Soak Up a Sun Beam

Sun BeamThe sun… It is the source of energy that gives life to our planet earth.
From the beginning of history, cultures all over the world have worshipped the sun. Today, many still worship the sun at the beaches, oceans, lakes, rivers, deserts, etc.

Take a moment to soak up a sun beam. On rare occasions you can actually see what we call rays of light as they sift through trees, clouds, even buildings, creating some of the most magical images. 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

Walk in the rain without an umbrella!

Look ma, no umbrella!

Look ma, no umbrella!

Have you ever stopped to notice how most people are “afraid” to get wet from the rain? We often run, in a very funny way, from the car to the safety of an indoor space or under an awning to avoid getting a few drops on us. I’ve even seen people prancing between puddles on their tip toes so their fine leather shoes wet. How funny is that? 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

No Butts

Garden Butt

Garden Butt

I love Spring
I love nature
I love flowers

But Butts are Bad!

I’ve never been a smoker, except for the one Halloween I dressed up as Father Guido Sarducci (that was in the early 80s), so it’s difficult for me to understand the entire concept of smoking, other than doing something you’re not supposed to do as a kid. I really don’t mind if people smoke, I just wish they would stop exhaling. But I digress… Continue reading