Archive for December 31, 2015

2016

I’VE INVITED A FEW OF MY FRIENDS TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR:

 

MAY 2016 BRING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES PEACE, LOVE, AND LOTS OF KID-LIKE FUN!

 

 

What Women Pay More For

It’s been in the news a lot recently, so you’re aware that women are charged more than men for the same or very similar products and services, even though women earn 78% of what men earn for the same job.

I thought you might be interested in learning five of the “biggies” that women pay more for.   Read this Market Watch article to discover how much more a woman pays for a mortgage, dry cleaning, haircuts and hair products, personal care products, cars, and clothing.

 

 

Know Your Headgear

A 68-year-old Sikh man was purposely hit by a truck then beaten by two men.  A physician and assistant professor of international affairs at Columbia University was beaten by at least a dozen teens and young men.   Each year since 9/11, violence against peace-loving Sikhs has increased.

And the reason may very well boil down to beards and headgear, which are part of a devout Sikh man’s appearance.

Many people see the turban on a Sikh man and think he’s Muslim, then jump to the conclusion that all Muslims are responsible for 9/11 and the current terrorism.  It’s a double error.

To dispel at least part of this egregious situation, I invite you to learn about the different headgear worn by Sikhs, Muslim religious elders, Afghan Muslims, Iranian Mullahs, Arab Muslim Kaffiyeh, and dessert people and Muslim terrorists.

Take a look.  Then spread the word.

 

 

Hotel du Pont Worse than the Grinch!

Matt Senge,a man in Wilmington, Delaware, wanted to give a special Christmas gift.  He booked rooms for two men, a woman, and her three kids at the Hotel du Pont.  Then he wrapped the room confirmation in red ribbon and delivered it to the people at their home, under the Amtrack bridge.  He wanted these homeless people to have a warm, safe Christmas night.

Enter the Hotel worse-than-Grinch.  Management cancelled the ,duPontereservation three hours before check-in when they realized the people were homeless.  They were worried that these people would rob and rape other guests!

On the bright side, the Christiana Hilton heard about it and offered ten rooms to the homeless, plus dinner, breakfast, and a hospitality room where they could relax rather than just having to stay in their rooms..

It’s reassuring to know that not everyone in the hospitality industry has closed minds and hearts.

Read more here.

 

Resolution for 2016

New Year’s Resolution:  This year I will buy products that will last and rent items I’ll use only once or twice, and I will take pride in the resulting extra space in my home and at the landfill.

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[For more easy, money-saving, earth-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/view/7000 or your favorite e-book seller and download to your computer or e-book device. Totally free, with no strings attached.]

A Wish for You

My wish for you and your family during this Christmas season and throughout the coming year.

 

 

Harnessing the Sun, Morocco Style

I’d like to see us cut our electric bill the way Morocco plans to do it.  Taking advantage of the 3,000 hours of sun they get each year, they’re building a set of four linked solar plants the size of 35 soccer fields.  Along with hydro and wind, the complex will serve the electric needs of half the country’s population.  Phase 1, opening this month, will bring power to 1.1 million people.  Read more about this exciting venture at the Guardian.com site.

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“Meet Uncle Bob”

A 3+ minute video for your consideration, to prepare you for family gatherings this holiday season:

 

Your Holiday Guide to Dealing with Uncle Bob.

How will you cope with your right-wing relatives over the holidays? Check out our latest video for a survival guide.

Posted by Robert Reich on Thursday, December 17, 2015

 

Responsible Shoe Shopping

Shopping for shoes?  Choose ones with the Earth under your feet.  Look into OAT shoes (with proper microbes, they take only 6 months to biodegrade 90%) or Simple Shoes (made from   recycled paper, hemp, cork, bamboo, and old tires).

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[For more easy, money-saving, earth-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/view/7000 or your favorite e-book seller and download to your computer or e-book device. Totally free, with no strings attached.]

This Rule Should be Broken

[Sometimes, keeping the rules exactly as written is absurd and even harmful.  Following is a story from Change.org about just such a case.  They have a petition going asking for a reversal of the decision.  If you’d like to sign it, click on Change.org.]

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On October 22nd, 2015,17-year-old Zachary Hougland sprinted across the finish line and into the record books as Davis County High School’s first cross country district champion. He was thrilled. But when he turned and saw another runner from an opposing team looking pale and pained, clutching his chest, he quickly stopped celebrating.

With nobody helping the runner,  Zach did what he felt any true athlete should do — he ran back to him and helped him to the finish line. And because of this, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) has stripped him of his win.

The IHSAA claims it was only following the national rule that states you can’t assist another runner. But that rule exists to prevent competitors from cheating, which Zach was certainly not doing in this case. When a rule is used to punish an act of human decency, you undermine the very sportsmanship you are trying to protect.

If Zach’s win is not restored, he will miss out on his last chance to fulfill his longtime dream of competing individually in the state championship. Yet, despite the disappointment and frustration this setback has caused, he says he wouldn’t take back his actions. The Iowa High School Athletic Association may have taken away Zach’s victory, but it’s clear they haven’t diminished his courage.