Archive for January 30, 2016

That’s Garbage!

Use the garbage disposal less often. Between faucets washing scraps down the drain and huge amounts of water used at the sewage treatment plant, 500,000 gallons of water are wasted daily.  Choose and cook foods which produce little waste, be creative with leftovers, and turn what remains into compost  to nourish your plants without a trip to the nursery for plant food.

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What’s Hiding in Your Toothpaste?

I was surprised at the stuff in my favorite brand of toothpaste–and others–that is NOT healthy for me or for the Earth.  I’ve known about (and have been avoiding) microbeads, which are being phased out.  But what the Tooth Fairy are Triclosan and Sulfates, and how are they harmful?  

Before you brush your teeth again, read “What’s Hiding in Your Toothpaste?”  Then you may just want to make your own (the article tells you how to go about it).

 

Challenge and the Challenger Astronauts

President Ronald Reagan mourned the loss of our Challenger brothers and sister, then told us how to honor them:

“Our nation is indeed fortunate that we can still draw on an immense reservoir of courage, character, and fortitude, that we are still blessed with heroes like those of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Man will continue his conquest of space. To reach out for new goals and ever-greater achievements, that is the way we shall commemorate our seven Challenger heroes.”

…A Thursday Thought for today, on the 30th anniversary of the disastrous loss of the Space Shuttle’s crew.

 

 

Let Us Never Forget

Some claim it never happened.  Others hear stories about it from relatives and friends.  Still others lived through it.  It affects all of us, because it was one of the most heinous crimes that humans have perpetrated against fellow humans.  The Holocaust.

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  We remember it so that we can prevent it from happening again, even as we see shades of it developing in our world today.

Take a few minutes to view this video, “Rescue,”  of people who refused to accept the inhumanity and fought it–and are still fighting it–by taking action.

 

 

 

Knitting Saved My Marriage

It’s true.  I’d get so nervous and upset while riding that I’d become irritable, unreasonable, and, well, bitchy.  It’s all because my husband and I have great differences of opinion about such matters as how often to change lanes, how close to travel behind another vehicle, what to do when another driver makes a stupid mistake, and what sort of language (and level of sound) to bestow on other drivers.

Then I took up knitting.  I’m good enough at it that I don’t need to stare at the yarn and needles, which lets me look around.  But I found that knitting calmed me, diverted my attention just enough that I was less bothered by my surroundings.  I was more serene and far less bitchy.

No, it’s not my imagination.  Studies are showing that such crafts really are therapeutic. Occupational therapists use them to help reduce the symptoms of depression, among other things.

There is a neurological basis as well as well as a psychological basis for the stress-reduction and cognitive benefits.  If you’re interested in learning more, go to the Washington Post Health and Science article titled “Might Crafts such as knitting offer long-term health benefits?”

Meanwhile, I’m off to buy some more yarn…we have a road-trip planned for next week.

 

 

Will ISIS Fighters Quit over Wages?

I just heard that ISIS fighters earn $4200 a month, and more if they have a wife and children.  But now that American bombers have been blowing up their stashes of money, they’re cutting that salary in half.

This made me wonder how many of their fighters are motivated less by ideology and pleasing Allah and more by a wage they likely couldn’t earn in another job.  Will the cut in salary and benefits lead hoards of fighters to quit and–if they aren’t executed–go home?  Maybe, too, devoted ISIS volunteers living in other countries (like the U.S.) will demand that they be paid and refuse to blow themselves up if they aren’t.

Here’s a thought: will capitalism do what nations and peoples have been unable to do, namely, spell death to ISIS?

 

DVR and Cable Costs

There are two energy-gobblers you stare at daily yet don’t think much about.  One is your DVR. If you seldom use it, unplug it until you actually do want to use it.  The other is your cable box.  While away on vacation, unplug it, too.  These items draw a lot of power, even when not in use but while still plugged in.

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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.]

365 Lives Changed

This Thursday Thought quote says it all:

“Do one act of kindness each day of the year and change 365 lives.”  —  Anthony Douglas Williams

 

Why Celebrate National Hug Day?

It may seem like a silly “National Day” to have, but it makes sense.  Hugs have many benefits: 1) They improve our relationships.  2) They are good for our physical heart.  3) They help keep us from getting sick and help us recover.  4) They produce oxytocin, which reduces stress and increases a feeling of well being.  5) They may relieve existential anxiety.  6) They can reduce pain–even if you just give yourself a hug.

If you don’t believe any of this, read the explanations at “7 Reasons to Celebrate National Hug Day.”

Okay, so you noticed that I listed only 6 of the 7.  I saved the best for last: the benefits come from being the hug-ee OR the hug-er.

So, what are you waiting for?

 

 

Watch Your Language, Sarah Palin

I understand how tempting it is for Sarah Palin to endorse Donald Trump, now that he has promised her a job in his administration if he’s elected.  What I don’t understand is why she feels it necessary to use even rougher language than she’s used in past campaigns.  She has always used strong language, but now the media has to bleep out some of her words. Try as she might to match Trump’s often ill-advised (we’ll be magnanimous here) word-choice, she’s an amateur in comparison to him.

Come on, Sarah.  What happened to your “family values”?  And where is your common sense?