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‘Tis the Season to Get Involved Shannon McLeish, editor and Ciana Maglio, designer The holidays are here, the New Year is approaching, and Go Green Daytona is almost a year old! Did you know that? We’re pretty excited about our growing success in the community, but we have even bigger plans for next year—including becoming more organized and less time restricted. Those just might be personal goals, as well.

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On that note, please congratulation and welcome our new official chair of The Village Green committee, our own editor, Shannon McLeish—HURRAY!

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FYI, we have recently acquired a PO Box. Our new mailing address is P. O. Box 15204, Daytona Beach, Florida 32115. Also, as you may know, the vast majority of us are volunteers, which means we don’t have a lot of free time to spare. So in an effort to be fair to us all and still keep the quality of newsletter, we have decided to change from a monthly to a bimonthly newsletter. Again, for your convenience, here are some local green groups and grassroots community action organizations you might want to check out for the New Year: Audubon of Florida ( Daytona Beach Partnership Association ( Environmental Council of Volusia & Flagler Counties (

Florida Trail Association (

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Go Green Daytona ( Green Halloween® of Daytona (

Ormond Mainstreet Organization ( Save Our Neighborhoods (

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Save the Loop ( S.T.A.N.D. Striving Towards A New Daytona ( Rose Society find listings at ( Volusia/Flagler Florida Native Plant Society (

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Volusia County Green Ribbon Panel ( greenribbon/) Volusia/Flagler Sierra Club ( Volusia/Flagler Surfrider ( Volusia/Flagler Turtle Patrol (

Volusia Sea Turtle Society ( Wishing you happiness and peace during the New Year, --Go Green Daytona

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Fresh Greens CELEBRATING THE REVOLUTION: and a Side Order of Justice by Joel Tippens The day had finally arrived and when it did everyone recognized it. There was no disguising it any longer or anticipating its arrival – it had arrived. It was one day out of many but this was the one everyone had been waiting for. The thing about it was that it was never exactly the same day to anyone at the same time. Many people knew it to be one day and others knew it to be another day and others another still. But the day, whichever one you knew, had arrived. It was a holiday, of course, and celebrations were happening all around and for several days at a time and sometimes even weeks. The reason for the celebrations around the holiday could easily be given but it depended on who you asked because some say “this” and some say “that” and others don’t say much of anything at all, but you can still tell it’s a holiday by the look on a person’s face, a face reflecting celebration going on all around. Nevertheless, every celebration for every holiday, depending upon whom you ask, has several things in common – and they are all food items. The tradition of bringing food to the center of the celebrations going on all around dates way back before anyone can really remember, but everyone remembers there was always food and they celebrated with it. They didn’t celebrate with the food by lighting it and watching it explode in the sky, or throwing it for forty-seven yards

for a touchdown and spiking it in the end zone; or blowing into it so that it could be heard by people living far across the valley or the water or the street. They celebrated with the food by eating it. Most of the celebrating with food that happened once the day had finally arrived was very special to everyone, mainly because it was the fruits of labor and the spoils of revolution. When the day finally arrived and all the recipes came out to be pondered either by careful instruction or by memory, the food going into the celebratory meal was real! For many many years the food was not real food but really a collection of food products and most of it was made of high-fructose corn syrup that had been simmered in large profits kept by commodity traders. During those years and the celebratory meals that were served, many people grew sick – sick of the whole industry that was treating food as though it were not food at all and something that some had too much and some had not enough and some had none. The story goes that more and more people got so sick of it all they decided to change things and the next thing they knew there was a revolution going on around them as more and more people joined the movement and the movement grew, and grew food – real food. Young people got involved in great numbers, because everyone agreed it would never be a decent revolution with-

out a lot of young people, and they began joining in leaps and bounds. (The revolution was a lot of fun for everyone as they watched how the young people joined in leaps and bounds. “I wish I could still move like that!” remarked one movement leader.) The result of the revolution was that the whole entire food industry was turned upside down, and instead of standing it back up everyone grew a new one. The new food industry that they grew wasn’t really much of an industry any more, come to think of it, and many did, but it was a much better system because the food was real and it was grown in a way that didn’t damage the earth or the atmosphere or

your waistline and your health. The most amazing thing about the revolution, besides some of the leaps and bounds by the young people, was that the new system made sure that everyone had plenty of real food. When there was too much, it was shared. When there wasn’t enough, someone shared with you. So when the day had finally arrived and the holiday celebrations began on this day or that day, depending on whom you asked, everyone recognized that it was real and it was good – really good!

