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Jocelyn Campbell

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Jocelyn's life is all about balance. Maybe that's why she's an accountant and is such an advocate for keeping our natural systems healthy.
As a child, she perched on branches, collected moss and fungus, caught frogs and snakes, and climbed up into swaying tree forts in her beloved Pacific Northwest woods. Then, as a teenager, she learned that reining in sugar kept her more alert and energetic. These youthful observations grew into passions for walks in the woods, gardening, herbal remedies, and natural parenting with whole and traditional foods. More recently, Jocelyn's interest in the natural and healthy led to all things permaculture and she completed her first permaculture design course in 2010.
Jocelyn enjoys helping 1- and 2- person micro-businesses spend less time on their bookkeeping, or putting on feast nights at wheaton labs (the permaculture community where she lives with her guy, Paul Wheaton), or helping achieve further world domination for the richsoil.com/permies.com empire.
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Recent posts by Jocelyn Campbell

If you only knew the lengths they've gone to besides the donuts. Sigh.

Hospice has visited several times and offered services and...it's complicated.

I think we have this myth that people somehow become more noble when faced with trauma or death. I think we just become more human, flaws and all. Put another way, I think only a very few people are able to stay gracious, or be open when hurting or in pain (whatever type of pain that might be).

Counseling might help, and at the same time, it's not likely to make a difference when someone is in such enormous pain and fatigue that they don't know what day it is.

1 day ago
The combativeness with dementia seems to be common. One friend's mother became far less combative on a healthier diet and a change in medication.

I'm not a fan of prescription drugs, but I have seen dementia drugs bring a senior citizen back from a psychotic break to near normalcy, without any real changes in diet. The almost immediate near normalcy (wow!) was such a relief that I became far more amenable to drugs for dementia after that.

I had not heard of horsetail for detoxing from aluminum. That is interesting. See page one of this thread for a link to some lion's mane info on how it helps with mental clarity.

I think there is a fine line between enjoying life, especially if it's looking to be a limited time, and optimizing life through diet. And we're all going to make different choices or have more or less control of ourselves in this space.

A friend of my former neighbor lost his feet, actually his lower legs, to not managing his type 2 diabetes well. I think for those of us who are so committed and knowledgeable about healthy foods, the idea that someone could eat themselves to amputation, or even death, is rather unthinkable. And yet, some of us humans are that broken, or that uneducated, or without enough support to be able to manage things well.

Baby steps are wise. Some times, just replacing a toxic sweetener, or too much sugar with stevia could help. Or finding a sparkling water or stevia-sweetened soft drink to replace the Coke, Pepsi or other drinkable vice. (If you don't think a stevia sweetened soda can be any good, then I don't think you've tried one of Virgil's zero sodas yet!)

Leveling up to helping folks cook a stew with extras to freeze (and from a distance no less!) is amazing by comparison - go Tereza!

Personally, I can replace a lot of sweets with dried fruits, which I use as a transition when I go through a sugar indulgence phase. The sugar tries to suck me in to "more, more, more! must have more all. the. time. !!" but when I feel that urge now, I can eat some dried fruit, then in a day or two, I don't even need or want the dried fruit so much. It doesn't rule me like more refined sugars do.

So...I couldn't watch Forks Over Knives either, Tereza. For a lot of reasons. While I do respect those who choose vegan or vegetarian diets, I choose and feel healthier on an omnivore diet. And it's possible a different movie might be more your parents' speed--this one:  Fat Head The Movie. The movie explains inflammatory and insulin risky foods and oils compared to healthy and less inflammatory foods and oils. Though it might not be available on Netflix any more.

Currently, I'm thinking of senior couple where the wife is wasting away...too ill, too tired to eat. So they are buying donuts, ice cream, cookies, pizza, whatever, to help her eat and keep some life in her. The husband is in early stages of dementia and is not near death, though he is partaking in all the inflammatory fun foods, too. Not good for his dementia. But am I going to attempt to pull the plug on the fun foods? No. Not right now.

2 days ago
A friend just alerted me to the Sioux Chef's book:
The Sioux Chef's Idigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley
(Amazon affiliate link).



Folks are again (in Nov. 2019) talking about his book as part of the discussion surrounding a Nov. 2018 Time article:
The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is a Harmful Lie. As a Native American, I’ve Found a Better Way to Celebrate the Holiday



2 days ago
See our 2020 tour dates listed here! Or, click the "look for more" in the calendar at top.

We'll be posting about 2020 SKIP (Skills to Inherit Property) or PEP events, 2020 PDC, 2020 ATC and even a RMH Jamboree in the fall of 2020 (!!) as soon as we have more details nailed down.


Winter is here, and the holidays are upon us. (Replace "Christmas" with your winter holiday of choice.)



The struggle is not only real, it seems to be eternal!



From 1959!!

5 days ago

Mike Jay Haasl wrote:So if you start with Paul's link and then search within Amazon for toothpaste, Permies gets a cut of the toothpaste sale???


Yes! Exactly! Though there might be a time limit on it like 15 minutes or so.

I keep a permies.com thread, with an Amazon link in it,  bookmarked, and then I start there for all of my Amazon shopping.

paul wheaton wrote:When it comes to amazon, I am a clod.   But my guess is that if you go to amazon and search for the book, that is best.   But if you don't wanna search, here is the shortcut:  https://amzn.to/2NfZRs8



Even if you don't want to buy more of the book, if you are doing ANY shopping on Amazon, and you use Paul's link above (or any Amazon link here on permies) it provides a little kickback that helps support the forums. At no additional cost to you!

Interesting how JP Sears's styled and quality evolved over the 5 years or so between those videos. Thanks for posting them, leila!

Mandy Launchbury-Rainey wrote:We have volunteers every year to help on our finca, and, no matter how nice they are, I find always eating together really stressful, and when I am dong my chores, I hate offer of help (we have volunteers to do stuff I CAN'T do). I prefer to set them off on a job of their own and prepare lunch for them, and my husband, and use the  excuse that I ate while I cooked, and disappear off for a quiet sit.  Hubby has said I appear antisocial.  He is absolutely right!  I think when the hoyse us done and I can have rooms all to myself I will be better. I could never live in an intentional community and I am in awe of people who do.


I can relate! Just the other week I learned that one resident here, and several visitors have been quite stressed over the joint cooking and joint meals in our house. It's also stressful to me and I miss my alone time in the kitchen. I'm re-structuring my days though and am hoping to have more alone time in the kitchen, soon.

r, that video was really helpful. He is quite the artist with his videos and his stories. Thank you.

This belonged here:


I don't think I need days to recover from "the futility of words," but there have been times that I've just needed my evenings to myself. Many or even most evenings. No visiting with others, nor even sharing a show with others. A large part of my day is spent sorting out accounting and payroll issues for clients, with vendors, with others, so even when it is a lot of e-mail or virtual communication, it's still communication with people. And I need a break in the evening.