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
Recently I passed a storefront downtown that had a window display like I’d never seen.
There was no written message, but it inspired me to write this post. The large window, completely filled with used clothing made me realize how many clothes get throw away every year. Continue reading
Once upon a time, in the early 80’s – before most of ever even heard of the Internet, I used to do what I called “Unplugging”. One Friday per month after work, I’d go home and I would unplug, meaning I would not watch TV, I wouldn’t listen to music, I would unplug the phone (who remembers when phones were attached to the kitchen wall with a long tangled cord draping down to the floor so that you could cook and talk on the phone at the same time?… the long cord also let me walk into a different room to get away from my nosey sister… but I digress), I wouldn’t even turn on any lights when it got dark. Instead I’d eat dinner, read, take a bath, write a letter, all by candle light. I was obviously single with no friends. Continue reading
Every day we make a choice… “Paper or Plastic?”. Before your answer, consider the following:
In California alone, single use plastic bags are used at an alarming rate.
380 per second
22,800 per minute
1,368,000 per hour
32,832,000 per day
229,824,000 per week
984,960,000 per month
11,819,520,000 per year
That’s 11 trillion, 819 million, 520 thousand per year. Continue reading
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
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
Keep your hand up if one of your new year’s resolutions is to lose weight…
Ok, hands down. I’ve got a not-so-revolutionary concept that is not a diet, will not cost you a dime (you will actually save money), and will help you lose weight.
Side note… I am not a healthcare professional, nor a dietitian, but what I am about to tell you is not a secret, it’s not some crazy diet, and it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s simple, and anyone can do it (please read Step 0 below). Continue reading
Did someone give you the perfect gift during this past holiday season?
Why not take the time to thank them in a special, old-fashioned way…
Email has all but taken the place of the hand written word. Sure it’s fast and easy, but nothing says, “you’re important to me” than a hand written note. When is the last time you got a hand written note or card? Continue reading
Ugh, where to begin?
Every January 1st I set out to start anew and change the world with one easy wave of my not-so-magic wand. Last year was no different… I made my list of numerous, nearly impossible things that I wanted to quit, change, or begin. Now 364 days later, I still have a half refinished piano sitting in my bedroom (year 5), I have unpainted trim in my house, sliding doors with no handles, a fence with missing pickets, a shed without shelves, running shoes that are not even broken in, no rainwater reclamation system, and a blog to write. Continue reading
Great news… you’re already doing it!
You have my permission to count this as your “1Thing”for today.
The first step is to consider doing something to make a positive difference for yourself, for a friend or family member, or for a complete stranger. It’s up to you. You can also do something for the entire world! Continue reading