11 Ways To Make Gift Giving More Sustainable

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!According to several sources, if everyone lived the way we most of us do in the U.S. we’d need something like 5 earths to be sustainable. And according to Thomas Friedman in an op-ed piece for The New York Times the consumption world […]

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A Thanksgiving Tradition Continues

Every year I make a list of 108 things I’m grateful for – you can see this year’s here.

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You Can Stop Using Plastic Shopping Bags

During the fall of 2011 I decided I would make 2012 the year I would bring home no plastic shopping bags! I had seen plastic bags floating way out in the Pacific back in the 80s and couldn’t miss them wafting down almost every street I traveled. I also was aware, in a vague way, […]

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A Lovely Palm Tree Is Being Killed!

Right now the local utility company is chainsawing a lovely palm tree down at the edge of the canyon view lot I live on. They’re killing it because it’s beginning to interfere with the utility pole. That pole holds my internet connection so it’s important to me. So why do I feel a real sadness? […]

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Life Imprisonment For Juveniles? How Could That Make Sense?

Today the U.S. Supreme Court began to, as the Wall Street Journal put it, “mull” over life sentences for juveniles. What’s to mull? How in the world can putting juveniles in prison for life make any sense at all? Even if they’ve murdered someone? In 2010 the court decided that putting them to death was indeed a bad […]

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Commitment Power – That’s What It Takes To Change The World

Anthropologist Margaret Mead said “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (I looked for and found that quote at Brainy Quote.) What isn’t clear, of course, is exactly how many a small group of thoughtful people might be. We’re watching what might become the right […]

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Occupy, Dual Incomes and Charity

The Occupy movement has started a conversation here in the United States that’s perhaps overdue. Although often accused of not having an agenda, they do have a unifying agreement on their home page which says in part: The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the […]

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Joanna Macy

Years ago I was fortunate enough to do a workshop with Joanna Macy. Sometimes referred to as an Eco-philosopher with a PhD, she put me in touch with the grief I feel over the continuing destruction of the planet. That grief, which many, even most share, consciously or unconsciously, has informed at least some of what I […]

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Women, Girls and Education

I’ve set my browsers (yes, I use both Google’s Chrome and FireFox) to open on TheHungerSite. I can click on a link and 1.1 cups of food are donated, totally free to me. I also occasionally buy t-shirts and such from the site and each purchase donates as well. Good way to start the day […]

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U.S. Prison Population – We’re Doing Something Wrong

I’ve been aware that we lead the world in percentage of citizens incarcerated, but it didn’t hit home until I saw the picture associated with an article about how the State of California will reduce it’s prison population by filtering many of them into the regular population and to county jails. Somehow that picture, which I could […]

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