Composting – How does it work?

Not only is it good for the earth…but it makes your gardens oh, so pretty. Can you tell we are ready for spring over here?

Source: via T. on Pinterest

It is easy to get started…be on the lookout for more great info about gardens and healthy foods!

On Not Becoming Attached to the Outcome

Tend to your gardens in life. Photo credit:
Tend to your gardens in life. Photo credit:
Hello! I posted this on my Facebook…felt right to share it here.

Remaining unattached to the outcome does not mean that we become a victims of circumstance. No, in fact, we are here for a divine purpose and are asked to live each day with a goal of giving our ultimate best so that the path can be clearly laid out for us and shown to us. Do not let your gardens become overgrown believing that the sun will shine as it should where it should without any work on our part. We each are the gardener and our purpose is to promote as much light and growth as possible so that the other life forms in our care can fulfill their special purpose in the cycle of life. It takes a faithful heart to believe that ultimately, our good work will indeed bear beautiful fruit as long as we continue to do as we are called. This is on my mind today and I just wanted to share my thoughts with you. Be well and walk in love everyone. ~ Kiah

The Power of Youth and Young Adults

“This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.”  
– Robert F. Kennedy
Veronica Ariel, AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
…The majority of the 50 volunteers who were engaged in the I Have a Dream Community Service Day were young adults from Southern Vermont College (SVC), and youth from Teens 4 Change, an outreach program through United Counseling Services, and the Alliance for Community Transformations Youth Ambassador Program. These volunteers inspire me! They gave up their day off from school to give back to their community and make a difference for a local non-profit, and they did a fantastic job! In the future, we are planning a Global Youth Service Day service event! I believe in the power of young people working together to accomplish great things and the capacity of young people to give back compassionately and to make a difference…

Abuse is not love.

Teen Dating Violence Image

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

8% of local teens say they have experienced physical violence by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year- Seniors reporting the highest numbers*
5% of local teens say they have been sexually assaulted*
Even 1 teen abused is 1 too many.
Help a friend by texting them the free hotline number so they can share it with others. 802-442-2111

Free Cell Phone App Puts Help At Your Fingertips

How Circleof6 Works
How Circleof6 Works
The Circle of 6 App puts emerency help at your fingertips
Circleof6 App

There’s a FREE app for that.
The Circleof6 App gives anyone the tools they need to create immediate links to trusted friends, family and emergency services right on their cell phone. Selected in a national contest and endorsed by the White House Administration, this unique app makes getting help easy, confidential and safe. A must have for everyone.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

rak February 11 -17 is Random Acts of Kindness Week.

There are several easy ways to make our communities more beautiful and friendly by committing random acts of kindness. Your small gestures of kindness, generosity and service have ripple effects that can be immediately seen. Here are ten small things you do every day:

  1. Bring your co-workers a special treat.
  2. Pay someone a compliment today.
  3. Give the gift of your smile to a passerby.
  4. When you experience good customer service, ask to speak to the person’s manager and share your positive feedback.
  5. Slip a $20 bill to a person you know is having financial difficulty.
  6. When drivers try to merge in your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile.
  7. As you go about your day, pick up trash.
  8. Call or visit a homebound person.
  9. Give your “free punch card” to someone else to use.
  10. Send a kind note to someone you lost touch with or to a teacher who made a difference.

In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with.

Brian Tracy (1944)