From Fear to Hope and Love

We live in challenging times.  The economy, while showing signs of recovery, is still causing many people to live in a state of fear, which is exacerbated by the media’s message of lack, scarcity, gloom and doom.  Apparently, good news and positive topics don’t sell and don’t generate ratings.  Stories of disasters, financial and otherwise, abound.  While there is much that’s happening in the world today that gives us reason to fear the future, we need to be mindful to not let fear take over our lives. ...more

Six Ways to Maintain Peak Energy at Work

There are a number of ways to maintain your peak energy level during your work day. Experiment with the following: - Get organized the night before. By getting your clothes, lunch, and briefcase ready the night before, you're less likely to be rushed and/or late. A calm and controlled start to your day allows you to focus readily and lucidly when you get to work. ...more

Supermarket Innovation & Green Design Part of Building Green Trend in Business

Not many retailers find themselves entertaining the state’s highest elected official for a store grand opening; but one Maine business did just that! A new supermarket open today in Augusta, Maine is the first in the nation to achieve platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation.   The Hannaford Supermarket will have much lower operating costs than a typical grocer; using almost half the energy of a typical supermarket.  The store's roof is green; covered with drought hardy plants to help conserve water and insulate the store. ...more

Supermarket Innovation & Green Design Part of Building Green Trend in Business

Not many retailers find themselves entertaining the state’s highest elected official for a store grand opening; but one Maine business did just that! A new supermarket open today in Augusta, Maine is the first in the nation to achieve platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation.   The Hannaford Supermarket will have much lower operating costs than a typical grocer; using almost half the energy of a typical supermarket.  The store's roof is green; covered with drought hardy plants to help conserve water and insulate the store. ...more

Why I'm Against Cap-and-Trade

I've followed the Waxman - Markey legislation, infamously known as cap-and-trade, for some time now, being that I've a factory-employed step-father, farmers in my family, a small business-owning husband, and, like all of us, I pay energy bills, the prices of which seem to increase annually. ...more

socialist canuck!I just believe that the alternatives have to be in place before you start ...more

Small Business Owners Can Make their Own Spark & Create a Bang for the 4th of July

The call is going out around our small business for a portable grill this week, as employees are planning a cook-out.  Our pre-Independence Day cook-out will be a small affair, an opportunity to say good-bye to a colleague and get together in a casual setting.  ...more

Earth Promise: Young Green Philanthropists

What do kids really need these days when it comes to giving and receiving birthday gifts? ...more

Earth Promise: Organic? In This Economy?

If you ask someone why they eat organic, they will most probably engulf you with reasons: tastes better/fresher; better for the environment (no pesticides means healthier soil, water and wildlife); supports small farmers; too much trucking/shipping involved to receive the food; and the top reason: better for your health. ...more

Earth Promise: Celebrating Just Got A Little Bit Greener

My friends and family often tell me I come up with great green ideas for my girls’ birthday parties and annual Thanksgiving feast.   I have either emailed the birthday invitations or printed them on recycled paper; I present ...more

Earth Promise: Yard Waste is Green and Useful

What do you do with your yard waste (i.e. grass, weeds, small branches, leaves and plant clippings)?  Do you compost?  Do you bag it for curbside pickup? ...more