On Earth Day will you join us and plant a tree for the health of the world?

Tree of Life  


“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness”.   John Muir

While hiking through the woods in Sequoia National Park one summer, we came upon a grove of redwood trees.  Entering the group of Standing Ones, we felt ourselves become quiet as the awe within us grew.  The trees formed an almost perfect circle.   Allowing the silence of the place to sink in, we breathed deeply of the forest scent and relaxed into the peace surrounding us.  In this sacred grove of trees, we felt the connection with the Infinite.

In our home, we have on our walls beautiful woven pieces depicting “The Tree of Life”treeoflife.Dine symbol.   Each was created by a weaver from a different culture: Indian, Guatemalan, Native American.  The Tree of Life is a common image in art from around the world.  This ancient symbol is understood by people everywhere.  The symbol speaks of roots buried in the earth with branches stretching upward to the sky.  The tree serves as a living connection between this and other worlds.  Many myths describe gods and their messengers traveling from one world to another by climbing up or down the tree.

Long ago, in many cultures, trees were intensely worshipped. The Native American peoples called them the “Standing Ones.”  They respectfully used trees for medicine, food, fiber, dye, musical instruments, lodges for habitation and ceremony, and many other things.  Something precious was lost once modern peoples no longer viewed trees as living beings.  It became easy to clear cut acres and acres of trees to use as lumber without a thought of how great a loss this created.  For the sake of our Mother Earth, it is time to recall Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s words, “Reverence for all life.”

We cannot live without trees.  Trees have been called “the lungs of the world.”  They clean the air we breathe, taking in the carbon dioxide we exhale and we breathe the oxygen they exhale.  Trees are needed to produce rain and without the rain, topsoil is blown away, leading to the creation of deserts and hunger from famine.

“Oxford University scientists, after years of research, have determined the best technology to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and try to reverse global warming is to plant trees.” from Bloomberg News

Over the past seven years, we have planted over two hundred trees in Orange County, CA. Man has taken so many trees that it is now time for us to reforest the earth that provides us with the basis for all life.  Your help is desperately needed to replenish trees, locally and around the world. “God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”  John Muir.  We must always remember that we are all part of the earth.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here are some links for free trees and groups planting trees that need your help:

https://www.arborday.org/takeaction/volunteer/ http://www.nwf.org/trees-for-wildlife/about/tree-bank-information.aspx http://www.plant-for-the-planet-billiontreecampaign.org/ http://www.savetheredwoods.org/ https://www.treepeople.org/ LA area http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/trs/home http://www.treehuggersofamerica.org/

More about why we should be planting trees.

Love, Gene and Joyce

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Tell Gov Brown “WATER FOR PEOPLE NOT FOR FRACKERS” call or email him today. Governor Jerry Brown c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814, Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160 email at: https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php Tell Jerry stop the frackers from wasting 2 million gallons of CA’s water each day. Water for people not for frackers. California Imposes First Mandatory Water Restrictions to Deal With Drought By ADAM NAGOURNEYAPRIL 1, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/02/us/california-imposes-first-ever-water-restrictions-to-deal-with-drought.html

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The World’s Nuclear Situation as I see it

First I would like to say that I am opposed to Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power and CA glowNuclear Waste, and I have worked hard over the years to stop the building of nuclear power plants starting with Wolf Creek in KS in the late 1970’s. I am happy to say that I worked with many others to help shut down San Onofre nuclear power plant in CA in 2013.  I am opposed  to “Nuclear” on all levels for spiritual and ethical reasons.  My ancestors have told me to leave the Earth in good shape, in a better way for the generations to come after us. My ultimate goal is to find a way to do that. The only way to do that is to stop making more nuclear waste of all types and find the safest possible solution.

This all started with the making of the atomic bomb in 1944. People of the world never want nuclear weapons to be used again.  We now have to look to see all of the effects the world is still experiencing because of that action. In the very early 1950’ s it didn’t take long for the US Government and the military to introduce the propaganda program called the “friendly nuclear atom” which has turned out unfortunately for all living creatures on our planet to be anything but friendly.  It was stated by those pushing nuclear power that it was going to be “safe and too cheap to meter”.  It was noted that there was “one minor problem, and that was the nuclear waste and how and what to do with it.”   But “don’t worry we’ll have it figured out before these nuclear power plants reach the end of their life in 40 years.”  That, too, has proven to be completely untrue!  The cost of nuclear power is the highest in the world, and the problem of the nuclear waste has not been solved. Now, 70 years later, the world has millions of metric tons of high-level nuclear waste, and a large portion of it we are now finding out is High Burn up fuel or HBF.  Which is much hotter in temperature and many times more radioactive, which will need to be cooled for a longer time, and stored for an even longer time frame.

