Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Standing up and being that hero in a variety of ways...

-- Quote of the Day --

“…Most people find that there is one thing that they spend most of their time on is rooted to something in their youth …a lasting impression. So when you talk about standing up and being that hero …it is really all kinds of steps that we do, and the effect that we have on children of all ages …is somehow implanted in their mind and what they may be able to later do to be great heroes. …”
~ Cindy Katz 08/14/08

The quote above was excerpted from an interview with Cindy on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show on August 14, 2008. Access the archived interview by clicking on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or look to the right where there is another link for the show.

-- "Trash Talk’s Best Tip Picks for 2005"--

The article excerpt that I'm sharing with you today was originally titled "Trash Talk’s Best Tip Picks for 2005" - Let me explain this first. Back in 2004 & 2005 we had an online website service called "Tip of the Month" - this article was based on the best of the 2005 tips. This article is followed by quite a few interesting resources for our readers to considre following up on:



Tip #1:
Cardboard works great for weed control in the yard or garden. Lay out the flattened cardboard first making sure to overlap it by at least six inches. If the weeds are very established or if your weeds are more like small shrubs, do a double or even triple layer to ensure nothing grows through. We found that it is best to wet the cardboard with a sprinkler to soften it before applying the top layer of bark mulch or gravel so the cardboard will settle in and smother all the weeds completely. In as little as one year the cardboard will have composted into a rich loamy soil while the weeds have been killed off by lack of sunlight and air. Simply top off the bark mulch periodically as it too breaks down over the years.

Tip #2:
Vinyl shower curtains reused make good drop cloths for painting projects. In the garden they can be used as row covers for tender spring plants (when a cold night threatens). Like costly landscape fabric use curtains to control weeds in garden beds. Cut an X at each plant location, plant, then close the X around the plant stem. Cover the entire sheet with rocks, gravel or bark mulch.


Tip #3:
Promote reading in your community, reduce clutter around your home and your contribution of waste in the landfill, save a buck or two and benefit a charity while you are at it. Just how are you supposed to do all this?


Management of used books and magazines is a very environmental and community conscious thing for people to participate in. Extending the life of books and magazines is easily accomplished by taping the binding and edges of the covers.


Go through your closets and bookshelves and look for all the used books and magazines that you no longer read. Any library, shelters for the disadvantaged, hospitals and missions are all places to consider for donating. Use the key words ‘book donation’ in a search engine to find places to donate to. Here are just a few sites:

http://www.betterworldbooks.com/
http://www.asiahousinternational.org
http://www.sabre.org/books/bookorg/bkdn_toc.htm
http://www.loc.gov/rrr/amed/afs/alc/bkdncte.html
http://www.ala.org – lists contact information for organizations that distribute used books.
http://www.nationalbook.org/bookdonations.html – lists places that accept book donations.



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