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24 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

What We Can Do: Consumer Power

trade deficit, imports, exports, made in China, made in U.S.A

My husband and I joined my parents on their search for some christmas gifts for the grandkids. Our shopping was particularly interesting because my parents recently made the decision to avoid products made in specific countries, particularly China, and try to purchase as many products as possible made in the United States. We were shopping at a mall with many popular stores in it, such as Kohl's, Gap and Sears.

23 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Cloth versus Tissue Paper

kleenex, facial tissue, paper towel, toilet paper, cloth, towels, handkerchiefs

The United States consumes the most tissue paper in the world with each citizen consuming on average 55 lbs of tissue paper a year. This includes toilet paper, facial paper/kleenex, napkins and paper towels. We need to reduce our paper consumption because it is wasteful and a threat to our forests and trees. Brands that you should absolutely avoid are Kleenex and Puffs because they use ZERO recycled material in their products, including facial tissue.

21 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Richard Kauffman Disappoints on LiveChat: Clean tech markets

clean renewable energy, market, industry, solar panels, Richard Kauffman

Richard Kauffman led a live discussion about the clean tech markets on Richard Kauffman is currently the Senior Advisor of the Secretary of Energy. His professional background prior to joining the department of energy is as follows:

21 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in spices, herbs, cinnamon, parsley, nutmeg, basil, natural remedies

The Aroma, Flavor and Health Benefits of Common Herbs and Spices

spices, herbs, cinnamon, parsley, nutmeg, basil, natural remedies

Herbs, such as basil, cinnamon, nutmeg and parsley, are more than just a way to add flavor to your favorite dishes. In fact, they have very powerful affects on the human body when consumed correctly. A better understanding of the foods we cook with can enable us to personalize our cooking to meet our personal tastes as well as our physical needs. If you feel you would benefit from the medicinal use of any one of these herbs or spices, contact a local naturalistic doctor.


15 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Teach-In at Occupy Chicago

Occupy Chicago, October 15, Teach-in, Marx, Communist Manifesto, protests

I went to protest with Occupy Chicago today. It was wonderful to see more people there along with cheering, music and the honking of car horns in support. The feeling of hope was contagious. At 3pm there was a teach-in led by Professor Aisha Karim. It started out exploring Marx and the "Communist Manifesto." But it soon let to a very democratic discussion about alternative systems to capitalism. Many who spoke talked about the fact that the words "socialism" and "communism" scare off a lot of people.

15 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Chill Out: Learn to relax

stress relieve, stressors, health risk factors, immune system, reduce stress

Stress plays a significant role in our overall health. High stress levels can contribute to indigestion, anxiety, weight gain and a poor immune system, which makes you more susceptible to illness. No drug you take can truly fix your health problems if you do not learn to eliminate the source of these problems. Of course western medicine tries to treat such ailments with prescription medication, but it is failing miserably at really improving the health of the average American.

14 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in protests, protesters, occupy wall street, occupy chicago, freedom, citizens

Our Fight: Voting is not enough to regain our freedom

protests, unity, citizens, freedom, rights, community, liberty

These recent protests are not just about money and corruption. We, the citizens of this country, have been used as a means to an end. Our rights as human beings and as citizens of this country have been over-shadowed by our role as consumers. We are protesting as citizens of this country because we recognize our power and our role in stopping such injustices from continuing to occur.

13 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Rose -- More Than Just A Pretty Flower

rose oil, rose hips, flower, alternative medicine

Roses, they are symbolic of love and friendship. They are used as the back drop for many landscapes, while their scent is made into perfumes. But they are more than this beautiful flower with a heavenly scent. Once again our culture has forgotten about what a rose is or what it can be. And the lose is entirely ours. The rose is like a pretty girl who is too often seen as she looks and her character and intelligence is forgotten. The rose plant has many uses that could benefit a great number of people.

Rose oil can help treat:

12 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Autumn Cooking: Amazing Pumpkin Muffins

pumpkin, muffins, healthy treats, breakfast

So I used this pumpkin bread recipe [] as the template for my homemade pumpkin muffins. The modifications I made are below. These muffins were moist, tasty and healthy! I hope you enjoy! And if you make any other changes let me know.

11 Oct. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Join the Protests!

My husband and I were fortunate enough to participate in the Midwest Regional March on October 8th in Chicago with the Occupy Chicago group along with many other people to demand the return of the troops in Afghanistan. After weeks of watching so many people chanting at these types of protests, it was an amazing feeling to actually be a part of it. It was also enlightening to hear people talk of their experiences prior to the march, and it was invigorating to be around so many people who believed in what we were doing -- standing up for ourselves and our rights.