The Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep, Part 1
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The Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep, Part 1

It’s 4:00 a.m. — Have You Seen My Sheep Anywhere?   We all love ourselves a good night’s sleep, and they’re mighty important to our health. It’s been awhile since I had one, though. Only hours ago I was staring at a clock reading 3:21 in the frigging morning, so I’m feeling mighty qualified to … Continue reading

Mid-Life Cancer: The Ultimate Catalyst
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Mid-Life Cancer: The Ultimate Catalyst

Ten years ago this week, I was deconstructed and reconstructed by two surgeons methodically bent on ridding me of cancer.  I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I remember saying to myself, with great regularity in the days leading up to surgery, “I just need 10 more years. Just 10 more years…” At 41, … Continue reading

Inspired, Inspiring Architecture: Contemporary, Sustainable and Totally Prefab!
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Inspired, Inspiring Architecture: Contemporary, Sustainable and Totally Prefab!

In last Monday’s post, I shared my love for the architecture and related ambiance of the French Quarter of New Orleans as a task for the Architecture badge. Today, same badge, different task, and I do a backflip in the other direction. BADGE WORK UPDATE: ARCHITECTURE I may adore the architecture of European cities, Quebec, New Orleans … Continue reading

Community Architecture: The French Quarter of New Orleans
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Community Architecture: The French Quarter of New Orleans

I love cities. My favorites are steeped in history and made for walking like European cities. The French Quarter of New Orleans is similar to European cities, which are built around population centers. But the U.S. has only a few cities like this, older cities whose foundations were built long before the invention of the car and its … Continue reading

Pennies, Poverty, and a Reality Check
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Pennies, Poverty, and a Reality Check

For my next task the “Consumer Power” badge asks scouts to collect all the pennies they get in their change for a month and watch the value “really add up.” Now, I rarely have a quarrel with these tasks, but I hope the next version of the G.S. badge book revises this language. You can’t seriously … Continue reading

Focus on Water & No Impact Wrap-Up
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Focus on Water & No Impact Wrap-Up

Do you consider yourself a bottled water afficianado? Well, friend, then you definitely want to check out the newly-released report card on bottle waters from the Environmental Working Group. Think you should be worried about the quality of your tap water? It might be better than you think. Here’s a ranking of best tap water in … Continue reading

No Impact Week: Focus on Food & Energy
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No Impact Week: Focus on Food & Energy

This week’s No Impact Experiment continues… as I wrap it into the goals for this Big Scout Project, I remain curious to find out how living more conscientiously can make a life wider and happier… NO IMPACT WEDNESDAY:  What’s your carbon “foodprint?” (Well, cheese appears to be my Achilles heel.) With one-third of Americans obese, we know … Continue reading

No Impact Week: First Days
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No Impact Week: First Days

Friends, if you saw Monday’s post, then you know I’m participating this week in the “No Impact Experiment” designed by Colin Beavan (No Impact Man), and sponsored by Yes! Magazine. The idea behind the No Impact Experiment is simple: by minimizing our negative impact on the health of the planet, we’ll live healthier and happier … Continue reading

Plumbing the Depths… (Or, Holy Cr@p! I Fixed the Toilet!)
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Plumbing the Depths… (Or, Holy Cr@p! I Fixed the Toilet!)

The toilet may be the common man’s throne, but it’s hardly everyone’s domain. I, for one, have avoided picking up that lid on the tank my entire life, until now.  In all of my 50 years, I’ve never–not once–been curious about the operational end of this equipment, and that’s really kind of crazy when you consider just … Continue reading