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Hello Friend, This edition of EHG explores Care - care for the planet, for each other, for ourselves - but, it is dedicated to honesty. Without those uncomfortable, honest conversations; we never genuinely align with who we have always hoped to be. My most exciting conversations right now, involve questions like, “What do I want?” and, “What do I want my world to look like?” As we slowly find our footing, moving forward in this Great Pause (there it is, you knew it was coming) my own particular aspiration, is to be honest with myself. In a powerful piece of caring honesty written for Forge*, Julio Vincent Gambuto writes, “Think deeply about what you want to put back into your life. This is our chance to define a new version of normal, a rare and truly sacred (yes, sacred) opportunity to get rid of the bull$*!! and to only bring back what works for us, what makes our lives richer, what makes our kids happier, what makes us truly proud.” I wish for each of us, room to truly pause, and bravery to question. #ChooseYourNormal ~Katie Boyer Clark *Julio Vincent Gambuto, (2020, April 10.=). Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting Forge. https://forge.medium.com/prepare-for-theultimate-gaslighting-6a8ce3f0a0e0

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Ayurveda Food for ALL seasons A physician who fails to enter the body of a patient with the lamp of knowledge and understanding can never treat diseases. He should first study all the factors, including environment, which influence a patient’s disease, and then prescribe treatment.  It is more important to prevent the occurrence of disease than to seek a cure. ~ Charaka   haraka is known as the Indian Father of Medicine.  It is through Charaka that we have the written record of Ayurveda.  Ayurveda, which translates from Sanskrit as the science of life, is holistic medicine from India that originated over 5000 years ago.  It focuses on each individual’s unique mind-body constitution, from which an individual healing protocol is derived.  This protocol addresses diet, lifestyle, and exercise to balance the body and bring it back to health.    Everyone has a unique prakriti, or dominate doshas.  Doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha, and reflect the 5 elements: air, fire, water, earth, and ether.  In Ayurveda it is stated, “as is the macrocosm, so is the microcosm." Therefore, the relationship between humans and the universe is intrinsic and cannot be separated.


Ayurveda categorizes all things into a balance of vata, pitta, and kapha. These attributes create everything in the universe, including our bodies. Vata is air and space, which have the qualities of movement, are light in weight, and feel dry and rough. Pitta is composed of water and fire, which have qualities that are sharp, hot, and penetrating. While kapha has the qualities of damp, stable, and sticky since it is composed of earth and water. Seasons of the year are divided into vata, pitta, kapha as well. Late fall and winter have the dry, roughness characterized by vata, so it is considered vata season. Summer and beginning of fall have qualities that are hot and penetrating, so it is considered pitta season. Kapha has the qualities of damp, stickiness and heaviness, which are similar to spring and early summer. People often fall ill between seasons or when there is a rapid weather change, which makes perfect sense in Ayurveda. In winter we have the strongest digestions due to the dry, rough qualities of winter. Our bodies want heavy, moist foods to relieve the internal dryness in the body and can therefore process this food well.


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ERICA HARMS graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences with a certificate as an Ayurvedic Practitioner in 2017. During this short period of time, she has opened offices in both Los Angeles and Oregon, writes a monthly column about Ayurveda, The Tea on Health; and conducts workshops at multiple locations in California and Oregon introducing people to the medicine of Ayurveda. LAayurveda.com

For example roast beef, potatoes, and gravy all offset the light, dry qualities of vata. A richer meal will balance and ground the body. But when Spring appears, and we continue to eat these heavy foods, mixed with the damp, cold qualities of spring; we get congestion. This often appears as sinusitis/allergies/ colds, but is really the onset of too much of the same qualities in our diet as in out body. This is when we must switch to light, dry foods to offset the damp, moist environment. Kapha favors the bitter, astringent and pungent tastes. Often not the favorite in the American diet, these flavors will keep digestion going rather than getting clogged up with damp, heavy foods that create mucous and congestion. Another important aspect of spring is eating less. A good rule of thumb is to fill the stomach 1/3 full of food, 1/3 full of liquid, and to leave 1/3 empty for optimal digestion. We need less energy in spring, our digestion is weaker, and we don’t want to cause an imbalance due to the heavy shift from dry to damp.

Recommendations for a healthy Spring/kapha diet: Pungent: Pungent foods have a spicy, hot flavor like that found in chilies, radishes, turnips, raw onions, and most spices. Spices include: cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, garlic, and paprika. Bitter: The bitter taste predominates bitter greens, like kale, dandelion greens, collard greens, and is also found in bitter melon, Jerusalem artichokes, eggplant,

dark chocolate, and in kapha-pacifying spices like cumin,  neem  leaves, saffron, and turmeric. Astringent: The astringent taste is the chalky quality found in foods like legumes - chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and soybeans are classically astringent in taste and very kapha-pacifying. Some fruits, vegetables, grains, baked goods, and spices are also astringent in taste - like apples, cranberries, pomegranate, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, popcorn, rice cakes, crackers, basil,  coriander, dill, fennel, and parsley.

Suggestions for a kapha diet: Fruits and vegetables that are cooked are preferred. Consider 2 meals instead of 3 – do not snack between meals. Incorporate lighter meats, like chicken, fish, shrimp, turkey, and venison. Take a tea or coffee for breakfast. A golden milk latte is an excellent dessert or meal replacement. There are several Ayurvedic treatments for sinus/allergy sufferers during kapha season. Nasya is a treatment with warm, medicated oil that is applied to the nasal cavity to reduce inflammation and promote healing of the sinuses while the facial area is palpated to promote detoxification and clearing. There are also several herbal formulations that can aid digestions, break down mucous, and support healthy breathing. Contact LA Ayurveda at 310-614-3669. Therapies range from $85 to $45 and can be viewed at LAayurveda.com.

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Mini Blood Orange Upside-Down Cakes [gluten free, vegan] May a sweet, soft and bright cake bring a bit of sunshine into the upside-down moments of life. INGREDIENTS: 2 cups oat flour ½ cup coconut flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 tablespoons chia seeds ¾ cup coconut sugar ½ teaspoon salt ❖ 1 cup oat milk (or alternative) 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar ¼ of a vanilla bean or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ cup olive oil Zest of 1 blood orange Zest of 1 lemon ❖ 3 medium sized blood oranges 2 teaspoons coconut sugar

METHOD: Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the first six dry ingredients. You may sift the ingredients without the chia seeds, and add them after sifting. In a separate bowl, combine all of your wet ingredients, including the zests. Set these two bowls aside. Peel the three blood oranges, and slice them on their sides into about ¼ inch thick rounds. If they start to fall apart a bit, that’s fine, you can rearrange them in your tins. Three blood oranges should give you about 12 rounds. Set these aside. Now, combine the wet and dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. The dough will be thicker than an average cake batter! Next, line a muffin pan with muffin or cupcake paper liners. I prefer the parchment paper variety. Sprinkle a small amount of coconut sugar into the inside of each paper liner well (spread about 2 teaspoons throughout the 12 wells). This creates a bit of caramel-like sweetness! Now, set one blood orange round into each individual well. You can rearrange them in any way that allows the entire bottom to be covered with a round of orange. Next, spoon or scoop the batter into each well to the top. Smooth the tops with a spoon. Bake for 20 minutes. Once cooled, flip each cake out so that the bottom becomes the top. The last step is to thoroughly savor each bite!

