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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Legally Green [with envy!]

From my A BEE A friends - going legally green. Who knew!? The phrase "going green" may conjure images of tiny ultra-efficient European cars, hemp clothing, and celebrity activists, but for an increasing number of corporations and law firms, "going green" is simply the newest way of attracting clients, cutting costs, and boosting the bottom line. From going paperless to installing high-efficiency lighting, running a "green" office is easier than you might imagine and can pay real dividends for your firm in the money you save on overhead and the clients that are attracted by your policies. Here are a few easy ways you can make your firm a little bit greener (and save some money at the same time): •Cut out the paper. Most lawyers swim in a sea of paper -- printed cases, multiple drafts of every contract, memoranda, and more. Take advantage of the digital age: try to review whatever you can on the computer, limit interoffice communication to email, and when you do have to print, try to print double-sided on recycled paper with a high post-consumer content. •Save energy! Set computers, printers, and photocopiers to enter standby mode when they go unused for more than ten or fifteen minutes, and shut them down entirely (or even unplug them) before you leave for the evening. If you have peripherals (like a scanner) that you use only rarely, leave them unplugged until you need them. Try replacing standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, and leave them turned off when you aren't in the room. •Think about the commute. Put together a carpooling group and encourage your coworkers to use public transportation or even to bike or walk to work. Also consider telecommuting a few times each month: not only does it save on the transportation costs, it also cuts down your office expenses. •Do the little things. Bring your lunch in reusable plastic containers; replace plastic utensils with washable silverware; use refillable pens rather than the disposable types; bring a mug to work to use instead of disposable paper or styrofoam cups; and make sure everyone at your firm has a recycling bin at their desk. Remember that these strategies not only help the environment, they also help you: less paper, less energy, less disposable supplies -- all of these changes mean financial savings for your firm. Some Green Law Firm Success Stories •Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP Read how this 130-employee firm became a certified green business in 2003, and what kind of impact the change has had on their practice. •Nixon Peabody LLP This article explores how Nixon Peabody "went green" when it opened its new San Francisco office. •Farella Braun + Martel LLP Another firm to receive the Bay Area Green Business Program certification as a Green Business. Green Resources •ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to launch a program to encourage law offices to take the practical steps towards a "greener" workplace. Law offices that meet the very reasonable environmental standards can receive official recognition from both the US EPA and the ABA. •American Bar Association: The Sustainable Law Office Brought to you by the ABA's Standing Committee on Environmental Law, this site is full of information, tips, and tricks for running a "sustainable" law office. •U.S. Green Builder's Council The USGBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally responsible building. The USGBC created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, whereby building projects (including commercial interiors) meeting certain criteria can receive a "green" certification. •Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency Need another reason to go green? The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) provides a comprehensive listing of incentives available at all levels (state, local, utility, and federal) to promote green initiatives. The incentives range from expedited permits to grants to tax exemptions. •Association of Legal Administrators - Annual Conference 2007 (scroll down to "Session of the Day") At its 2007 Annual Conference, the ALA hosted a session on "Green Law Firms: Building a Sustainable Future." A brief summary of the session is available on the ALA website along with the handouts prepared for the session. •Treehugger's How to Go Green Guides Recently acquired by Discovery, Treehugger.com is one of the foremost blogs on sustainability and "green" issues .Over the years the Treehugger team has put together a number of practical "How to Green Your..." guides including How to Green Your Work. •Getting Law Firms to Boot Up to Green Law Technology News offers up some suggestions on making your firm's computing habits a little bit more eco-friendly.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Some Tips

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Super Food Salad; Super Simple Recipe; Super Simple Directions

I found this salad at a local grocery store. It is easy to replicate. Ingredients: Kale, about 1 c. Then, toss and add about 1 TBSP each: grape tomatoes Edamame pomegranate blueberry vinaigrette dressing Napa cabbage carrots, shredded ro chopped cashews red onion sweet dried cranberries It was delicious and satisfying Bon Apetit!

Monday, July 15, 2013

To Help a Fellow Writer

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Doll Museum: The 19th Century Continued - China Heads - updated...

Doll Museum: The 19th Century Continued - China Heads - updated...: Below is my original post; I am updating with some information on the Czech Venus figure, which is the oldest known ceramic object, at lea...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

