Vinegar and washing

Keep your washing machine fit with vinegar

The other day, my beloved 25 year old washing machine started loosing some water, which I saw trickling out on the floor. You know the feeling: oh, now what is it going to cost me? Will it repair, or is it the end? This, of course is especially true for this old and faithful machine. […]

Plastic Paradise – Where Can We Go From Here

There is a very compelling documentary to watch: Plastic Paradise, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

EVERY single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still SOMEWHERE on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go? Watch the trailer:

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Trailer from Angela Sun on Vimeo.

Midway Atoll

Midway Atoll

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, siphoning plastics from three distant continents.

In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagine…

Find out more and get the movie at Plastic Paradise — The Movie

In this TEDx Talk, Heather Troutman dives into the plastic problem, and what we can actually do about it, very simply and succinctly explained, a great watch to get the skinny of what the documentary explores at length.

A cup of tea with ginger and lemon

It all started with a cup of tea…

I discover Fair Labor Verification, life can be very surprising when we go with the flow. Upon waking, after I have my warm water, honey and lemon (doing a 30 day challenge), I like to have a tea or coffee. I have worked on my diversity of choice, and not getting into an addictive habit […]

Rita Hogan on Fleas and Ticks - Dog

8 non-toxic and natural ways to keep your dog free of fleas and ticks

Looking ahead towards the upcoming flea season makes me start to have phantom itching episodes. Spring, Summer and Fall are ripe with enemy troops. To successfully win the war, you must start planning now. You don’t want to have to resort to using toxic pesticide pills and spot treatments. Yuck. Garlic as a chemical weapon. […]

A great community garden on a rooftop in Nashville

Julie Berbiglia takes us to the rooftop of the McKendree United Methodist Church that hosts a community garden featuring deep raised beds, large planters and rain barrels. It also functions as the play area for the day-care kids, who really enjoy it, as you can see in the video. And part of the food grown is even used for the homeless.
Quite a great project worth watching.

ulie Berbiglia is another local light in Nashville’s greening movement. A certified master gardener and the host of Volunteer Gardener on NPT-Channel 8, Berbiglia has been the organic coordinator of Scarritt-Bennett Center’s demonstration garden for six years. She has been involved in advocacy all of her professional life, initially as an administrative assistant for the ACLU.

“You’re working on the big causes,” Berbiglia says. “But you see systems change so slowly. So when I got to the point where I thought, ‘Things are so bad. There’s got to be another way to save the world,’ I already had an interest in gardening, and I found my way over to Scarritt. It was a perfect fit.”

Source: Nashville Scene – Read the whole article

A true Italian-style coffee cup. Small and strong coffee.

How I cope with my love for coffee

Coffee actually isn’t as bad as we used to think, but it certainly has to be kept in line so it’s not drunk in harmful quantities. As in all things, a little goes a long way, too much is not good for your health. So how does one keep the coffee habit and yet stay […]