Welcome to this issue of The Way Home

Vaccinations by Danielle J. Emel, ND/PhD
It Takes a Year to Make a Basket by Lee Davis

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Survival Outpost: Readiness and Survival in an Uncertain World
Meet Me at the Corner by Melissa Stepan

The Color Purple

Even if you don’t think that global warming is a real threat to the future and that the other negative “earth” issues are mostly scare tactics, Earth Day offers us an opportunity to take some time to stop and reflect with gratitude on the beauty we have been given here on our little blue orb “wandering” in the deep darkness of space. This time of year virtually forces one to stop and be in awe at the natural wonder that is bursting out all around us! My backyard is brimming with wisteria, chocolate mint, nasturtiums, oranges, loquats, rosemary . . . and many beautiful plants I cannot identify, but can appreciate! Earth Day’s motto might be this paraphrase of a great book/movie line: “I think it makes God mad if you walk by a field and don’t notice the color purple.”

Since Earth Day was two days ago, it seems appropriate to offer you “It Takes a Year To Make a Basket” an excellent article from a past issue of The Link and a second, very important article – Vaccinations – also from a past issue. Both articles are timeless in their value and significance as food for thought. Please enjoy and thank you for reading our publications! Michael Leppert


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Readiness and Survival in an Uncertain World: Why You Should Care To PrepareSurvival Center
By Kevin Baum

I recently stayed at a high-end hotel, for business, and was struck by how empty the place was. No matter where I went I was alone, wandering the halls of a seemingly empty facility. It was unsettling and strange, like a plot out of a B-grade movie where suddenly one person finds that he is all alone in the world.

One evening, while eating dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, I mentioned my observation to the waitress. “You’re right,” she said. “I think with one exception, you are the only person staying here. In fact, we just had to lay off a lot of our employees. Some had been here for years.” I replied that I was sorry to hear that the economic crisis has hit them so hard.

“It’s more than just the economy,” she continued as she stared up at the ceiling; “Something just doesn’t seem right. It’s as if the world is off course or something. Just watch T.V., it’s all doom and gloom. It reminds me of the months just after September 11, when the world went into a holding pattern while everybody waited anxiously for who-knows-what to happen. I’m nervous. All my friends are nervous.” She paused and looked back down at me as she finished her musings, “Anyway, one thing is certain: We live in interesting times . . . ”

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Meet Me at the CornerMeet Me at the Corner
By Melissa Stepan

In today’s world the idea of self-expression via the Internet can be a scary concept. Many open forums for kids and/or adults can be extreme and in some cases a dangerous scenario; however, there is a place and outlet that is indeed safe for kids and we wish to introduce you to it: www.meetmeatthecorner.org is a dynamic, interactive site which promotes and encourages individual expression and participation through video submissions from children worldwide. Meet Me at the Corner’s goal is to create a community of children whom can learn the art of self-expression and storytelling through video.

Donna W. Guthrie, author of more than twenty award-winning children’s books, is also the founder and creator of Meet Me at the Corner. Donna’s vision and concept has created a virtual media outlet for kids. At www.meetmeatthecorner.org children become reality-show hosts, journalists and directors of their own documentaries. Once you have logged onto this amazing site, you will have full access to past videos that include stories like twelve-year old music student, Aglaia’s interview with Alexandra Dunbar, an accomplished harpsichordist at the Julliard School of Music in New York City or Emma’s interview with children’s author Michael Buckley during their visit to Abrams Books.

Parents will love this site and love that their children have a safe, secure and creative place to express themselves, tell a story, display an interview and better yet, show off their videotaping talents. For more information on how your child can learn how to upload his/her own educational tapings, contact the Meet Me at the Corner editorial department by logging onto www.meetmeathecorner.org or simply call 719-633-3595. MS

Act Advantage

by Danielle J. Emel, ND/PhD

Medical doctors, as well as alternative health practitioners, can be found on both sides of the fence, fiercely arguing the pros and cons of vaccinations. Fear tactics are used to pressure parents to “protect” their children from “preventable” diseases. The myth of a society with no disease, thanks to science and immunization is rampant.

As a homeschooling mother of seven, and Doctor of Naturopathy/Natural Health, what follows is the reasoning that led me to NOT vaccinate my children. My decision was based on personal experience, as well as on research through books and articles.

First of all, what is behind the immunization philosophy? It is the belief that if we give a person the disease in a milder form, the body will, hopefully, remember how to fight it off, should it ever contact it.

I had been vaccinated against measles, whooping cough and mumps...and got all three of them, together...well, one following the other! The vaccination I had against tuberculosis was checked positive one week, negative the other, on and off during my school years. I could not use my arm for three days after a tetanus booster, and the smallpox vaccine given to me in my teenage years (before traveling to Eastern countries) got me quarantined for three weeks because my arm had swollen so badly (I could not put a sleeve on) and was oozing...Yuk! I was considered contagious! The irony of it was that during the time I was recovering, the World Health Organization decided that smallpox vaccinations were no longer required!

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It Takes a Year to Make a Basket
by Lee Davis

Hupa basket weavers tell their young apprentices, “It takes a year to make a basket.” They mean that a whole year before weaving begins, the many plants that make up a basket must be collected, each plant at its own time of year and in its own location. Gathering the plants takes longer than weaving the basket. The knowledge of plants and their uses has been passed down from generation to generation. Stories say this process goes all the way back to the time when the Kixunai Immortal Beings taught the first people in Hoopa Valley. And so it continues year in and year out. Children learn the skill of plant gathering and the art of basket weaving from their parents and grandparents.

Today the young people at Hoopa continue to go with their families up into the hills and creeks of their reservation. In these mountain forests, they learn how to find the grasses, tree roots, and ferns that their mothers and aunts and grandmothers will weave into beautiful baskets. Hupa baskets are used to prepare or serve food, like dear meat and acorn soup. Other baskets are made to cradle babies. The finest baskets are woven into caps which women wear at religious ceremonies.

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