Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday Amusement

I took violin lessons when I was a child so this video really made me smile:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Quote for the Day

"Bite the worms.  They won't hurt nearly as much as the insecticide does."
~David Brower

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Habits Are Hard to Break

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I started typing (as it was called back in the day) when I was in elementary school and took typing classes throughout middle school and high school. We were always taught to put two spaces after a period that ends a sentence. Imagine my surprise when I entered grad school and learned that we would be using the APA citation style and that one of the rules was one space at the end of a sentence. I thought it was either something specific to that form of citation (I had always used MLA or Chicago) or something new with the advent of personal computers.  

But that's not true. Actually, it was always proper to just have one space at the end of a sentence. I recently ran across this article in Slate  which cleared up the confusion for meIt was with the introduction of typewriters that two spaces were required. The reason was that with type setting, the letters are proportional (that is, an "m" takes up more space than an "l." However, with early and most typewriters, the letters are all the same size and the extra space was to make it easier to read. Not so with computers and word processors as the finished product is proportional like type setting.. 

After all these years of typing/keyboarding, it's hard to teach an old dog this "new" trick. But I'm working on it. In fact, after I typed this very post, I had to go back and eliminate the extra spaces. 

Maybe one day I'll do a post on the Oxford comma which also confused me due to grammar lessons in grade school conflicting with term paper requirements in college.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wellness Wednesday

As a regular (should I say obsessive?) tea drinker, I love this infographic on the health benefits of daily tea consumption:
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trusting Corporations to Feed the World

American Goldfinch
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It's really sad that we have become so dependent upon Big Ag - and all the associated "safe" chemicals - to feed us. Trusting large corporations to do the right thing for customers is really a bit silly when you think about it. Because corporations are profit driven and by law must always make decisions based on how they will affect shareholders - not the customer.

Since I've tended to shun the news over the last year or so, I'm not up to date on many goings on in the world. However, I stumbled upon a 2012 article in The Guardian that reinforces my belief that corporations are not to be trusted with our food, especially when they use the latest-greatest-technology. To paraphrase the great Humphrey Bogart, "I'm shocked, shocked, to learn that there was poisoning going on."

Scott's Micracle-Gro plead guilty to knowingly selling bird seed treated with pesticides to prevent insect damage during long-term storage.  This bird seed killed wild birds. Did you get that? Knowingly poisoned the birds. Apparently, employees alerted the company to the problem as early as 2007 and yet nothing was done.  

Management chose to ignore warnings from its scientists.  It would affect profits, after all. 73 million packages of poison bird seed was sold - and only 2 million were recalled. That's a lot of money riding on doing the right thing - destroying the poisoned food - or turning a blind eye and making profits for the shareholders. How many wild birds (and probably other creatures) were needlessly killed for corporate profit? Dare we trust this company (or any other) to make products that we put in gardens where we grow our food and on lawns where our children play? (And here's another earlier "oops" by Scotts Miracle-Gro just to show they're not very good about following rules.)

If corporations will poison birds for profit (and lie about it when caught), it really should make us pause to consider what they will do (and are doing) to food for human consumption. Let's start a revolution; let's start feeding ourselves organically, depending on home gardens, community gardens, and local farmers to put food on our table. Not corporations that knowingly poison the planet.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Morning Amazement

Usually I save Monday Morning Amusement/Amazement for something humorous or incredibly over the top. Today I'm sharing this meme (seen on Ecogrrl's site and pinned on Pinterest) because our throw away society truly amazes me sometimes. Something to think about:
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Quote for the Day

"We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be."
~May Sarton