From the Editor’s Desk – March 2018

march-2018-cover-smallDoes anybody know the musical, ‘7 Brides for 7 Brothers’? Yes, I’m aware it’s hideously sexist, but in an “old fashioned” way that allows us to watch and enjoy. I used to watch this musical every time I was sick and stayed home from school growing up. I loved it that much…

There’s a scene that comes into my mind when people begin talking about spring and when the daffodils start shooting their green stalks out of the winter ground.

There is an entire song built around the concept of Spring. It shows the dreary cold winter landscape melting away, and a heartfelt song of rejoicing with a chorus of “Spring! Spring! Spring!” is repeated over and over.

My friends, that is exactly the song that my heart sings when I see the tender green buds poking up in my garden, and the cherry blossoms on my neighbor’s tree blooming forth.

“Thank God I survived another winter!”

It fills me with hope and anticipation of new life and adventures. It’s not my favorite season, you all know that, but it does preceed my favorite season, so it has its own happy place in my life.

Spring is full of celebrations, including Easter, and even St. Patrick’s Day is only a few days prior to “official Spring”. They are happy times, and we enjoy decorating our homes with flowers, little green leprechauns and colorful eggs and rabbits.

It is enough for me to know that my hands and feet will finally become warm more often than cold, and that flip flops will decorate my feet in just a few short months.

As the green becomes more apparent around us through leaf buds and flowering stems, this issue gives a nod to the concept of “green living”. Also termed as “Eco-conscious”, you can pretty much decide for yourself what that means. There are so many levels of being “Eco-conscious” that it’s my guess that many people practice some form or another in their lives already.

The challenge is deciding how to become even more environmentally aware, and what you can do to modify your lifestyle in order to accomplish that.

For myself, education is truly the key. In college, many eons ago, I lived with a gal who was in the Environmental Science department, and was studying the effects of chemicals in our foods. She liked to educate us on what we were eating. As we were eating it.

“Did you know that if that was not organically grown, you are probably ingesting chemicals and pesticides that it was grown with?” she would quip. And don’t get me started on MEAT. Needless to say, I became a vegetarian for seven years after living with her and being “educated”.

My own version of “Eco-conscious” involved changing my eating habits to include as much organic produce as possible, growing my own vegetables during the summer, and purchasing locally grown produce from organic farmers at the Farmers Market.

Cleaning supplies went out the window, and I began utilizing natural cleaning products such as vinegar and essential oils like Tea Tree and Lavender. Not only did my house smell better when I cleaned, it made me feel good inside knowing that I was cleaning with materials that would not cause harm to myself or the people in my household.

Recycling, composting and repurposing also found their way into my life, but slowly and over time. I never felt “bad” about what I was doing, but approached it from the aspect of how could I do my part in respecting this earth.

Supporting food retailers that use compostable packaging and products, encouraging retailers to move toward more eco-conscious packaging, staying away from plastic purchasing as much as possible, and teaching my children to respect this planet we live on are the ways that I choose to employ the “Eco-conscious” concept. Some goals of mine are to save up enough funding to purchase rooftop solar tiles and make our house one that actually generates energy instead of consumes energy.

What are your goals? I’m sure there are many. Take one or two and begin incorporating them into your lifestyle. If we all do just a little bit more than what we already are, the impact is tremendous.

Plant a tree or four, create a garden, begin shopping at the Farmers Markets for produce and locally sourced items, choose environmentally friendly products, begin recycling more, etc. etc. Together, we can make a difference!

Until next month,

Michelle Myre

Publisher / Editor

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