We now find ourselves with stockpiles of nuclear weapons and over 450 nuclear power plants in the world.  All of the nuclear power plants in the world are either completely full or will be full soon of nuclear waste.  Nuclear waste will have to be stored for many thousands of years.  Here lies the problem. The nuclear industry tells us that the new nuclear  technology for building new power plants has improved exponentially.  But of course we must use caution because the world’s history with nuclear safety has not been a good one!  At this time it must be asked how many more nuclear accidents can the world afford?  I say none.  At the same time I believe that nuclear power plant technology has improved somewhat with new designs and techniques, but still there is no answer to the nuclear waste problem.

Some questions that need to be asked:

  1. What are we going to do with all the nuclear weapons and nuclear waste?
  2. Is nuclear necessary at all?
  3. Should we stop making anymore nuclear waste?
  4. Is it really safe to store nuclear waste in populated areas?
  5. Are we going to let every nuclear power plant become a nuclear waste dump?
  6. How safe is it really to put large stockpiles of nuclear weapons & waste underground in one area or even in several regional areas for long periods of time?
  7. Will the safe storage of nuclear waste ever be accomplished, and how safe would it really be?
  8. Is the real solution to reduce the volume and the radiation risk of nuclear waste, and is this possible?
  9. Can renewable energy keep up with our power needs?

Answers and solutions that need action now. They are: 

  1. Shutdown and stop making more nuclear weapons and nuclear waste now is a must.
  2. I believe it will be proven that it is not safe to store large amounts of these materials together in the same areas for long periods of time, and that is not the legacy I choose to leave for the future.
  3. The reduction of volume of this nuclear material and radiation levels is the only satisfactory answer for the world’s future and this is the legacy I would choose for us.
  4. This will only be done in my opinion by fourth generation nuclear power plants that use nuclear waste and nuclear weapons as fuel. These new plants should be used until this waste is consumed and depleted and is no longer a danger to life on earth and then shut down forever.  This concept, of course, has to be proven to everyone’s satisfaction before it is put in place.
  5. Renewable energy sources and conservation can and will keep up with our power requirements for the future.

I know that many will disagree with me and have different solutions, and that is good. The purpose of this article is that we do not overlook any real ways to solve this problem. We must remember that we made this trouble for ourselves and it is up to us to make it go away. But to just bury our heads in the sand with our nuclear waste, will that give us the outcome the world needs?

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this–you haven’t.” Thomas Edison

Gene Stone,  Residents Organized For a Safe Environment (ROSE)

Drawing by Jerry Collamer

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Water is Life


water day-1“Water is life.” George Mackenzie Tlicho, NW Territories, Canada.

Water is Sacred to Indigenous peoples around the world because they know nothing on Earth lives without water, and that includes the living Planet Earth. International Decade for action “Water for Life”.  “On 28 July 2010 Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights. In 2006, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted decision 2/104 “human rights and access to water”.  It’s that face of America that Catarina de Albuquerque witnessed at the end of her U.S. visit.. De Albuquerque, the UN independent expert on water and sanitation, visited the U.S. to examine human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation. What she found was not befitting of the world’s richest nation.” from UN documents.

‘The human right to water and sanitation entitles everyone to water and sanitation that is available, accessible, affordable, acceptable and safe without discrimination. But de Albuquerque found that people of color and Native Americans disproportionately suffer insufficient access to clean water and sanitation services. While less than one percent of non-native American households have no access to safe water and/or wastewater disposal, 13 percent of Native Americans lack access.” from UN documents.

Here are some important facts about water from Water. Org:

  1. 1 in 9 people in the world lack access to safe water.
  2. Women and children spend 140 million hours a day collecting water.
  3. 840,000 people die each year from a water related disease.

From our personal experience:

We saw the reality of these statistics when we traveled with a group of volunteers to a small village in the mountains of Guatemala to build a medical clinic and provide basic healthcare to the people living there.

Many of the children were malnourished from the scarcity of food, but the main contributor to low weight and poor health was the lack of access to clean water.   Drinking from the streams and ponds caused the children to ingest parasites which created great suffering.  Medication and education about boiling water decreased the problem over time for that village, but the challenge to create a sustainable clean water source is ongoing.

After that experience, we never thought of water in quite the same way.  We saw for ourselves how a beautiful, vibrant child’s potential could be destroyed by the lack of what some Native American people call “the sacred life blood.”  Conserving water and contributing to clean water projects around the world became part of our lives.

On World Water Day, we renew our commitment to support the right of all living things to clean, abundant water.   We know many of you already have the same commitment.  Here are a few more conservation ideas to consider.