Maureen is a holistic nutrition and herb enthusiast with an extensive background in the natural products industry. She has an AS in Nutrition, and is the creator behind the gluten free and plant based blog, Sage + Citrus + Onyx. One can usually find her experimenting in the kitchen with unique flavors, researching everything, and chasing after her toddler. She and her family currently call Eugene home. Instagram: @sagecitrusonyx Contact: sagecitrusonyx@gmail.com


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When a baby or a child is unsettled many parents struggle. Taking care of the tiny human takes an immense amount of energy and patience but it is even harder when a child is uncomfortable or unwell. You may have heard that chiropractic can help with this. This how. Most of the energy that an infant uses is for growth and development, so they spend their time feeding, digesting and resting. All of these processes are controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system (which is part of the autonomic nervous system). This is the system that in infants, children and adults alike, puts us into “rest and digest”. The sympathetic nervous system is the “fight or flight” response many of us have felt when we have a fear stimulus. An imbalance in the autonomic nervous system can cause an increased fear response and decreased digestion and rest. Over time, this leads to an unsettled baby (and adults too!) Signs of this may be: • Prolonged crying, especially in the evenings • Extension of back, arms, or legs as if in pain • Frequent feeding as a comfort measure • Inability to sleep for longer than one hour • need to be held frequently, not wanting to be put down Chiropractors carefully evaluate the skull and spine as it relates to the nervous system. They are extensively trained in identifying areas of imbalance which can negatively influence function. Areas with restrictions are called subluxations and are corrected using chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors trained in pediatric chiropractic utilize light fingertip pressure or instruments to alleviate areas of fixation which allows the spine to self-regulate and create balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. To be clear, they’re not pressing “special sleep buttons” on the baby’s spine but rather allowing the baby’s system to settle by removing interference. Research shows that chiropractic in pediatric patients is safe, gentle and effective. At Eugene Family Chiropractic, Dr. Beth is always happy to offer a complimentary consultation to see chiropractic care is the right fit for your child. You can contact us at eugenefamilychiro.com or call 541-632-3540. 10

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A MESSAGE FROM HUMMINGBIRD WHOLESALE Providing sustenance for people in our community feels more important than ever. We work directly with farmers in the Pacific Northwest, and the greater US, and have developed long-term relationships throughout the supply chain. Supporting a robust regional food system, including all aspects of food production - growing, processing, and distributing - is essential for food security and a strong community. This has been central to our approach from the beginning and those connections are proving to be invaluable in the current COVID-19 crisis. With our Storefront closed until further notice, we are excited to support our local retail customers and encourage our community members to visit these local, independently owned natural grocers.

GARDENING & GROWING In the Pacific Northwest by Katie Boyer Clark


hen Judy and Jim Forslund moved onto the ½ acre in North Eugene, 8 years ago - they had a huge yard and 4 kids to care for. “Now the property is basically a giant salad. You could go out there and eat all day,” Judy says. When they moved in, there was little time or money for gardening. “I found out you can make a garden in about 15 minutes a day,” says Judy. “You can do it so economically!” She lined the porch with plastic clamshells from the bakery where she worked - making mini-greenhouses for starting seeds - opening them on sunny days and snapping them shut at night to trap in the heat. The garden grew, one mound and bed at a time.“Every year," she says, “we would make our own compost, add to the soil, and try new plants.”

Now Judy spends most days getting her hands in the dirt and helping others start gardens of their own. “You can make a garden anywhere! You can grow a whole garden in pots on your porch.” Judy is enthusiastic. “Start small and easy,” she says. “Plant things that give you instant gratification: lettuce, arugula, spinach, and chard. Herbs are best from starts, they grow very slowly. Add in some flowers; calendulas and zinnias are great. Just add to it every year.” Judy lets her plants go to seed at the end of the summer, and collects the seeds from the dried pods to hang in paper bags and sort for spring. “Buy good seeds. If you plant heirloom varieties, they will come back true.”

HEIRLOOM SEEDS AS DEFINED BY BURPEE SEEDS: The definition is open to dispute. But the term Heirloom is usually applied to fruit, flower or vegetables varieties that were being grown before World War II. Heirloom varieties are open-pollinated - meaning that unlike hybrids, seeds you collect from one year will produce plants with most of the characteristics of the parent plant. And that's key to their survival.

“You can get good heirloom seeds locally, from Territorial Seed Company, Renee’s and several others.” A quality seed company often publishes thick catalogs detailing not only all aspects of the seeds they carry, but tons of helpful guidance on growing. Judy and Jim will have a multitude of affordable and easy to grow starts available Spring through Fall from their garden on Gilham Road: veggies, flowers, herbs, and ground covers. They love to give out growing and propagating information along with any plants you take home.

“How could anything be more magical than planting a seed and watching it grow?” A FEW FAST GROWING FAVORITES: GREAT FOR POTS: Sorrento Brocolli Raab Katarina Cabbage Caracus baby Carrots Patio Baby eggplant EASY TO GROW! Italianischer Lettuce (resist bolting) Tom Thumb Lettuce (resist bolting) Arugula is so easy! Wild Garden Kales Green Wave Mustard Ching-Chiang Pac Choi Bright Lights Swiss Chard Sweet Million Cherry Tomato

Call 541-954-5818 for hours. “Be ready to improvise,” says Judy. “It does not cost a lot to have a lot - there are lots of resources out there.”

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SELF SABOTAGE AND TIPS FOR HEALTHY CHANGES Expectation is a scary word. Everything we do carries with it a sense of expectation; expectation about the way this health food is going to taste, how this workout is going to feel, and the outcome when you hear the words ‘weight loss’ or ‘heart health’. This negative anticipation is all about your expectation of what health is supposed to be and what you think you need to do to achieve it. Being healthy DOESN’T mean intense workouts every day, never getting angry, having dessert, or eating foods that taste like cardboard; and it doesn’t mean going broke to do it. Here are a few techniques we use to develop more sustainable weight loss and heart healthy changes, and to keep things enjoyable (the way it should be!)




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MAKE IT YOUR OWN AND DO IT YOUR WAY. Whatever you enjoy doing is what you’ll want to continue doing. So, don’t settle if you don’t like it. Let’s work to find out what your version of healthy is, and with it, what your personal version of success is. Here’s the rule though- you have to try a new habit or hobby 3 times before you decide it’s not for you. The first try to learn what the experience is like, the second try for you to give it a genuine effort, and the third try to decide if you enjoy it or not. Trying to incorporate a new food? The number bumps up to 10 times. 10 different times, not 10 bites at one meal! KEEP IT EASY Make the healthy choice the easy choice. A lot of people are surprised to learn that we don’t recommend learning a bunch of healthy new recipes. Instead, keep things prepped and easy to incorporate into your meals. Here’s an example: grab a bunch of random veggies from your fridge, cut them up, sauté them in olive oil, add lemon juice & a whole lot of spices (chili powder, paprika, pepper & turmeric are some of our favorites). Make a lot and stick it in the fridge. You now have a tasty, healthy veggie mix prepped to eat as a side dish, add to tacos/burgers, mix in with breakfast scrambles, etc.

