August 2011


One of the great pleasures for a parent is to sit snuggled up with your child (or children) reading a book out loud. We are so fortunate today to have children’s picture books with outstandingly vivid and colourful artwork. Artist/authors such as Eric Carle, Jeannie Baker, Colin Thompson and New Zealand’s own Lynley Dodd come to mind. Readingout loud like this instils a love of books in young people. You can’t start the process too early.

One of the great disappointments I’ve experienced as a parent happened the day my children disappeared with the book I was reading out loud to them—to read themselves! The disappointment didn’t last for long. I knew I’d done my job. Our daughters are, to this day, lovers of books and literature. I now have to wait for our first grandchild to revive this great pleasure of reading out loud to youngsters. But you may not have to. Here are a couple of authors with adventurous stories to read out loud (until your children take off with the book!)

Arthur Ransome (1884 –1967) was an English author and journalist turned foreign correspondent and spy in Russiaduring the Great War. Upon his return to Britainhe settled in the Lakes District, the area which inspired his first children’s book Swallows and Amazons. Many more followed, telling of school-holiday adventures of children, mostly in theLake District and the Norfolk Broads. Many of the books involve sailing; other common subjects include fishing and camping. The books remain so popular that they provide a basis of a tourist industry around Windermere and Coniston Water – the two lakes that Ransome used as the basis for his fictionalNorth Country lake. We possess the series in the FNDC library system and encourage you to introduce these gems to your children.

Willard Price (1887 –1983), a naturalist who worked with National Geographic, wrote his Adventure Books to encourage an interest in natural history among children. There are fourteen books in the series. We have them all in the FNDC library system plus Price’s exciting autobiography. In reading his own story I discovered that Willard Price was born inPeterborough, Ontario, a lovely small city in the picturesque Kawartha Lakes region of Southern Ontario that I called home for five years. Here’s a brief summary of his books which I cannot too highly recommend for young people, particularly reluctant male readers, interested in adventure and the outdoors.

When naturalist John Hunt realises that both his sons are too young for their classes and getting too far ahead in school he makes them an offer: take one year out and work in the family business. Hunt runs a wildlife reserve and supplies animals to zoos, circuses and conservation parks. It is no surprise when both boys jump at the chance. The Hunt brothers, Roger and Hal, travel all around the world, studying and capturing animals and learning to survive on the African veldt, desert islands and Arctic tundra. The stories are sort of Gerald Durrell meets the Hardy Boys. They’re great fun to read and a learning experience. I love them.

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Jean Beliveau in the BC Cold

One of the most inspiring interviews I’ve done in my five years on the radio was with Canadian peace walker Jean Beliveau. Jean left his Montreal home to walk around the world 11 years ago. Today he’s still walking and on August 18th celebrated his 56th birthday. He’s now roughly 1000 km from his return to Montreal and a long-awaited reunion with his wife, Luce. What a journey it has been. Read the latest newsletter on Jean’s walk and follow him as he discovers what it’s like to camp in his own country with bears, squirrels and other forest inhabitants.

http://wwwalk.org/en/newsletter/20110817/newsletter-65.html

I encourage you to listen to the interview I did with Jean.

https://insearchofsimplicity.com/2011/01/20/jean-beliveau-%E2%80%93-a-dream-walk-around-the-world/

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

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Here’s a new and urgent message from our friends at AVAAZ.  This won’t take long. Olease help.

John

Dear friends,

The Amazon is in serious danger. The Brazilian Senate is about to endorse a bill that would dangerously weaken protection of this global treasure. But in four days, indigenous people will lead marches across Brazil calling to stop the destruction. Let’s stand with them and make this a global march to save the Amazon.

The Amazon is in serious danger: Brazil is on the verge of gutting its forest protection laws — unless we act now, vast tracts of our planet’s lungs could be opened up to clear-cutting devastation.

This threat to the Amazon has sparked widespread anger and protests across the country and tensions are rising. In an effort to stifle criticism, armed thugs, allegedly hired by loggers, have murdered environmental advocates. But the movement is fighting back — in four days, brave indigenous people are leading massive marches across Brazil to demand action and inside sources say President Dilma is considering vetoing the changes.

79% of Brazilians support a veto of the forest law changes and this internal pressure is leading some in Dilma’s administration to back a veto. But we need a global cry of solidarity with the Brazilian people to really force Dilma’s hand. Our global petition will be boldly displayed on banners at the front of the massive marches for Amazon protection. Let’s reach one million to SAVE THE AMAZON! Sign the urgent petition below and send this on to everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_amazon_a/?vl   

The Amazon

People love Brazil! The sun, the music, the dancing, the football, the nature — it’s a country that inspires millions around the world. This is why Brazil is hosting the next World Cup, why Rio has the 2016 Olympics and next year’s Earth Summit, a meeting to stop the slow death of our planet.

