In Honor of Earth Day: Three Actions
Apr 22, 2020 by Julia L F Goldstein
When I woke up this morning, I asked myself, “What should I do today to honor Earth Day?” Or can I still say, to celebrate Earth Day? Some days, I hardly feel like celebrating. But then I remember the practice of gratitude and I realize that there’s plenty to celebrate.
Jan 20, 2020 by Julia L F Goldstein
My neighborhood got seven inches of snow over two days this month, which is a lot for Seattle. Schools close, events get canceled, and garbage and recycling pickup doesn’t come. As I walk down the street, I can’t help but take a photo of my neighbor’s bins covered in snow.
Enjoy the Feast, Temper the Consumption
Nov 27, 2019 by Julia L F Goldstein
If you are one of my American readers, I expect that tomorrow you will join family or friends for a feast, sitting down to a table laden with at least twice as much food as all of you can eat in one meal. Whether you are going traditional or getting creative with your menu, there will be plenty of food to enjoy.
How Apple-Flavored Water Helps Fight Food Waste
Apr 24, 2019 by Julia L F Goldstein
In January I published a blog post where I committed to two goals, one of which was to write four posts about food waste. What better day to fulfill this than Stop Food Waste Day, April 24? Jill Lightner’s book Scraps, Peels, and Stems: Recipes and Tips for Rethinking Food Waste at Home is filled with useful ideas. Many of these are things I already do, but the book also includes ideas I hadn't considered.
SMART, Sustainable Goals for 2019
Dec 27, 2018 by Julia L F Goldstein
As 2018 winds down, you may be thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Personally, I don’t believe in them. As I said in a talk that I gave at a Toastmasters meeting in January 2018, I prefer to commit to SMART goals: goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. It should not surprise those who know me that I always need to be striving toward at least one goal and that my personal goals tend to involve writing or fitness.When I think beyond myself, my focus tends to be on environmental sustainability. With that in mind, here’s my take on a recent blog post from Earth911 that included a quiz on the impact of potential goals or resolutions.