Join a Carpool or Ride Share

I feel very lucky because I live close enough to my work that I can ride my bike almost every day. On days when I have to drive due to bad weather, or for an appointment after work, or when I’m just feeling lazy, I usually notice how many people drive solo in their cars and trucks and SUVs (this is usually because I’m stuck in a long line of cars trying to escape work). If you are a daily commuter, look around then next time you’re stuck in traffic… how many cars have only the driver inside? Staggering! Continue reading

Consider Adding Solar

Silent, efficient, and clean energy, powered by the sun.

Silent, efficient, and clean energy, powered by the sun.

How many days does the sun shine bright where you live? How many of those days are you harnessing the power of the sun to make electricity, or to heat water?

The sun provides us with the heat and light necessary to sustain life on earth. But what we don’t often think about is that it also provides energy to create electricity, heat to pre-heat water, and the ability to reduce our reliance on and mining for fossil fuel. Continue reading

Pack Your Trash

PackYourTrash

Pack Your Trash

This seems like a no-brainer to me, but I’m surprised almost daily when I see where someone has left trash behind as if it would just magically disappear on its own. Often this occurs out on the middle of a hiking trail where someone has stopped to take a lunch break, and/or drink a few beers (kids these days). The Golden Rule for hikers clearly states, if you bring it in, pack it out. Continue reading

Drive as if your grandmother is in every other car

My dear sweet Italian gramma

My dear sweet Italian gramma

Why is it that when we step into our automobiles, many of us seem to feel invisible (I too have felt this)? We drive as if the other drivers are our enemies and that every “wrong” move they make is made just to slow us down and piss us off. Like the person in front of us who just sits there after the light turns green. “What are you DOING… GO already!” I yell to myself in the safe confines of my car (she can’t hear me). Seconds later, I realize that there was a senior citizen still crossing the road with her walker (true story). Now do I feel like an idiot or what? Continue reading

Why 2 When 1 Will Do?

Once is plenty

Once is plenty

I’m going to complain here a little.

Public restroom etiquette is a big thing for me because I used to have to clean them. I don’t know exactly what goes on in the women’s rest room, but guys have the strangest habits (Don’t worry, I won’t go into  all of the dirty details, just a little potty talk).

#1 Why do some men walk up to the urinal and flush it before they even begin? Do they have a problem peeing into a dirty urinal? Continue reading

Oh Christmas Tree…

Cast Away

Cast Away

Countries all over the world have different traditions surrounding the Christmas tree. The tree was once decorated outside, and at some point in history (depending where you live) it was brought inside, decorated with fruit, nuts, popcorn, candles, home made ornaments,  etc. In 2012, the US cut down over 34 million christmas trees and Europe cut down between 50 and 60 million trees. Wow! The average American Christmas tree takes around 10 years to grow, and is typically used for less than 20 days before thrown to the curb to be hauled away. The typical White House christmas tree is over 100 years old. Continue reading