We’re here – 2012: this is the year that the Mayan calendar ends. Some people believe it’s the end of the world; others believe it indicates a shifting of consciousness; and, others think that the Mayans simply stopped extending their calendar that far in advance. Whatever your perspective, it is an interesting time. Lots of major things are happening. First, look at the weather. Spring? In January? In Michigan? Not to mention earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, and flooding all over the world. What about gas prices? What about the price of…everything? It’s all expensive. And, how do we afford it with the state of our economy? Then, there’s our food. The media talks about obesity, and our food is being subjected to radiation, chemicals, and being genetically modified. Is it even food?
There is good news, though. A lot of people are waking up and sensing that times are changing. And, instead of sitting by helplessly, they are thinking, coming up with ideas, and taking action. Now, the traditional media doesn’t usually make these items their headlining stories, yet these positive stories are out there. More and more people are becoming community minded. There is incredible growth taking place with urban farming and urban gardens; people are growing healthy food for themselves, their neighborhood, and even the local schools, soup kitchens, and shelters. CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture, are also gaining in popularity. People are conscious of the need to not only eat healthier, but help the environment with the way we grow food. Look on the next page for information on a local CSA that you can join. With new health problems arising, like food allergies, and especially, children being affected on many levels, the awareness of healthy food, organic food and products, what natural ingredients really are, and what those labels really mean is coming into the forefront. Additionally, the rising costs of gasoline and other energy sources are making people seriously consider recycling and renewable resources of energy. Also, like it or not, the internet is allowing all kinds of information to be available and to be shared with people across the world. What can you do? This entire newsletter is filled with information and ideas. What do you want to do? The times are exciting; it is up to you to live them fully engaged!