Have you ever come across a homeless individual and felt totally uncomfortable?You see them and you know they are in need, but you are not sure what to do. You know that handing them money is not the best thing. But, you also see that they clearly have some needs. Their lips are chapped. They are hungry. They are thirsty. They are asking for help.How can you help?Here is a simple idea - blessing bags.
This was such an easy project. We are now going to keep a few “Blessing Bags” in our car so that when we do happen to see someone on the streets who is homeless, we can hand them a Blessing Bag. I first learned of these bags from my friend, Julie. I am using the picture of her bags (see above) because the ones we took were taken in horrible lighting and turned out really grainy and hard to see what is inside of them.If you’d like to make your own Blessing Bags, this is what you would need:Gallon size Ziplock bagsitems to go in the bags, such as:chap stickpackages of tissuestoothbrush and toothpastecombsoaptrail mixgranola barscrackerspack of gumband aidsmouthwashcoins (could be used to make a phone call, or purchase a food item)hand wipesyou could also put in a warm pair of socks, and maybe a Starbucks gift cardAssemble all the items in the bags, and maybe throw in a note of encouragement. Seal the bags and stow in your car for a moment of providence.This would be a great activity to do with some other families. Each family could bring one of the items going into the bags (ex: toothbrushes). Set up all the items around a table and walk around it with the ziplocks and fill the bags.
please include a couple pairs of socks actually! Socks are among the most highly desired clothing item for homeless individuals
Don’t forget to include small bottles of water (you can get a 12 pack of these at Wal-Mart for about $1.50) and some of those sweat absorbing cooling cloths you can find at the dollar store (which, as an athlete, are godsends) Heat exhaustion and dehydration can be just as lethal as hypothermia.
Also, speaking of Wal-Mart, they have an aisle packed with cheap travel toiletries. Swallow your hatred for the corporate machine long enough to go hog-wild, and put it toward a good cause.
Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens)
In the wild, yellow tangs provide cleaning services for sea turtles. The fish gather in groups and pick off algae from the turtle’s shells. This is mutually beneficial as the turtles get their shells cleaned while the fish get a meal.
Peter Liu via Flickr
PORCELAIN CRABS FROM CHILE
Porcelanids are decapod (with 10 legs) crustaceans in the widespread family Porcellanidae, which superficially resemble true crabs. They have flattened bodies as an adaptation for living in rock crevices. They are delicate, readily losing limbs when attacked, and use their large claws for maintaining territories.
Photograph by Arthur Anker
- Allopetrolisthes spinifrons
- Allopetrolisthes angulosus
- Petrolisthes laevigatus
- Lipetrolisthes mitra
- Alopetrolisthes punctatus
- Petrolisthes violaceus
- Petrolisthes tuberculatus
Miniature glassware by Winesiam
This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once
This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it?
It does it through the process of chip grafting. After sculptor Sam Van Aken bought a failing orchard in upstate New York full of hundreds of different fruit trees, he began the pain-staking process of grafting several of the different varieties together into one tree. Six years later, the result is this 40-fruit bearing tree, which includes some heirloom varieties that are centuries old.
Image: Sam Van Aken