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March 1, 2012

A Green Perspective

Suki: D.I.Y. Bar Mitzvah

Viva: 5 Tips for Picking Yourself Up After A Bad Day
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(Photos General) Garden_GarbagetocomposttoGarden.jpgEvery time I think I'm doing pretty well conducting myself 'greenly' someone one-ups me with a higher green bar.  This year I'm meeting the challenge with a compost plan!

Growing up, we had the good fortune to live in the country on land with a brook, a pond, hay fields, fruit trees, vegetable and flower gardens and a barn in which to house lambs and chickens and one year a black angus with a penchant for escaping.  After every meal one of us kids had to take the scraps out to the compost. 

Times change.  Many of us live in urban environments.  I admire the gardens and green living of today's generations, at least in a conscious community like ours.

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Last week I came across an article on a retro-green lifestyle.  It reminded me of my mother.  She could have written the piece.  Hope you enjoy the tongue-in-cheek essay!

Have a green weekend, Parmalee

  A Green Perspective

article from Monterey Bay Farmers Markets newsletter

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."

The clerk smugly responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

The older woman thought: she's right - my generation didn't have the green thing - at least, we didn't call it 'green.'

As she slowly walked home pulling her cart filled with groceries, she was lost in reflection of times past. She thought: We returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, and the same bottles were used over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator or elevator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

(Photos General) Green_ClothesDryingonLine.jpgBack then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts - wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back then. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their older brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV or radio, in the house - not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric appliances to do it for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right. We didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, we drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying new pens, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza parlor.

The older woman shook her head, thinking how sad it is that the younger generation seemed to believe that older folks were wasteful and didn't care about the future because they didn't have the green thing back then.

 

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  Suki: D.I.Y. Bar Mitzvah

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When my husband and I started talking about having kids, the first thing he said was, "I want to raise my kids Jewish." I answered, "What does that mean to you?" And we've been trying to figure that out ever since.

We are not a religious family. I was raised Catholic by scientist parents who stayed with the church for the sake of tradition and community, but made it pretty clear that (like most American Catholics) their views didn't align with the edicts coming down from Rome. My husband comes from a long line of Jewish rabble-rousers - socialists who expressed their Jewishness in the spirit of tikkun olam - "heal the world." He had a Bar Mitvah, but they seldom went to temple otherwise.

So what does it mean to us to raise Jewish children? For me, it meant education. Although I'd always had Jewish friends, and I had a vague sense of the basics of Judaism, I had not scratched the surface of a religious tradition that goes back before written history started. As soon as our kids' Jewish education started, in preschool, I felt lost amidst a body of learning that Jewish children absorb slowly, through practice in their households. At preschool, we learned the basics of celebrating Shabbat and the major holidays.

Then our son aged out of preschool and it was on to Temple school. We'd fit in pretty well at preschool - one teacher in particular was such a perfect nurturer for my unusual little beings that we still keep in touch. But Temple school was a different story. Most of the kids found it fun; our shy son usually ended up in tears. This is not to criticize our local temple for how they run their school - it works great for most kids. It just didn't quite align with our needs. We tried out another school, which was better but didn't work out for location and scheduling reasons. And then we were on our own.

I guess our Jewish schooling story is a bit like our schooling story in general: We tried out all the possible options, and though we could see that the schools we tried were great schools for some kids, they didn't work for ours.

We ended up doing the same thing with our Jewish education that we did with the rest of their education: cobbling up something that fit with our family's needs. It was not orthodox, but it's been a wonderful experience for our family.

Last weekend.......continued

 

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  Viva: 5 Tips for Picking Yourself Up After A Bad Day

(Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgThere are days when we stumble, and fall short of our expectations. And then there are days when we fall flat on our face, and don't seem to achieve anything at all. I had one of those yesterday. For those of you that can relate to this, I have 5 strategies you can use to keep yourself working towards your goals even when you have a bad day. But first, I'd like to tell you about my day-it started with a snag: the beautiful design I wanted to apply to my new website was incompatible with the standards set by the company that I'd paid to host the website. This was incredibly frustrating for me, because I desperately wanted to launch my new website (www.dailycitron.com) and replace my old website before I participated in various promotions of my site that start on March 1st.

And of course, it took about 7 hours of my time to discover that the new design was incompatible, and that time was not spent sipping martinis while relaxing next to the fireplace- it was spent on the phone with... continue>>>

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This class for 12 yr olds to Adults is designed to get you movin' and flippin' into shape utilizing the fundamentals of gymnastics:

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 Hummingbird Days at the Arboretum

(Photos General) Bird_hummingbird.jpgAnnual Celebration of the Hummingbirds that feed, mate, and nest in the Arboretum gardens.
Free with admission

Saturday, March 3

* 10-4, Children's crafts with a hummingbird theme
* 11:00 am. Australian Plants that Attract Hummingbirds led by Curator of the Australian Garden, Melinda Kralj
* 2:00 pm. Australian Plants that Attract Hummingbirds led by Curator of the Australian Garden, Melinda Kralj
* There will also be occasional birdwatching tours and children's hummingbird tours throughout the day, roughly between 11:00 and 3:00.
* There is a self-guided hummingbird trail open all year for viewing hummingbirds on your own.

Sunday, March 4

* 10-4. Children's crafts with a hummingbird theme
* 11:00 am. Native Plants that Attract Hummingbirds led by Curator of Native Plants, Rick Flores
* Noon, Australian Plants that Attract Hummingbirds led by Curator of the Australian Garden, led by Arboretum Director, Brett Hal
* 1:00 pm. Photographing Birds in the Wild - Do try this at home. Slide show by Larry Selman who has the website mostlybirds.com.
Setting up an outdoor photo studio, attracting birds (including hummingbirds), and techniques and equipment for photographing them.
An introduction for photogaphers and those curious to learn more about photographing birds at home or anywhere. Slide lecture / Q & A format
* 2:00 pm. Native Plants that Attract Hummingbirds led by Curator of Native Plants, Rick Flores
* There will also be occasional birdwatching tours and children's hummingbird tours throughout the day, roughly between 11:00 and 3:00.
* There is a self-guided hummingbird trail open all year for viewing hummingbirds on your own.

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  Birding Walk, Elkhorn Slough
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