JUST ADD IN MORE OF THE GOOD A lot of people put half of the foods they eat in the “bad” category and avoid them at all costs when dieting. No restrictive diet has ever lasted for anybody, ever. It creates a negative mindset of “here are all the things I want but can’t have." Instead, slowly introduce more good things into your day: add more vegetables with lunch & dinner, drink more water, add healthy snacks to your pantry, use more spices/herbs when cooking. If you slowly add more and more of the good, you’ll see that with time you have cut down on a lot of the bad, and you’ll have done it from a positive mental space rather than subconsciously creating a self-sabotaging mindset. EXPECT A DETOX PERIOD Studies show that sugar and cheese affect the same areas of your brain that hard drugs affect. Our bodies need a period to detox the sugar and salt out of our system, and for the first couple weeks you’re likely to experience pretty strong cravings. After those first couple weeks, your cravings will turn from physical cravings to emotional and trigger-based cravings. Forgive yourself for having a difficult time, it’s part of the process. BE FORGIVING Eat too much at dinner? Miss a workout one day? Didn’t get enough sleep? Forget to drink enough water? Oh well, those things happen. Studies show that those who are forgiving towards themselves have more success losing weight and changing their habits than those that kick themselves for every missed beat.

Lindsey Cerria is a cardiac professional and personal trainer specializing in weight loss, nutrition and behavior change coaching. Earning her master’s degree and working for Salem Health Hospital’s cardiopulmonary rehab developed her passion for obesity & heart disease prevention and reversal. Lindsey founded New Roots: Hands On Health so people ready for real change have one simple resource to increase their knowledge, hands-on skills & confidence in the areas of nutrition, fitness & behavior change.


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CONSIDER #HYPERLOCAL There are a host of cliches I could open with when it comes to the current times we are in. I’ll spare you those and favor a direct access point to the topic at hand.

Here’s how I have seen it go down through The Joyful Economy Project, a Boss Babes Eugene initiative that was launched when the crisis hit, as a way for small businesses to get the word out about what they offer. The Joyful Economy Project features a website listing and weekly digital + social media promotion on a “pay-what-you-can” basis from April 1 to May 31.

SMALL BUSINESS. Why it’s crucial to bring our attention into focus on spending and serving #hyperlocal. What does spending look like for the consumer when their financial situation has possibly shifted right now? What does serving look like for the small business itself? What does supporting hyperlocal look like as a community? I don’t have all the answers, but as A) a small business owner myself and B) the founder of Boss Babes Eugene which supports small businesses in the area, I do have a sense of what’s taking place, and what needs to take place for small business during this time of uncertainty; not only to stay afloat, but to thrive.

IT’S SIMPLE REALLY. As a consumer: you decide where to spend your money. Choose local, and whenever possible, choose hyperlocal. As a small business: offer products and/or services that are relevant and highly useful for the community you live in. Make it as easy possible for costumer to find, purchase, and obtain what you are offering. 16

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Many of the businesses that participated created a COVID-19 specific product or service, or reduced their price offerings to fit the current market. They adapted in a time of need as a creative way to keep creating revenue, and provide something useful for people in the Eugene area.

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A FEW EXAMPLES OF HOW BUSINESSES ADAPTED: Qi Qi Naturals - Clean Beauty Product line The owner, Ki Ki, who also happens to be an esthetician, nail tech and waitress - all services which were completely shut down by mid-March - not only continued to create her clean beauty line for shipping; but she also created an invaluable line of hand sanitizer. Within no time, her sanitizers were available to purchase online or in local essential businesses that were still open, such as Vitality Bowls Eugene. Localicious Eugene - Lynsi, a Eugene-based chef and meal planner, and Becca, an Organic Farmer and local food advocate; basically whipped together an online grocery market in no time flat! They provide the community with local farm produce and meat options, freezer meals, as well as pantry staples, snacks and household items. This grassroots effort helps ensure that people can get food safely. Civic Winery - Winery + Tasting Room Greg, owner of Civic, quickly adapted the now shut down tasting room to offer $1 delivery of local, regional, organic and biodynamic wines, right to your door! I don’t know about you, but a few bottles of wine were a necessary item to stock up on in our house, forget the toilet paper! Other Joyful Economy Project participants to look into, either through our website at www.bossbabeseugene. com, or through their respective websites include: Sierah Sew Fresh, EcoKids Village, Rock Star Residential Services, Lindsay Bone Beauty Consultant, and MECCA Eugene. Each of these local businesses shifted their offerings in impressive ways to serve the Eugene area community, and continue their passion filled business dreams. Supporting them is crucial now and forever more.

FINALLY, AS A COMMUNITY: It’s long-since been time to stop relying on big box chains and convenient corporate retailers for the things you use on a daily basis. Take the time to look around at what’s near you, consider who is making, creating or sourcing the items you most need. Re-think “need” and choose to experience the hyperlocal businesses unique to our area. Eugene offers an abundance of creative options for a more thoughtful lifestyle, one that encourages us to support each other, during crisis, and beyond.

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The Farmers Market is Open! Fresh and nutritious food is vital, and with safety as our highest priority, our outdoor farmers market is here to nourish our community. With the support of the City and the State of Oregon, we will continue to provide an essential access point to fresh, locally grown food.

Saturdays 9am - 3pm Tuesdays 10am - 3pm The f irst hour of market is reserved for seniors and high-risk individuals Downtown Eugene at the corner of 8th Ave and Oak St.

Our plan for a safe, h ealthy Farm er's Market to help keep you s a fe » Our vendors will be spaced for easier 66-feet of distance. distance. » Each booth will have a designated ''Social Social Distancing Safety Officer' Officer' » Neither vendors, nor their staff, will attend Farmers Market if ill. ill. » Cancellation fees will be waived » Vendors will adhere to(Center for Disease Control)protocols. Control)protocols. » Foot activated handwashing stations will be provided. provided.

» High-touch areas will be frequently sanitized. sanitized. » No samples will be offered. offered. » We We’’ll have reminder signs posted. posted. » No public tables or seating will be provided. provided. » No music or busking will be taking place. place.

All forms of payment (cash, credit/debit cards, and LCFM tokens) are accepted. Credit/ debit card use is preferred over cash when possible. SNAP/EBT cards are welcome and can be processed at the Info Booth. how you can h el p

» Shop quickly and do not linger after shopping. » Send only one member of your household if possible. » Do not handle items that you are not buying. » Thank you for your support of these efforts! efforts! » For full list of reminders: reminders: LaneCountyFarmersMarket.org Saturdays, 9am – 3pm April though mid-November and Tuesdays, 10am – 3pm May through October, at 8th and Oak in downtown Eugene. 20

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Our Mission: Some of the fun will be on delayed start depending on covid-19 precautions. Check website for current events.

The Whiteaker Community Market cultivates a gathering place that is inclusive, diverse, and vibrant. We support emerging local makers and growers through creating economic opportunity that is centered around increasing quality of life in the Whiteaker neighborhood.


