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What’s Your DOT??? July 17, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Sustainable Living.
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The “Do One Thing” initiative asks community members to select a DOT to make their lives more sustainable.

A DOT is anything that improves your life and makes the world more sustainable.  For example:

* Switching from disposable coffee cups to non-disposable mugs

* Trading in you gas-guzzling SUV for a hybrid or pure electric vehicle

* Composting vegetable scraps instead of tossing them in the trash

Drinking filtered tap water and less bottled water * Bringing reusable bags to the store instead of choosing “paper” or “plastic” * Riding a bike to run local errands * Shopping for local, organic foods * Making more meatless meals

What’s Your DOT???

Let’s switch our focus from Greed to Green, from Profit First to Planet First

For more great ideas on sustainable choices, visit facebook.com/wmdot

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No Man Is An Island July 17, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Nature, People.
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No man is an Island . . . but it sure is fun living on one!

Since 1999, I’ve lived on islands ~ three different islands in three different states.

Symbolically, I expect that my rationale for moving from mainland to island is similar to that of Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).

I feel liberated each time I journey over the bridge.

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Photo courtesy of Andy Price (via Nicole Hancock)

Veggie Wraps July 17, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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For a quick, easy, and portable lunch, try Veggie Wraps!


15 oz. can Refried Beans
8 oz. Cream Cheese
10 Soft Flour Tortillas
2-3 cups of assorted salad veggies (or leftover tossed salad)
4 oz. grated cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, jalapeno)
Sour Cream

Thinly spread soft flour tortillas (@ room temperature) with cream cheese and/or canned refried beans from edge to edge.

Sprinkle surface of each tortilla with assorted chopped veggies (lettuce, tomato, green or red pepper, carrots, celery, spinach, broccoli, black olives), and cheese.

Top with salsa and/or sour cream.  Roll tightly into logs.  Let sit for 5 minutes.  Then slice and serve.

Mediterranean Rollups:  Instead of cream cheese and refried beans, use homemade or store bought hummus.  Top with tomatoes, feta cheese, and chopped mint before rolling into wraps.

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Please Rob Me (dot) Com July 17, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, People.
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How much information do you share on-line?

How much control do you have over that information once released?

Who’s using that information to monitor your movements?

PleaseRobMe.com demonstrated how people can access Twitter updates to determine who’s “out and about” ~ leaving their home ripe for robbery.

And robbers aren’t the only ones interested in monitoring your cyber space information. 

Attorneys and prospective employers search information posted in cyber space to evaluate claims and job applications.

Using Facebook puts your privacy at risk.  There are 400 million people on Facebook.  All that stands between you and 400 million people is a flimsy  password which is easily compromised . . . as shown by the number of “friends” who’ve had FB profiles commandeered and used to send “spam” messages around to other friends.

You hold the key to your Internet Privacy. 

If you don’t want intimate details about your personal life floating around in cyber space for the world to see, don’t click it . . . zip it. 

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Second Editions: Food For Thought July 17, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play.
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The body of
B. Franklin, Printer
Like the Cover of an Old Book
Its Contents torn out
And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding
Lies here, Food for the Worms.
But the Work shall not be lost,
For it will (as he Believ’d)
Appear once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Corrected and Improved
by the Author.

Benjamin Franklin’s Epitaph (1776)

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