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Chasing the Green CUSTOMIZING EDUCATION FOR EDIFICATION by Debra Parsons , CDA It is always best to evaluate your family's needs and interests before choosing to homeschool, however homeschooling can be both exciting and economical when you turn to the great resources found in our natural environment. The unique and wonderful value of homeschooling is the opportunity to customize any unit study, though for parents of more than one child, it can be more of a challenge to accommodate the learning styles and needs of each child. It’s important to keep standards high but expectations realistic and flexible. When looking for the proper tools and learning direction, parents may wish to seek out a person they can trust to guide them. These days there are many resources available to homeschooling families. There are teacher discounts at educational stores and bookstores, social groups specifically geared towards homeschoolers, private tutors and tutoring programs with highly-educated experts in

Reading Playdough • ½ cup rice flour • ½ cup cornstarch • ½ cup salt • 2 tsp cream of tartar • 1 cup cold water • 1 tsp cooking oil Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture thickens and forms a ball. Allow the dough to cool.

specialized fields, and education groups for those families who join together and follow one specific curriculum, just to name a few. As taxpayers, students are allowed to enroll in public school extracurricular activities, and this option is even available at some private schools and churches— although normally for a nominal fee. Not only does homeschooling provide numerous benefits, but parents have the flexibility to incorporate conscientious stewardship into subject lessons and activities. There are many approaches that make good use of eco-friendly and recyclable materials, such as activities with milk carton or cardboard planters and homemade chalk and playdough. For instance, a history lesson could include art and music by recycling materials to make a drum using items such as a broken pot or tin can topped with a layer of fabric scraps and cardboard. An English class could easily feature aspects of psychology, sociology, history, science, and

While you are making the playdough talk about the measurements, allowing the child to see and assist with the measuring, smell the ingredients, and observe the physical changes together. These small steps are promoting your child’s social, cognitive, and hand-eye coordination skills, as well as addressing important subjects like math, science, and physics. The more senses you include in the

more, and any of these facets can be tweaked to include a focus on the environment. The flexibility provided by homeschooling allows a family to customize any class to fit those interests most important to them. When homeschooling is done properly, it can be very rewarding for both parent and child. Whatever style or method parents choose, it’s important to be responsible and consistent, and if help is needed, be sure to ask for it. Debra Parsons is the director of WHOLE (Wise Holistic Observations of our Living Environment), empowering families on the journey of edification. WHOLE is a weekly class open to homeschooling families in the Daytona area. It is an opportunity for parents to learn Charlotte Mason techniques from a Certified Child Development Associate and mother with over fifteen years successfully homeschooling children. The class focuses on positive interaction and conscientious stewardship. For more information, call (386) 675-8907.

learning process while keeping the activity fun, the more likely your child is to retain the information. *Playdough recipe taken from

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Green Gems TEN TOP TIPS FOR A GREEN CHRISTMAS by Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell 1. Do one family activity each night of December leading up to Christmas. Make a calendar for December and write down an activity you can do as a family for each date. The activities don’t have to cost any money. You could do a craft, cook together, take a walk in a beautifully decorated neighborhood, enjoy an evening of games, or put on a talent show for each other. The idea isn't that the activities should be unusual, but that you should do them together. 2. Decorate the tree with a button garland. Always wondered what to do with that huge jar of buttons stored on a shelf? Take thin wire and string the buttons. Make the garland as long as you like, then loop it through your tree. If you're sentimental like us, check out our Celebrate Green!® video on for an additional reason to work this bit of crafty magic. 3. Craft with old Christmas cards. Among other ideas: Cut them up for tags. Cut off the fronts and make postcards or new cards by gluing the fronts to another piece of folded cardboard. Make dimensional ornaments that look complicated, but aren't (Visit for instructions and video). But our all time favorite is to make placemats by using a piece of cardboard as a base, cutting the cards as you like, gluing down and covering with clear contact paper. We've had some like this in our family for more than 30 years!

4. Consider a living tree. How about buying (or renting) a tree in a container this year? Some nurseries rent them out and in one case we know of, will plant your tree in a city park when you return it after the holiday. Perfect solution if you don't have room to place it in a garden of your own.

5. Share the green. When you craft items or bake organic cookies, make enough to share. Bring the extras to your local police or fire station, a nursing home, hospital, or homeless shelter. Your kids will love it – and learn from it. 6. Choose gifts with an ecoeye. If you're not going to purchase a gift, consider the following factors. Few gifts will meet every guideline, but you'll be making a great leap forward when you think before you buy. Choose items that are locally made or fair trade; handmade; made from sustainable materials like organic cotton, hemp, bamboo or other sustainable woods; made from recycled or treefree paper or with recycled

