A Truth About Connecting or When Someone Says ‘How Are You?’

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!“Hello, how are you?” “Fine, thanks, and you?” And so it goes. You ask how I am and I give you a pleasant sounding but knee-jerk response. Generally there’s no connection in this scenario that happens often several times a […]

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What Do You Love? Who Do You Love

You know, when I think of particularly, but not exclusively, the women I’ve known and know now, I’d say the biggest problem we’ve all had is low self-worth or poor self-esteem. And yes, some men suffer the same way. At least in the United States. I’ve also come to believe that low self-esteem supports patriarchy, […]

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Two Years, One Plastic Grocery Bag

Last year I wrote about my venture in not bringing home plastic grocery bags. It’s gotten way easier not to bring them home. Most of the time when I empty my reusable shopping bags I take them right back to the car. I think I’ve also convinced one or two people to try the same […]

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Oil and Honey – A Review

I saw this book in the rack for new books about the environment at the library, but I read the title as Politics and Money, not Honey and took it home thinking I’d learn about fossil fuel profits. When I picked it up at home and realized my mistake, I promptly put the book down […]

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Dolphins, War, Drones & Global Warming

Apparently the U.S. Navy has been using trained dolphins and other marine mammals to support the Navy in warfare situations since the 1960s. I became aware of the program when, some 20 years ago, I was living on a boat in San Diego Bay and saw the Navy training dolphins from special-built skiffs. Those wondrous marine mammals […]

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11 Ways To Make Gift Giving More Sustainable

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 around would require about 1-1/2 earths. He’s using Global Footprint’s numbers and you can find […]

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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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