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I vividly remember one day long ago, shopping in our local health food store with my dear friend Laura Lynn. With bulging baskets, we got to the check out register, and another woman came up behind us with an item in her hand. “Boy, that’s a lot of food!” she said, probably thinking we were being totally extravagant, our beautiful foods covering the counter. Without missing a beat, smiling broadly, Laura Lynn said, “Of course! This is my health insurance policy. Imagine how much money this will save me in health care bills in the long run…maybe tens of thousands of dollars.” The woman was speechless, and I knew a fresh seed had been planted.
Well, tonight Laura Lynn sent me a 2 ½ minute video that I highly recommend. So, enjoy this sweet potato video done by an 8 year old on her school project, and her profound conclusion about the health of people and our nation, derived from one simple experiment and a bit of research. Then, Please send this blog/film to everyone you know and care about…especially those who don’t yet shop local and organic at their farmer’s market, because supermarket food and produce is a bit cheaper. In the long run, eating organic might save us hundreds of thousands of dollars!
About The Rama Exhibition
Calley O’Neill is a highly respected artist, muralist, visionary designer and social ecologist from the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Journalists have described her art, which spans four decades, as ethno-visionary, dynamic, symbolic and breathtaking. Calley finds her expression through classical glaze painting in mixed media works, public murals, stained glass and mosaic. Her landmark Healing Gardens of Makahikilua master plan for North Hawai’i Community Hospital in Kamuela received national recognition among top landscape architects in the field of therapeutic garden design. A great team player, Calley’s input raises the bar and sparks innovation toward healing the Earth and its inhabitants. Journalists have described her as ‘a way-finder’, ‘a life giving force’ and ‘a force of nature.’
Calley is known for exceptional quality draftsmanship, a crystalline mastery of glaze painting, stimulating diversity, relentless experimentation, and her love of the Earth and humanity. Her magnum opus is Rama, Ambassador for the Endangered Ones, and she continually works on the exhibition paintings in her Waimea studio and her plein air pop-up studio and tree gallery at the Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, where she is the Artist in Residence. Her paintings are both visual prayers and wake-up calls.
Calley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude from Pratt Institute, New York (1974) and a Master’s Degree in Social Ecology from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (1977).