Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fight with Your Dime - Lifestyle Eco-Activism: Teaching Conservative Family Values

Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm.
Dust Bowl, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
By: Shannon Stark Guss

My efforts at sustainability have waxed and waned over the years.  I admit that I have even found myself at times falling ungraciously into habits of super-consumerism that have no part in the lifestyle of someone who claims to be an environmentally-minded citizen of the world.  I have had to forgive myself for these failings and do my best to return to some reasonable habits.  While my habits as a crazy liberal, wannabe hippy, eco-activist have mixed with my habits of a buy-stuff-for-emotional-comfort, drive-like-there’s-no-tomorrow, eat-as-much-as-possible-and-don’t-worry-where-it-came-from kind of American, the fact remains that I continue to value this beautiful planet we call home.  When I had children, it became important to me to consider ways to teach those values to them.  As they have grown older, it has also become increasingly apparent that my husband and I must consistently model actions that match these values.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Walk on the Wild Side: Introduction

By Annette King Tucker

Allow me to introduce myself. I am Annette King Tucker, a wildlife rehabilitator in Rogers County Oklahoma, near the ever growing city of Claremore. I love my home town, love my home State. Green Country--a place where Mother Nature is in charge and the rest of us are either fighting to take her over or living within her bounty, appreciative of all she has to offer. I like to think of myself as a steward for Nature. What I do with my time isn't always popular, but in the scheme of things, it is no doubt the right thing to do.

I work to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals who have fallen into harm's way, typically by some manifestation or interference of mankind: dogs, cars, cats, fencing, guns, windows and of course, progress. Our pets carry and spread diseases the wild animals cannot fight, and of course there are no humans responsible for the affected animals. I feel it is unfair that the suffering of domestic animals and humans is regarded as more worthy of help than the creatures we harm in the wild, and so I have ruined my life to care for them.

Friday, October 4, 2013

ECO-CRAFT: Magazine Pinwheels

If you love crafting with earth friendly materials and finding creative ways to reuse things you might otherwise throw away, you will definitely want to keep an eye out for a new Eco-Craft project each month at The Green Country Guardian.  These tutorials are purposely designed with our planet in mind, and as an added bonus, they will usually be very inexpensive because the whole idea is to use things you already have on hand.  Expect to see step-by-step craft projects that are earth conscious, family friendly, and fun!

A Little Update: Why We're Living the Gypsy Life

Hello friends and guardians,

It was a heck of a nice summer, and now we're into a mild wet autumn with days steadily swooping towards cooler temperatures. The leaves haven't quite started changing yet, but it's still early here in Green Country, and I expect we'll see a little blush on the leaves soon enough.

With fall comes a flurry of new activity in the world. Animals everywhere collect food for winter, birds migrate to warmer climes, and humans batten down their own hatches in various ways, from beefing up their home's insulation to tending fall gardens for that last big harvest of the year.