Homes and grandmothers

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Losing a home is devastating. How do you move forward? Journalist Sally Ooms traveled the country collecting first person narratives in her book, “Finding Home; How Americans Prevail.

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Wild and Scenic

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A day or two spent with mountains, canyons, or rivers, equals a year of therapy. Under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act (10/2/68), selected rivers of the United States “… with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition … shall be protected …”

Nevada County, California recently hosted the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, showcasing over 120 environmental and adventure films. A few people interviewed with regional and national concerns, and solutions: The Woolman Semester School (alternative school), San Juan Ridge Taypayers Association (gold miners v. clean drinking water), Sierra Club (overpopulation), Citizens Climate Lobby, Alaskans First Campaign (save the Chuitna River), American Rivers, Friends of the River, Sierra Nevada Geoengineering Awareness, and United for the Yuba. Western India farmers and lions are discussed regarding the award-winning film, “Pride.”

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Soup and coffee

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There’s only one farmer owned coffee bar in the United States. Do you know where it is? Pachamama Coffee member-cooperatives represents thousands of global farmer families, who receive 100% of the coffee profits.

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Urban forests and Great Basins

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The health benefits of trees and their contribution to saving money on utility bills are perks to their visual beauty. Ray Tretheway of the Sacramento Tree Foundation provides insight into the offerings of trees and why each community should have its own tree foundation.

And, we visit Great Basin National Park in Nevada.

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Burning Man and homesteaders

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Answering your burning questions about Burning Man with a round table discussion of five Burning Man devotees.

Also, we visit the Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska.

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Heifers and cowboys

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Heifer International not only assists families around the globe, but entire communities, improving nutrition, agriculture, income, access to health care, livestock management, gender equity, and education regarding environmental care. For 70 years, the organization and its volunteers have demonstrated how combined efforts really can make a difference for generations.

And, we visit the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, Montana.

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Snack bars and grass

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Everyone has a story. Who is that person who mows the grass at the local baseball diamond? Who changes the billboards?

I enjoyed a little visit with a woman who works and manages the snack bar at the Fair Oaks Theater (a small community outdoor theater venue) – Merete Bryant.

Also, we visit Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas.

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