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Summer Sun

The last of the summer sun

It’s golden rays come undone

Into the trees, into the clouds

Slowly splashing to the ground

Disappearing without a sound

When the breeze of autumn comes around

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Beauty

Be ware a certain beauty that exist
Amidst life’s unexpected twists
It’s radiance is so easily dismissed
And yet a tiny glimpse reveals a moments bliss

Belly Up

belly up in the grass,

every moment is the past.

petals that were never meant to last-

falling down.

every cloud is like a wave-

or like a face without a name

never to return again.

feels like today was meant to be-

likes it’s older than a dream

but what if it isn’t what it seems

or what they say

what if today was yesterday?

love before hate

take a turn

feel the burn

feel the hurt

feel the words

that you blurt out

without a shirt on

from your living room

in your dark cocoon

feel the mind of the people

instead of dishing out words that hurt

that. doesn’t. work.

it only creates hate

so much at stake

love before hate

before it’s too late

the earth is shaking and making rain

everything is breaking and leaving stains

boxes of dishes, pieces of shells,

pieces of you when you were twelve.

looking for clues, breaking ground.

breaking down.

sifting through sand to make out the sound-

of the truth.

the sound of your voice,

the sound of you.

lost and confused

muffled and crying

everyone’s dying

everything bleeds

everyone believes

except for me.

not. me.

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Toxic Plastic 411

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Our country has got it’s priorities mixed up right now, with all the pharmaceutical companies and their interest in money over providing a beneficial service to the American people. At what point along the way did money become more important than integrity on such a grand scale, and so widely accepted? I have a hard time understanding how there still isn’t a cure for cancer, something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and even a life. But maybe there is. Here is an article about how Canadian scientist say they have found a cure for cancer.

Recently I read an article on the issue of the debate over products made in China. It completely shocked me. The writer was defending the “buy from China, not the US”-concept rather than supporting our own economy, buying locally, and saving our precious resources. Their argument is that there needs to be a competitive market in order to maintain high quality and cheaper prices, which is why we should continue to buy from China. They are saying that the American made products will decrease in quality if we stop buying from China?? What they fail to mention is just a little snippet. Quality is the whole problem we’re having right now. With our paraben filled lotions (which have the ability to weakly mimic estrogen). Nail polishes with phthalates and poison in our plastic. They also fail to mention that boycotting products made in china just might save your life.

What I do know is that the US owes China a lot of money, I get that. And by buying from China it helps ease the pressure of  “the big debt”. But the big question is, why do we care if we pay back the debt to china if we don’t live long enough to enjoy it because their products are killing us?????

I have learned a lot about what is in our products from The Environmental Working Group, thank you!! They have a very impressive database filled with over 65,000 products you see or use everyday. From toothpaste, to cosmetics, to children’s products and shampoos. Look up your products here!

Plastics to avoid are numbers 1, 3, 6, and 7. Here is a guide to help you with the different plastics, their safety and what those numbers on the bottom mean.

#1 PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate): AVOID

Common Uses: Soda Bottles, Water Bottles, Cooking Oil Bottles
Concerns: Can leach antimony and phthalates.

#2 HDPE (High Density Polyethylene): SAFER
Common Uses: Milk Jugs, Plastic Bags, Yogurt Cups

#3 PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride, aka Vinyl): AVOID
Common Uses: Condiment Bottles, Cling Wrap, Teething Rings, Toys, Shower Curtains
Concerns: Can leach lead and phthalates among other things. Can also off-gas toxic chemicals.

#4 LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene): SAFER

Common Uses: Produce Bags, Food Storage Containers

#5 PP (Polypropylene): SAFER

Common Uses: Bottle Caps, Storage Containers, Dishware

#6 PS (Polystyrene, aka Styrofoam): AVOID
Common Uses: Meat Trays, Foam Food Containers & Cups
Concerns: Can leach carcinogenic styrene and estrogenic alkylphenols

Other this is a catch-all category which includes:
PC (Polycarbonate): AVOID – can leach Bisphenol-A (BPA). It also includes ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), SAN (Styrene Acrylonitrile), Acrylic, and Polyamide. These plastics can be a safer option because they are typically very durable and resistant to high heat resulting in less leaching. Their drawbacks are that they are not typically recyclable and some need additional safety research. New plant-based, biodegradable plastics like PLA (Polylactic Acid) also fall into the #7 category.

More Links:

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