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My One Word is BREATHE

November 11, 2018

On my drive down to Lewes, I started listening to the Audible book Just Breath Mastering breathwork for success in life, Business and Beyond by Dan Brule. I have been drawn to this book for quite some time, and finally bought it and downloaded it.  Once I started listening to it, I felt that I had found the missing piece of a puzzle that I have been looking for to sum up in one word the direction that I was going in.   Let me paresis this by saying that I also just finished the book One Word by Jon Gordon who talks about focusing on one word for a year. The simple power of One Word is that it impacts all six dimensions of your life – mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial. He also has a book out called Life Word. Which I think that I found, I also think it may be the path that I am being called to and my life purpose. That word is BREATHE!

As I was driving down today, Breathe just fit the direction my life and business is going!!! The obvious one is the Laughter Yoga that I have been practicing and sharing since March 2014. Which is right after the time my chronic pain started and I was searching for Something/Anything to help navigate through the depression, anxiety, and pain that I was feeling in all pillars of my life.

October 2017, I became very interested in Essential Oils and Aromatherapy which I have seen work miracles in my life as well as my Aunt Janice’s life since we have been caregiving with her.  I also thought about other aspects of my life.

Looking into other aspects of my life, my stones that I have collected, rubbed, carried, worried with, meditated on, photographed, and wire wrapped. Stones have always brought me comfort in a very natural way. In a holistic kind of way.

I do not consider myself “New Age” and the practices that some new age cultures lend itself. I see myself more as a naturalist, maybe a little naturopathic. Enjoying what Nature has already provided us.

I also look at my hobbies, I have always enjoyed crafts. Since I was about five years of age and my Grandmother taught me how to do the chain stitch in crochet. I remember sitting very still and kind of be in a calm state, just doing the chain stitch with a whole skein of yarn which usually was long enough to wrap around the whole outside of the farm house thank I would rip it out and do it all over again.

I have done crafts ever since, it has morphed into different crafts. I use to do latch hook, counted cross stitch, needlepoint, of course crocheting, wire wrapping and now I am even weaving. I am guessing that while doing these crafts my breathe also changes and slowed down. Doing this kind of repetitive action can also put you into a different kind of state of mind. All those crafts brought a calmness, and repetitive action that was comforting and relaxing to me.

Growing up and even now, I find peace and relaxation as I explored nature. Growing up I had access to a large working farm with woods and a large stream running through it. I would love to  breathe in the smells of nature, play with the farm animals and watch the birds as they flew overhead.  I used to collect nature’s treasures such as old snake skins, turtle shells, leaves, and but especially stones. Moving to Delaware that exploration just moved to the beach and collecting sea glass, and beach stones and breathing the salt air and listening to the rhythm of the waves crash on the beach. I always tried to pattern my breathing to the waves.

Mark, who has been with me on countless photographing nature walks, has mentioned that he observes me in a kind of meditative thought when I have a camera in my hand. I find the noise in my head stops, my breathing slows down, and I look at the world through whatever lens, I just happen to have on my camera at that time.

I have noticed that my life, my store which reflects me, has been evolving especially in the last year. I am getting away from the “gifty” side and moving more into the nature holistic side.  When you walk in my shop people have said “it is very relaxing in here”.  I have soft piano music playing in the background, you see the beauty of nature in all the stones and sea glass all around and my wire wrapping. Many people gravitate toward the moving sand art pictures, Exotic Sands, and just stand there and watch it, commenting that it is very Zen like.  l will always be focusing on my wire wrapping and my photography, but as you walk in now also see doTerra Essential Oils as well the HempWorx Hemp CBD oils. I am looking forward to seeing where this new self-discovery and new word BREATHE take me.

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Lewes Businesses for Better Bags

 

Plastic bags are the second most common beach litter in Delaware after cigarette butts. In 2017 the University of Delaware master’s seminar called Debating Marine conservation created a program called Businesses for Better Bags. The students partnered with the Fashion and Apparel Studies department and designed a reusable bag for local businesses to sell.

