April 1 - April 30, 2020

Lori Nitchals

NCW Sustainable Community

"“Respect for the interdependent web of life.”"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,404 Total

Participant Impact

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    with people
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    spent learning
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    spent outdoors
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    not spent in front of a screen

Lori's Actions


Learn about Our Oceans

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about how our oceans support life on Earth by producing oxygen, regulating climate, and providing habitat, food, and jobs.

One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

One-Time Action


Research a Wild Animal

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about a wild animal I find interesting, including their life cycle, habitat, ecosystem functions, and interactions with humans (if any!).

One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 60 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside that follows CDC guidelines for preventing disease spread.


Action Track: Building Resilience

Connect While Social Distancing

I will connect with at least 1 person/people a day through phone call or video chat to support mine and other’s mental and emotional health during this challenging time.



  • Lori Nitchals 4/30/2020 7:02 AM
    Final day of our challenge! Fun sharing this with you all! 
    Be well.

    • Jeanne Poirier 4/30/2020 7:15 PM
      Feel free to share your awesome inspiration in an email to me Lori!  Thanks for your presence this month - it has really helped me!

  • Lori Nitchals 4/29/2020 7:00 AM
    My home is filled with the scent of lilacs and irises from my garden! Bliss! 

  • Lori Nitchals 4/28/2020 7:34 AM
    Plan to move some volunteer perennials to fill in bare areas in my gardens today. Fun times! 

  • Lori Nitchals 4/27/2020 8:34 AM
    My late husband and I chose to make our yard an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat  through the National Wildlife Federation nearly 20 years ago. It is a great program, geared towards urban and suburban areas, to promote awareness. One can even do this on a balcony at an apartment or condo. 
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  • Lori Nitchals 4/26/2020 7:50 AM
    Still enjoying the slow pace of staying at home during this pandemic. Getting to do all the fine tuning in my gardens and home I never had time for pre pandemic. And very grateful I, and those I care about, are well. 

  • Lori Nitchals 4/25/2020 7:31 AM
    See what your “ Footprint” is!  https://foodprint.org/what-is-foodprint/

    • Jeanne Poirier 4/25/2020 7:57 PM
      Really liked the site, but couldn't get past the second page to go next :(. Will try later.

  • Lori Nitchals 4/24/2020 7:33 AM
    "Say, Pooh, why aren't you busy?" I said. 
    "Because it's a nice day," said Pooh. 
    "Yes, but ---"
    "Why ruin it?" he said. 
    "But you could be doing something Important," I said. 
    "I am, " said Pooh. 
    "Oh? Doing what?"
    "Listening," he said. 
    "Listening to what?"
    "To the birds. And that squirrel over there."
    "What are they saying?" I asked. 
    "That it's a nice day," said Pooh. 
    "But you know that already," I said. 
    "Yes, but it's always good to hear that somebody else thinks so, too," he replied. 

    - From the Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

    • Jeanne Poirier 4/24/2020 7:42 PM
      Thank you - please keep it coming!  I cherish the last 6 days of this sharing -

  • Lori Nitchals 4/23/2020 8:13 AM
    Planting more veggie and herb seeds today. Harvesting chard! 

  • Lori Nitchals 4/22/2020 7:34 AM
    We are at a crossroads right now

    We fell asleep in one world, and woke up in another.

    Suddenly Disney is out of magic,
    Paris is no longer romantic,
    New York doesn't stand up anymore,
    the Chinese wall is no longer a fortress, and Mecca is empty.

    Hugs & kisses suddenly become weapons, and not visiting parents & friends becomes an act of love.

    Suddenly you realise that power, beauty & money are worthless, and can't get you the oxygen you're fighting for.

    The world continues its life and it is beautiful. It only puts humans in cages. I think it's sending us a message:

    "You are not necessary. The air, earth, water and sky without you are fine. When you come back, remember that you are my guests. Not my masters."

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  • Lori Nitchals 4/21/2020 8:22 AM
    Really enjoy being outside while FaceTiming with friends so they can enjoy the sights and sounds of my gardens too.