Archive for June 30, 2012

Earth-Friendly Tip: Turn Recycling into a Family Activity

Take recycling seriously as a family, setting up easy-to-reach containers for items you’ll return for cash to a center and those to be picked up at your curb weekly, and be sure all family members use them.  In 2005 the U.S. saved resources and energy by recycling 32% of our solid waste.  We can do better, starting with your family and mine.

[For more easy, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/ view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

Worst Prison

Thoughtful Thursday Quote #2

 

“The worst prison would be a closed heart.” (Pope John Paul II).  If we all had open hearts, would we even need prisons?

Here’s Pun for the Day

Warning: I Feel Punny

Sometimes I just want to take a day off from the seriousness of the world.  Because I’m a word-person, on those days you’ll have to put up with a pun or two.  Remember that you were warned!

#1–When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

#2–To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

#3–(One more, because it’s one of those days.) Police were called to a daycare, where a 3-year-old was resisting a rest.

Good.  It’s out of my system.  I’ll be all better tomorrow.

 

Good Read: Animal Activists at Odds

KILL WHICH ANIMALS?

Here’s a thought-provoking read: WHEN THE KILLING‘S DONE, by T.C. Boyle.  A person who loves animals works to save them; meanwhile, another tries to preserve habitat, therefore other animals. But they can’t have both, can they? Who’s right? This book gave this environmentalist much to think about. Available at the public library.

Guns and Society

Our Gun Mentality

In yesterday’s news I heard of two separate incidences of an intruder being greeted by a person in the house with a gun.  A man held the intruding teen at gunpoint until police arrived; a 14-year-old shot and almost killed an armed man. I’m thankful that both families are safe.  But it scares me that loaded guns are so accessible in homes AND in the hands of thugs. Both situations are dangerous and unpredictable. Today, for all sides of the law—victims, perpetrators, and police—the norm seems to be to grab a gun and use it and ask questions later…maybe. Our culture of violence hurts my heart.

Earth-Friendly Tip: Eco-Friendly Computer

Shopping for a computer for college in the Fall?  Look for an eco-friendly one that saves money.  Buy one of the new energy-efficient models with a fan that doesn’t run constantly.  If just a moderate number of us did this we’d cut computer energy use in half and save $5.5 billion.

[For more easy, Eco-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/ view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-tailer.]

 

Fight Torture!

U.S. Use of Torture

How can we as a nation stand up for human rights in other parts of the world but condone the use of torture ourselves?  This is Torture Awareness Month and today is  National Call-In Day–a day for us to call our Representatives to urge them to co-sponsor legislation to limit our use of indefinite military detention, a form of torture.

Our True Work

Thoughtful Thursday Quote #1

“Our work is to sow. Another generation will be reaping the harvest.” (Dorothy Day, Aims and Purposes)  — So let’s get to work!

 

Immigration Day–Take Action

Do something for Immigration Day today.  Here are some easy suggestions:

Take the pledge to join Angelina Jolie in raising awareness about the plight of refugees worldwide.

Attend one of many World Refugee Day events taking place across the country.

Watch and share Angelina Jolie’s Public Service Announcement. (Premiering June 20th!)

Watch and share Khaled Hosseini’s World Refugee Day message.

Refugees

Twelve years ago the U.N. created World Refugee Day to highlight the 43 million people—8 people every minute–who have fled from their homes to escape persecution, war, or natural disasters.  Tomorrow, June 20, is World Refugee Day.  Find out how to help by going to http://www.takepart.com/photos/world-refugee-day-five-ways-action.  Click on each picture to find an action you can take.