Horseshoe Crab Lewes Logo out to sea   The students designed the bag, sourced a bag made in the USA from recycled plastic bottles, yes, it’s washable. The design is the state of Delaware with a horseshoe crab marking Lewes  In conjunction with Earth Day celebrations, the UD students’ initiative was written up in Parade magazine which is inserted into national newspapers. The students’ website  https://lewesplasticbagproject.weebly.com received a huge number of hits with a sizeable interest in purchasing the bags.

They presented their Businesses for Better Bags initiative for which they received funding from the Sea Grant program to provide the seed money to launch the purchase of recyclable bags. The goals of the program are to reduce the number of single use plastic bags being used in retail establishments. The program has been designed to be sustainable and continue once initial Sea Grant support has expired. The Historic Lewes Business district is the pilot program for this. In hopes that all of Delaware will eventually adopt this program.

 The bags are now available in many of the Historic Lewes retail businesses with the Businesses for Better Bags logo. The students ordered over 1,500 bags and in turn Historic Lewes Business will sell them for $10. The Lewes chamber will sell them online https://www.leweschamber.com or 302-645-8073 for $20 plus shipping.

We hope that you will help support our efforts in reducing the usage of single use plastic bags. With the hopes of a Plastic Free Delaware https://plasticfreedelaware.org

lcoc-flyer_biz for better bags

What is so special about the Lewes, DE reusable bags and the Businesses for Better Bags Program?

-The bags are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, and are washable as well as recyclable all produced and printed in the USA.

-The average family will bring home almost 1500 single use plastic bags each year. These bags are used for on average 12 minutes, but have a life expectancy of 1000 years.

-Plastic bag productions is environmentally damaging requiring substantial amounts of water and petroleum. Paper bags are not the answer either since they fossil fuels, water and higher transportation cost.

-Plastic bags are the 2nd most common for of Delaware Beach trash. Due to their lightweight and durable design many blow out of landfills into natural environments, causing the deaths of 100,000 marine animals annually. It also blows into bodies of water and gets caught in boat motors and into farmers fields getting tangled into the farm equipment.

-This was a project of the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment for their Marine Conservation Course.

– Historic Downtown Lewes is the First Town in the First State to implement the pilot program to encourage Lewes businesses and patrons to reduce their dependency on single use bags. There are 16 Downtown Historic Businesses on board with the project to date.

 

Visit ​Biblion, Blooming Boutique Accessories, Deanna’s, Inn at Canal Street, Just Lewes, Kids’ Ketch, Lewes Gifts, Lewes Gourmet, Lewes Wear, Piccolino, PUPS, Puzzles, Sand N Stones, Shorebreak, Treasures, and Vintage Underground to buy your bag for $10 and support the local stores who put the environment first!

-This is a sustainable program supported by Delaware Sea Grant and the Green Team Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lewes, Delaware, Lewes Chamber of Commerce and designed by fashion students at University of Delaware.

To learn more about this project https://lewesplasticbagproject.weebly.com/

This is a video that was produced by WRDE talking about this very subject. https://youtu.be/QPbRmSjYk4Q

Lewes-BBB-Bags

 

 

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What are we going to do with all this recycled glass?

Yesterday, a gentleman came into Sand N Stones and we started talking about sea glass, and what sea glass is. It is essentially our trash that has found its way into a large body of water, the waves break it up, the tide comes along smoothing the edges with the sand, and it is the acidity of the water, eating away at the glass causing the coveted frosting. It takes 50+ years to make a piece of glass into a piece of sea glass. I also explained that glass is a made from a natural products, Lime, Soda, and Sand when mixed together it forms sand. We started talking about how we wished that more things were made from glass.

I know that we can sterilize glass and reuse it over and over again. How things taste so much better when it is served in glass vs plastic. I realize that it cost more to ship glass than plastic, because of the weight of the glass.  The money that we are paying for environmental clean-up and health care issues caused by the plastics and styrofoam, would surely make up for the shipping cost of glass.

