Showing posts from January, 2010

Courage is for quitters

Call me crazy, counting down the days.

Did I mention that I quit my job?

Most of you are probably pretty relieved that you no longer have to read blogs about criminally long working hours, and environmentally inept cohorts. I'll probably go to hell for all of the honest remarks I have made, but 'an honest day's work for an honest day's pay' is a dishonest man's jingle.

So what will I do with my free time? I'm not exactly sure, yet. But I guarantee that it will probably have something to do with praying for warmer weather, Sean Hayes, and maybe even a new pair of running shoes.

I am an environmentalist...

... and a humanitarian.

These are the two things that I absolutely know about myself. I recycle almost anything that I can lay my grimy hands on (junk mail, envelopes, used post-its and scrap paper, old aluminum foil, running shoes, cell phones, batteries, ink cartridges, books, magazines, etc., etc.), I donate old games, books and toys, clothing, school supplies, money, smiles, and hope. My life revolves around consuming less and conserving more... wait, this blog is beginning to sound oddly familiar.

One thing that has always bothered me about my place of employment is that they have yet to adopt a consistent environmental mentality. The concept is present, and some people fancy the color green, but time-and-time again I find myself pulling plastic bottles from the trash, turning off unused lights, closing the freezer door, and recycling wasted office paper. The amount of waste that goes on in our camp can be unbearable. I like to think I've done a little bit of good--rekin…

For hire

Many people before have probably posted this commencement address by Paul Hawken elsewhere. Quoted in news articles, nonprofit websites, or amateur blogs, it has done its fair share of spreading inspiration and a realistic world perspective. For those of my readers that have not yet had the privilege, and even for those who have. Steep a cup of tea and enjoy.

Healing or Stealing

... you are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, and the rate of decline is accelerating. Kind of a mind-boggling situation... but not one peer-reviewed paper published in the last thirty years can refute that statement. Basically, civilization needs a new operating system, you are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades.

This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison the water, soil, or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch th…