Our love is not misplaced — the Amazon is vital to life on earth — 20% of our oxygen and one-fifth of all the world’s freshwater comes from this magnificent rainforest. That’s why it’s so crucial that we all protect it.

But Brazil is also a rapidly developing country, battling to lift tens of millions out of poverty, and the pressure on its political leaders to clear-cut and mine for profit is intense. Now, they’re dangerously close to buckling on environmental protections. Local activists are being murdered, intimidated and silenced. It’s up to Avaaz members across the world to stand with Brazilians and urge Brazil’s politicians to be strong.

Many of us have seen in our own countries how growth often comes at the expense of our natural heritage: our waters and air get polluted, our forests die.

For Brazil, there is an alternative. Dilma’s predecessor massively reduced deforestation and cemented the country’s international reputation as an environmental leader, while also enjoying huge economic growth. Let’s come together now, when indigenous and environmental leaders are taking their battle to the streets and urge Dilma to follow in those footsteps — sign the petition to save the Amazon, then forward this email to everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_amazon_a/?vl   

In the last three years, Brazilian Avaaz members have taken massive leaps towards the world we all want: They won landmark anti-corruption legislation, and have lobbied their government to play a leadership role at the UN, protect human rights and intervene to support democracy in the Middle East, and help protect human rights in Africa and beyond. Now, as brave Brazilian activists are being killed for protecting a precious global resource, let’s come together around this critical day of action to save the Amazon and herald Brazil as a true international leader once more.

With hope,

Emma, Ricken, Alice, Ben, Iain, Laura, Graziela, Luis and the rest of the Avaaz Team

MORE INFORMATION

ICTSD: The Brazilian Forest Code: Exploitation and Preservation

http://ictsd.org/i/news/biores/111187/

WWF, More voices speak out against relaxing Brazil’s Forest Law

http://www.wwf.org.uk/news_feed.cfm?5142/More_voices_speak_out_against_relaxing_Brazils_Forest_Law

BBC — Brazil passes ‘retrograde’ forest code:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-1354400

AP — Another Amazon activist killed in logging conflict:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gpeblqINNdOyGwLJOL2QRXInY4bA?docId=CNG.b3569aafd06fe78f58be73c5faaa97a5.71

Mongabay — Majority of Brazilians reject changes in Amazon Forest Code:

http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0611-amazon_code_poll.html  

Science Insider — Furor Over Proposed Brazilian Forest Law:

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/05/furor-over-proposed-brazilian.html

Guardian — Death in the Amazon: a war being fought for us all:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2011/jun/15/amazon-rainforest-brazil-murder

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

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He’s been called an Indiana Jones of the spirit. In his first book, In Search of Simplicity, released in the Far North in 2009, local author John Haines chronicled his exciting, serendipitous journey around the world in search of the meaning of life. Inspired especially by the simple living villagers of the Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea and by the Hunzas in their Shangri La-like mountain stronghold at the top of the world in Northern Pakistan, Canadian-born John Haines followed a series of inexplicable messages to begin to live the ‘Good Life’ in the high deserts of Northern New Mexico, to a place he’d never been before. What he didn’t know at the time was that New Mexico was only one of many stops along a circuitous path that eventually brought him and his family to a somewhat more settled existence in the Far North.

Unlike his first book, which could be called a spiritual travel adventure story, John Haines’ eagerly anticipated sequel is more of a spiritual gardening adventure than a travel saga. Beyond the Search chronicles the author’s profound experiences and experiments with Truth, simplicity, self-sufficiency and the Spirit of Nature in New Mexico, Arizona, New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands. Although it is the sequel to In Search of Simplicity it is a complete volume in its own right.

Beyond the Search describes in an enjoyable, easy-to-read style John and his growing family’s sometimes faltering attempts to live the dream; to live simply, nobly and in harmony with nature and each other; to live an unfettered life, unplugged from the grid and disconnected from all forms of media, while remaining connected to the messages coming from nature and within.

It is a story of challenges and adventures—from rattlesnakes and a devastating hailstorm to an international gold mining company intent on developing an open pit mine literally on the other side of the fence—proving in this instance that an escape from the rat race is not always easy.

Beyond the Search is a triumph of the spirit. It is an inspiration to anyone wishing to live a little more simply, a little healthier and more connected with nature and each other. As one New Zealand reviewer recently wrote, ‘Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.’ (Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101) Like all life stories this one is not all a bed of roses. Haines shares with us how he overcame a battle with depression and the near loss of his marriage through perseverance and the will to make things work: naturally, of course!

In Beyond the Search Haines challenges some of today’s popular assumptions, suggesting we’re not merely victims of the weather, but co-conspirators in its creation. And if you’re having trouble with possums, read this book. I say no more.

John Haines lives today with his family in Coopers Beach. When he’s not writing he can be found on Doubtless Bay Family Radio or assisting patrons at the Kaitaia Public Library. His books are available in your local bookshop or by contacting the author directly at (09) 4060149. John is an inspiring speaker and is available for talks in the area. For more on John and his books visit www.insearchofsimplicity.com or www.johnhainesbooks.com.