Fun Facts • 30+ rotating artist, maker, food and farmer vendors • • No two market days have the exact same vendors! • • Free yoga with Stop Drop & Yoga, 11am every Sunday • • Live music and kid's activities in the park • • Join us for our 5th market season! •

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GIVE A SOCK - Every Foot Matters

“We deliver from the housed to the unhoused!" What...

We’ve been stuffing 1000’s of donated socks with donated essentials and important resources to access since 2014, delivering daily to fellow town members in need - mostly in the Whiteaker and Market Districts. Devoted to showing up to say, 'Your lives are important and they matter!' is the main reason we joyfully scour the streets to help and cheer up whenever possible. Humor is one of the most healing things on the streets and the laughter with friends found here could fill a book. The stuffed socks are generally tossed to the recipient in a quick game of catch, which most get a kick out of and enjoy seeing 'what’s inside this time.' Socks are the number one requested item for homeless people and stuffing them with snacks, info and other essentials also makes a difference immediately. Socks are delivered daily in either 3 (20 minute) runs or one hour all at once either morning or evening. Showing love is the best things I can teach!

We all belong here - we are all connected! What is given...

 Socks: Women, children, men  Snacks: fig and granola, fresh fruit  Information pamphlets: community resources to access & addresses  Vitamin C packets: EmergenC packets, herbal cough drops, tea  Positive messages: quotes, homemade hearts, uplifting messages  Body products: wet-ones packets, tooth care, chapstick, sunscreen, lotion, first-aid kits, mylar emergency blankets, hand warmers, sewing kits and more


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Who gives a...

We love getting the community involved and many friendships have formed through donations and help from: Over 100 clients have given especially a handful who give monthly, some anonymously  Individual community members including 93 year old Corvallis woman (Virginia) who hand makes 1,000’s of loving messages  A Florence couple gives monthly  People From Northern & Southern California, Sedona, Arizona to Switzerland  Bombas® Socks (buy one give one) gave 1000 last year  Urban Therapeutic  Banner Bank  Creswell Cub Scouts  Ridgeview Elementary and Irving Elementary  One of the first people we gave to, now gives us money monthly & delivers socks in PDX

Who stuffs the socks...…

Ridgeview Elementary did a huge sock drive where all first graders donated and stuffed hundreds of socks for over the Holidays  Blue Cliff Zen Center have stuffed hundreds so far  Creswell Cub Scouts My 9 year old niece Makenna and 7 year old nephew Miles and myself

Who gets the socks…...

Anybody in need and seen on the street .

Where we sling…...

What we affectionately call, “sock slingin’”, takes place from my car; tossing socks, delivering around the Whiteaker and Market Districts and River Road to anyone in need and Eugene Mission traffic and guests. There is a list of rules given before driving around which even the news anchor, Kendall Bartley followed for safety.


Socks are delivered daily either 3 (20 minute) runs on breaks or one hour all at once. In the morning or evening. Holidays too.


It’s something we all can do! There are many things I cannot do for those in need. I don’t give money, I can’t change the laws some have broken. I cannot bring back loved ones. But I can ask for things they need from people who have it and then give it to them. I can give information about where to get help. I can smile and create laughter at my own expense. I can show care to fellow town members who need anything but judgment. I can beg so they don’t have to lose more dignity by having to ask. I can yell and throw things. I can give until more shows up. I can care! My boyfriend died in my arms at UCSF on 12/23/02 of cystic fibrosis. Building relationships while dealing with PTSD from that experience has been tricky for me and triggers can be a painful paradox. It is healing for me confronting fears and building rapports with people…I may see daily or never again.

Wanted... needs from the community

HOST A BASKET to collect donations in your workplace (we provide basket drop off and pick up and social media pictures)  GET ON A LIST for sock stuffing socials hosted by businesses SIGN UP to come sock slinging  DONATE through mail or email to find basket locations - giveasock@ gmail.com  DONATE money through our website - giveasock.org  FOLLOW US on Facebook and instagram @giveasock We are a domestic nonprofit corporation registered with the secretary of state (not yet 501c3) giveasock.org giveasock@gmail.com P.O.Box 984 Eugene, OR 97440


My first volunteer experience was while living with my Nana in Maine in 1996, at age 17 - “Healthy Kids” - Parents Anonymous meetings, where parents would learn coping tips and I’d watch their kids during the meetings. FULL CIRCLE… I paid for part of my massage therapy education at National Holistic Institute using a grant I received for doing 1800 hours of service with AmeriCorps. With an education in both service and massage therapy, my first loves (23 years and 18 years) are now what fuel both my profit and nonprofit businesses. I love how it’s all intertwined - with the service work I did in my teens, building my massage education and now my massage business helping my service work! It’s so beautiful how so many of my massage clients love helping & bring donations on a regular basis. 2014 - Give a Sock - unofficially started 2017 - people started calling me, ‘the Sock Lady”. 2019 - Give a Sock, 2019 - officially started, registered state nonprofit, got social media and kept logistics - 6,132 pairs donated from hundreds of people, stuffed with goodies & given in 2019. I rarely follow the leader and can relate to the free range warrior spirits on the street who have fought battles and survived a lot. I imagine that in some ways we all can when given the chance to connect or relate. Connections made are meaningful and impactful both to the giver and receiver. Listening to intuition and honoring when to stop and when to keep going have been monumental. It’s a strange juxtaposition loving when my car is loaded with stuffed socks ready to give and then after, loving when my car is empty and all socks have been given. Thank goodness more socks keep showing up continuing this life pattern of having and not having. It’s hard to tell which feeling I prefer, having them to give or having given them, regardless both keep me going.

Thank you for caring and for sharing and for giving a sock! Love, the Sock Lady

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An Old Word with a New Perspective by Sara McRae


round the globe, respected healers have been providing telehealth and distance sessions for years, and people pay good money for it. There are healers who transcend the limitations of time and space to help you feel better, without any face-time at all. Even as a bodyworker who works with subtle energies, my reservations about this type of healing have caused me to raise an eyebrow and pensively touch my chin (except right now I should not touch my chin, due to Covid). When my practice was forced to close, I set aside my inner skeptic, and dove into finding out how telehealth sessions actually worked. Was this a way I could continue to help my clients? Would telehealth sessions even come close to yielding the results I get in the treatment room? Turns out, I’ve been so blown away by their effectiveness that I’ve considered whether or not I want to re-open my practice at all. [Insert gasps of terror from my bodywork clients] And in one key area, I think they are even better than in-person sessions. Here’s how they work: Some practitioners will coach you, and others will lead you in self-care practices

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over the phone or video chat, to get you back on track. Energy Medicine practitioners will connect to you energetically, or use their own body as surrogate to help you heal without ever meeting you, while you take a nap or sit comfortably in your own home. You may get a phone call, audio or email after the session summarizing what they found and what they did to help you.

