Monday, January 5, 2009

rise #19

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! (and happy time off from work!)

Green tip: Want some soft, long lasting, sound-dampening, easy to clean, & environmentally friendly flooring, check out cork, but ensure that it has no PVC, formaldehyde or VOC’s. You could also save some European ecology: Cork

“Socialism collapsed because it did not allow the market to tell the economic truth. Capitalism may collapse because it does not allow the market to tell the ecological truth.” - Øystein Dahle

Life tip: Finding direction for the new year. Instead of setting goals or resolutions, try setting a theme or direction for the year first. Take some time and reflect on your life and determine what are the one or two overarching items that would take your life in the direction your heart of hearts desires. For me, it’s working towards becoming financially free (in order to get out of the rat race) and creating a community (the quality of life is in its relationships). Once this is done, then figure out a handful of action items that will help you achieve your theme. On my docket for the year is selling my house, creating an environmental one-stop-shop website, starting a community garden with my friends, and starting a gathering of folks to discuss important topics (e.g. politics, environment, ethics), teach each other skills (e.g. guitar, knitting) & enjoy life.

“The United States is like a giant boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it, there is no limit to the power it can generate.” - Sir Edward Grey

Interesting website/article: Be warm this winter and save some dollars, shrink wrap your windows ShrinkWrapWindows. I did 1.5 rooms yesterday morning in an hour or two (including some learning time, e.g. don’t overlap the double sided tape at the corners & have a helper when putting up the plastic on large windows)

“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” - Marcel Proust

Yummy recipe: Sesame Asparagus, mmmmm. SesameAsparagus Check out the surprisingly large number of health benefits at Asparagus

Lastly, I’d like to give a shout out to an organization making a difference, Solidarity Clothing, a fair trade Illinois-based organization partnering with Bolivian sewing cooperatives. If you’re interested in some environmentally & societally-conscious clothing check out You can also learn a bit more at Happy shopping!