Surferbird News-Links, 6th Edition


Welcome to Surferbird News-Links. Join me on an exploration of health, food, science, and the environment. For more information on the name and origin of Surferbird News-Links, see here. Oh, I almost forgot; there's always an earworm at the end of every edition.What's an earworm? you ask. Well, scroll on down to discover!

Surferbird News-Links, a weekly summary from across the web



Make a grocery shopping bag from recycled t-shirts - Although I used to earn a living from my great-grandmother's old, sturdy sewing machine, it now sits dutifully tucked away in its cabinet in the corner of the dining room; it hasn't seen the light of day in 13 years. This project doesn't require a sewing machine, but it's so easy that I might consider pulling mine out. These are so cool and such a great way to use old t-shirts. Old t-shirts also make great cleaning rags. The link above has other helpful tips on living green, also.

Ancient wood-pastures, an inspiring video - Watch a simply enchanting video, produced by conservation biologist Tibor Hartel, on ancient wood-pastures in Transylvania. More than just enchanting, though, these wood-pastures, created by the Saxons, provided sustainable grazing land and were enjoyed by surrounding villages for centuries. Rich in both biodiversity and a kind of sacred beauty, today, they are under serious threat.

For me, Transylvania was always more of a mysterious curiosity. Now, for some strange reason, I'd like to visit. Would you like to know more? Here's a link with more information and stunning images.  But for now, I hope you enjoy this short video along with the hauntingly beautiful music that captures the spirit and feel of these ancient woods.


The Sourdough Rye Adventure- Check out sourdough adventures on M.C. Frye's blog. This post links to the other posts on sourdough and features a clay baker, a serendipitous find from a local thrift store. M. C. Frye is writing a novel and bakes bread, as time allows, in addition to delving into many other interests. Even if you're not up to the task of bread baking, I enjoyed reading about these adventures and this delightful post on sourdough superstitions, along with many other interesting tidbits.

Eating naked in London - Can you believe there's already a waiting list of 5000 for this restaurant coming to London for three months this summer? I don't know - would  you eat there? It sounds cold, to me, but it did make me smile.


I haven't been reading  much news this week. My post on blogging explains why, and I have to say, it's been nice taking a break from the intensity of climate change and other serious matters. It's not that I don't care about these issues; it's just that I'm busy taking care of other business.

So honestly, I had trouble coming up with something in the health category of today's edition of Surferbird News-Links. Thankfully, I discovered this post on Mark's Daily Apple (blog)regarding growing old- a quiet reprieve from the news and a post that resonated with me.


As we come to a close of today's edition of Surferbird News-Links, I'm becoming aware that these posts seem to take on a life of their own as I'm writing them. I didn't know ahead of time that I would be including a link about growing old. As I said above, my mind has been elsewhere.

How fitting, then, to find this video of Been to Canaan performed by an older Carole King. I grew up listening to her music, and seeing her perform this song as a more mature woman inspires me to continue pursuing my dreams.

Her music plays along in the visual clips from my youth, and I've been aware, lately, that I'm gong to eventually need somewhat of a vacation - a Canaan. So maybe that's why this lyrical song has been swimming dreamily around in my head.

Or was it the hypnotic effect of Transylvania? The sweeping, gentle hills with their ancient oaks fill my thoughts with wonder. What was it like centuries ago, and how does that compare to the present?

I don't choose my earworms; they choose me. What will next week's earworm be? Well, let's meet back here next week to find out. Have a great weekend, everyone, and I hope you enjoy this performance of Been to Canaan.          Laura