Quantum physics has taught us that no matter where we are, our bodies can act as receivers. These sessions are incredibly convenient because you don’t have to get dressed, deal with traffic, take time off work, and you can relax in the comfort of your own home. You can connect with your favorite practitioner anywhere in the world, and quantum physics has taught us that no matter where we are, our bodies can act as receivers. These sessions are exceptionally

valuable for children, clients who are physically too unwell to travel, and for those staying home during a pandemic. Telehealth sessions are remarkably effective in clearing stress of all kinds. Results are on-par with in-person sessions, and in some cases they yield even greater results because they are less invasive to the nervous system. Even though your practitioner won't promise to fix anything, and I don’t know what results you’ll get, here’s what you might experience during a session: • A boost to your vitality, clarity and/or productivity • Sense of inner peace or inspiration • Pain relief and physical healing • New awareness around a meaningful area of your life

You may be surprised to find that putting your hands on your own body can do just about everything I could ever do to help you. Now that I have done my own deep dive these past few months, I can't deny that these sessions are a valuable part of my practice for the long-haul. When someone looks into the eye of their camera, with tears in their eyes because they can move their neck without pain, or they are suddenly released of the fear of going to the grocery store; the legitimacy is confirmed. So yes, they are effective, but that’s not the best

part. What has really surprised and excited me, is how empowering they are! The real purpose is not to fix anything for you; it’s to empower you to tune your body and become aware that you are your own healer. You may be surprised to find that putting your hands on your body can do just about everything I could ever do to help you. The interactive way I’ve been doing telehealth sessions, walks you through self-noticing your own body, and feeling the before-and-after results of every change. What releases the pain or stress may be a movement, a metaphor to ponder, or a manual technique that you are guided to apply on yourself. It is a powerful event each time you realize that you are doing the healing, instead of me. I recognized that these sessions will never replace the intimate connection and the benefits of touch attained when we come together in person. I am well aware that when I put my belly up to the screen and say, “rub here,” your session is not as glamorous as it would be in my treatment room, and it may not feel as relaxing as having my hands do the work. But telehealth sessions are the next best thing to bodywork right now. The type of relief they provide, at a time when stress levels are high and bodies are cooped up, is pretty valuable. And they provide a way for us to make meaningful connections when connections in-and-of themselves are key to staying healthy. I don’t actually want to close my practice to do telehealth sessions exclusively. I miss my clients too much. I long for the day I can open my doors and put my hands on people again. In the meantime, though, I am grateful I don’t feel shut down. I feel inspired to continue to make a difference in people’s lives. Now I know that I can do it from anywhere!

Boundary Lessons from Brambles by Sage Siera Salix

Herbalism is the practice of using plants medicinally, but it goes far beyond healing the body’s physical ailments; it can support healing of the emotional and spiritual body as well. Through herbalism I have gained body awareness, relief from anxiety and fatigue, greater nutrition, passion, fascination and sensual connection to the earth. As I deepen my herbal practice, I deepen my self knowledge. I find that the more I dive into herbal medicine, the more I dive into my own psyche and uncover places where the plants can bring my spirit into alignment. Brambles have been some of my greatest teachers and allies for emotional and spiritual alignment. Through observing, spending time with, and ingesting these thorny plants, we can receive the medicine of their fruits and flowers, as well as the equally important medicine of their protective pokes and boundaries. One of my greatest teachers amongst the many brambly plants has been the Hawthorne tree. Hawthorne has an affinity for the heart; it supports healthy circulation, blood pressure, and has a mild relaxing effect on the nervous system.* There is one Hawthorne on the land I live on that is a particularly potent teacher of boundaries. They have GIANT thorns and sweet, juicy acorn sized berries. Most Hawthorne berries have a sour kick to them and too many seeds to enjoy eating, but this variety is sweet and snackable. The message I get again and again from this Hawthorne is clear: We can have the biggest, sweetest, juiciest heart, but we must maintain strong boundaries in order to continue giving. Practices for Deepening Boundaries with Plants: Find a thorny ally and spend time with them! Some of my favorite bramble allies in the PNW include Hawthorne, Blackberry, Raspberry and Rose. Work with flower essences and other vibrational


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medicines such as Gemmos. Gemmos are extracts made with the buds of trees right before they put forth the first leaves of spring. They contain all the stem cells to grow the entire tree, and are thus very potent and require a smaller dosage. On an energetic level, gemmos carry the medicine of transformation, of remembering what we once were and opening into the unknown of what we will become. Flower essences are a great way to connect with a plant if you cannot be with them in person. Flowers are infused into water, usually in the sunshine or moonlight, and taken in drop dosage. I love using flower essences and gemmos before meditation or when sitting with heavy emotions, as they can work more specifically with the emotional and spiritual body. Enjoy a cup of tea or an herbal extract of your chosen boundary plant. Sit in presence with your tea, or take extracts with you on the go to remind you of your intentions to strengthen boundaries. Sit in meditation with a particular plant you feel teaches boundaries. Imagine this plant surrounding your body, mind, and heart. You can think of this as an auric field if that resonates with you. I like to say to myself whilst doing this "My boundaries are my own". This can be as in depth of a meditation as you need, but it can also be a simple practice to integrate throughout the day when you’re feeling overwhelmed or want to reclaim your sovereignty and energy. *For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Sage Siera Salix is the mother of Moon Mama Artemisia, a heart-centered herbal business focused on providing organic and wild-harvested seasonal medicines and workshops that empower folks to take their medicine making and healing into their own hands.

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o discover the answer to this, let’s first look at: What is it that makes movement nourishing?

Often when I ask that question I get the response, “It strengthens muscles.” If that were the case though, wouldn’t body builders be the healthiest people around? But, they’re not. Often, they get various types of organ dysfunction and die younger than the average person. So, to help answer this question let’s look at: What is the main system in the body that delivers nutrients and healing to the tissues? That’s right, the circulatory system! It’s the fluids that nourish the tissues, with blood being the main fluid of nourishment. So then, let’s look again at: What is it that makes movement nourishing? The movement of fluids in the body, is caused by the way we move the body! Circulating the fluids nourishes the tissues. Simple right? Now let’s look at: What aspect of movement is NOT nourishing, what is it about movement that can cause damage? There are various things that can cause damage when moving- twisting wrong, falling, over-lifting, etc., but they can all be classified under one thing; Impact. Impact causes damage to the tissues that we then have to heal. We can deduce that movement methods that circulate the most fluids, with the least amount of impact, are the most nourishing. What comes to mind for fitting those credentials? Swimming? Yoga? Qigong/Taichi? Hiking? These are all examples of movement that fits these credentials, but there is one in particular that really stands out from the rest- Qigong/Taichi. Qigong and Taichi are part of a larger practice that is called Internal Martial Arts. The important word there is internal, which isn’t saying that the movement happens on only the inside, but that it happens all the way through the body from the inside out. This is different to other forms of movement where it is just the outside of the body moving and not much happening inside. Still doesn’t make sense yet? Don’t worry we’ll get there. Photos by Katie Rose


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by Lucas Weiss Beyond Body Healing Arts

