Right-Sizing

Right-sizing is a philosophy that I have been advocating for almost 20 years. I was introduced to the idea of not so big by Sarah Susanka‘s Not So Big House.  I devoured that book.  The concepts Sarah introduced spoke to me on so many levels (you can imagine how happy I was not just for…

Reuse Your Cup

By far, one of the best libraries I have been able to patronize was the Palatine Public Library, in Palatine, IL.  The extensive selection and regular display updates made it possible for me to happen upon Wanda Urbanska‘s Simple Living DVD series in 2012.  I had recently begun running again (indoors, on a treadmill, during…

5 Simple Ways to Start Recycling

Some of us have had the experience of living in a town where we are able to commingle all of our recyclables into one big toter.  It’s fantastic — cardboard, paper, plastics, metal, and glass all can be placed in the same bin to be picked up at the curb, destined for sorting at the…

Grease Trucks Go Solar

A new pilot program in New York City proposes to cut down on pollution from Food Trucks (also sometimes affectionately known as grease trucks).  According to Margaret Rhodes, most food carts run off diesel generators, sometimes for almost 14 hours, which can pollute the air with carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, and particulate matter.  The Queens, NY-based…

The Mike Nowak Show

A few years ago, I moved back to NJ after living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for five years.  While I was living in Chicagoland, I happened upon a garden show on the radio one Sunday morning on the way to work at my part-time job.  A garden show!  I felt like a nerd,…

Season for Giving

A co-worker and I were discussing the intensification of solicitation for giving to charity during the holiday season (which, honestly, is also sometimes fueled by the benefit of an income tax break for the current year).  At any rate, it reminds us of something we tend to just passively consider during the rest of the year: giving…

Nature Rx

This video is too good not to share.  It is truly funny and makes a good point.  I can’t wait to see the next in the series! “Nowadays everything has a brand and marketing campaign. What about nature?” — Justin Bogardus, writer/director of Nature Rx Update:  Here is the Nature Rx Part 2 video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ8H4EK2vt4…