#rethinkplastic . . .

If each of us just thinks of one way to reduce our personal plastic consumption, we can join the millions of companies making inroads into plastic waste reduction. Geophysicist Kevin P. Maher points out,“It’s time to shift our mindset from recycling to reuse. We don’t want to ban plastic, we want to convert single use plastic…

Every day Earth friendliness

When we visited our grandson in March, he would occasionally use the potty with his Mommy or Daddy’s help. At 6 weeks old and just able to hold his head up, he was still wobbly on the potty. Patrick’s parents were sensitive to when he needed to nurse and similarly, they were learning his elimination pattern;…

The mental illness next door

From the street, the house appears stately—generously-sized, but not McMansion steroidal. The entryway, circular drive and two car garage seem classy. A fenced yard safeguards an in-ground pool and surrounds a swing set, shed, patios and walkways. Moving closer dispels the favorable first impression. As you approach, inconsistencies surface: patio boards are splintered, paint on…

7 PRACTICAL STEPS TO A HAPPIER LIFE

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but how you feel about the rose depends on how you describe it. If you say, “I have to smell those roses,” you communicate a different message to yourself than if you say “I GET to smell the roses.” There are so many great books…

Stairwell Stories

A few blogs back I promised I would be taking the stairs instead of the elevator. I would like to say that this has caused dramatic changes in my life. But it hasn’t. Or that the stair climbing has brought me greater wisdom; but the only thing that has become very clear to me is…

We are what we eat

Do pigs like it when we eat their pork? When he was around five years old, my son asked that question. No, they don’t, we explained, which answered his question without going into details about how pigs turn into pork. October 4th was the feast of St Francis of Assisi, known for his love for…

Celebrating our mother

Mother’s Day comes in May, but Earth Day is tomorrow on 22 April. This occasion recognizes our reliance on Mother Earth and the shared resources of the earth.  And just like with Mother’s Day, we should celebrate that connection more than once a year. It’s easy to ignore the connection until something goes wrong—a drought forces…