The Curious Autodidact

October 12, 2015

What Can You do Today to Help a Sister?

Filed under: money saving ideas,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 8:04 pm

There I was a gray-haired lady in the drug store when I noticed an advert for tampons at half-price. They happened to be the brand I was most familiar with and had years ago served me well —so I loaded up my cart and off I went. I was surprised by the young woman behind me that looked at me like “What the heck is that lady going to do with all those tampons?”  I smiled and explained to her that I was going to give them to a local food bank that they were well priced this week.

I went home and emailed my friends who lived close enough to this local drug store chain to follow suit and made a funny story about my encounter to share. It got quite a response from friends with a giving heart and a sympathy of not having enough.

I had been astonished to read this article about women in prison not having adequate personal hygiene supplies for their monthly menstruation. Poor women also face a similar dilemma.

Last Valentine’s Day I sent a Valentine and $20 to a young woman who was recently out of prison who had little support, living in a new town, keeping her head down, and trying to adjust to life “outside.” She was working full-time but told me she was going to use the money to buy personal hygiene supplies. I was so touched by this humble story and how this small gesture really made a difference to her a time she was no doubt feeling a bit out of sorts.

We take so much for granted in our rich country but there are so many people here who are in need.

Food Banks, Women’s Shelters, and other organizations are happy to receive these types of donations. I bought the combo pack! It was the loss leader that week and there was no a limit on what I could buy. It’s simple to find a great sale and spend $50 on something that will change the lives of women who are struggling. It is a simple thing but also so kind and unusual.

One person can make a difference, you can today in ways smaller than even this. Reach out and do a favor for someone you may never meet it could rock your world.

October 10, 2015

Bridges: To Cross or To Burn?

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 1:55 pm


“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” –David Russell


October 8, 2015

Wisdom of Edith Hamilton

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:00 am

It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought — that is to be educated.

Edith Hamilton, educator and writer (1867-1963)

October 5, 2015

Life According to Humorist Fran Leibowitz

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:51 am

Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep.

 –Fran Leibowitz, author (b. 1950)

October 2, 2015

Seven Blunders of the World

Filed under: social justice,Word Related — Honilima @ 9:49 pm


Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.

-Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

September 30, 2015

How “Green” are you at Home?

Photo by Fruggo, august 2004, garbage. Picture taken in Groningen, the Netherlands.  Ruby Ann City Parliament House. dumpster

Photo by Fruggo, august 2004, garbage. Picture taken in Groningen, the Netherlands. Ruby Ann City Parliament House. dumpster

This National Resource Defense Council page is an interesting look at the paper products we use in the home and which brands we buy that are best for spaceship earth.

Tom Watson, is the local hero and on the solid waste website for the hyper-recycling King County provides these waste calculators to determine how much you add to the waste stream.

Here’s a list of one hundred ideas of things you can do that will help reduce your impact on our planet, you likely could come up with a hundred more.

As if this isn’t enough take a glance at the ever dynamic world clock.

September 29, 2015

In the Words of Robert Redford

Filed under: environmental ideas,Word Related — Honilima @ 8:40 pm

canoeing one of life’s great pleasures

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
Robert Redford, actor, director, producer, and environmentalist (b. 1936)

September 27, 2015

Leaning Into Sharp Points

Filed under: book related,end of life,helpful hints — Honilima @ 11:51 am

Leaning into Sharp Points by Stan Goldberg is a brilliant book full of insights and practical advice about what it is to be a caregiver and what ways one can properly care for someone with intention, compassion, and love.

There were several lines that I made notes of including: “The decision to die in a hospital has the underlying premise that the length of time left to live in more important than the quality of time remaining”

Reading the book cover-to-cover in order is an option but it is also a book that can be sampled and dipped in and out of. Clearly Stan Goldberg knows of what he writes and cares about the various people he has seen to as a hospice carer. His willingness to share his experience and wisdom is a gift to all readers.

I have read many books of this ilk and this one stands out as one of the best

September 26, 2015

Juliet Schor Writing for the New York Times

even a handful of beans provides a good protein source

even a handful of beans provides a good protein source

Eat Less Meat
Juliet Schor

A simple choice — one that isn’t too inconvenient but delivers a large ecological bang for the behavior change buck — is to reduce meat consumption. Livestock production is a major contributor to greenhouse gases.

Until now, most of the discourse on climate change has focused on how we heat buildings, power appliances and drive vehicles. These are all important, but the impacts of producing certain types of food are more damaging than most people realize.

According to R. K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, livestock production accounts for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The animals are fed large amounts of grain, which is energy-intensive to produce, and they emit methane, an especially potent greenhouse gas which stays in the atmosphere far longer than CO2.

If the average American were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent, that would be the equivalent of switching from driving a Camry to a Prius.

Rosamond Naylor, a researcher at Stanford, estimates that U.S. meat production is especially grain intensive, requiring 10 times the grain required to produce an equivalent amount of calories than grain, Livestock production, which now covers 30 percent of the world’s non-ice surface area, is also highly damaging to soil and water resources.

Compared to producing vegetables or rice, beef uses 16 times as much energy and produces 25 times the CO2. A study on U.S. consumption from the University of Chicago estimates that if the average American were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent, that would be the equivalent of switching from driving a Camry to a Prius.

Americans currently rank second in world in meat consumption, weighing in at 271 pounds a year, up from 196 pounds 40 years ago. And that doesn’t include dairy. We get an estimated 75 grams of protein a day from animals, and 110 grams total; the government recommends only 50 grams a day.

Mr. Pachauri took a lot of heat for advocating vegetarianism, and it’s not a change most American environmental organizations have pushed for yet. But it’s a key part of a transformation to a healthy, sustainable economy for humans and the planet.

I used to be an avid carnivore, but gave up all meat and fish more than 20 years ago, and went near vegan (I eat eggs) two years ago. Eating meat seems like a hard habit to change, but I’ve found that making the change was a boon to my health, culinary life, carbon budget and conscience.

The nice thing is, every little bit helps — and you can make change gradually. According to Mr. Pachauri, if I’d become a vegan at age 12, I’d have prevented the discharge of more than 100 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere before I die. Vive les legumes!

Juliet Schor is a professor of sociology at Boston College and co-chairwoman of the board of the Center for a New American Dream.

For the rest of the story go here.

September 24, 2015

Wise Yiddish Proverb

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 12:53 am

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.

Yiddish proverb

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