  1. Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.
  2. Verify that your home is leak-free, because many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
  3. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.
  4. Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)
  5. Take shorter showers. Replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.
  6. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

There are many ways for us to conserve water.  To learn more use the links below for some great tips:




First, we must acknowledge the sacredness of and the necessity for clean water for all life on our planet. Then we must learn to use this gift wisely and share it equally, respecting the rights of access to the source of all life.  “Water is Life” and we must take action now because “We are all part of the Earth.”

Love, Gene & Joyce

Image by Hamomilaki


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How will you find your place in the Universe?

How will you find your place in the Universe?

Until we realize we are not separate from everything in the universe, we will continue to believe that we are alienated from nature. Edgar Mitchell, one of the few human beings to earth-day-image-2013-9have walked on the moon’s surface, describes his experience of viewing the earth from space in these words, ” Gradually I was flooded with the ecstatic awareness that I was part of what I was observing. Every molecule in my body was birthed in a star hanging in space. I became aware that everything that exists is part of one intricately interconnected whole. ”

Indigenous people all over the world have long sought and found their place in the universe. The search for this understanding of how we are connected to the Source of Life is far under -estimated in modern times.

I spent many years searching for my own understanding of my place in the Universe.  One beautiful spring day in Kansas, I found myself sitting upon the earth watching the Thunder Beings forming over the ridge. As I continued to observe the gathering Cloud People, I had the sense that I was looking down upon myself from above.

In that moment of time, all things stopped.  It became clear to me that I was not separate from the creation, but I was connected with all of the creation. To truly understand myself, I knew I needed to understand my place in the Universe.

Feeling our connection, knowing who we are, helps us to find our purpose and live in harmony with all of our Relations.

We weave our personal vision together to form a common vision of good for ourselves and for the planet. Joining with all our relations, we can learn to walk peacefully upon Mother Earth, knowing that she provides for all living things. We are all part of the Earth.

Love, Gene and Joyce

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Gardening in the Web

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” Chief Seattle

As we begin to prepare the soil for our garden this week we are mindful that we are part of the earth. Bringing together the elements of mulch,water and seeds, we reflect on our parts in the process of life. We care for the soil as the soil cares for us. As we place each seed into the warm, rich, life filled earth we become more aware of our connection to the ever expanding web of life.

We live in a time of climate change challenges, lack of access to clean water for many, millions of tons of high level radioactive nuclear waste, and the existence of over 88,000 toxic chemicals introduced into our air, soil and water by humankind. We are not here only to be stewards of the earth, but to realize our oneness with the earth.The simple act of planting flowers and vegetables and trees becomes an expression of the sacredness of life. We realize that we are planting in the garden of life and we wonder about how deep and how far this journey will take us.  Love, Gene and Joyce


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SCE/CEP Event with the Bipartisan Policy Center

Here is a link for the next SCE/CEP event with the Bipartisan Policy Center for the public event on Nuclear Waste and California.  Event takes place on January 27, from 6 pm to 9:30 pm at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion, SJC, CA. 92675. This event will be live streamed as well from the link. below; http://bipartisanpolicy.org/events/u-s-nuclear-waste-federal-and-california-state-policy-implications/                                                                                                 Burden


Per Peterson
Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Geoff Fettus
Senior Attorney for the Nuclear Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

David Victor
Chairman, San Onofre Community Engagement Panel

David Wright
Former Commissioner, South Carolina Public Service Commission


6:00-6:05PM – Welcome and Introduction

  • Tim Frazier, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Dr. David Victor, San Onofre CEP

6:05-7:15PM – Panel Discussion #1

Nuclear Waste at the Federal Level: Solutions, Barriers to Progress, and Opportunities to Break Through the Barriers

  • Moderator: Tim Frazier, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Per Peterson, University of California, Berkeley
  • Geoff Fettus, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • David Wright, Formerly with the South Carolina Public Service Commission and the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners

7:15-7:20PM – BREAK

7:20-8:20PM – Panel Discussion #2

Nuclear Waste at the Regional Level: How Regional Stakeholders Can Take Action to Stimulate Progress

  • Facilitator: Dr. David Victor, San Onofre CEP
  • Tim Frazier, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Rob Oglesby, California Energy Commission
  • Chris Thompson, Southern California Edison, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
  • Jim Williams, High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee, Western Interstate Energy Board
  • Hon. Frank Ury, Mayor, City of Mission Viejo
  • Einar Ronningen, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station
  • Marni Magda, Community Member
  • – Wrap-up/Observations: Dr. David Victor, San Onofre CEP

8:20-8:30PM – BREAK

8:30-9:30PM – Facilitated Public Discussion and Public Comment

  • Facilitator: Dr. David Victor, San Onofre CEP

9:30PM – Adjournment

You must REGISTER NOW at the link above.


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