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A Holiday Gift for our Planet

Holiday CardNovember is almost upon us, and for many of us our thoughts are turning to a Holiday ritual that, for some, is a dreaded (and sometimes expensive) chore. I’m referring to the mailing of Holiday gift cards to friends and family.

This year my significant other and I have decided to do something different – we’re sending eGreetings instead. Now, I know there are a lot of people who feel that an emailed Holiday greeting is tacky – sort of like an emailed invitation to a formal party or wedding. So for those people I must explain…..

Although we’ve always been “concerned” about the environment (which in the past was primarily focused on cleaning up air & water pollution, removing trash from public areas, and paying lip service to the problem of overpopulation), the past year has witnessed a deepened commitment from us to reducing our footprint on this planet. We’ve replaced all our light bulbs with CF bulbs, work hard at conserving both water and energy, increased our attention on recycling (it used to take a few weeks to fill our recycle bin, now it’s usually overflowing each week when we set it out on the curb), and I’m in the process of replacing my old SUV for a Hybrid vehicle. We also pay closer attention to our use of (and recycling of) paper products, and stopped our newspaper delivery after realizing we were getting more and more of our news online, and I now take a collection of mismatched canvas bags to the grocery store when I shop, to avoid the lose-lose choice of “paper or plastic”.

To that end, we have decided that the best thing we can do this holiday season, in keeping with our commitment, is to NOT mail out a bunch of cards. Our trees are one of our greatest natural resources, along with water, without which we humans cannot live. For years we’ve been hearing about how quickly the Amazon basin rainforest (and other old growth forests) are being razed, sometimes illegally, to make way for development and ranching. This issue desperately needs more attention – after all, no trees = no oxygen, and how long would we survive with no oxygen? Not long.

Since it takes killing trees to make cards, not sending cards will hopefully contribute to killing fewer trees.

Instead we are taking what we would have spent on cards and postage, and donating it to the World WildLife Fund, a multinational conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of nature and our natural resources. We know our family and friends will understand when they receive an email explaining what we’re doing this year, along with our picture and best wishes for the coming year. We hope they will follow suit.

Explaining My Absence…..

calendarI’ve had a number of people email me lately, concerned over my lack of postings on all the blogs I used to post on regularly…….I thank you all for your concern….for those who have just been wondering, a word of explanation:

Over the past month I’ve suffered a harmonic convergence of several factors – a “perfect storm” of perfectly timed obligations that managed to consume every waking moment, leaving me with no time for writing (which is only my hobby, after all)……..several important work projects with short deadlines, several out-of-state trips, and a flu that seemed to hang on forever, leaving me exhausted physically and mentally. I’m just now starting to get back some energy and feeling better.

In addition, I needed to take a step back from this blog, as I felt it was heading in a direction that was different from what I’d intended – I was spending more time just ranting, and less time writing about what I originally wanted to write about (a lighthearted, humorous take on what’s going on in the world). Anyone who knows me personally knows that humor is a big part of my personality, and yet it seemed that all I could focus on was that which pushed my hot buttons. Is that a bad thing? I don’t know. We all need to rant and rave and let off steam once in a while, so maybe not.

So perhaps this blog will be about what interests me enough to express an opinion – which sometimes may be funny, and sometimes not. But I’ll write about what I care about, and even if no one else reads it, I’ll feel better for writing it.

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