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MOTHER EARTH NEWS: October/November 2012

More Than a Magazine ... A Way of Life 

Mother Earth News October November 2012 

Top Story

A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency
Providing high-quality food for your family year-round takes foresight and planning, plus healthy doses of commitment and follow-through. These charts and guidelines and our step-by-step plan will help you make it happen.

 


Features

8 Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of
Great communities don’t just happen; they are created choice by choice, brick by brick — like the sturdy, historic buildings that proudly stand in many of the communities in this year’s edition of our annual feature, which celebrates cities that are setting a high standard for livability, sustainability and civic pride:

Golden, Colorado
Lawrence, Kansas
Red Lodge, Montana
Charleston, South Carolina
Hilo, Hawaii
Denton, Texas
Port Townsend, Washington
Dover, New Hampshire 

Exciting News About Renewable Energy
The Earth’s renewable energy resources are vast and available to be tapped through visionary initiatives. If we adopt the right public policies, the world can shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2020.

How to Make Compost
Choose from the many easy ways to make compost for increased garden productivity: low-cost homemade bins, piles sans bins, chicken power, pest-proof tumblers — even indoor worm bins!

Passive Solar Design: Creating Sun-Inspired Homes
Architect Debra Rucker Coleman discusses the many benefits of working with the sun, and what to consider when building a home using passive solar design.

Departments

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Online
Got Frost? Grow On!
Low-Cost Garden Containers
Hunter as Naturalist
Gluten-Free Baking
Turn Old Sweaters Into Felt 

News From MOTHER
World on the Edge 

Dear MOTHER
Reader letters about canning, butchering animals within city limits, Teflon-coated light bulbs, recreational horses, droughts and global warming, genetically modified foods, mules as draft animals, electric vehicle emissions, and more. 

Green Gazette
How to Avoid Genetically Modified Food
Local Meat Processing: More Humane, Less Expensive Options
Imprelis Damage: Trees Die, DuPont Pays
Energy-Efficient Appliances: New Standards for Clothes Washers and Dishwashers
Meatpaper: A Magazine About All Things Meat-Related
Watch Food Videos Online With Food.Farmer.Earth
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Again Ranks as Readers’ Favorite 

Crop at a Glance
Growing Raspberries
Tangy raspberries pair well with other fruits, add moisture to baked goods, delight in wine and tea — and make a marvelous match for chocolate! Here, learn how to plant and propagate several types and varieties.

Real Food
Best Pumpkin Varieties for Cooking
Pumpkin Purée Recipe
Perfect Pie Crust
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Soup in a Pumpkin!
Pumpkin Gnocchi With Sage Butter Recipe 

Homestead Know-How
How to Buy Farmland, Even If You Think You Can’t
Born to farm but, alas, not born on a farm? Our guide to finding and buying your farm property details what questions you should ask, where to find reliable answers, and resources to help you obtain a farm loan.

Beautiful and Abundant
What’s Wrong With Living Forever?
Humanity’s search for immortality may be wrong-headed, with dramatic consequences for the environment, plants, animals — and you.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Homemade Sawbuck for Cutting Firewood
Leaf Compost Enriches Garden Soil
Inexpensive Pizza Stones
Tree Branch Coat Tree
Recycled Portable Table
Simple Birdhouse Plan
Potting Table From Wood Pallets
Homemade Mayo Tip
From Wine to Water
Saucer Sleds for Easy Moving
Sharing Success in a Vegetable Garden
Painting With Veggies 

EarthWords
Natalie Angier 





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Wayne Crider
11/21/2012 9:11:31 PM
Your son is absolutely correct in the fact that there are babies in heaven. These children who because of circumstances were not afforded the acquirement of individual status on the universe records or, opportunity to make a choice concerning the Paradise career, are given that opportunity. They will be re-materialized (resurrected / re-created) as of their exact physical status at the time of their death.Their awakening occurs at the exact time their parents arrive on the first Mansion world. They will be raised in groups by the Material Son's and Daughter's and associates and given every opportunity to choose the "heavenly" way just as they would have made such a choice on their home worlds. Those who have lost children will once again be able to know them, although these parents/parent will not be responsible for their rearing.

