A few weeks ago, hours after attending my own going away party in Denver, Colorado, I came upon a young man standing outside a bus, asking, "Want a tour?" I thought he was offering to drive us around Denver and show us all the places that Elway or Tebow may have slept but he meant a tour of the bus itself, Due West. We came aboard and quickly realized that this was no ordinary bus and these ambitious young folks, Mark and Liz, were no ordinary bus dwellers....more
An ancient Filipino proverb translates: "The garbage you throw away will return to you." (Proverbs are creepy, reeking of unwanted truth.) Shot on the Midway Atoll, American photographer Chris Jordan photographed decaying baby Albatross bodies, revealing bits of bright trash - mostly plastic - where digested food should have been; the nesting birds are dying as their parents unknowingly feed them our trash....more
If I could just keep the promises I made to myself in the morning until the evening, I'd feel my life had more of a sense of progress. But apparently other enviro thinkers are a lot better at setting and keeping long term eco-goals -- so much better, in fact, that they go so far as to not just set serious week-long eco-goals, but to set hardcore year-long goals -- and declare their intention to follow through on them on CNN.
One of the oddest things about blogging is that an online post can make you see your real life neighborhood from a strangely close distance -- transforming your reality into a surreal cyberreality -- and vice versa. That's what my neighbor Sara Bayles's blog, The Daily Ocean, has done to my world, online and off.
So a couple of weeks ago I posted about a local strike in Toronto, of which much of the focus was the growing piles of trash. Guess what? The strike's over. The garbage will disappear. The pools and summer camps and day cares will reopen. Life will go back to normal. Maybe?
I haven't been following the Toronto CUPE strike, aka the garbage strike, very closely. Whenever it comes up I usually think that I'm very happy I don't live there at the moment go on to other shinier objects. The strike is now in its fourth week though. Four weeks of garbage piling up in city parks. Four weeks of kids without daycare. Four weeks of the union and the city having "they said/they said" conversations in the media. Four weeks and best I can tell it's not any closer to being over.
This Saturday head out in your hood and pick up some trash. Feel good knowing you are doing your part to spruce up your street. Find out from
your Town Coordinator where you can pick up your garbage bags for Green Up Day
and if there are any special events planned for the volunteers like the
During our GreenMoms movie night, we started out with a costume swap, then we had a vegetarian potluck and watched this movie called Garbage...about garbage. Click here to see pictures from the event.
The movie enlightened me: having been a green mom for several years, I already knew about many of the topics, but the interviews and the details that were given explaining how we are polluting our air, water, and bodies were fascinating and alarming! After seeing this movie I vowed to make more changes to reduce my own family’s pollution.
Everyone knows Murphy's Law.
Mom's Law is similar, but worse. Not only will things go wrong whenever they can, but they will go wrong at the worst possible time.
Like when you are having a large family gathering at a relative's house covered in wall-to-wall white carpeting, and your child has a diaper blowout. Yeah.
Find out what the new generation of makers, creators and mold-breakers thought of Goldieblox and the American Express #PassionProject, and enter to win a game for the young girl in your life. Read more
We asked 15 bloggers how PAM Cooking Spray helps them spend less time in the kitchen, and more time eating and celebrating with loved ones. Read their tips, tricks and recipes for great holiday cooking with PAM Cooking Spray, and enter to win a $100 Visa gift card. Read more