In the summer of 2006, a New Jersey teenager noticed piles of perfectly good toys, sitting on curbsides next to garbage cans, headed for the landfill, and pondered the pointless waste, not to mention all the kids who might appreciate the toys. At 17, Sasha Lipton, was no stranger to good deeds. She was already volunteering as a counselor at Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, when her waste-saving/love-giving idea struck....more
2012 is almost upon us and I know I am not the only one clinging to hope for the new year, desperately dreaming of the things that may come. For me, the year holds exciting plans: moving in with my sister, travelling for clinical rotations for school, a white-coat ceremony where I get to finally feel like a doctor, and potentially even an engagement and wedding planning! (Shhh..at 26, this bloggirl is still a little superstitious). ...more
Earlier this year I remarked to my sister in law, Kate, that if my late-arriving third child were a Broadway song, she would be "Second Hand Rose." Nearly everything she has is a hand-me-down from generous friends and family. That's what happens when you are born eight years after your mom sold all the baby stuff in a garage sale....more
As you may or may not know, I made a New Year's Resolution not to buy any new stuff for the entire year for myself and my family, except for of course food and toiletries. I am two weeks into it and have come to some startling conclusions. For one, it is not that hard, and I really enjoy it.