Friday, February 25, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I will say it again

Wrap Text around Image "Animal agriculture makes a 40% greater contribution to global warming than all transportation in the world combined; it is the number one cause of climate change...

"omnivores contribute seven times the volume of greenhouse gases that vegans do...

"Most simply put, someone who regularly eats factory-farmed animal products cannot call himself an environmentalist without divorcing that word from its meaning..."

too good

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Art Day!

Thursdays mark Pick a Pocket's traditional weekly event: ART DAY. This Thursday I decided to give Liz a little visit. This was the outcome of my visitation:

This is honestly a normal Thursday in the Manchenn household.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I'm slowly but surely getting my list of fair trade products together. I believe honoring God continues on giving fair wage and keeping people out of captivity with the products we buy. I've not perfected it yet, but it's on it's way. Here are a few of my favorites:




Feel free to add to this list :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

A new kind of global marketplace

    For conventional economists, it’s a frightening concept that would slow growth, reduce the flow of world trade and curb consumption. It would force us to rethink just about every economic axiom we’ve taken for granted since the dawn of the industrial age.

Adding in the cost of you ecological footprint to every item you buy should (I would hope) promt you to think twice about the consumer choices you make. I'm studying more about this issue and have determined that the least I can do is use less, create more. Something I was convicted of while in Africa was: "is what I'm producing creating life?"

I know God is challenging me to give instead of take. Not only from Him, but from this Earth He's given us.

I can't wait to be back in the states and have a garden. I can't wait to make hummus andcan my own fruits and veggies :) Oh and learn mom's secret pickle recipe. Southern cookin' here I come!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


I just can't
Owning stuff

It's something deeper. People are looking for recognition from this world. From others. But what we really need and should be seeking for is the acceptance that can come from the Father. Not stuff. And good news, He's already provided that :)

My newest work:

Rich girl; poor girl.

Inspired by: Cory Absury, Bill Johnson, Komoto Dragon, and packing.




I take mine with cream

Untere Dorfstr. 56
Herrnhut, Germany

Thursday, February 10, 2011


currently missing:

currently reading :

currently humming:

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'ns Son!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dorthy Day

For know, dear ones, that every one of us is undoubtedly responsible for all men and everything on earth, not merely through the general sinfulness of creation, but each one personally for all mankind and every individual man. For monks are not a special sort of man, but only what all men ought to be. Only through that knowledge, our heart grows soft with infinite, universal, inexhaustible love. Then every one of you will have the power to win over the whole world by love and to wash away the sins of the world with your tears. . .Each of you keep watch over your heart and confess your sins to yourself unceasingly. . .Hate not the atheists, the teachers of evil, the materialists, and I mean not only the good ones--for there are many good ones among them, especially in our day--hate not even the wickedness. Remember them in your prayers thus: Save, O Lord, all those who have none to pray for them, save too all those who will not pray. And add, it is not in pride that I make this prayer, O Lord, for I am lower than all men. . ."

"Holier Than Thou"

I quote this because that accusation "holier than thou" is also made against us. And we must all admit our guilt, our participation in the social order which has resulted in this monstrous crime of war.

We used to have a poor demented friend who came into the office to see us very often, beating his breast, quoting the penitential psalms in Hebrew, and saying that everything was his fault. Through all he had done and left undone, he had brought about the war, the revolution.

That should be our cry, with every mouthful we eat, "We are starving Europe!" When we look to our comfort in a warm bed, a warm home, we must cry, "My brother, my mother, my child is dying of cold.

"I am lower than all men, because I do not love enough. O God take away my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh."

- (Dorothy Day Library on the Web at

Successful Living
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