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Little dreams little moles

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

I dreamed last night that I was in some random field, taking chunks of plastic and batteries out of the soil, digging with a shovel.  Two different moles popped their blind faces out of the earth and sniffed the air.  They were fuzzy grey-black.  Cute but not quite cuddly.  I was surprised to see them.  I didn’t get too close and they stayed at the surface for a little while.  Although they didn’t sing or dance or even squeak, their presence was assuring.  They simply observed in silence.  Then they returned to dig their Earth tunnels and I woke up.


Mole (Photo credit: Mick E. Talbot)

My friend Lucy called me yesterday with her usual greeting “Where the HECK are ya?”  “In the car,” I replied, driving (bluetooth – fret not, dear hearts). She said the following in about 2 seconds.  “I-just-wanted-you-to-know-that-I’ve-taken-your-challenge-and-not-bought-any-plastic-stuff-since-I-last-saw-you,”  “What?” I answered, I wasn’t totally prepared for High Octane Lucy, with my head in the clouds and my feet on the (hybrid) gas pedal.  “I haven’t bought any plastic crap since I last saw you, aren’t you proud of me?”  I was.  Very proud.   “Where are you?”  I asked, “Running around like a headless chicken. Gotta go. Call me when you’re free.” Lucy said and hung up.  I smiled.  I silently thanked “Down to the Last Straw Initiative” for re-awakening the uncomfortable reminder of our ocean’s plastic problem.

Praveen originally was the one who reminded me to spread the word.  I had spoken to Lucy about it and had even forgotten that I had told her.  We all must speak up.  Remind our friends who have forgotten.  Remind me!  Remind your families.  We are collectively responsible for making each other aware.  Like when a friend has a big chunk of spinach stuck in their teeth, or their fly undone.   They will thank you for telling them.

Like the slow cycles of nature, we gradually accept change.

We too need time and reminders.

One straw at a time, one bag at a time, one smile at a time.

One spark from one little dream is all that is necessary.

With love and respect and compassion.    

The moles will thank you too.


Earth Day Message

On this Earth Day 2013, I see a world where it is becoming ever hipper and cooler to garden and farm organically.


Me and my dad, Arran

I was hanging out in Richmond the other day, dad was busy, furiously typing when I walked into his office

‘Whatcha doing?” I asked.

He kind of hummed and hawed and mumbled for a bit.  My phone rang so I left.  About half an hour later or so, I bumped into him again.  “Hey Deepie, want to hear what I’ve been writing?” he asked.  My friend Nathalie Chambers was there, talking about conservation of farmland (more on that in the future).  Dad read the following out loud to us.  Nathalie was crying by the time he finished.  Me too.

“Dad,” I said, “I have to share that on my new blog”.

He smiled his beautiful smile. “Go ahead.”

Dad and mom are my heroes, more so every day.  Dad founded Vancouver’s first vegetarian restaurant called the Golden Lotus and established Vancouver’s first super-market size Health Food store called Lifestream in the late 1960s.  An idealist driven to business in order to advocate for the Earth, Health, Organic Farming and Ethical business practises, my parents are inspirations to thousands.  Dad has been called a ‘folk hero”, “hippie capitalist” among other names.  To me he is a loving, kind, and firm father with a fierce sense of justice. When he feels that something is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, ‘just’ or ‘injust’, he will stop at nothing to stand up and say so.  My Mom is a determined mother bear and lioness.  She also has that uncanny common sense with the wisdom of Solomon.  They are a fierce team.

In case you are wondering, the goal of “The Deeper Side Blog” is not to promote my parent’s or their company but to use them and many many others as beacons of light, as shining models; templates of success for those searching to creating meaning in life.  I was thrilled to hear from Tricia Millhouse Walter feeling moved by despair about the conditions of children in her neighbourhood and transforming that energy into positive action by working for the non-profit ‘Corazon’.  She posted on my first ‘blogger’ post and I’m not sure that came through.  She is another example of people moved to ‘be the change’.   Although I’ve started this blog talking about the right of the seed, I am brewing and steeping with overflowing words in my bottomless teapot of ideas.  I’m just wondering which one to write next – and trying to find the time!  I could write this blog 15 hours a-day, not eat or sleep (Yeah, I’m a little obsessive).

Here is the Earth Day message.


On this Earth Day, we give thanks to the Earth, our Mother, and to the Creative
Spirit, our Father. We give thanks to you, our beloved Customers for believing in
and supporting Nature’s Path and what we stand for: good wholesome healing
food, food which is good for the planet, good for people, for animals, for farmers
and all living things. We give thanks for Light and Love, Peace and Beauty. May
it heal, spread and overcome the dark, the forlorn, the hungry, the pain and the
forgotten. We give thanks to the hundreds of valued team members at Nature’s

On this Earth Day, we would also like to say a few words in support of the
powerful, relevant, beautiful and poetic new film about food which is being
released across North America and the world: GMO OMG by filmmaker Jeremy

There is a parable about the Earth, which we’d like to share:

Once, the Earth was asked how She could support the weight of the mountains,
the land, the oceans, the peoples, the animals, the birds and fishes. How could
she possibly withstand the occasional famine, war, bloodshed and poverty. How
could she bear such a burden?

And the Earth replied, “I can stand any burden, except an ungrateful heart.”

Love to you all,

Arran & Ratana Stephens