Feature Friday: Red Sky

Lately I have been witnessing a shift in the way art is made, from DIY to what wonder tracker Jeffrey Davis calls DIT–Do It Together. Take for example recent works from photographer Cara Walton and poet Brenna Layne whose collaborative series, TempusVolat explores the question:

A photograph captures a moment, but what if those moments could speak?

The answers are both stunningly beautiful and lingeringly haunting. And this latest installment, Red Sky, their response to a request for a piece to feature in our Apocalypse Garden, is no exception. To see the rest of the series and purchase prints, visit the TempusVolat online gallery.

Red Sky
Red Sky ©Cara Walton and Brenna Layne, 2015

This is one example of DIT at its best–a creation that is more than the sum of its parts. And I can’t help but wonder, what if we brought DIT into the realm of apocalypse planning and survival, to the task of saving the world? So many preppers like to go it solo–to protect their hoards of water, weapons, and food. They feel they can do better on their own. But can we, really? I can understand the fear and scarcity thinking that might lead to this conclusion, but I have to stand on the side of safety in numbers and that together we can make a bigger impact, imagine more creative solutions,  and create more abundance than any one of us could alone.

And so, in the spirit of DIT, I offer you an invitation. Red Sky is the first new seed in our Apocalypse Garden planted by a reader. Guidelines and a call for submissions of art, poetry, stories, essays will be posted in the coming weeks.

Will you plant the next seed?

2015 Flu Epidemic

With the 2014/2015 flu officially declared an epidemic by the CDC, and a vaccine that has proven only 50% effective due to the quick mutation rate of this particular bug, it makes good sense to revisit the best ways to prep for potential illness.

2015 Flu Epidemic
2014/2015 Flu Activity

1) Don’t get sick in the first place

Work to keep yourself health every day–get enough sleep, eat right, and get regular exercise. Then, before flu season hits:

Flu Prevention

2) Prepare in case you do get sick

Most flu symptoms last from 1 to 2 weeks, with an average 5 to 7 days of contagion starting from one day before symptoms start. That means you’ll want to lay in supplies for at least two weeks (longer if you have a family, or tend to stay sick longer). Before you get sick you’ll want to stock up on:

  • Sick-friendly foods–clear broths, teas, and other liquids, garlic, ginger; crackers, toast or rice; frozen juice bars (to soothe sore throats); orange juice, or better yet, oranges
  • Over-the-counter flu medications–talk to your doctor or pharmacist
  • Any daily medications that you might run out of
  • Every day essentials–toilet paper, toothpaste, tampons, that sort of thing
  • Pet food and other supplies (fido and fluffy need to eat, too)

3) If you do get sick

  • Do not go to work–the presentation can wait–not only can staying home in bed help you heal faster, it also helps prevent further spread of illness
  • See the doctor right away–anti-viral medications can significantly shorten the severity and duration of the flu, but in some cases, only if you catch it within two days of your first symptoms
  • Rest, eat, drink lots of fluids, then rest some more

As for me, I’ll be picking up more chicken broth, crackers, and TP on my next day off.