Recently, I was asked the question: When choosing a beer, which is better for the environment - a locally brewed beer, or one from a brewery that employs sustainable practices? Good question! And a complex one! The environmental benefit of buying local is pretty straight forward. As discussed in Local Sourcing, buying a beer that … Continue reading The Beer of Choice
One of my new years’ resolutions was to review the “ABCs of Life” every day. This list, created by Byron Garret, is a wonderful collection of worthy actions important to our happiness and well-being. For example, “Be Kind”. It recently occurred to me we need a list of things we can do to save our … Continue reading ABCs To Save Our Planet
Last year I announced I wanted to buy an electric car. After a little research, I concluded a plug-in hybrid, rather than all-electric, was needed because we frequently take trips that are further than the range of electric cars. If my needs were limited to in-town commuting, an all-electric car would be perfect. Since that … Continue reading Quite A Charge
I’ll never forget the first time I realized the power of the internet. My son was attending school in St. Louis, we were living in Texas, and I received a call from him one afternoon. He was running errands in his car and was having an issue with one of his tires. He asked me … Continue reading That Should Fix It
For Father’s Day this year, I was given a beautiful long-sleeve polo shirt. Since I’ve announced my reluctance to buy stuff, including clothing, it was nice to have a new addition to my “wardrobe”. Things do wear out, and perhaps, everyone is tired of seeing me wear the same things over and over. Regardless, it … Continue reading I’ll Buy That, If….
A principle is defined as a fundamental truth that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning. I’ve been a baseball fan ever since I was a kid, beginning with the Houston Colt 45’s before they became the Houston Astros. Not surprisingly, I was really bothered … Continue reading It’s The Principle!
My Grandfather's Home - 1911 My grandparents lived in rural areas in east Texas and southwest Arkansas and, as a boy, I visited them many times, generally in the summer. They were not particularly well off, in terms of conveniences and luxuries, but they did sustain themselves by hard work and their industrious spirit. While … Continue reading A Local Economy
Salmon, black rice, and broccoli The coronavirus pandemic has been with us a while now. The first death in the U.S. was recorded 6 months ago in Washington State. Unfortunately, the end is not yet in sight. As a country, we’ve made many adjustments in the way we live, including the way we eat. With … Continue reading Just Send It To Me
A year and a half ago I decided to eliminate beef from my diet to help Save The Planet. And this year, I decided to follow a new meal plan that eliminated all meat (including chicken and pork) and to limit my fish intake to 2 servings per week. Turns out I’m not the only … Continue reading Three Cheers for the Impossible
Last week’s blog, Returning To The Earth – dealt primarily with food waste and the benefits of composting. This week, I wanted to explore some of the options regarding "what to do with me” when I pass this life. Years ago, my wife and I were sightseeing in New Orleans and took a tour of … Continue reading What Do I Do With This Body?