one person’s garbage…

8 06 2008

Believe it or not, even with the extra gardening bed, I’ve STILL run out of space for all the goodies that I want to plant. A few weeks ago, I was a little distraught when I realized that there was no room for my basil plants. I ADORE pesto. And I need a LOT of basil to make enough pesto to last me year round. Where would my basil plants go?!?

Thankfully, my parents had two large planters that they weren’t using this year, and they offered to let me use them. The only hitch was a warning from my mom that the planters seem to need an inordinate amount of water over the season. I wasn’t very happy with the thought of wasting so much water…

But, as luck would have it, my dad brought them over on the very same weekend that my beloved was tearing a rotting cedar roof off our shed. Rotting cedar, hmm… how about cedar mulch?!? An excellent solution to my water woes!


my crowning glory

28 04 2008

Hmm, well tonight I was the crazy lady – this time at my yoga class. Honestly, this really shouldn’t be new to me anymore. Half the time I abandon having real conversations with people because I just don’t have the energy to wear the Crazy Lady Crown ALL THE TIME. But sometimes, like tonight, I blurt out my passions and beliefs, thinking that SURELY they will be well-met… HOW could anyone think otherwise?!?

Tonight it was about reverse-osmosis water systems, and gosh-darn-it! -aren’t-they-awesome!!! Well… you already know how I feel about filling up my Brita, and I’m afraid most other capitalist water filtration systems are going to fall on the same side of that equation for me. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not fighting capitalism here. There are other people who do that battle better than me, and to be perfectly honest, I’m not really anti-capitalism. More like anti-BIG business and governments that support them.

So, back to reverse-osmosis. SURE reverse-osmosis may be absolutely awesome from a health perspective, as I tried to tell me fellow pretzels in tonight’s class, but if it is then we should be lobbying our town to provide us with that system! That comment met some downward dogs with raised eyebrows.

“OUR TOWN CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO DEFINE HEALTHY,” the sun-saluters told me.

“Then talk to the town and tell the town what it should be doing,” I said, “This is how the political system works.”

“No, it won’t work,” the Warrior Ones answered somewhat snootily, “They don’t listen.”

I sighed into my upward dog and wondered once again, how words had transformed me from someone with worthwhile ideas into a crazy lady who has pushed the bar too far. On my way home, I wished that I had thought to remind them that we need to push for changes that will benefit ALL, not just the ones who can afford things like reverse-osmosis systems. But perhaps I would have met even more resistance with that thought.

After all, I’m just a crazy lady who ties herself up into pretzels.

one drop of water

20 03 2008

March 22nd is World Water Day. I could go on about world water shortages, but you probably know all about that already. Instead, I’ll point out how water provides us the perfect example of humanity. One drop seems harmless enough and hardly something that could make a difference. But when you combine that drop with others, it has a power to be reckoned with.

How will your drop fall?

muddied waters

11 01 2008

I’m taking tap water back. That’s right. Lately, I’ve been engaging in some political action with my plumbing: I’ve been drinking tap water.

Like many other people, I jumped on the Brita bandwagon when the jugs first came out. I thought they were a great idea – clean, filtered water available in your own home! Imagine that. But wait – I pay my local municipality for potable water. What kind of up-selling is this? A pretty good one when it took me over a decade to realize the marketing genius behind Brita’s products. It was David Suzuki who first got me thinking about this, and since then my Brita jug has been sitting high and dry.