Mulch with Autumn Leaves, Bring a Beautiful Spring!

Last Saturday, I gathered leaves from the edges of my street and the public sidewalk and arranged them in my yard--about 80 pounds of free mulch!  You can read all about this technique in my earlier article. Today, here in Pittsburgh, we have snow on the ground that fell on November 12.  It's compacting my … Continue reading Mulch with Autumn Leaves, Bring a Beautiful Spring!

Peppermint Tea: Healthy Helper or Just Hot Water?

At some point during my many years of working in an office, I developed the habit of making a cup of peppermint tea as soon as I got to work every morning.  I'm less consistent when I'm between jobs (as I am now) so I'm not necessarily sitting down at the computer every morning--but peppermint … Continue reading Peppermint Tea: Healthy Helper or Just Hot Water?

Good News About Irradiated Food!

There's a lot of bad news about America's food supply in this century: Terrifying pesticides!  Increasing rates of food allergies and gluten sensitivity!  Food poisoning!  Junk food loaded with crappy ingredients, pushed on us from every direction using unscrupulous marketing techniques!  Insane amounts of Earth-destroying packaging!  Endocrine disruptors!  Epidemic obesity!  Food crops threatened by the … Continue reading Good News About Irradiated Food!

Magic Breakfast Burrito + 70 Things to Cook in Cast Iron

We've had two cast iron skillets in our home for years, and we use at least one of them almost every day.  This year, we inherited three more!  That's what inspired me to collect a whole bunch of recipes for foods that cook well in cast iron. My friend Alison Frane (of Chickicheesinara Sauce fame) offered … Continue reading Magic Breakfast Burrito + 70 Things to Cook in Cast Iron

Go Green in 2018: Can You Afford to Buy Greener Products?

Twenty years ago, I saw a catalog filled with practical household products that were better for the environment than the stuff we'd been using: laundry and dish and cleaning products made from plants and natural minerals, paper products made from recycled paper, tampons and cloth towels made from organic cotton.  I was excited!  But I'd … Continue reading Go Green in 2018: Can You Afford to Buy Greener Products?

Would decluttering save you from buying a new appliance?

Life here on Earth presents an astonishing array of abundance.  There's so much stuff that we can gather to fulfill not only our basic needs but also our more frivolous desires and, perhaps, our need to feel prepared for meeting future needs. Many years during Lent, I've given up some category of material things in … Continue reading Would decluttering save you from buying a new appliance?

What You Need to Know About So-Called “Green Mattresses”

This is a guest post by Rick Blanchard, an expert on sleep product materials and manufacturing for BestMattressReviews.com. His research covers the entire life cycle of mattresses and bedding, including production, wear over time, and disposal. Rick lives in Tarrytown, New York. We welcomed this article because we will soon need to shop for a … Continue reading What You Need to Know About So-Called “Green Mattresses”

Hand Soap of the Zygons [method ocean plastic soap review]

Earthlings have been discarding too much plastic too irresponsibly for the past five decades, and a lot of it has ended up in our oceans.  Plastic never goes away.  It just swirls around, breaking into smaller pieces, harming marine animals. method, a company making cleaners that are safer for the Earth and human health, teamed … Continue reading Hand Soap of the Zygons [method ocean plastic soap review]