Local Farm Tour and Local Products Fair Display Lifely Product Characteristics

Larry and I just had one of our best weekends ever! We spent two days exploring local organic farms and a street fair filled with local makers showing their wares.

Not only did we learn more about what is available from local producers, but I got more ideas about what characteristics could be included in the list of Lifely Product characteristics I am working on.

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Power — Off & On

Last Wednesday, California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) intentionally cut power to 500,000 customers in parts of 22 counties in to prevent wildfires. This came after huge wildfires for the past two years, both started by sparks from equipment from PG&E.

We were warned of these power outages in June and given plenty of time to prepare. But still, it was difficult for many people.

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Survival Strategy

Yesterday morning Larry and I were sitting in the waiting room of his dentist’s office and there was a television screen playing.

Usually, I don’t pay attention to televisions in doctor’s offices because they often are just advertising drugs, so I picked up a magazine instead.

But within a few minutes, Larry said, “Look at the TV.”

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The Sweet Smell of Apfels

This morning when I got in the car Larry was eating an apple while waiting for me. The burst of fragrance from the apple reminded me of this experience I wrote about some years ago.

Last week, while on our trip to Cologne, Germany, my husband Larry and I stopped at a “bio” store (where they sell organic food and other natural products) to buy some bottles of water. [All the water, by the way, was natural spring water bottled in glass. There is no beverage, to me, that matches very cold spring water in a very cold glass bottle. Plastic bottles just don’t hold the chill in the same way.|

As we were looking for the bottled water, we happed to walk down a produce aisle and immediately smelled the sweet fragrance of äpfels (I am calling these apples by their German name because they were unlike any apples so-called in English that I have ever experienced).

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Making Space

For the past two years I have had a very small office space because I am living with Larry’ at his Mom’s house with two of his siblings and I am sharing my office room with Larry’s office space and a kitchenette, so it’s very small.

This is after coming from my 1600 square foot house where I had an entire room to myself for my office.

I have two large desks the size of library tables.

One I bought at a garage sale for $50. It is a desk that had been in an attorney’s office, made of mahogany wood with a leather top.

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Choosing Good Traits

From the 1946 edition of Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens.

One of my favorite people in history is Luther Burbank, a horticulturist who invented developed more than 800 popular varieties of fruit and nut trees, flowers, and vegetables, many of which are still used today around the world.

I serendipitously happen to live within walking distance of the location of his Experimental Farm (a small piece of which is still maintained today) and the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens are in nearby Santa Rosa, California.

I have for some time been wanting to write a post comparing the work Luther Burbank did to create these new varieties in a natural way versus the industrial gene splicing used today and I thought I should go to the gift shop at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens because they might have just the information I was looking for.

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Storing Shoes

Storing shoes may sound like a trivia thing but it’s something that I had to make a decision about this week so I wanted to tell you how I approached this in a Lifely way. These principles can be applied to anything you are doing. And this is also an example of how I solve problems.

The situation is that I have shoes and they need to be stored in a way that I can easily get to them when I need them. After having to move everything out of my bedroom I am now in the process of putting everything back, so I have a new opportunity to rethink what I am going to keep and how I am going to store it.

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The Chaos of Change—The Joy of Creation

A chaos of natural river rocks are brought to order to create a fireplace. In the process there is a lot of mess!

As you may know, I’ve been working on this website for about three months—since 18 June so that’s exactly three months! During that time I’ve been undergoing a personal transition of moving from 40 years of work helping consumers find products without toxic chemicals to starting an entirely new business based on a new idea that is not yet widely known in the world. So this has been a time of tremendous change for me as well as ripples throughout the world.

I’ve learned from repeated experience that when you make a decision to move on a path toward a goal, disruption of the old order begins to happen in ways one does not necessarily expect. It seems that an obstacle you have to achieve your goal will come up to be handled. Sometimes there is such a flood of barriers that just appear so suddenly that I just stand there and scream at the universe, “Oh come on! Give me a break!”

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Metro Hotel: Spending the Night in Lifely Lodgings

As I mentioned in Sleeping Under the Stars, Larry and I have not been sleeping in our bedroom for a couple of weeks, but instead have been sleeping outdoors on the deck, under the stars.

But on Sunday morning 80 percent chance of rain was forecast for that night, so we had to find somewhere else to stay. Our only choice was to get a hotel room.

So over the course of the day, I took breaks to hunt online for a hotel room, but all the places I wanted to stay were too expensive and all the places I could afford were too toxic and cookie-cutter. The thought of sleeping in any of those hotels just wasn’t making me feel alive.

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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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