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

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Watch this video to see if the carbon tax is something you would like to see:

http://vidcall.com/index.php/videos/show/2090/#chooseVidcallMailWin-coming-s%20%20

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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

When we lived in New Mexico in the early 90s it was easy to purchase raw organic milk at one of the local health food shops in Santa Fe. My friends Peter and Lilo here in New Zealand have been kind to forward some links on what is going on with raw milk in parts of the U.S. today. Do watch the following video and check out some of the other links.

http://www.infowars.com/raw-food-raid-armed-agents-bust-raw-milk-cheese-sellers/Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI1gvPmA_c8

http://www.youtube.com/results?uploaded=d&search_query=rawsome+raw+milk+raid&search_type=videos&suggested_categories=25%2C27%2C29&uni=3

Here is another article: http://journal.livingfood.us/2011/08/03/breaking-another-multi-agency-armed-raid-on-private-club-arranging-raw-goats-milk-for-members/

And a good one in the L.A. Times: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-milk-raid-20110804,0,7791693.story  

You may recall I’ve twice interviewed Geoffrey Morell who, together with his wife Sally Fallon is a co-founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation which publishes Sally’s recommended book Nourishing Traditions and a comprehensive quarterly magazine,  Wise Traditions. They are raw milk advocates. Here are links to the two interviews I did with Geoffrey. I encourage you to listen. Geoffrey is an inspiring elder with much wisdom to share.

Geoffrey Morell and the Weston A. Price Foundation on Voices from the North

Geoffrey Morell: Staying Young on a Nutrient-Dense Diet

Here’s a link to the Raw Milk Campaign

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

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The following  is a letter I intend to submit to the New Zealand Herald. It is part of my little bit to get people to think about voting a in a way that can result in real change rather than just fiddling while Rome burns with promises of tax cuts and the like.

As you know Einstein once stated that you can’t solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it. We have an election coming soon. It continues to amaze me how many people conclude they only have two options when voting—National or Labour. It’s the same all over the democratic world. In theU.S.: Republican or Democrat. InCanada: Conservative or Liberal. InEngland: Tory or Labour.

Labour is a scion of the much needed early 20th century labour union movement and has accomplished much in creating a nation of fairness and equality since it first rose to power in 1935. It is the oldest existing political party inNew Zealand. The National Party grew out of a mandate for private ownership of production, distribution and exchange. The National Party did much to create prosperity in a post-war nation once it gained power for the first time in 1949, and has consistently displayed more favour to farmers and business than the Labour Party. Each of these long-standing parties was created with noble intentions and has served New Zealanders well. But has not the economic, environmental and social predicament we are in today resulted from thinking that, no matter how well intentioned, has not moved to new and appropriate ways of seeing the world?

Our political system is fraught with problems. Its very nature encourages short term thinking and empty promises. This system and its incumbent thinking continue to embrace a global economy based on power and greed rather than people and the environment. Our current thinking has created the largest and fastest mass extinction of species in the planet’s long history, even more dramatic than whatever resulted in the demise of the dinosaur 65 million years ago. We are arguably overheating the planet while we’ve created an economy dependent on a limited and ever-diminishing resource—oil.

Isn’t it time for a change in consciousness?

The Green Party is far from perfect as it battles within an imperfect system. But it is a product of new thinking. It sprang onto the world stage in 1972 inWellington as the New Zealand Values Party. The name ‘Green Party’ came into being in 1980 in what was thenWest Germany. In March 2011 the Green Party claimed its first ever premier in a German state.

The Green Party rose from obscurity in New Zealand in 1999 when, after special votes were counted, it had obtained 5.2% of the Party vote and 7 MPs. At present the Green Party has nine MPs and is the strongest party in the country after National and Labour. The Greens are an imperfect party in an imperfect system. But, like National and Labour before them, they have arisen from the real needs of the time. A time that has come. A time that honours people and the natural world over power and greed. Which other party has co-leaders who are male and female? Which other party has co-leaders who are Maori and Pakeha? Which other party truly supports the little person? Which other party speaks for a natural world that can otherwise only speak through natural calamities and global warming?

In the coming election we can choose as our parents and our grandparents have, with the best of intentions, for National or Labour. In doing so we choose for more of the same—a global economy that exports our jobs to Asia, increases unemployment and crime, widens the gap between rich and poor and fouls the air, water and soil on which all life, including us, depends.

Isn’t it time to choose for a new consciousness and new thinking that can truly overcome the thinking that has created the serious problems our country and the world are facing today? Isn’t it time to make political choices that truly think of our children and our children’s children? Isn’t it time to choose for lasting, positive change? Isn’t it time to walk hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, man and woman, all races and all religions, to a brighter, greener more prosperous future for everyone? Isn’t it time to vote Green?

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

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