Internal Method of Movement. Rather than using tension to hold the body up and move, the internal method uses softening of the tissues and cultivation of Qi. The Qi is what supports the structure of the body instead of tension. Like a balloon being filled with air. The external method is like a mechanical system of levers and pullies; movements are disconnected - not moving through the whole body. The Internal Method is like a fluid hydraulic system, where the movement is unified and happens through the whole body. The body becomes like the Ocean, fluid and connected, the tip of the wave still one with the bottom of the sea. This makes it incredibly more efficient and nourishing, because not only is there ZERO impact, but the amount of fluids that can be circulated is far more than with any other method. My first Qigong teacher said that when one becomes adept at the internal method they can circulate more blood than the average person when they run, and my own experience aligns with that. I ran track and cross-country from elementary school into junior college, and also got into running marathons. By my early twenties it was destroying my body. I transitioned into yoga which really got the healing started, and then eventually found qigong. Once I started practicing the internal method everything transformed. Not only did my body become pain free, but it now feels as though I’m floating buoyantly in a pool. Beyond how it healed my body is how it healed my spirit and mind. We won’t go deep into it in this article but the body IS the mind, they are one thing, not two. How we are in our bodies defines the patterns of our mind. If you have ever had chronic pain, you know how that paints your experience of the world. How we move determines how we relate to and interact with the world. I also want to make one caveat understood. While I’m differentiating Taichi/Qigong from other practices; the truth is that anything can be done using the internal method of movement, making it truly nourishing. I’ve seen yogis who are moving utilizing the internal method, and I have seen people practicing “Taichi” where there is nothing happening on the inside. It really doesn’t matter what the external appearance is, what matters is that the proper internal principles are applied. A proper Qigong practice is the most effect route to discovering these internal principles which can then be applied to all movement. So, come check out a Qigong class and feel for yourself what nourishing movement really is. It’s nothing short of life changing! Learn more at: beyondbodyhealingarts.com

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IT'S ALL ABOUT BALANCE Therapeutic balance boards with two levels of difficulty, designed to correct hip, spine, and shoulder imbalances. Develop stable attention, a clear sense of midline, true core strength, a strong root and open the central channel. Balance body and mind.

without distraction. When you lose focus there is immediate, physical feedback - you lose balance! By balancing the body we balance the mind!

Luke Weiss developed these boards after a search for a tool to reveal and correct imbalances in the body. He tried other styles of balance boards, with an unfixed balance point that rolls under the board. He found that if the

the left and right sides of the body, from head to toe, to be in harmony in order to find stability on the board.

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balance point moves, someone with an imbalance will end up moving the balance point to favor the imbalance rather than correct it. By fixing the balance point in the middle it forces

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These boards are great for opening and strengthening the spine. They also help cultivate a stable attention, which is great for people with ADHD and disassociative tendencies. In order to find balance the mind must be able to focus on the balance point 30

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CLASSES SCHEDULE: (When we are able to safely restart classes)


• 5:30 Chansi Gong (spiraling energy skill) beginners welcome

• 6:30 Bagus/Xinyi. Prerequisite- qigong WEDNESDAYS

• 6:00 PM Hunyuan Gong (Primordial Energy Cultivation) Beginners Welcome

• 7:00pm Taichi. Hunyuan Taiji beginning form. LOCATION:

Ashtanga Yoga Eugene - 825 Monroe Street $15 Drop in Monthly memberships | 1class/week-$50 2classes/week - $75 | Unlimited - $100



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IT’S EASY CLEANIN’ GREEN! by Rachel London of Topsy Blends Apothecary

Ingredients derived from nature can do the same jobs that those chemical based products do! It’s easy, it’s affordable, and you might even find yourself enjoying the process! Green Cleaning disinfects your home naturally, as well as filling the rooms with a lovely, natural aroma. It’s safe for your home, family, and the planet. Chemical based cleanser can be tough on our immune system and can even cause allergies or respiratory issues. They can dry out our hands, cause irritations, and some synthetic ingredients contribute to indoor and water pollution. By using natural ingredients, you are improving your indoor air quality, helping environmental impacts, and you might even boost your mood while you are at it! Essential oils are incredibly effective and versatile for cleaning. Many of the antimicrobial essential oils like Peppermint, Lemon, and Sweet Orange also have uplifting therapeutic benefits.These essential oils are our germ-fighting allies. Citrus oils have a chemical compound in them called d-Limonene. d-Limonene has been studied and found to calm inflammation, get rid of germs (things like bacteria and viruses), support immunity and clear congestion. These oils are pretty darn handy to have around! While these oils have been studied and proven to support these claims, we cannot make medical claims on product labels unless they are approved by the FDA. So just because it’s not on the label, doesn’t mean they aren’t as powerful as chemical based cleaners! Science does not have to mean artificial or synthetic. Here are some easy to make essential oil based cleaning recipes that will give your home a thorough Deep Green Clean!

Multipurpose Countertop, Glass, & Mirror Spray Fill your 4oz Spray Bottle with: ✴ 1oz. White Vinegar ✴ 3oz. Distilled Water Add Essential Oils: ✴ 5 Drops Peppermint ✴ 5 Drops Basil ✴ 5 Drops Lemon

Close tightly, shake, and spray away!

Abrasive Scrub In a 4oz jar blend: ✴ 3oz. (or 6 Tablespoons) Baking Soda ✴ 1 tablespoon Castile Soap ✴ 1 Teaspoon White Vinegar Add Essential Oils: ✴ 5 drops Orange ✴ 5 drops Tea Tree ✴ 3 drops Peppermint

Great for scrubbing tubs, sinks, grout, & toilets.

NOTE: Be sure to make these blends fresh every few weeks as they do not contain preservative. Need green cleaning supplies?! Visit the Topsy Blends Apothecary in the heart of Downtown Eugene at 749 Willamette St. or online at TopsyBlends.com for organic essential oils and supplies to support all natural living.

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EUGENE HEALTH DIRECTORY Find Health Providers offering Online Services & Telemedicine at EugeneHealthGuide.com



Art Supplies MECCA 541-302-1810. materials-exchange.org

Julie Tilt Julie Tilt Health Coaching 541-566-6817 julietilt.com


Brenda Stebbeds Wellness Career Coach 541-357-4662 mywellnesscareercoach.com

Jasmine Rose Jasmine Rose Doula 909-206-9788 jasminerosedoula.com

BREATHWORK Meghan Quinn New Aeon Healing Arts 541-431-7317 newaeonhealingarts.com

CHIROPRACTORS Dr. Elizabeth Wasak Eugene Family Chiropractic 541-632-3540 eugenefamilychiro.com

ENERGY WORK Joyce Bunner, LE 541-517-2514 zenbriohouse.com/joyce Karlene Lichvarcik Tend | Medicine in Motion 541- 232-0677 tendenergy.com

Lindsey Cerria New Roots Health 541-780-2035 NewRootsHealth.com

GREEN SERVICES recycling EcoGeneration ecog3neration.com

HEALTH PRODUCTS Urban Therapeutic 541-357-4662 urbantherapeutic.com Wildfire Elixers WildfireElixirs.com

