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Coal Ash Purgatory

Yesterday I had a heartbreaking exchange with a young woman who asked for my help in researching the health effects of coal ash. This morning I asked her permission to post our correspondence on the blog. She very graciously assented.

Here is our correspondence, with her name removed because we are dealing with such tragedy. Empty parentheses ( ) indicate deletions made in order to remove identifying details :

via Green Barbarians: Coal Ash Purgatory.


After many failed attempts, I finally managed to enter my idea in a contest to make the paper cup more environmentally friendly. It’s a lucky thing for me that my problem-solving skills are better than my computer skills! Or I would never have survived this long… Check out my idea at Jovato! I’ve been hard at work the last several days, working on my entry for the “Beta Cup; Drink Sustainably” contest.  Read the rest of this entry »

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This morning, Walt and I were pondering the impressive longevity of the cloth diapers we bought a quarter century ago, when we were expecting our first child. We purchased 80 triple-fold cloth diapers, which were a rather large investment for us at the time. We used those diapers for 3 years and 3 months on our son, who was not at all interested in potty training until after the new baby came. After a couple of months of observation, Dmitri noted that “If Addie is a baby, I’m not a baby, and I don’t need diapers,” and that was that. At 20 months of age, Addie potty-trained herself with absolutely no help from me–she would go upstairs and wrestle her diaper off by herself, and then come back down, announce that she had peed in the potty, and that she had earned her gummy bear. She was right, she had. Read the rest of this entry »

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