Wayne Crider
11/21/2012 9:05:41 PM
Your son is absolutely correct in the fact that there are babies in heaven. These children who because of circumstances were not afforded the acquirement of individual status on the universe records or, opportunity to make a choice concerning the Paradise career, are given that opportunity. They will be re-materialized (resurrected / re-created) as of their exact physical status at the time of their death.Their awakening occurs at the exact time their parents arrive on the first Mansion world. They will be raised in groups by the Material Son's and Daughter's and associates and given every opportunity to choose the "heavenly" way just as they would have made such a choice on their home worlds. Those who have lost children will once again be able to know them, although these parents/parent will not be responsible for their rearing.

CHET FIELDS
11/1/2012 5:10:15 PM
One more thought, especially for those who think living forever would somehow be bland or boring: There are those who spend their whole lives studying one species of plant or animal or sub branch of some science and they still don't have enough time to learn or to even get tired of their project. Imagine being able to spend a lifetime on each of the plants or animals or scientific curiosity that meets your fancy. Or developing talents or abilities such as music, painting, theatre, sculpture or whatever. And not only for your own enjoyment but perhaps even more to enhance the lives of others. Life and abundant life is the reward for proper recognition of our creator's purpose and our stewardship of the earth and concern for one's fellow man, not death or ethereal existence in some other plane.

CHET FIELDS
10/31/2012 11:30:18 PM
I too read the article "What's wrong with living forever?" with interest as his article in the previous issue had mentioned his mentor. However, I don't think he was paying attention when his mentor must have mentioned ( I can't imagine that he didn't) that he believed that it was God's purpose for man to live forever in an earthly paradise, how that has been the original purpose of God for the earth when he created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden and charged them and their offspring with taking care of and expanding it to encompass the entire globe. I believe this is actually what the vast majority of MEN readers are striving to achieve even now, live self sufficiently in harmony with nature. Death was a punishment for disobedience and is simply the opposite of life. Any hope for the dead does not lie in heaven but rather in a resurrection back to life here on earth. Our minds and bodies were designed to live forever. In regards to the overpopulation, I'm sure it is not beyond the powers of the one who made reproduction possible to enable it to stop when the earth has been properly filled. But as for speculation well, I speculate that should he desire that humans continue reproducing, there must be millions of worlds in this universe that could serve as homes for the extended human family.

Sarah Ehlers
10/13/2012 1:55:53 AM
I read "What's wrong with living forever?" with great interst. Your perspective was refreshing and enjoyable to read. I can't help but laugh at how my son gets great enjoyment at confronting friends and clergy with his conviction that "There are babies in heaven!". Though he loves to get the discussion going, even he will admit in the end that he really has no proof and we really don't know. Regardless, it is his great pleasure to consider it so. There is no harm is musing about the possibilities. Your article got me thinking about a few myself. It is not only possible, but likely that even the images of heaven in the minds of the devout and more shaped by artist's pens that biblical text. I think of the billions of stars in the astonomer's telescope. Perhaps this image is a more accurate picture of where our Father in Heaven lives. Perhaps, he loves each of us so much that his is, in real time, real space, creating a place for us that where He is, we will be also. Surely it is right that we here on earth, give way to the next generation. You so wisely (and I do not mean that in jest) point out that we cannot all inhabit this small little rock at once. I was blessed by the love you expressed toward you grandson. Surely the love of our Father God is even greater. I think of how he must feel toward us that he would give himself to us, desire to live. I am convinced with all my heart that that love will not let go. God treasure each soul so much that He is not willing that any be lost. His love is as wide as the full expanse of space. Though our early resourse may be scarce, there is more than enough space beyound for every life that has ever lived. I hope to see you all in Heaven (or should I say - outerspace).





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