Curb the Plastics

In case you’ve never heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a link to an article on The Guardian’s site appears below. The answer is to reduce our use of plastic.  Recycling can go only so far. When shopping for hygiene items, be suspicious of the word microbead.  Microbeads are usually tiny pieces of plastic that create the desired abrasiveness in skin cleansers.  They go down the basin or shower drain when you rinse your skin, and they don’t get weeded out in the system.  Those microbeads end up anywhere, including the ocean.  They’re among the microplastics that aren’t likely to … Continue reading Curb the Plastics

Being Nagged Into Silence Makes Us Better People? NO!

Here’s a link to an excellent opinion piece by Katie Edwards on The Guardian’s site.  Please note that she never suggests that women and girls should be locked up for their own protection.  She suggests societies have to stop protecting the assholes who abuse women and girls.   Continue reading Being Nagged Into Silence Makes Us Better People? NO!

The Most Articulate Coming Out Ever

Disclaimer:  I’m partial to George Michael.  As if you didn’t know that. Some people say Mr. Michael was outed the day he was arrested leaving a park men’s room in Beverly Hills.  Actually, anyone who listened to GM’s fine music during the 1990s already knew the closet door in question was ajar, not closed.  The 1996 song Jesus to a Child was a tribute piece dedicated to Anselmo Feleppa, who, according to the booklet enclosed with the Older CD, “changed the way that I look at my life.” Prior to April 1998, the London tabloid media harassed George Michael relentlessly on … Continue reading The Most Articulate Coming Out Ever

Helping Neighbors

This is a post I found on Twitter this morning, and I know nothing about the motorist’s circumstances. There’s no excuse for anyone driving a car in this condition.  It’s an example of why we should be helpful with each other, though. If you have a neighbor who can’t deal with the aftermath of snowfall, you might be able to help.  Many people can’t shovel snow or remove it from a car, and not everyone can afford to pay a professional. It’s up to you to determine your own limits on assisting others.  Whether you allow someone to park in … Continue reading Helping Neighbors

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Responsibly

We can always talk about moderation, but personally I’ve given up on the possibility that people will listen.  If they’re inclined to overdo something, they’ll probably act on the impulse toward excess.  Good judgment rarely beats instant gratification. That said, here’s a warning from the teddy bear peace officer community in the United Kingdom.  It’s a screenshot of a Twitter retweet, with my own plea for common sense added.  If you’d like to see the original tweet in its entirety, check out @Emergency_Teds on Twitter. Plush animals are among society’s most responsible citizens, so it disappoints me to see how … Continue reading Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Responsibly