Celebrating Earth Day 2015

One of my favorite days to celebrate! Here’s a little history: “The very first Earth Day, April 22nd, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups thatContinue reading “Celebrating Earth Day 2015”

Hanford Nuclear Site- What You May Not Know

Image Source “If you are concerned about the fluoride debate, you should be REALLY concerned about the Hanford site.”                                                 -Green drinks guest speaker This Months Portland Green Drinks featured a presentationContinue reading “Hanford Nuclear Site- What You May Not Know”

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and Lessons in Avian Health

Although I enjoy my natural “wild” areas, I also really love city parks. Stumbling upon Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was such a treat for me in a day that was packed with appointments and informational interviews. I had two hours between items on my calendar, when I typed “city park” into my trusty smart phone, andContinue reading “Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and Lessons in Avian Health”

Snow, Soul Healing Fun, with a Story of Planned Obsolescence

In my year-long journey to explore areas closer to home, my second adventure included a beautiful warm sunny day on Mt. Hood. Growing up in Bend Oregon, I had plenty of experiences on and around Mt. Bachelor, but I’ve  explored the Mt. Hood area very little. I grew up cross-country skiing, and honestly didn’t care forContinue reading “Snow, Soul Healing Fun, with a Story of Planned Obsolescence”

Columbia Slough Part II- Natural Surroundings Education

-Columbia Slough near Columbia Blvd. Wastewater Treatment Facility- I’m a huge proponent in learning about your natural surroundings. What are the native species in your area? What are the bodies of water near you, and the mountains and hills that surround your city/town? Do you know where your tap water comes from? I encourage everyoneContinue reading “Columbia Slough Part II- Natural Surroundings Education”

Columbia Slough- What Is It?

(Columbia Slough on Bike Bridge Near the Wastewater Treatment Plant) Whenever I move to a new area, I immediately seek out the nature spots nearby, and best places to walk my dogs. When I moved to Portland OR., and started exploring my neighborhood, I stumbled upon the nature reserve on Columbia Boulevard next to theContinue reading “Columbia Slough- What Is It?”

Toxic Utility Poles

Ever notice that black sticky looking goo on utility poles when you put your sign up for the weekend garage sale?  I had never given it a second thought until I attended the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) held on the University of Oregon’s campus this spring. According to the panelists on the “DioxinContinue reading “Toxic Utility Poles”

Gifting This Holiday Season

Ah, the holidays are upon us. For many this means a time of celebration, family, plenty of “special occasion” food and drinks, parties and…gifts. I have struggled over the years with the pressure of gifts and wonder why our culture is so obsessed with the commercialization of the holiday season.  In the past I would make aContinue reading “Gifting This Holiday Season”

Fighting Planned Obsolescence: The Bike Story

The highlight of my 13th birthday: the gift of a brand new bike.  My father took me to the neighborhood Schwinn store where I picked out a blue framed mountain bike with a neon yellow water bottle holder. The real miracle: I still use this bike every day! For more than 20 years, this bikeContinue reading “Fighting Planned Obsolescence: The Bike Story”