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#WATWB: Clean Up Heroes

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We Are The World Blogfest seeks to promote positive news,  stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit.  Join us on the fourth Friday of every month, or even the fourth weekend! For more information, visit:

This month, I’m sharing two stories about individuals who have taken it upon themselves to clean up beaches.

Story #1: Pat Smith, a 70 year old grandmother nicknamed “Action Nan” has cleaned up 52 beaches in a year. She couldn’t sleep after learning about plastic pollution and decided to do what she could. She’s motivating me to take a reusable bag to the beach with me and pick up trash every time I go. So much trash ends up in waterways. Even if you don’t live near a beach, please consider helping out. Pick up trash and work to reduce or eliminate your use of plastics and Styrofoam.


You can read more about Pat here. 

Story #2: This past spring, college Freshman Joshua Caraway went to a Miami, Florida beach with his friends for spring break. But when he saw all the trash on the beach, he went to work.

“I love animals, I also love the environment,” Caraway told “That’s why I like to help.”

Here’s an article about Joshua’s work from Global Citizen

Our WATWB cohosts for this month are:  Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk , Damyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hartz and Eric Lahti.

Stop by and see what inspiring stories of light they bring.

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The Dilemma of “Stuff”

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt was, “stuff.”

First I thought of the George Carlin comedy monologue on “stuff.” Let’s see if I can find it.

I wonder if it has any swear words. Guess I better watch it.

Crap! He’s cussing all over the place. Worst off all, is the GD cussing. Now, what? I’m not supposed to edit.

Oh, there’s a censored version. Maybe that will work.

Well, I just watched the censored version, and decided I don’t like it either. It’s not as funny as I remembered. Is that because I’m older and not quite as liberal? I don’t know. If you want to watch it, here it is:

So, I do have too much stuff. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a hoarder. I’ve read the diagnostic criteria, and I don’t qualify.

But what I feel good about is that I don’t throw away as much stuff as most people. I recycle and compost as much as a I can. That’s why I hate styrofoam. And I don’t hate many things. Styrofoam is on my naughty list, because it’s not fit for normal recycling. I try to get recyclable plastic cups or paper that biodegrades easily. I pouted a little at the store when my husband almost bought styrofoam for an event because it was so much cheaper. I don’t pout over just anything. I rarely pout at all, really. But my aversion for styrofoam is that big a deal. I’ve thought about making something out of it, which I’m sure is possible….maybe some day I’ll make some angel wings from styrofoam feathers.

One of the reasons I have too much stuff is that I buy a lot from thrift stores, to recycle and to be thrifty. The other reason, is that I learned from my mother not to throw things away if I might need them, because she grew up in the depression and you just don’t waste anything. Stuff. I’m getting better at donating things I don’t use. And at resisting the urge to buy things at the mission bargain center thrift store just because it’s a good deal. I mean, they have most of their clothes priced at $1. But there is no more room in my closet. My closet runneth over. But I have bought some paintings to paint over and other items to use as canvas for paintings to sell. And we just bought a futon, which the dogs love, from the thrift store. We might as well buy used furniture since the dogs don’t care. I bought one of those doggie covers for it, and it looks better than the old This End Up sofa that I had for about 20 years. My husband took it apart, which was not easy, and I’m going to figure out how to paint on it. Or maybe he can make a table out of it. Either way, it’s not going to the land fill!

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle your stuff!

Oh, and just to be clear, I loved my This End Up sofa. The wood part was very durable, but after two sets of cushions, it was time for something else.

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If you’d like to join in the Saturday SOC prompt and post, visit:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


Recycling 99% of our Trash Is Possible!

Recycle bin

The goal is to recycle more than we waste. Way more.

“The world has a garbage problem.”

Sweden is taking a giant step in the right direction by recycling 99% of their trash as described in the video below. They incinerate about half to make energy, but first, they sort out the organic material, metals, glass, etc.

My husband gets excited about composting. Having discovered first hand how 40% of the produce grown in this country is wasted, he does what he can to divert local organic material from rotting in the landfill, and dreams of a large scale composting operation that would create and capture energy. He’s always going on about black soldier fly larvae and worms being so helpful in breaking down garbage. I don’t mind him going on about it, because I know it’s a good thing.

I tend to be more localized to the home front, saving banana peels in the freezer, and putting everything I can in the recycle bin. I’ve recently started saving plastic reusable to-go containers  from a couple of the more eco-friendly restaurants and taking them with me when we go out to eat where the only take out containers available are made of styrofoam. I don’t care if anybody thinks this is weird. That’s how much I hate styrofoam, which I say like a cuss word, because it can take up to one million years to decompose, and is typically refused by recycling companies.

Now, if I can just remember to take those canvas bags to the grocery store!

We can all make a difference, one step at at time.

What’s something you do, or would like to do to reduce, reuse or recycle?