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Entries Tagged as 'Frugality/Frugal Fun'

Can A Tomato Change the World?

August 14th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Abundance and Prosperity, Energy & Sustainability, Frugality/Frugal Fun, People Helping People, poverty, Shel's Personal Life

I feel very sorry for those people who’ve never had a REAL fresh tomato. Comparing it to a supermarket tomato is like comparing a perfectly aged French triple-cream gourmet cheese with Velveeta.

And I feel grateful not only to live in a place where we can have a garden, but in a time when consciousness of local organic and fresh foods is high, and where food is helping people know their neighbors and boost their nutrition.

Yes, a tomato can change the world.

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Today is World Water Day

March 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Energy & Sustainability, Frugality/Frugal Fun

I just found out today is World Water Day, which you can read about at http://liveearth.org/en/liveearthblog/celebrate-world-water-day. Water is something far too many of us take for granted, but I believe it will be one of the most important resource issues of the coming years—something that could actually dwarf oil in importance, over time. After all, [...]

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Easy Steps to Ease Climate Change: Blog Action Day

October 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Energy & Sustainability, Frugality/Frugal Fun, People Helping People

Today is Blog Action Day, and this year, the international day of action focuses on climate change. I could write about climate change for days, but I’ll keep it simple. Here are some quick, easy, painless things you can do to lower your carbon footprint, and some of them will save you a nice pile [...]

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Even Pet Hair Can be a Resource

July 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Energy & Sustainability, Frugality/Frugal Fun

I’m always looking for ways to keep stuff out of the trash, and I’ve been saying for years that we ought to collect and recycle the prodigious offerings of fur that our dog and cat leave around the house–that someone could spin it into yarn or stuff pillows out of them. But actually doing it [...]

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WIll Water be the Oil of the 21st Century?

July 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Abundance and Prosperity, Energy & Sustainability, Frugality/Frugal Fun

if you’re like most Americans, when you brush your teeth, you turn the water on (often full-force) and let it run for three minutes or so while you brush. When I brush my teeth, I do it like this:

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The Democratized Encyclopedia: Social Networks

April 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Customer Service as Marketing, Frugality/Frugal Fun, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, Web 2.0/Social Media

When a lot of people think of crowd-sourcing–harnessing the network of common wisdom–they probably think first of Wikipedia, which is written by its users. But Wikipedia, and Wikis in general, are only the most visible piece of an amazing phenomenon that dates back to the earliest days of the Net. Maybe eight or ten years [...]

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PR and Journalism Lessons from Agriculture Chem Industry’s PR Blunder

April 14th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Abundance and Prosperity, Energy & Sustainability, Frugality/Frugal Fun, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, Web 2.0/Social Media

Unbelievably stupid quote from the agrochemical trade group Mid America Croplife Association, whose members include the likes of Monsanto, Dow, and other manufacturers of farm chemicals (oh, and can you spot the two grammar errors in those three sentences?): Did you hear the news? The White House is planning to have an “organic” garden on [...]

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Free E-Book to Starving CEOs

February 5th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Business Ethics, Frugality/Frugal Fun, Social and Economic Justice

Some random thoughts about the economy and ethics today. 1. President Obama took a small but welcome step toward curtailing corporate abuses yesterday, restricting CEO pay for those companies taking government bailouts to a “measly” half a million dollars. Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence, endorsed the idea but said it didn’t go [...]

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Focus on Poverty During Blog Action Day

October 15th, 2008 · Comments Off · Abundance and Prosperity, Energy & Sustainability, Frugality/Frugal Fun, Peace and War, People Helping People, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice

So there you have at least part of my prescription to create jobs, reduce costs, lower pollution, and shift our country’s trade and overall deficits. What are your ideas? Please post them, and let’s get started!

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Corporations on Welfare Must Trim Expenses

October 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Business Ethics, Frugality/Frugal Fun, Social and Economic Justice

When I found out the other day that no sooner had insurance giant AIG accepted a huge bailout from the taxpayers–that’s us–that they had spent $400,000 on a posh weeklong retreat at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, a very expensive resort, including a $10,000 tab at the bar, and $24,400 on spa and salon services, [...]

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