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Tomare–the new peace sign for the 2010’s?!

How does a symbol become a universal symbol?

Like the peace sign and the smiley face.  How would one read a peace sign before having the knowledge that it is a peace sign.

If you don’t know Japanese what would this sign mean to you?

And if you know Japanese and know it is derived from a stop sign painted on the road for cars, could you look at it a-new, with fresh eyes, and see it as meaning START?

Stop and find your center.

Let your energy radiate out from your heart.

JGY

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The Incredible Edible Lotus Root

There is a commercial I would like to see, or even an image flashed  in the middle of prime time news these days.

The image I would like to see is this:

The_Lotus_Flower_Hawaii
the lotus flower

and then this:

The incredible edible lotus root
The incredible edible lotus root

And then a slogan, like this:

A Renkon (lotus root) a day keeps the Doctor away.

In this time of news about swine flu and ozone layer depletion, what can we do to lesson images of masks and injection needles and increase images of natural remedies from the earth that will help us tap into our energy and find ways to boost our immunities?

Drive away in this, the commercial might say, with some wheels painted on the lotus.

try out these wheels
try out these wheels

We are lucky to live in Japan, where you can buy renkon in most any produce section of a supermarket.  Did you know that the flower above is the same plant as the root pictured here?

The lotus root  is easy to cut and to cook.  You simply slice it, and peel off the outer skin and can cook it in a simple broth of soy sauce, mirin, and dashi (soup stock; powdered instant is ok, just sprinkle in a teaspoon).  The taste might surprise you. It’s crunchy and filling.

I want to make you hungry for renkon.*

*and other root vegetables too!

New commercial for The Big Mac Alternative
New commercial for The Big Mac Alternative

An informative link to lotus root can be found here:

http://rawepicurean.net/2009/02/12/lotus-root/

JGY

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Don’t keep me on standby…

blue_goals_spotIs it time to get a more energy efficient TV, stereo, or computer?

As of 2007 the estimated share of electricity used by appliances in standby mode worldwide is up to 10 percent of total electricity consumption.  

Some governments are capping the amount of standby power used by products at 1 watt per appliance.  Is yours?

excerpts taken from Plan B 3.0 by Lester R. Brown

Energy Efficiency

blue_goals_spotMany people know that CFLs (those wonderful new light bulbs) use only one fourth as much electricity as incandescent light bulbs, but did you know other household appliances have a similar range of efficiencies?

Among industrial countries, Japan’s Top Runner Program is the most dynamic system for upgrading appliance efficiency standards. In Japan’s system, the most efficient appliances today set the standard for those sold tomorrow. With this program Japan planned to raise efficiency standards between the late 1990s and the end of 2007 for individual appliances by anywhere from 15 to 83 percent, depending on the appliance. This is an ongoing process that continually exploits advances in efficiency technologies.

excerpts taken from Plan B 3.0 by Lester R. Brown