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It’s Earth Day!

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Green Resolutions.

Resolutions. Who can get their hands on last year’s list? It’s probably wadded up back in a drawer somewhere with forgotten aspirations. I guess the problem is sometimes the goals just seem daunting and unachievable.

Little Means Big.

If you’re looking for some green and cause minded resolutions other than putting your recyclables to the curb each week, here are some pretty easy ones to stick to. Even past the first week of January.

Smile every day. It makes a difference. Really.

Give someone an unexpected hug once a week.

Pay it forward. Go “no trace camping”, start a garden, donate a little time to a local cause or shelter, or lend a helping hand to a neighbor.

Cut back on paper towels and use dish cloths or fabric napkins instead. You’ll help to eliminate the 3,000 tons of paper towels that end up in landfills EVERY DAY.

• Try re-usable bags at the grocery. Over 1 million plastic bags end up in the trash EVERY MINUTE, so pop some in your vehicle to always have one on hand.

You’re probably already doing some of these, but think of this list as a thought starters for your own “resolutions” list.

So Happy New Year, everyone  – make it happen!

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Clean Green Pipes

The Holidays can be draining – or not. With all the festivities, holiday meals, and primping, have you noticed the water in your kitchen or bathroom sink may not be moving quite as quickly as it should?

Wash your troubles down the drain, naturally.

I’m sure you’ve used drain cleaner products found on grocery shelves or at the hardware store, but here’s something I’ve recently tried that I find works really well – if not better. Baking soda and vinegar.

• Pour in 1/2 cup baking soda into the drain.

• Then follow with 1/2 cup white vinegar.

• Let it sit for 2 hours and then run the warm water for a few minutes

It fizzes up kind of like a science experiment, who knew keeping your pipes running clean could be this much fun?

So, rather than using expensive drain cleaners try this and save your money for some extra holiday merrymaking. And oh, there’s a little something in it for Mother Nature, too ;)

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Table Of Bees

Middle School. The awkward years. I flashed back as I was carrying my box of my “Just Bea” Cartoon display stuff down the long locker lined hallway. What to expect. What will the kids think of my cartoon. Will I get the ‘ol stink eye?

Kids in the hall.

As I made it to my destination, I glimpsed that the Anchor Bay Middle School students had made a huge drawing of the “Table of  Bees” cartoon from the Caption Contest entry form for my display table at the Family Science Night. Then I looked up – hey wait. That’s a drawing of a different “Just Bea” cartoon. Then I spied another one. Then another.  That’s when it sank in. The hall walls were filled with student’s renderings of various “Just Bea” cartoons. Not only that, turns out Ms Wiles’ students were using the cartoons as a study aid for their science class! Some students even chose to do extra credit projects using “their” cartoon. Emily chose “Earth Movers” as her cartoon and created an edible earthworm landscape that included gummi worms and even chocolate chip “worm poop.” I hope she got lots of extra credit points for that one.

The kids had fun filling out the talk bubble for what they thought Buster might be saying as he’s studying the honeybees and why they could be disappearing. Olivia Z. was the winner of the “Cartoon Caption Contest” you see in this posting! To see the honorable mentions, photos of the wonderful drawings, projects and Emily’s fun worm farm, too – be sure to go to www.facebook.com/JustBeaCartoon www.facebook.com/JustBeaCartoon

It ended up that I had nothing to fear. The kids were great and my “teenage” angst soon disappeared when I got looks of surprise, seeing the kids proudly present their work and even hugs at the end of the night. I hope they had as much fun with it as I did.

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Get A Green Return

The Canton Public Library in Michigan is Celebrating Earth Day all week (April 18-22) see what our guest blogger Laurie Golden, Marketing & Communications Manager, has to share:

Libraries are the ultimate practitioners of the three Rs of the green lifestyle. Just think of the trees and money you’ll save by checking out books from your local library instead of purchasing them, thereby reducing your consumption. And talk about reuse! You can read a book or watch a DVD over and over, then return it to the library for someone else to use. When it comes to recycling, you can donate your old materials to libraries for used book sales.

Libraries also have other resources to help you go green, like books and other materials on living green, growing your own foods, using sustainable materials and reducing your energy costs. Plus, informative programs to help you plant a sustainable landscape, learn about nature, alternative energy and more. Check out a Kill-A-Watt and monitor the energy consumption of your appliances. Many libraries are taking it a step further, with LEED certification, like the Ferndale Library and Ann Arbor District Library Traverwood Branch. It doesn’t get more green than that!

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The Detroit Red Wings Go Green

The Detroit Red Wings have done great things. Out of all the NHL teams in the US, they have the most Stanley Cup wins. With eleven championships under their wing, they’re right behind the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. But, have those Canadian teams ever given a nod to the ones who protect the environment? I’m not sure, but I do know the Red Wings will be adding one more thing to their list of accomplishments.

Red Wings Go Green!

This time, instead of the team being honored, the Wings along with the DTE Energy Theater, will be acknowledging those who are helping to look out for our environment and the world we live in. On March 30th they’ll be recognizing companies, organizations and clubs with “green” practices at the first ever “Go Green Night” at the Joe! These groups will be offered discounted tickets and free food vouchers – I can’t wait to see what the item is that’s going to be given away!

With all of this cool stuff going on, I’m hoping the fans will leave the game a little more green – and St. Louis a little more blue!

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