"Deck the halls with balls of paper! 🎶 " may as well be the refrain cheerfully trumpeted by carollers as they melodically instruct us on the key points of successful Holiday decoration and gift giving. Not to be a Grinch, here–indeed, part of the thrill of receiving holiday gifts is tearing their wrappings with abandon in a treasure hunt that involves only one obstacle! However, it’s this practice that creates a dramatic increase in garbage going to landfills at this time of year. Fortunately, there are many ways to retain the fun spirit of unravelling gifts, repurpose the holiday spirit, reduce your contribution to the Holiday trash heap, reuse what you can, and recycle everything you can't...
When the tradition of hanging Tibetan prayer flags began more than 2000 years ago, Tibet was ruled by warlords who carried their own flags into battle. The native people took this as their inspiration but spun the intent on its axis when they made their own flags to honor the nature gods of Bon.
In the 7th century, Buddhism largely took the place of Bon, absorbing many of its characteristics including the flags, and bringing the new ideals of peace and compassion...
Under the light of April’s super moon was an auspicious setting for the groundbreaking of the Mexicali Blues Community Garden. The dream was hatched up a number of moonrises ago in the Mexicali warehouse, initially inspired by the green thumbs of our talented staff who proudly care for and display an exotic assortment of flora throughout the offices and workspaces.
The plants of Mexicali Blues lead luxurious lives presided over by figures of Buddha and Ganesha, serenaded by great tunes and alimented by love, light, and fresh river air. With the health and happiness of this groovy greenery in mind, a seed was sown. We thought, why not create a collective celebration of community and cultivation and share seeds, stories and inspiration in the sunshine with our Mexicali staff? It could become a space where we could eat lunch together, play frisbee, plant seeds and sing songs. This seed was germinated amongst the vibrant products and colorful characters of Mexicali, and in due time it was to be planted in the earth.
Left: Chauncey glowing in the light of the full moon. Center: The happy office plants of Mexicali Blues. Right: Our view of the first Supermoon of the season from our roof, decked out with panels from Revision Solar!
The first step was to find the perfect location for a garden, and what better choice than on the Mexicali grounds looking out over the beautiful Damariscotta River? Keith, our web wizard, was gracious enough to offer up his adjacent yard as a site and, albeit in the chilliness of early Maine spring, the idea, the seed, started to sprout. Keith also happens to come from a long line of horse handlers, and donated mature local fertilizer from his family farm. A few days later we found ourselves in the garden unloading a truckload of organic gold, removing square foot plots of sod, and establishing the framework for what was to come. We couldn’t think of a better time to start a labor of love than under the light of a rising super moon, especially when Venus was squared up with Mars.
Our sweet little seedlings getting ready to be planted in the community garden!
Two days later Maine offered us one of its famous surprises in the form of and April snow shower and the newly turned garden was obscured by seemingly never ending white sheets for the following few days. This was an opportune time to sow seeds in the comfort of our own homes and get some seedlings ready to transplant into the Mexicali garden come May. We’re excited to see what additions are brought to the proverbial table and hope for a cornucopia come harvest time!
What do you think we should plant in the Mexicali garden? Leave any tips for community gardening on our facebook page!
We’re sending out sparkling vibes of major gratitude to everyone who helped make our first Cruise for a Cause an amazing and unforgettable event! Big thanks to The Maine Dead Project for rocking the boat and keeping us grooving with awesome Grateful Dead tunes, Flatbread Company Portland Maine for donating and serving pizza to hungry dancers, Casco Bay Lines for sending us out to sea in style, and all of YOU for your amazing energy, enthusiasm, and awesomeness! All the money raised from ticket and pizza sales is being donated to Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, an invaluable organization dedicated to providing a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 30th year than this fantastic party with a purpose! Thank you ALL!!
See a video with Pete's terrific speech and awesome music clips here:
From the safety of your chair, climb hundreds of feet up Nepal’s Hongu River Valley to harvest hallucinogenic honey amongst the largest bees in the world! Mexicali Blues is hosting an exclusive, one-time-only PRIVATE and FREE screening of the stunning documentary film, The Last Honey Hunter, produced by National Geographic. Join us at Skidompha Library […]
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