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Forests replenish our well-being

Even though there are scientific, logical reasons for preserving our forests, natural places also provide a setting for mental health through giving sanctuary for spiritual connection and rejuvenation, and physical health through recreational opportunities for families and groups, including observing and enjoying birds and animals of the forests.

“That each day I may walk unceasingly on the banks of my water, that my soul may repose on the branches of the trees which I planted, that I may refresh myself under the shadow of my sycamore.”

  ~Egyptian tomb inscription, circa 1400 BC

A long list of Americans who honored this wonderful continent "America" on planet Earth. They saw us as caregivers to preserve this legacy--not only for the scientific reasons for needing trees in our environment--but they beheld the beauty of nature and felt a difference in their attitude, spirit and well-being.

"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."  ~John Muir, 1913

A journal of living and loving in the East Texas Woods

Nature and trees nurture body, mind and soul. I was fortunate to have been able to enjoy a year in a National Forest setting. Memories of those days of peace and connection to delightful, non-judging, ever-changing nature sustain me in my daily challenges. That peace and joy is a part of my being.

You can find out more about my retreat and be inspired to take a retreat yourself!! It will make a difference in your life.

cover image showing trees, old barn and clouds

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Welcome to the Woods

Drain the Swamp to Save the Earth

I have posted info on the Government’s destroying our National Forests with hard rock mining by foreign companies. The corrupt National Forest officials who lie and cheat to save their salaries–and Congresspersons, such as John McCain (the no-earmark Senator), who put an earmark on a “must pass” military bill to give away 2,400 acres of National, even though the Bill had been heard by the Senate regularly for ten years and never passed out of Committee for vote. This one project will put 7,500 acres into a pit a mile deep plus dewatering the region down to 7,000 feet and eliminating streams. The region had been protected by both Nixon and Eisenhower so save hundreds of old oaks at Oak Flat from devastation by mining. While Congress did nothing. And this is only one of 170 mining operations in our National Forests. http://www.mining-law-reform.info/proposed-mining-projects.htm

It’s real hard to find info on the Congress persons rake in every year. Supposedly, they make $174,000 a year, but that’s before expenses, trips (Nancy Pelosi commandeering Air Force jets, stocked with liquor and goodies, to fly around the world–on business OR Tom DeLay’s Mariana Paradise scandal), staff (Gotta have them, they do all the work. McSally, my Congress person, does not have to think, she gets orders from D.C. PACs that funded her six million for her recent campaign–for nothing in return??)

How to drain the swamp: Trump has been “credited “with coming up with this idea:

This Idea makes way too much sense to ever get passed by Congress. But at least we can make our wishes known and hope.

The TRUMP Idea:

Let’s see if we can show Congress what people pressure is all about.

Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . .$180,000 FOR LIFE.

Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . .$174,000 FOR LIFE. Even if they “served” only one term!!

Salary of Speaker of the House .. . . . .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE.

Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . .. . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE.

Here’s an estimate of what Congress persons really receive:
“A quick look suggests that total legislative branch appropriations for FY14 is about $4.1 billion. This includes House and Senate member and staff salaries and benefits, Capitol Complex maintenance, staff and security (including the U.S. Capitol Police), the Library of Congress, the GAO, the CBO, the Government Printing Office”. — Tom Schinckel, works at U.S. House of Representatives.

TRUMP, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
“I could end the deficit in five minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election”.

The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure. Trump is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

Congressional Reform Act of 2017

  1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.
  2. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
  3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
  4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
  5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
  6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
  7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.
  8. Congress made all these contracts, perks and pay-offs for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.

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We are asking every person to contact a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. It’s time for the changes we have been promised

Pass it on. Let’s all participate in draining the swamp! Also, Tweet the President @realDonaldTrump : “Great Idea. Congressional Reform Act of 2017, Thank you!”

National Forests are threatened!

By non-sustainable hard-rock mining

Trees of our forests are the Earth’s sentinels protecting and insuring the continuation of life. Trees provide clean water, clean air, clean soil, shade and habitat. We must protect them; they must flourish for life on the Earth to continue.

Forests sustain life from two streams. First, there are scientific reasons. Trees produce oxygen necessary for human and animal life. Trees hold the soil, prevent erosion and filter air and rainwater. The National Forest (FS) mission statement “caring for the land and serving the people” and FS management Acts emphasize securing and protecting of watershed. Second and equally important--trees provide opportunities for humans to enjoy healthy exercise, recreation and contemplation in shady, quiet, natural places to rejuvenate their body, mind and spirit.

Urgency of Mining Law Reform

Oak Flat Land Exchange

Elias Butler video on protecting Oak Flat in Tonto National Forest

Creation of National Forest Reserves

The National Forest System was created to protect our forests from destruction by grazing, mining and unregulated cutting, which were already deemed a problem in the late 1800’s. In 1882, the U.S. President, Chester A. Arthur, stated: "The conditions of the forests and the wasteful manner in which their destruction is taking place give cause for serious apprehension."

The Forest Reserve Act of 1891 authorized the Presidents of the United States to set aside forest reserves from the lands in the Public Domain. The Act was passed under Benjamin Harrison’s administration (1889-1893). He responded by putting 13 million acres of land into National Forests. The succeeding presidents, Grover Cleveland (1893-1897) put in 25 million acres and William McKinley (1897-1901) put in 7 million acres. However, the champion of the forest preservation was Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909). Under Roosevelt's pen the forest reserves went from approximately 43,000,000 acres to about 194,000,000 acres, an increase of over 400%.

Over 100 years ago, four U.S. Presidents knew that trees of the forest sustained health and well-being for humans and wildlife. However, we of the "scientific age" aren't able to figure it out.