A new type of thinking is essential
if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels


— Albert Einstein

Lifely Products at the National Heirloom Food Exposition

The Exhibitor’s Hall at the National Heirloom Food Exposition in Santa Rosa, California.


On Tuesday Larry and I spent most of the day at the National Heirloom Food Exposition, one of our most favorite events. Fortunately, it is held right near us in Santa Rosa, California, but people come from all over the country, and indeed, all over the world, to learn about the purest food on Earth.

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A Thousand Interconnections by Sara Irannejad

I wrote this in the summer of 2005, while living in Florida.

Great clouds of ocean
fall into my teacup
and run through my veins.
Rain cleanses my body
and flows back to the sea.

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Sleeping Under the Stars

Remember to look up at the stars and now down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. 

– Stephen Hawking


For reasons irrelevant to this story, two nights ago Larry and I could not sleep in our bedroom. So we spent the night sleeping under the stars, on the deck, just outside the sliding door.

The house we currently live in is built on hillside, so when you walk in the front door the house is level to the ground, but by the time you get to the far left side of the house where our bedroom is, the deck is just hanging on the side of the house with a lot of space under it. Standing on the deck, we look at out at the tops of trees, not the trunks.

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The Nature of Hurricanes

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Hurricane Dorian approaching the east coast of Florida Tuesday morning.

Since the world is watching monster hurricane Dorian today, and waiting to see if it will make landfall on the east coast of the USA, I thought I would post a piece I wrote about hurricanes that I wrote some years ago when I was living in Florida and experiencing hurricanes for the first time.

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Our Local Gravenstein Apple Fair—A True Harvest Fair Rooted in History and Community

Our sweet and juicy vintage LOCAL Gravenstein apples. If you want one, you have to get them here because they don’t ship well.


Almost two years ago I followed Larry to Sebastopol, California to live with his mother after his father died. It just seemed like the right thing to do. Though I was willing to give up my comforts and preferences for him to help take care of Mom, it turned out to be the biggest blessing for ME because this is just the right town for me to be living in.

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Popularity of Hallmark TV Movies are a Good Indicator that Viewers are Interested in Love and Nature

In Hallmark Channel’s TV movie “A Summer Romance” a city slicker real estate developer leaves abandons his plans to build an industrial resort behind to develop a nature-oriented retreat with ranch owner.


We love them so much because they created stories around messages that are important to us. Characters demonstrate caring relationships, family, community, creativity, thinking for oneself, being authentic, and occasionally even connection with Nature. All in the context of industrial consumer life of course, but occasionally a character will give up city life for love and move to the country.

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The Power of Commitment


Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that

the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!

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Free Stuff

I’m working on a post about how Larry and I get things we need outside of the standard consumer outlets and industrial system. But two things happened in the last few days that were so extraordinary that I wanted to tell you about them.

I was reminded of something I read many years ago from Deepak Chopra. He said something like, “Here’s how it goes. I say I want a strawberry ice cream cone and very soon someone walks by with a strawberry ice cream cone and said ‘Deepak, do you want a strawberry ice cream cone?’” Just the way he said it made this really stay in my mind. Because that really is the way it happens, in my experience.

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Dining with Quail

Larry and I live on the edge of a rural area, a kind of borderland between suburbia and rural Sonoma county where all the farms and open spaces are. And so even though it is built with houses and a little town, there is still some habitat with native plants and animals around.

At this time of year, the big harvest in the natural habitat is blackberries. There are many stands of well-established wild blackberries, some of which are so tall and dense that a human cannot reach many of the berries. They are just magnificent.

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uite simply, this blog is about orienting ourselves and our lives to life, instead of orienting ourselves and our lives to industrial consumerism. Here we are sharing our own journey. You come too.

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Debra & Larry Redalia
lifepartners + soulmates

For more than 30 years we have been delving into the nature and activities of life together. Indeed, this has been and continues to be the very reason we are together. With delight we research, explore, observe and even wake each other up in the middle of the night to discuss how life functions and how we can function as life—even while living in the modern world. We each are different from the norm, but we are different in the same way, so we have been able to think outside of the ordinary together and find the extraordinary workings of life.

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