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I’ve been a CSA member for a while now. (For those who don’t know what CSA stands for: Community Supported Agriculture. The real definition: Boxes of local organic veggies appear weekly in my garage.) I love it and I hate it. I love it because, hey have you ever tried a sweet potato that was [...]

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For a little kid, Little Girl has a big memory. She’s been talking about Halloween since July. “I wanna be ‘arina,” she told me. (Translation: She wanted to dress up like the Marina character on Fresh Beat Band.) “And Daddy will be Shout and you can be Kiki.” Hmmm. Okay, so right away I started [...]

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Growing up, I lived in a house with a huge (for Long Island) backyard. It was a stretched pentagon-shaped piece of property 60 feet across in the front but about 300 feet across in the back. It went back at its deepest 250 feet deep, and the house wasn’t big so there was a wide [...]

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My house is pretty much a plastic-free zone. We’ve eliminated all Tupperware and plastic storage containers. I don’t use any Zip-Lock-type bags. I have reusable grocery bags. We don’t use plastic wrap, opting instead for glass containers with lids. We don’t have a single plastic cup. I even got rid of all the plastic utensils [...]

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This past week has been one of the most productive that the Big Girl/Little Girl household has ever seen. My husband and I have cleaned house — literally. We got rid of the equivalent of two carloads of stuff from the garage, four large boxes of old electronics (including a 37-inch LCD TV that was [...]

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Until recently, I was not a coffee drinker. I couldn’t understand what the appeal was, quite honestly. Every time I saw a Facebook update that mentioned coffee, my eyes sort of glazed over. Sometime over last summer, though, I got it. It was really hot here. Everywhere I looked someone was drinking an iced coffee. [...]

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Recycle That Wrap!

I’m super-busy right now trying to finish a few large projects so I can actually take a week off from writing. (I will still be editing and reporting, but that’s nothing as compared to the stress of staring at an empty page and a looming copy deadline.) That said, I am recycling, naturally, and using [...]

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If you go to my local beach club and order a sandwich or a hamburger and fries, your meal is going to come in a Styrofoam clamshell box. Up until this year, all the cups were Styrofoam, too. We hold a member meeting once a month. This past spring someone stood up and questioned why [...]

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I don’t really use a lot of makeup. A little lipstick, maybe. Some blush. Occasionally, mascara. Still, I end up with lots of little plastic tubes and packages that can’t go into my recycle bin. I don’t throw them out. I just leave them in the bathroom hoping to find a way to recycle them. [...]

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ExxonMobile wants you to know that what happened on BP’s oil gig was an anomaly. So says its new blog, Perspectives. According to the post Addressing the Gulf of Mexico Spill, which was written by Ken Cohen, ExxonMobil’s VP of public and government affairs, it’s important to realize how much we need all that deep [...]

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