Archive for the ‘daily life’ Category.

This is just to say

I haven't checked
your Facebook status
or followed
your Twitter

on which
you were probably
announcing
big things

rather than
telling your friends
directly
in person
via email
or on the phone

Forgive me
I haven't
the time or
the attention span
to sort the dreck
from the
important stuff

—Annie Mullin
2011

(With apologies to William Carlos Williams *g*, whose original is one of my absolute favorite poems.)

You know you're a Midwesterner* when…

You spend half an hour talking to a complete stranger in the grocery store.

Granted, I now know the best kind of fish sauce to buy, but still, my trip to the Asian Pacific Market today was quite entertaining. *vbg*

* "Westerner" just doesn't have the same ring, even though Colorado's not really Midwestern, you know?

Happy Earth Day!

Of course, I think every day should be Earth Day. If you make just one change today to change your impact on the world around you, that'd be a wonderful thing. *vbg*

Try something simple, one step at a time:

  • Use reusable bags every time you go to the store–any store: grocery, book, craft, etc. Tip: after you've used your bags to haul things into the house, immediately take them back out to your car or put them back in something that's always with you so you'll have them the next time you shop and don't fall back on the excuse that you forgot to bring them with you. In no time at all, it'll be second nature to grab the bags before you enter a store. :)
  • Take your reusable cup with you and refill it rather than using disposable cups.
  • Bring your own name tag with you to conferences and meetings.
  • Replace as many lightbulbs in your house with CFLs as you can shop.
  • Pack your or your kids' (if you have 'em) lunches in a lunch box or reusable containers rather than paper bags.
  • Recycle everything you can, even the annoying hard plastic packaging that so many things are wrapped in.
  • Compost non-meat-based waste. (Seriously, if I can do it, anybody can. *vbg*)

What's your favorite tip to give others a start on making the world around them a better place?

You can make a difference! (Really, it's not that hard to do. *vbg*)