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Monthly Archive for February, 2010

Please excuse the temporary interruption of my usual green and crunchy blog with this pop culture missive. It’s what I wanted to write tonight, so I am being, as Simon likes to say, self-indulgent. I’m having a problem with American Idol. To begin with let me say that we never really got into American Idol [...]

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We’ve had some wacky stuff going on over here for about six months now. My husband’s health issue is the most pressing, of course, but there are other little annoyances, too. The capper came on Monday when I found out about something disturbing going on with a professional group I belong to. There was just [...]

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I used to be a phone person. The type of friend who would spend hours chatting about everything and nothing. Conversations could go on for hours, and often did. Then something happened. I got used to speaking to friends via email. I could send out messages in between doing other things and wait for the [...]

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I’ve had three really scary choking kid experiences in my life. Two with my own kids, one with a friend’s kid. The one with the friend’s kid happened first. It was five years ago. We were out at a Mexican restaurant eating lunch. My friend gave her then-18-month-old a tortilla chip. He ate it and [...]

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It’s been a recycling/reducing kind of week, so it’s only fitting that I am dedicating today’s Favorite Things Friday to cool products and companies that can help us reduce waste, improve recycling rates, and reduce the amount of plastic in our world. What do you think? Willing to give them a try? Ecologic packaging. I [...]

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Plastic Obsession

I spent about an hour yesterday reading about and watching the Vice Magazine documentary/news report TOXIC: Garbage Island. If you haven’t watched it: It’s a first-person account of a trip into the Pacific Garbage Patch. Reporters from VBS.TV along with researchers and volunteers go out and analyze the waters. A three-week trip there and back. [...]

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I’m really mad at the Powers that Be. They have let us down yet again. This past month there has been a flurry of new research and lawmaking related to chemicals and toxins and their effects on our children. I want to know why it’s taken so long to figure some of these out. The [...]

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National Snack Food Month: Who Knew?

I got a press release the other day informing me that February is National Snack Food month, a distinction created by the Snack Food Association back in 1989 to build awareness during an otherwise slow sales month. As I sit here eating Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Hearts (yum!), I realize I am not one of [...]

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I have spent almost the entire week with the kids. Snow, my husband’s operation, more snow. It’s been a mommy-and-them week. We spent a lot of time outside, and loved it, which is why today I am posting some tips to help you make the most of your time outdoors. Enjoy! Find a new locale. [...]

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