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Monthly Archive for December, 2009

After almost four months of writing this blog, I’ve decided I need to put my money where my mouth is — literally. It’s December 31, the last day to donate to charities if you want to write off those donations on your 2009 taxes. In past years we have supported wonderful charities such as Memorial [...]

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I hung up on my mother this weekend. Childish, wrong, silly, I know. On Christmas Day we had dinner at her house. On each of the kids’ plates there was a large — and I do mean LARGE — puke green Grinch lollipop. My mom’s neighbor is one of those holiday bakers that I can [...]

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Although I buy used things most of the year and even for Christmas, too, my husband feels strongly that Santa shouldn’t be cheap, and that he (or she) needs to worry a little less about the environment at this time of year. Unless Santa has unearthed something super-cool on eBay like the retired Little Tikes [...]

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Ever drive around on December 26? You’ll see bags and bags and BAGS of garbage. The amount of trash we produce grows exponentially during the holidays. What’s in most of those bags? Wrapping paper and cardboard packaging. But the front of your house doesn’t have to look like a trash heap. The reason: Most of [...]

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News for December 23, 2009

Environmental Health News reports — no more secrets: EPA Announces Plan to Require Disclosure of Secret Pesticide Ingredients KB: Anything that doesn’t kill pests must be reported on label. So you’ll know what –aside from poison — you’re using in your home or yard. SustainableBusiness.com says no lumps in the stocking this year: No New [...]

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My last blog post is getting record readership. And it’s spawning a ton of emails and Facebook posts. People say they felt defensive reading it. They say it was harsh against working moms. They say it has the ability to fan the flames of the Mommy Wars. I stand by the post. When I wrote [...]

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I arrived at my local kid class center a few minutes early. I was doing a makeup. I usually go to the class during the day. This was an early evening makeup, though. Immediately, I saw him: The little boy lying on the floor in the corner. His eyes glassy, his nose snotty. He was [...]

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I am a freelance journalist. I have been since October 16, 1999. My income is based on my good ideas, talent, and a little luck. There’s one more component, too: The kindness of relative strangers — the editors, producers, and project managers who give me assignments. That’s why, every year, I take the time to [...]

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The Associated Press reports on a story that should be getting more press. Group threatens lawsuit over 144 species KB: President Obama, I know healthcare is important, but these species need your help! HuffingtonPost.com has photos of animals we may miss someday. Rocky Mountain Endangered Species: 11 Endangered Plants and Animals KB: And this is [...]

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News for December 20, 2009

BBC News thinks this is all wet. India’s Wettest Place ‘Lacks Water KB: Do I even have to say it???

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