There is an island floating out in the ocean, bigger than the size of Texas, purely made from plastic. Unfortunately, it only keeps on getting bigger. We than started talking about how people are not going to stop polluting, and how our great-great grandchildren will still be dealing with our plastic and styrofoam  trash during their life time.  At least with glass, the waves and the rocks will break up the glass, and eventually it will go down to a pebble of sand once again.

I told him that I have never heard of an animal passing away from a piece of glass, now I am sure that may have happened, but surely not to the extent that we are hearing about today with plastics.

He told me that the Recycling companies are having a hard time with recycling glass. They really cannot melt it down, so they are trying to crush it called glass cullet. At one time, they were mixing the glass with our asphalt, to pave our roads eliminating the need to presort the glass and replace gravel which is mixed into the asphalt. They also use glass cullet for match tips, tile, and counter-tops.  There has been some chatter about possibly replenishing the beaches, and the golf course sand pits with the crushed glass, but according to the gentleman that I was speaking with they are still getting slivers of glass that are sharp.  So they have not perfected that idea yet.

After the gentleman left my shop, I couldn’t stop thinking about our conversation.  What if we allowed Mother Nature to take over that process? It has been proven over time, that if we dump ONLY glass into our oceans, The waves will break it up, and  it will eventually go back down to a grain of sand once again. This would help with keeping the natural ocean shelves where they need to be. Instead of destroying them when we do beach preservation. It will not really disturb our marine animals and birds because they have the same enzymes that we have, and their cuts will heal, look at most of the manatees, whales and sharks they all have scars which have all healed. I do not believe that that the lime and soda that also is in glass, will disturb our wildlife either, since it will be mixed in with the glass, which is in a solid state.

Please do not hear me say, that I think that we should litter. that is not what this blog post is about. What I want to say, is that I feel that we should go back to glass containers, it is safer for us, our environment, and our planet.

I think that we need to come up with some simple creative solutions that will take care of more than one problem.

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Photographing on Delmarva

I have been interested in photography since I was in grade school.  My both my Mother and Father are shutter bugs.  My mother gave up photography  several years ago due to some heath issues,  but my father is still out there photographing, underwater as well as on land, and teaching Photoshop.  There are people who come into my store that are interested in Photography from hobbyist to professionals. I have the opportunity to speak to many of them about photography. Some give me wonderful nuggets of information.

Many people ask me where are my favorite places to go shooting? There are so many wonderful spots to take pictures here on Delmarva   If you like wildlife and nature here are just a few of my favorites.

If you like architecture, Delmarva has many historic and quaint little towns, that are great to go photographing in, a few of my favorites are.

  • Lewes Delaware
  • Easton Maryland
  • St. Micheals, Maryland
  • Chestertown, Maryland

Don’t forget that Delmarva  Peninsula is a large peninsula on the East Coast of the United States, occupied by Delaware and a small part of Maryland and Virginia. It’s also close to alot of other great places which are just a couple of hours away such as D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey.

I just found a new blog that many of my photography friends may be interested in… DelMarVa Fhoto Forum and The Perfect Tyme.

May I suggest that you join a  camera clubs in the area which you live, in Delaware we have two that I am aware of

  1. Coastal Camera Club in Lewes,
  2. Delaware Photographic Society
  3. Apogee Internet Photography Magazine Photography Clubs

Judy Rolde has been offering photography classes and workshops on Delmarva since 2004.  Some of her class include Digital Photography 101, Digital Intermediate, Digital Workflow, and Digital One On One.  Delmarva Photo Safari  to unique locations in the Delmarva area where photographers learn new skills while enjoying and affordable getaway. She takes people on 2 hour/ less than a mile  Photo Walks  combine historic ommentary with creative photography tips. Digital Phtography Expeditions, and Photo Scavenger Hunts.

Horizon Photography Workshops

There  are also photography workshop at the Ward Museum in January, Kevin Fleming will be doing a presentation. Art in Nature Photography Competition
August 12, 13 & 14, 2011  The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University

There is a Tulip Festival April 15 and 16, 2011 in Lewes, DE which has a photo contest associated with it. For more info on the photo contest please check Lewes Chamber of Commerce

Delmarva on View Photography Contest sponsored by the Lewes  Public Library

Just a few ideas. If we band together, you may be able to car port with each other, and some of the events offer discounted group rates. Go For it! I hope to see you there!

