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Hi, this is Geoff,

Let’s jump right into this week’s Friday Five…

Triple Love: As a surfer, permaculture teacher, and someone who has a deep love for the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, I found so much that resonated with me in the words of Andy Ceglinski, featured in this short 6 minute video: “It seemed like such a rewarding idea to be able to mill the wood and handcraft this board then surf it…It’s a combination of all the things I love.” I’m tempted to grab my board and head out after sending this off 🙂

Java: Conflicting nutritional advice means that it’s sometimes hard to know where the consensus is on eating X or drinking Y. So I have to admit that I was more than just a little happy to see this recent report on coffee. PLEASE – no one send me any articles that argue the opposite 🙂 Remember that as T. Haque once said: “A yawn is a silent scream for coffee.”

Leaving a Legacy: Some people inclined to bluntness will talk about death as simply, “becoming food for worms.” There is obviously so much more nuance, depth, heartbreak, and spirituality to it than that reductive view. So it was fascinating to see two Italian designers come up with something that they hoped would creatively honor the event of death itself, those departed, and those who remain: “Fueled by their love of trees, the pair created an organic, biodegradable burial pod that literally turns a person’s remains into nutrients for a beautiful tree growing directly up above.”  Though only at the conceptual stage for now, you can read how they envision its eventual implementation. And you can view a 13 minute TED talk by Katrina Spade about the same topic, approached in a slightly different manner.

Watch Our Backs: Some alarming news that I found deeply disturbing: “Last year was the most perilous ever for people defending their community’s land, natural resources or wildlife, with new research showing that environmental defenders are being killed at the rate of almost four a week across the world. Two hundred environmental activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders trying to protect their land were killed in 2016, according to the watchdog group Global Witness – more than double the number killed five years ago.” Full story here on what is happening, as well as additional resources on how to help.  Many thanks to the Guardian and Global Witness for shedding some light on this.

In case you missed it: A few pieces of interest this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:

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That’s it for the Friday Five.  As always, if you have comment / reactions / a different point of view, please share below.

Cheers, and have a great weekend

Your friend,


2017-07-17T07:17:57+00:00 Blog|7 Comments
  • Jerry McIntire

    Coffee… you don’t need it, like other drugs it takes more than it gives and you’re better off without it. Life has many other resources for energy, enthusiasm, stamina, …

    • Bill Crandall-TA

      The tree is good nitrogen-fixing understory, on the other hand.

    • Xisca Nicolas

      Say “I” do not want it, do not speak for others, this is food as any….

  • Jerry McIntire

    Thanks for the PRI links, they were my favorites in this week’s Friday Five.

  • CongressWorksForUs

    Without diminishing the impact of the increased number of murders noted in the Guardian piece, raw numbers can be very misleading. While more than double may have been killed than 5 years ago, if there has been a ten-fold increase in the number of people attempting to protect the lands, then the percentage has actually dropped.

    I am always cautious when accepting raw data that doesn’t have the accompanying data needed to draw a true conclusion. (Yes, I studied statistics in college…)

    That said, R.I.P. to all those who died defending what they believed.

  • Giacomo

    Hi Jeoff & staff!
    Reading about the “buring eggs”, I remembered I had read about something similar, available with the ashes (easier to be allowed by laws, for health issues), probably You too already knew about it, but…just in case:

  • Xisca Nicolas

    Sorry for the yawn, but it is not about being sleepy! It is equivalent to a decompression stop in diving with bottles: it just helps a change from sympathetic activation to parasympathetic relax. And of course sleep happen only in a parasympathetic state… Sighs and yawns always happen when you go out of any tension, and it is very good for you to learn to put enough attention to notice when they occur. Just my 2 cents, and drink coffee as long as you need it, but try to increase your metabolism and you will not need it that much! When you are fine, coffee can even help you sleep… Same as plants, life is about having a healthy metabolism, and we and plants all need sugar-carbon, protein-nitrogen, air light and water!