Sara McRae Zenbrio House 541-953-4537 Zenbriohouse.com

ESTHETICIAN Joyce Bunner, LE 541-517-2514 zenbriohouse.com/joyce

FITNESS Luke Weiss Beyond Body Healing 541-331-2860 Beyondbodyhealingarts.com


HEART HEALTH Lindsey Cerria New Roots Health 541-780-2035 NewRootsHealth.com


HERBS & APOTHECARY Erica Harms LA Ayurveda 310-614-3669 zenbriohouse.com

NATURAL GROCERY Hummingbird Wholesale 541-686-0921 hummingbirdwholesale.com

Lane County Farmers Markets Topsy Blends Aromatherapy lanecountyfarmersmarket.org Topsyblends.com Whiteaker Community Market 503-821-9066 MASSAGE THERAPY whiteakercommunitymarket.com Eugene Family Chiropractic 541-632-3540 NUTRITION eugenefamilychiro.com Hummingbird Wholesale Footloose Massage 541-686-0921 541-686-4461 hummingbirdwholesale.com footloosemassage.com

Michelle Heitman Movere Massage 309- 369-7372 moveremassageandbodywork.com

Whiteaker Community Market 503-821-9066 whiteakercommunitymarket.com

QI GONG Luke Weiss Beyond Body Healing 541-331-2860 Beyondbodyhealingarts.com

Amy Green Energy Alchemy 541-954-1880 energyalchemy.org

Holly Brooks 541-513-8224 hollybrookslmt.com

Megan Jones Vista Wellness 541-517-9733 vista-wellness.com

Perugino Coffee House 541-687-9102 peruginocoffeehouse.com


Hannah Wenke Mobile Therapeutic Massage 503-310-7281 mobiletherapeutic.com

Jen Champion Vista Wellness 715-621-0122 vista-wellness.com

Lane County Farmers Markets lanecountyfarmersmarket.org

WELLNESS CENTER Vista Wellness Center 541-517-9733 vista-wellness.com Julie Tilt Julit Tilt Health Coaching 541-566-6817 julietilt.com River Heartsong Sage Salt & Fire sagesaltandfire.com

OUTDOOR/ COMMUNITY Nonprofit Give a Sock giveasock.org

YOGA Amalia Coxe-trieger Vista Wellness 541-517-9733 vista-wellness.com Kimby Maxson Vista Wellness 541-738-8835 vista-wellness.com Mudra Yoga 541-543-9121 eugenemudra.com

ECOGENERATION Plastic solves a 5 minute problem, but lasts for eternity. One person working towards a single solution at a time, can change the world.


n January of 2017, there was a shift in the global recycling market as China banned the import of U.S. plastics, leaving residents of Lane County with a whole lot of plastic containers - and no way to recycle them. It also left us with a lot of questions. Tossing plastic containers into the trash was making this resident cringe, so I started piling them up in the garage, in the hope of a better tomorrow. David Gardiepy took a more proactive approach. He started looking into plastic recycling options. What he found was an issue much greater than just a single material. Cottage Grove resident, David Gardiepy graduated from Southern New Hampshire University, with a double degree in Continuing Education Practice and Psychology. As 2019 got underway, he was burning both ends of a brightly lit candle in his crusade for the transformation of mental health and addiction treatment services; teaching mental health classes while continuing to build his own therapy practice. He became very ill. In the year and half it took to find out that his parasympathetic vagus nerve was damaged, complications and allergic reactions to prescriptions led him to a stroke at the age of 28. Doctors told him to stop taking on the world's problems, to stop teaching, and stop counseling. Unwilling to stop caring, he took on litter. Gardiepy started EcoGeneration as a Facebook group in 2017 to share information and organize litter pick-ups around Cottage Grove. It grew quickly as people looked for new ways to deal with their recyclable trash. Oregonians, it turns out, want to recycle.

After the market change, Lane County Waste Management found Denton Plastics in Portland, OR who agreed to accept clean No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 plastics which they turn into raw material for manufacture. After the first Lane County Plastics Round-up drew over 1000 cars, Waste Managers looked for more sustainable options to collect the county’s plastic. In August of 2019, they started the Community Collectors program, with the goal of building a network of collectors who would bring loads of No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 plastics into the county after stockpiling them. EcoGeneration was one of the first to sign up, and began 36

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the process to become a non-profit which would allow funding for their recycling efforts to be tax-deductible. In addition to organizing weekly plastic collections for residents of Oakridge, Cottage Grove, and Creswell; EcoGeneration has worked to find recycling streams for other waste materials which would otherwise go into landfills. They have built relationships with a network of 29 different recycling companies all over the country, each of which takes and processes different materials. One such company, TerraCycle® tackles the issue from many angles to recycle as much as possible. After 2 years on the waiting list, TerraCycle® realized the sheer volume of EcoGeneration’s collection and put them into all of their programs. Keeping those relationships is full time work. “Most people don’t realize that recycling is an expensive endeavor,” says Gardiepy. Philanthropy programs are often cut and companies that process materials go out of business or cut programs from lack of funding. EcoGeneration has been able to stay on these limited programs because they have worked to send only CLEAN materials. “Every single piece of litter,” he says, “is sorted and cleaned individually to ensure that we recycle as much as we can.” On their pre-Covid schedule, when EcoGeneration was running 3 recycling collection days a month, Gardiepy and volunteers spent 60 to 80 hours cleaning plastics, and another 10 to 20 hours sorting and shipping them to the recyclers. Gardiepy would like to see EcoGeneration grow to include even more waste streams, a larger area, and more plastic. For now, they are limited by space and funding. EcoGeneration spends $600 to $900 a month in overhead costs; including business expenses, storage, processing, and shipping. For example, in order to send lower grade plastics and other forms of litter for processing, EcoGeneration must first purchase the ZeroWaste boxes from TerraCycle® to ship them in. EcoGeneration’s goal is to raise $7500 by July, which will just keep the operation at minimum capacity. PROGRESS Because of efforts like this, Lane County is able to set the Gold standard in meeting the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) benchmark of recycling 50% of all waste generated. According to the DEQ’s most recent report ending in 2018, Lane County

recycled and composted 53.8% of its trash. The goal is to reach 63% by 2025. When collection is not paused for a global pandemic, EcoGeneration hosts weekly plastic collections in Cottage Grove, Creswell, and Oakridge. Their Recycling Take-Back Program is unique to Lane County. In addition to working with Lane County as Community Collectors (Clean, Label-Free plastics resin coded 2, 4, or 5), they also collect and recycle within several other streams of waste.

Tax deductible donations can be made at: ecog3neration.com

TIMELINE JANUARY 2018 China implements ban on import of mixed plastics from U.S. Lane County Communities face a backup of recyclables.

Looking for information about starting a similar program in your area? Contact David Gardiepy at: admin@ecog3neration.com Follow @EcoG3enterarion on Facebook

APRIL 2019 Lane County Plastic round up draws over 1000 cars and collects 7.49 tons of plastic from individuals MAY 2019 EcoGeneration starts collecting materials for recycling from community members mainly cigarette butts (71.9 lbs recycled in 2019)


AUGUST 2019 Lane county waste managers work to build a network of trained Community Collectors to bring loads of No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 plastics into the county after stockpiling them.

