Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I'm serious about this, people

If I may command you for one moment.... You MUST go see An Inconvenient Truth. It is the most powerful presentation of the climate change issue that I have seen. It is factual & emotional & cuts across political preferences (with the exception of Al Gore lamenting his unsuccessful bid for the presidency, which was probably better left unsaid despite the appreciative response from the audience). Both my friend & I left the theatre sniffling & deeply touched.

Although you can still find the film in theatres, there are still lots of opportunities to see it for free. In the Twin Cities, Congregations Caring for Creation is offering An Inconvenient Truth & other films for screenings at congregations of all kinds. As Bill Moyers showed us in his recent PBS special Is God Green?, earth stewardship is no longer just a "liberal," "secular" issue but is documented in the Bible & other religious texts. So get your fellow Christians, Jews, Universalists, Muslims & Buddhists up to speed!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I hate housework but I like making things

Yes, it's true. I, like many others, hate cleaning my house. Don't get me wrong, I like it when it's done but the process of washing dishes or doing laundry or scrubbing the shower is a drag. On a positive note, I guess vacuuming and sweeping are OK so if there are any eligible bachelors out there in search of a partner who prefers getting on the floor, let me know. I also can't stand clogged pipes and will do everything in my power to free them but I digress.... What I'm really wanting to get at here is the question of cleaning products which my darling friend Sarah brought up on Sunday.

Again, Grist comes to the rescue with a comprehensive article on cleaning your home covering everything from offgassing to making your own. Personally, I'm on a make-my-own kick in general & have enjoyed making food for my cats & using for ideas on zit zapping, housekeeping & more. Someday perhaps I'll even be making my own biodiesel...?

Ooo, I just found this lovely web page that does a thorough & succinct job of telling you what you need to know about making your own cleaners. I like it....

For all you red wine drinkers & spillers out there, I found this red wine stain recipe on some random-ass web site & I'm telling you it is miraculous:

2 T hydrogen peroxide
1 T liquid soap
water (not essential but if it's a big stain, it can help distribute the peroxide/soap combo)

The proportions don't matter as much as the freshness does so mix in small quantities. If the mixture has been sitting for a while, adding more peroxide usually makes it work again. This works on crusty old codgery red wine stains too. It might work on other types of stains too but I haven't had much luck so far.

P.S. Remember that the Three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) are in order of importance with "be a lazy ass who does nothing to curb waste" not even making the cut.