading sponsors, Sun Edison LLC, is from Maryland, boo! Visitors are able to interact with solar electric equipment and speak with professional individuals about how and where these systems are best utilized. The exhibits expand and changed from city to city which on occasion has included showcases in hydrogen power, recycled Styrofoam as building material, wind power, local solar installers, and various ways to increase efficiency.

Sun Edison LLC

photo courtesy of: CTFS
Sun Edison LLC provides renewable solar energy solutions all around the world and we’re fortunate enough to have their headquarters right here in Beltsville, MD. Some of their projects have included an 8,700 solar panel installation at the White Marsh, Maryland GM plant . They’re also a lead sponsor of the City Tour for Solar which is a “mobile photovoltaic (PV) solar educational event that will travel across 50 cities in 100 days, educating citizens and city leaders on the benefits and viability of solar power.” Although the company has extensive experience in large solar system installation they also provide renewable power to smaller venues without ever having to actually own solar panels.