Health and Nutritional Packaging, Disposable Razors and Packaging Febreze Air Care Sprayers Cigarette Butts and Cigarette Plastic Packaging Plastic Bags HP Inkjet Cartridges Shipping Materials (Air Packs, Bubble Wrap, etc.) and Block Styrofoam website for a full list ECOG3NERATION.COM REOPENING for collection JUNE 1, 2020 Join Recycling in the Grove FB group for current info

AUGUST 2019 Ecogeneration becomes one of the first Community Collectors for the County for No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 Plastics EcoGeneration starts the process to become a non-profit. A new law taking effect in 2020 requires all processing of non- profits to go through a registered agent. EcoGeneration solicits an attorney to complete the process. SEPTEMBER 2019 EcoGeneration receives Articles of Incorporation allowing them to operate as non-profit.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO: A few thoughts According to the Environmental Protection Agency, less than 10 percent of the plastic produced in the past four decades has been recycled. This means that pretty much every flimsy plastic fork, sandwich bag, colorful lighter, and candy bar wrapper that any of us has ever used is still hanging around here on this gorgeous planet.

We as individuals, can opt to change our habits. We can chose the less convenient way of doing something, for the sake of a long term outcome.

• Write to companies if they are using too much packaging. (You can find the public relations manager for a company via Google.)

• Bring your own containers for food, beverages, groceries, etc. Note: Some stores are not allowing customer provided bags - put the groceries back in your cart and bag them at your car.

• Self Examination: What is the #1 thing in your garbage can? How can you reduce that? How do you treat your possessions? Can it be fixed? Can it be reused? If you don’t do a self audit, you will never know what can change.

• Celebrate the days when you succeed, and make sure you pat your friends on the back for doing the same.


THE LARGER PROBLEM According to research article, Production, Use, And Fate Of All Plastics Ever Made by Roland Geyer, Jenna R. Jambeck, and Kara Lavender Law “We estimate that 8300 million metric tons (Mt) as of virgin plastics have been produced to date. As of 2015, approximately 6300 Mt of plastic waste had been generated, around 9% of which had been recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% was accumulated in land-fills or the natural environment. If current production and waste management trends continue, roughly 12,000 Mt of plastic waste will be in landfills or in the natural environment by 2050.” FURTHER READING: Grist - Plastic recycling is broken. So why does Big Plastic want $1 billion to fix it? By Shannon Osaka on May 11, 2020 www.researchgate.net/publication/318567844_Production_use_and_fate_of_all_plastics_ever_made


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by Jon Stinnett


ith a bit of creative thinking and the right materials, it’s easier than one might think to turn household scraps into something brand-new, something you’ll love that everyone will be talking about.

Each year, MECCA diverts about 65,000 pounds of such materials from local landfills and donates about 17,000 pounds of art materials to area educators and other community members. We’re a low-cost, low-risk option for those seeking art-making materials to inform their creative lives, and we also offer art challenges,

Take for instance, the ever-so-hip custom bag pictured here, created by Kyra Westwind, one of MECCA’s fabulous volunteers. Westwind selected complementary fabrics (the sturdiest she could find) from a book of fabric samples she found at MECCA. She stitched interior pockets from contrasting fabrics, sewed the sides together, flipped the bag right-side-out, and presto!

craft-making programs, affordable workshops and an open studio where folks can make it happen.

It’s the kind of creative reuse that we love to see, the giving of new life to seemingly unwanted materials and the removal of those materials from the waste stream. It’s a pursuit that’s been our unwavering mission here at MECCA for over 20 years, and we’re constantly blown away by the creativity that drives the Eugene area’s artistic community.

Whether you’re a seasoned reuse artist, a parent with kids who are driven to create, or an educator who needs art supplies for their classroom, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found at MECCA. You can find us at 449 Willamette Street next to the Amtrak station, online at materials-exchange.org, on our Facebook and Instagram pages, @MECCAEugene, or by calling 541-302-1810.

Every day, we hear examples from area creatives of all ages about the life-affirming benefits that creative reuse can bring. Finding a new use for an old item, allowing materials to challenge and inform the creative process, and connecting with loved ones over a shared craft; fosters a sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that we’ve each done our part to conserve earth’s valuable resources and live a more sustainable, environmentally conscious lifestyle. EugeneHealthGuide.com | EUGENE HEALTH GUIDE


Healing through C Once upon a time, you experienced

the freedom of coloring outside of the lines.

While the work of art that you created when you were 3 might have just looked like scribbles; you were engaging in a process of creativity by using your imagination. It didn't matter what the end result looked like, what mattered was that you enjoyed yourself in the moment. When you ask a young child what they


are drawing, you will often hear a of their creation and see a sense of pride in what they have made through the nonsensical scrawls of crayon. Pablo Picasso said,

“Every child is an aRtist, the problem is how to remain an aRtist once we grow up.”

At some point our inner critic evolves and we focus on the final product rather than simply enjoying the process of creating. We learn to believe if our doodles are not masterpieces, then we are not artists. For many of us, this inner critic not only says that “I am not an artist” or “I am not creative”, but also dictates

many other aspects of our lives and what we believe we are capable or worthy of. There are many factors that shape our individual narratives and beliefs, and our experiences of trauma and loss play a major role. We all have different ways we process trauma and grief. It certainly is not a linear process, and everyone's experience is different. Healing is messy and takes time.

In my own journey navigating life, love and loss- anxiety and depression decided to come along for the ride, as they often do. I found myself struggling to be present for others and myself because I was constantly thinking about the past or worrying about the future. My inner critic was loud, negative and full of doubt and fear. I felt lost, broken and hopeless. Searching for ways to quiet my anxious mind, and to process the powerful waves of emotions that continually knocked me down, I found an outlet for mindfulness through painting. Of course painting every now and then did not magically change the tune of my inner critic or make the pain of losing loved ones disappear. Giving myself the time and space to simply sit and paint with no specific vision or expectation became a form of meditation and a powerful reminder that healing is a constant process and takes time.


Write it down!

Journaling is

a great tool to sort through all of the thoughts and feelings running through your head. It allows you to reflect on your stories and engage in the creative process, whether you are writing, drawing or just scribbling. As you navigate your journey of healing, You have the freedom to color outside of the lines. It may not look like you imagine, but you will learn and grow. You don't have to be "artistic" to find healing through creativity, because it’s not about whether or not you will be the next Picasso. By engaging in an experience and practicing mindfulness you can cultivate awareness to process emotions and question that inner critic that lets you believe you are not enough.


Embrace your process.

In what ways are you already creative? Creativity is not limited to the arts. When you cook dinner, you are creating a nourishing meal. When you clean your house, you are creating a more comfortable environment. Notice the processes of your daily activities and the things that you enjoy, find creativity and mindfulness in the mundane.

Where do you find inspiration in your life? Let your inspirations be a guide towards health and wellness. Our inner critic may not believe we can grow and heal, but if you remind yourself daily of those inspirations, you can begin to rewrite the narrative and shift those beliefs.

You can and you are worthy!

Affirmations are a simple and powerful tool to provide you with inspiration and encouragement in the difficult moments and spark creative energy.


is the artist behind Pura Vida Art, a project inspired by her own journey navigating grief after her brother, Troy, passed away in 2017. The intention behind Pura Vida Art is to share support, inspiration and connection for anyone on their own journey of love, loss and healing. You can find her beautiful handcrafted cards, affirmation cards, and chalkboard art at Urban Therapeutic in Downtown Eugene. For more art and inspiration, and to see what is next for the project like Pura Vida Art on Facebook, or follow @puravida_art on Instagram.

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