Before writing my Forces of Nature series, I had no idea what a man-made world we live in today. Everything from the water we drink to the air we breath has been altered in one way or another. But as I got to know Amelia, I started to notice little bits of nature all around me. So today I want to share some photos with you. They're all taken in a city of over 100,000 people, but each shot is a quiet moment of nature. :)
Even the water we drink has tons of chemicals in it. Unless you buy special organic water I don't know about, the only truly clear water is rain or well water. Filtering it helps but the chemicals are still there.
I can't even begin to say how uncomfortable I am with these facts. I'm even more uncomfortable with the fact that I still allow my family--myself included--to keep eating these foods because it's hard and expensive not to. Especially living in a smaller city.
Because of all this, i have been repeatedly asked how Amelia copes with some of our basic daily needs. A lot of products we use such as soap, hair spray, and toothpaste CAN be made organically. There is actually a secret market (I wrote a scene there but it got cut) in the Appalachians were the Hoffmans shopped before they met May. As for water, the house is on a well in North Carolina, but things were trickier back in Lincoln. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman had a special shower that used rain water collected in a barrel specifically for that purpose.