Years ago, when we lived in St. Louis, we took our kids to the Six Flags amusement park, home of the “Screamin’ Eagle” roller coaster. Unlike newer ones today, the Screamin’ Eagle was wooden and pretty rough on a middle-aged body. Emotionally, over this past week, I’ve felt like I was on that old roller … Continue reading Quite A Week
Last year I began writing about choices I could make to “Save The World”. Some choices, such as eliminating plastic water and soda bottles, and plastic straws, have been very easy. Similarly, eliminating plastic bags and using reusable shopping and vegetable bags is now automatic. Every time I use them, it makes me feel good … Continue reading It’s About Choices
John Prine, 1971 One of my favorite musical artists is John Prine. We lost him earlier this year, another Covid victim. The first song on his first album is titled Illegal Smile. It describes the plight of a fellow who is down on his luck and what he does to compensate. In one lyric, he … Continue reading Climate Insurance?
I am surprised that so many people I know do not seem to take climate change seriously. When I read about the devastation our planet will likely suffer over the next few decades, and then consider our collective reluctance to make substantive changes to avoid these events, I don’t understand it. But recently I found … Continue reading But Will It Affect ME?
Judges play a crucial role in protecting our rights as citizens. That’s their job and often when deciding cases, judges must strike a balance between competing interests of different citizens and groups using our constitution as the roadmap. Choosing judges that will fairly execute these responsibilities is therefore extremely important because otherwise, justice will not … Continue reading Climate Court
Sierra Club's Endorsement The presidential candidates will debate for the first time on September 29, 2020. Two other debates will follow soon thereafter. Citizens will be watching to better understand where the candidates are on current issues and their plans. There are many criteria which can be considered when deciding whether to vote for the … Continue reading Vote To Save Our Planet
We recently visited a beautiful national park, Yellowstone. We had planned this trip early in the year. When the pandemic hit us all, the park was closed and we thought our trip would be cancelled. But a few weeks before our scheduled departure, the park reopened on a very limited basis. The hotels remained closed … Continue reading Chillax from the Rat Race
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