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Tweet I fear that the celebration of Thanksgiving is starting to be restricted to a smaller and smaller proportion of Americans.  Specifically, I’m worried that it’s a feast and an occasion of togetherness only for people who aren’t service employees.  I understand that some cooks and servers, clerks, stockpersons, janitors, and others have always been [...]

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Tweet Congratulations to Marina Shifrin on her departure from her job!  If you haven’t seen her YouTube video, which as of this writing has well over two million views, then check it out.  You’ll probably enjoy it.  People seem to love videos in which fed-up employees quit their jobs in creative ways.  It’s wish fulfillment [...]

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Tweet   I love good news.  However, it seems that I am almost always tentative about it.  You might just say I’m cautious, or you might say I’m overly analytical, or you might call me paranoid.  But let’s not let that detract from the good news that electric cars are selling better than they ever [...]

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Tweet A few weeks ago we touted the benefits of the earth-friendly, heart-healthy mead and promised a how-to on making your own tasty beverage.  Comparatively speaking, mead is a bit simpler to make than wine or beer. Here’s what you need to make your own delicious gallon of mead: 1 pkg. of yeast (preferably wine [...]

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Tweet Eco-Friendly beer, eco-friendly wine and fun cocktails are great for summer nights on patios, rooftop bars and camping trips.  Who would have thought there was another option?  Mead is a new novelty on many drink menus but its history is a long one. A mixture of honey, water and yeast, mead is one of [...]

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Tweet   I was interested to learn recently that at twenty-seven years of age, I am barely below the threshold of how old one has to be to recognize a time when global warming hadn’t already run amok across the Earth’s climates.  As it turns out, for people my age and younger, we have never [...]

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Tweet I visited my local county fair last weekend.  Being one of the largest county fairs in the world, it generally offers something to appeal to all types of people, so any individual can expect to be intrigued by some things and perplexed by others.  There may not have been any bamboo retailers yet, but [...]

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Tweet June is the month for brides so does that make July the month for bridal leftovers?  Even the most eco-friendly wedding will still have some items waiting to be stored, reused or recycled, namely the wedding gown.  Modern brides are certainly choosing more sustainable materials such as bamboo, hemp and organic cotton.  Many are [...]

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Tweet Long summer evenings, patios softly lit, a grill cooking up dinner, and the plucking of sweet berries and fresh herbs from your organic garden.  To top off a wonderful night, take those berries and herbs and make your organic cocktails straight from the garden!  (Well everything but the alcohol that is.) Organic gardening is [...]

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Tweet A new year, a new you and many common resolutions include how to improve one’s fitness.  From quitting smoking to quitting drinking to reducing stress and working out more, each New Year brings a new opportunity to better ourselves and of course, that brings more trends to coincide with our goals. After the gluttony [...]

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Tweet I know that America loves a celebrity marriage.  Based on recent news, it looks like there will soon be one to be excited about as more than just a union of pop culture royalty.  Justin Timberlake reportedly proposed to Jessica Biel while the two were in Montana during the holidays.  In addition to one [...]

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Tweet Every time I take my recycling to the curb, I feel a little guilty about the waste I’m producing.  After all, the fact that that material isn’t going directly to a landfill doesn’t mean that it won’t end up there someday.  I feel better about putting recyclable papers and cans to the street than [...]

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Tweet Too often the thought of eco-friendly clothing conjures up images of severe trousers, ill-fitting shirts and garments nothing short of a burlap sack.  Thankfully for shoppers and Mother Earth alike, that is not the case.  Eco-friendly garments are available in modern styles, trendy colors and flattering fits. Even if you haven’t read your Guide [...]

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Tweet Please note that this ladder is for decorative purposes only.  And while that may sound odd, a ladder for decoration, they provide an unobtrusive accent to most rooms.  I find ours especially helpful in our tiny bathroom where it doubles as a rack for our bamboo towels!  And by using bamboo, you add a [...]

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Tweet I must say, every time I hear about some sort of frighteningly insane stampede at an American retail outlet, I bury my head deep in my hands, ashamed for the culture that I inhabit.  I think we would all do well to remember that Black Friday sales have killed people.  Despite that, retailers seem [...]

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Tweet Since last week I took time to criticize popular attitudes toward birth, it seems appropriate that today I would discuss the topic of death.  I’ve just suffered the devastating and sudden loss of a dearly beloved pet, and I was suddenly faced with the difficult question of how to handle his remains.  I initially [...]

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Tweet There are small companies nationwide looking to not only make a profit but to help make the world a greener place.  And while branding plays a large part in what consumers see as green, let’s reflect on companies whose actions speak louder than words.  Not to toot our own horn (or at least not [...]

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Tweet Last week, Oprah taped the finale of her talk show. “Thank you is not enough, but thank you,” she told 13,000 onlookers. “For your love and your support, thank you.” The show has run for twenty-five years, and changed the face of daytime television forever more. Here’s a secret: I’m a man that loves [...]

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