Lady Bird Johnson and Her Wildflower Center
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Lady Bird Johnson and Her Wildflower Center

Walking as much as I have this year has reminded me just how beautiful this part of the world is. It’s spring, of course, and most everywhere is lovely in spring. But this winter’s rain brought us a vivid wildflower season, made more precious by last year’s drought. BADGE WORK UPDATE: EARTH CONNECTIONS, ECO-ACTION, OUTDOOR … Continue reading

An Aha! Moment: How to Reduce Plastic Water Bottle Waste at Airports
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An Aha! Moment: How to Reduce Plastic Water Bottle Waste at Airports

You start a project like this, and you notice that you’ll be asked to do a bit of thinking about how you might help make the world a better place. Scout badges are chock full of tasks intended to improve our homes, our communities, our planet. And last January, after participating in No Impact Week, … Continue reading

Deepwater Horizon: One Year Later
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Deepwater Horizon: One Year Later

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that yesterday was the one year anniversary of the BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, resulting in an oil disaster whose effects will be felt for years to come. Believe it or not, there’s a badge for scouts that’s devoted to teaching girls about oil in our lives … 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

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