parts. Take a look at our website,, for great deals on eco-gifts for everyone. (We have no financial stake in this, just love to support companies that are doing great, green things.) 7. Seek out decor you already have. Choose one or two dominant colors for your holiday decor, then send the entire family on a hunt through the house to come up with items with those colors. Then gather together and discuss how you can convert a red shirt into a pillow cover, for instance, or a green beaded necklace into a tree decoration. Use your imagination and creativity to re-purpose items. 8. Use fabric instead of paper to wrap. Watch our Celebrate Green!® video on to see how easy it is to wrap without tape or ribbon. Then check out for classy wraps and instructions. Or use scarves, napkins or other household fabric. 9. Localize your meal. Just because your local farmer's market has closed for the season doesn't mean you can't buy locally produced food. Some co-ops and natural markets carry produce like squash from local farmers. Or call up a farm and ask if you can come pick and purchase (unless the fields are covered with snow of course). Even if they are not normally open for this in the winter, they might just say yes – and what a fun outing for your family! Check with for farms near you.

10. Choose meaning over stuff. The difference between want and need is especially critical if we want to live "green." We can enjoy the best holiday ever without receiving every gift on our list. When we focus on having fun, family togetherness and relationships with other people, the joy we receive will outlast any present.

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green!® Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family. More tips on Celebrate Green® during this holiday season, including tips for Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and New Years can be seen online at or by buying the book Celebrate Green!®

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Gripe, the Green Guru NOSTRADAMUS WAS WRONG! by Gripe, the Green Guru In the future all products purchased during the holiday season will be made by persons earning a living wage who are also responsible conscientious stewards of our environment. Our future is not that foretold catastrophic picture of bubble-boy and vacuumgirl floating on a water covered planet interrupted by the occasional mountainous sludge leftover from landfills of a bygone era. However, in the meantime, rather than hold our breath (which most likely contains some percentage of carcinogenic and toxic particle matter), let’s make a commitment to put on our thinking caps before we choose a present for our loved ones during the holidays. We all deserve a bright future and a clean conscience. No cheap gift is worth the most likely promotion of Third World slavery, poor living conditions, environmental toxins, and health concerns. If you want to know how to shop this holiday season, keep the 3 Gs of green in mind: Good for the people, Good for the planet, Good for the community. If the item in question fits all three, it is a

greener choice than most and a step in the right direction. Some other key terms to remember are Fair Trade (federation certified with a capital “F” and “T”), USDA Certified Organic, and of course if you really want to be green this holiday season buy local whenever possible. For more truth about consumerism and the price we pay, watch the movie The Story of STUFF by Annie Leonard. It’s an eyeopener we all should see.

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I don't know what it is about the wind that makes me want to bake. After the two Gripe, the Green Guru truants went to bed (finally), I worked on getting the paperwork done for tomorrow's produce orders. Then Send your gripes to Gripe at (why? I mean, really, why?), thevillagegreen@gogreen at 11ish, I decided not to or the fowaste the two bananas in the rum at GoGREENDayfridge, so I made banana oat and receive a recookies. They turned out sponse filled with wit and pretty well, considering humor, but always relevant what's in them, if I do say information. so.

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fridge. 1.5+ c some mixture of spelt, oat, whole wheat, buckwheat (or any other flour), 1+ tbs cinnamon, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground cloves. Mix together and add to wet stuff. Add 2-3+ c of rolled oats and mix. Drop with a fork onto baking sheet. Bake the first batch and adjust as needed for following batches.

Short version of the recipe: all organic, wet stuff first, dry stuff second, greased cookie sheet, 350, 8-10 min. 3/4 cup coconut oil, a little over half a cup to 3/4 of some mixture of honey (primarily), molasses, and agave, 2 medium ripe (really ripe) bananas, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 c almonds or walnuts, 1/2 broccoli crown, 1/2 baked sweet potato, 2 smallish carrots, 1-2 eggs blended in a blender - feel free to substitute like veggies. That's just what was left over in the

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Angel Lowden Angel Lowden has been painting professionally for over seventeen years after getting a jump-start in 1992 when she was commissioned to create murals and designs for several major night clubs in the Daytona Beach area, including 701 South, Point Break, and 600 North. Since then, Angel has adorned the walls of businesses and private homes with murals, fine finishes, and custom art. Ms. Lowden is fond of using multiple mediums when creating a piece. “For My Father” is comprised of chalk, ink, oil, acrylics, Venetian plaster and wax pastels. Below is an excerpt of the letter she wrote to her father about this work:

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“I started it without knowing [what it would become]. It took me three months of drawing, chalking, and painting to get to the stage of covering most of it up with plaster that is made with marble dust. The thought from me was, ‘Sometimes things are created to only be for a moment.’ So … I covered a lot of what was visible [with the plaster] … I created a veil … true to what I have been taught—life is only a second that we can see. Everything else is hidden, but from all that can see.… Love Angel” If you are interested in more of her works please email or view Ms. Lowden’s portfolio at

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