I have been asked many times if I have any of my photographs on-line?  my reply has been no, scared of the right-click thing. I asked a professional photographer one day what he does to get his work to be seen?  He told me about Zenfolio.

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World Oceans Day

June 8th

World Oceans Day, June 8

I was looking through one of the books that I sell in the storeThe World is Blue, How Our Fate And The Ocean’s Are One   by Sylvia A Earle. Ms Earle is an oceanographer and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. In her book she talks about how  we have learned more about our oceans in the last 50 years, than ever before. She states that the changes that the ocean has endured has threatened the existence of life on Earth. How the planet is about to be on an irreversible environmental crisis, not just from the recent oil spill  but also from wasteful fishing, pollution, and global warming.   She offers suggestions and solutions that we need to act on now,  before it is too late.

 I am very much a nature lover. I have  lived around the ocean my whole live,  and have spent countless hours either playing in surf, snorkeling with the dolphins, photographing the shore birds, picking up sea glass, shells, or beach pebbles. After looking through the book, I began to think about how the water world and the land world are very connected. Not only by the animals that live in both land and sea, but also the food that we eat, the air that we breathe, and the relaxation and enjoyment that we get from beach combing.

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Visit to Tri-State Bird Rescue

Sand N Stones had a wonderful Donation Drive for the Wildlife Rescue Groups on May 29, 2010.  Thank you to all of those who came out and donated.

 

Tri State Bird Rescue and Research Center

On Tuesday, June 1, I took the donations that was collected to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Newark, Delaware.  I drove down this long shady road with large trees on both sides.  The road dead ended at the Frink Center for Wildlife, the home of Tri-State.

When I walked into the building I saw this large glass window, where I saw a few of the staff members feeding four baby robins some water with a small paint brush that they dipped into the water and let the water drip into their mouths. I was then greeted by a staff member. I introduced myself and told her that I was bringing the donations that we collected from the Wildlife drive. They were very appreciative.

I asked for a tour the facility.  She said that they do not allow visitors to walk around the grounds near the birds.  They dont want the birds to get startled and possibly re-injur themselves or get use to humans.  She did however, walk me up to the outside deck which over looked many of the birdhouses.

All of the birds at Tri-State are rescued, rehabilitated, than released back into the wild, except for one Ishta who is a Peregrine Falcon, who can not fly very well, so he has become a permanent resident at Tri-State.

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Peregrine Falcon who is a perminate residant of Tri-State. He can not fly very well, so will never be released.
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Sand N Stones

Several people have asked me why I changed the name of the store from Just For You Unique Gifts to Sand N Stones, Delaware and Nature Shoppe. I want to tell you why and maybe you will also understand why I have started this blog. Right now in my life, I am at a cross roads, I am finding that I am re-creating myself once again. Perhaps it is because I reached a mild milestone in my life hitting the big 40, or perhaps it is just because the world today is a very different world then what it was just five years ago.

Today, I am enjoying simpler things, like spending time with my love ones that includes my two yorkies, Topaz and Jasper, wire wrapping gemstones, and taking pictures of the world around me, spending time walking the beaches and the gardens of Delaware picking up Sea Glass, Sea Pottery, Cape May Diamonds, Beach Stones, and Shells. I have a shop, Sand N Stones, in Lewes, Delaware where I sell my wire wrapped or what I like to called wire framed jewelry, and my photographs, along with some Nature and Delaware books and gifts. When I think of Lewes, I think of Cape Henlopen State Park where I spend countless hours walking and photographing my surroundings. I also think of the rich history that Lewes has to offer. Lewes was the first Settlement in 1631 as well as the first town in Delaware.

My vision for my blog at this time, is to tell you about Delaware, talk about the wildlife that you would find on Delmarva, what is going on at Sand N Stones, and a little bit about what is going on with me, but like everything else in this world, it will always be evolving.

I would like this to be an interactive blog, it isn’t much fun to hold conversations with myself.

Michele

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