the flag that doesn’t fly…


Vandenberg AFB, located in Lompac, California.  Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the ocean. 

It is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and actually maintains the proper flag dimensions as stated in

Executive Order #10834This gorgeous flag is 6.5 acres  with each stripe being 30 feet wide and each pointy star 24 feet in diameter!  Containing over 400,000 larkspur plants, with 4-5 stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers.

A beautiful tribute to our nation and to our soldiers everywhere.


omg, more gmo’s…….

We’ve talked about it before….GMO’s..

Here is Wikipedia’s definition of Genetically Modified Organisms…. “ A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods, and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce useful goods other than food.”

It’s time to clean out the pantry folks and purge those frankenfoods!! 

Don’t know what to throw out?  Well there is a looong and detailed list of foods found at the Rumor Mill News website.  Good to know someone is doing their homework!

It’s a sad list because some of these are in MY OWN pantry!!  Click here to go to the very long and detailed list.

Why is this topic so maddening?  Well here are a couple of reasons cited by Ari LeVaux  at The Atlantic which was enough to creep me out and it’s only night past Halloween!

Check this out…

“Chinese researchers have found small pieces of rice ribonucleic acid (RNA) in the blood and organs of  humans who eat rice. The Nanjing University-based team showed that this  genetic material will bind to receptors in human liver cells and  influence the uptake of cholesterol from the blood.

The type of RNA in question is called microRNA (abbreviated to miRNA) due to its small size. MiRNAs have been studied extensively since their discovery ten years ago, and have been implicated as players in several human diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. They  usually function by turning down or shutting down certain genes. The  Chinese research provides the first in vivo example of ingested plant miRNA surviving digestion and influencing human cell function in this way.

Should the research survive scientific scrutiny — a serious hurdle — it  could prove a game changer in many fields. It would mean that we’re  eating not just vitamins, protein, and fuel, but gene regulators as  well.

That knowledge could  deepen our understanding of many fields, including cross-species  communication, co-evolution, and predator-prey relationships. It could  illuminate new mechanisms for some metabolic disorders and perhaps  explain how some herbal and modern medicines function.

This study had nothing to do with  genetically modified (GM) food, but it could have implications on that  front. The work shows a pathway by which new food products, such as GM  foods, could influence human health in previously unanticipated ways.

Monsanto’s website states, “There is no need for, or value in testing the safety of GM foods in  humans.” This viewpoint, while good for business, is built on an  understanding of genetics circa 1960. It follows what’s called the  “Central Dogma” of genetics, which postulates a one-way chain of command between DNA and the cells DNA governs.

The Central Dogma resembles the process of ordering a pizza. The DNA codes  for the kind of pizza it wants, and orders it. The RNA is the order  slip, which communicates the specifics of that pizza to the cook. The  finished and delivered pizza is analogous to the protein that DNA codes  for.

We’ve known for decades  that the Central Dogma, though basically correct, is overly simplistic.  For example: MiRNAs that don’t code for anything, pizza or otherwise,  travel within cells silencing genes that are being expressed. So while  one piece of DNA is ordering a pizza, it could also be bombarding the  pizzeria with RNA signals that can cancel the delivery of other pizzas  ordered by other bits of DNA.

Researchers have been using this phenomena to their advantage in the form of small, engineered RNA strands that are virtually identical to miRNA. In a  technique called RNA interference, or RNA knockdown, these small bits of RNA are used to turn off, or “knock down,” certain genes.

Humans and insects have a lot in common, genetically. If miRNA can in fact survive the gut then it’s entirely possible that miRNA intended to influence insect gene regulation could also affect humans.”

What can you do?  Well, California has it going on right now.  Prop 37  would make California the first state in the country to require that certain plant or animal products sold be labeled if its genetic material has been modified. The law would also make it illegal for food companies to label genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as “natural.”  If approved, Proposition 37 would take effect in 2014.

We have a right to know and California is hoping to pass this proposition so other states can follow.  The passing of this prop could change the future of our food.

Just trust me….says the big corporations……..

 Ummm……no thanks…


Honey, ever notice how that male bee drones on about himself?

Well here’s a honey of a subject!! 

I’m just buzzing about this!!  But beeeefore we get all sticky with honey, let’s talk for a minute about the BEE.

Bees are hard workers.  Their motto is ‘work or die’……I wouldn’t know anything about that .. although I do work hard to get out of work….But these little creatures work very hard in the spring, summer and fall and then take a little vacay in the winter. (I LOVE vacay’s!!!)

In particular, honey bees have been around longer than humans.  Did you know that only the females have a sting?  Kinda makes sense doesn’t it?  I’ve been known to throw a few stingers in a fit of rage……

Nutritionally, natural honey contains about 75-80% sugar and the rest is a mixture of water, minerals and enzymes.  One teaspoon is about 15 calories and is high in energy.  But it can do sooo much more!

  • Honey can exfoliate, soften and make your skin and hair look softer
  • Use dark honey for a more healthful recipe and reap the benefits of it’s antioxidants
  • In addition to medicinal properties, honey is supposed to be a good thirst quencher
  • Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon mixed in water reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours
  • Honey is also used as a laxative, but I don’t know  all the poop on that fact
  • Honey with hot water and a slice of lemon is a great way to kick start your day, and better than caffeine

More bee facts

  • Bees fly 55,000 miles to make a pound of honey, which is equivalent of one and a half times around the world!
  • To make a pound of beeswax a bee needs 6 lbs of honey
  • The average hive produces 25lbs of honey per year and one good hive can produce 60lbs in a good season.
  • The honey bee is a gentle insect, but if provoked it can sting both humans and pets
  • 80% of insect crop pollination is done by our hardworking honey bees
  • The almond crop, especially in California, relies on honey bee pollination.