Living Green

Handmade Paper

Turning junk mail into handmade paper is easy. And here is how to do it.

Tear paper into small pieces. Be sure to remove the plastic from envelopes. Fill a large pot with water and add paper. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat and leave paper for several hours. Fill the blender container half full of water, add paper to maximum fill line. Blend paper, Pour into a fairly fine strainer and press to remove excess water. Paper pulp can now be used in a variety of ways.

1. Fill any kind of mold, soap, candy, cookie, or even sea shells. Use a kitchen sponge to absorb excess water. Allow to dry completely which depends entirely on the size of the mold and the temperature. When paper is completely dry it will life away from the mold slightly and can be removed easily. Don’t force it before it is dry as that will cause damage. Decorate with paint, eye shadow or whatever you find that works. Spray with a sealer. I used the paint by number stained glass Christmas ornaments as a mold and then decorated them for gift tags. It really made my wrapping pop.

2. Form shapes freehand and turn into whatever art you can imagine. Allow to dry.

3. There are sheet paper screens with wire mesh that can be used to make various sized sheets which can be embellished in a variety of ways. When using one of these, fill a plastic dish pan with water. Put screen into dish pan. Pour blended paper into dish pan. Raise screen and allow paper pulp to settle evenly onto the screen. Pour a little more paper pulp on screen if needed.

Lay out on a towel still on the screen and blot with a kitchen sponge. Press out as much water as possible and then lay a piece of clean dry cloth, such as muslin over the entire sheet of paper and turn the screen upside down. The paper will come off on the cloth. Allow paper to dry.

Tomorrow, Living Green and Your Health


there is always a good side

Everything depends on the way you look at things.
View every problem you encounter as an opportunity.
There is always a good side to every situation.

The optimist sees an opportunity in every misfortune.
The pessimist sees misfortune in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the doughnut.
The pessimist sees the hole.

You can develop success from every failure.
Discouragement and failure are two stepping stones to your success.
No other elements can do so much for you if you’re willing to study them and make them work for you.

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars…



I recently picked up a copy of the New York Times best seller The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time. The information in there is astounding! For instance:

Did you know that about 3/4 of rubber bands are synthetic and made from crude oil? When these are incinerated at the dump, significant health effects can result. In North America, 2.2 million metric tons of synthetic rubber is used per year. That’s almost a quarter million rubber band balls sized to rival the world’s largest ball of twine in located in Cawker City, Kansas. Need a weather report? Check out the ball of twine weather report.

I purchased my copy at Kohls because 100% of the net profit goes to support children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. They are 10 years, $126 million and counting.

Remember, it is easier to just not spill the milk than it is to clean it up once it is spilled.

Tomorrow, Living Green and Your Health


tallgrass spiritual retreat center

I think it is fair to say that most of us think of “green living” from a purely physical point of view. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a different kind of “green living”. According to Gregg Braden, scientist, engineer, philosopher and in my opinion, a true visionary, it only takes 6000 people on the whole planet of like mind to affect a positive change. By keeping our focus on the things we want to create in our lives rather than allowing fear of what appears to be reality to take over we are living green spiritually as well.  Please take a moment to check out the Tallgrass Spiritual Retreat Center, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Flinthills, a great place to get “spiritually repurposed” for greener living.

Come see what we have to offer at Tallgrass Spiritual Retreat Center! Our focus during 2012 is on second half of life spirituality, helping women recycle their lives and remember who they were before children and life’s hardships took their attention. Located in the Heart of the Flint Hills of Kansas, there’s time and space for grace to touch your heart.
— Rev. Billie Blair, founder and director

Tomorrow, Living Green and Your Health


what is living green?

As I was pondering the whole living green thing, it occurred to me that there are many different ways to “live green”.

Obviously we can live green by reusing and repurposing things. We can purchase recycled products and recycle as much as we can and pay close attention to our carbon footprint. These are wonderful things to do. And every little bit helps. But how about “living green” with our thoughts and intentions, as well? “Huh?” you might be asking, “What does that mean?”

So glad you asked.

Eckhart Tolle says that you cannot change something with the same energy that created it. When Mother Theresa was asked it she would attend an anti-war rally she said no but that she would attend a peace rally. We have been fighting the war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on obesity, the war on cancer and many other wars all to no avail, they are all getting worse because the emphasis is on “fighting the war”. Our thoughts are energy and energy creates so lets expand our definition of “living green” to include them. Lets “live green” by focusing on a clean earth, a peaceful earth and an abundant earth. You never know if you just might be the hundredth monkey. For those of you who don’t know what that means, you should check out the website,

Tomorrow, Living Green and Your Health


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