5.Never underestimate the power of donating and itemizing to charity. You save on your taxes and help ensure your items are not wasted and go to good use. The Salvation Army, in particular, will pick up things, but also uses parts and even broken items to provide work and repair things for other people. Since I wrote this, I encountered other charity shops that will help; DAV, The American Cancer Society Discovery Shops, Annual Sales to aid charities, all give slips to show tax deduction status for your items. This is a proof of donation for the most part, and it is up to you to itemize and value most of the time. We also donate to a children’s school, The Sun Valley Indian School for Navajo Children, Sun Valley, AZ. They send us pictures of the children and an occasional card or letter, which makes the kids in my school group very happy. There are many books and magazines that discuss thrift shopping and donating to charities. In turn, many like to shop these venues as another way of contributing, tax deductible or not. SA and GW often have new items. Club Goodwill in the Chicago area has special incentives and discounts. Their stores are very nicely set up and color coordinated. You might think you were in a boutique, yet their prices are reasonable. If you travel, it pays to go to the local stores. Merchandise is always different and "ever moving." As our friends at Reusable Usables might say, it pays to recycle items as well as garbage and organic substances. Many good clothes can be worn again and again, and many shoes, belts, accessories, and household goods can be repaired. They stay out of the landfill and reenter the stream of commerce to generate income once again. When artists use them to recreate and explore, as our friend Jeanne O'Melia does, they take on a whole new meaning. Collectors have also known this for many years. They salvage the past and popular culture, redisplay it, and say something entirely different to future generations. Their passion fuels everything they do in a positive way and leads to educational and economic opportunities. Our world is full of conundrums these days; we are encouraged to recycle and not waste, but not to collect, lest we hoard. We are encouraged to read, but eBooks and Kindle seem to take the place of print books. Then, we can't recycle the paper in a paperless world, either. Libraries are throwing out books, but with a few exceptions, one can't read an electronic device by flash light or candlelight in a storm. Sometimes, only a message in a bottle will do. Objects are more personal and tangible objects tell stories. Thus, they make better evidence and exhibits in criminal court than many electronic communications. Old buildings are sturdier and can often be remodeled; yet we are in a hurry to tear down and replace with less sturdy structures, thereby affecting negatively our infrastructure. Use what we have; donate where needed, and save by not wasting, overbuying, and deducting. 6. > Eat home; pay attention to leftovers and casseroles. Recipes are cheap over the Internet, and are in all kinds of magazines, including The Radish, which is given away. Look for heirloom recipes your parents had, even grandparents and great grandparents, and practice and be creative. The American Women’s Cook Book, The magazines like Everyday Food, PBS cooking shows, Mr. Food, Martha Stewart, and Julia Child are great sources to look. The Discovery Shop and thrift stores are wonderful places to look for vintage and antique cook books, so are yard sales and antique stores, library book sales, book stores and book store chains, catalogs. Many of these are on sale before they are even out of print, including Edward R. Hamilton Books and Amazon and Alibris. All things in moderation, as Benjamin Franklin wrote and believed. It can be much cheaper to eat at home, and to buy dry staples like flour, sugar, salt, cans, and to keep them on hand. I like to buy spices whenever I see a good deal, I like to shop a variety of stores, including organic and health food stores. I like Aldi, Sav a Lot, Trader Joes, local chains with great deals. I like to buy where bulk is sold; I can experiment with a little of this or that, or splurge. Over time, I've learned that recipes using pasta often work with potatoes like hash browns, or finely cut up pieces, or with rice and noodles. I can layer other vegetables like eggplant and peppers instead of lasagna, or between layers of buttered filo. Butter in moderation is good, and I like I can't Believe it's not Butter. I also substitute olive oil for butter, especially in spaghetti sauce. I like the flavor. Almost anything can be put over rice or pasta and baked. White wine, or even beer, adds flavor and a salty taste. Smoked herring or anchovies added to sauce add salt and flavor, not fishiness. Salt per the CDC today is apparently good for us again. HMMM. If nd vegetables can be added to almost anything, and that they help make it healthy and tasty. I love the MOOSEWOOD restaurant cookbooks. You can add meat to anything, or chicken or seafood, just as many Thai restaurants do. If I eat out, and I do love it, I like to bring home a doggie bag, for dogs, and for me. I try to eat about half my entree, then use it for the next day with a salad. I like to concoct salad dressing with sour cream or butter milk and mayo in equal parts, with about 2 TBSP skim or butter milk. Season or add a touch of any vinegar as needed. A little salsa added in is great, too. Or, add some soy and sesame seeds or a little ginger to the basic buttermilk/sour cream/may mix. You can use fat free, etc., Found over the years that fat free peanut butter has about the same calories as regular creamy peanut butter. So, enjoy yourself but don't overdo. I still love Julia Child and Jacques Pepin for ideas, and there are tons of recipes on PBS.org. As they say in some parts, Jing, Jing! and Bon Appetit!

With love from Tin Lizzie: A History of Metal Heads Metal Dolls Mechanical Dolls and Automatons by Tsagaris, Ellen: New, Softcover, $20.00 at Alibris Marketplace

With love from Tin Lizzie: A History of Metal Heads Metal Dolls Mechanical Dolls and Automatons by Tsagaris, Ellen: New, Softcover, $20.00 at Alibris Marketplace

Friday, July 5, 2013

Tip #4 Recycling Bags

4. Recycle plastic grocery bags; you can return them to the store, or you can use them to pack things, transport things; doubled they make good transport for books and are easy to handle. There are even companies that refine and spin these and other plastic items into materials for book bags, even clothing and shoes. Since I wrote this, colorful and useful bags with logs and designs of all types are popular in mjor grocers like Aldi, Sav A Lot, HyVee, Dominics, and in Marhalls, TJ Max, Barnes and Noble and other retailers. These are made of recyled paper, plastic, and cloth. I have several handmade dolls with long skirts that gather at the end. Plastic bags can be saved inside the doll's skirt. For those who love books, the BN bags that feature Nancy Drew, GWTW, To Kill a Mockinbird, and other books are great gifts. I use some version of these daily for books and other things I have to carry. I also recycle plastic as lunch bags, to carry things, to pack, sometimes to cushion things I wrap and put away. While we never advocate hoarding, we do advocate saving, sharing, and thiking outside the box. In my humanities class, I teach a beautiful film narrated by Max von Sydow called "The Bag." about the life of a plastic bag. It makes one think twice about throwing things into the landfill.

China’s Massive Algae Bloom Could Leave the Ocean’s Water Lifeless | Smart News

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China’s Massive Algae Bloom Could Leave the Ocean’s Water Lifeless | Smart News

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Delectable Reading and Good Reads

Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Delectable Reading and Good Reads: I am a newcomer to Good Reads, am still getting the hang of it. I actually use lots of social media, and it is a big thing for writers. I ...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Original Tip No. 3 Berries and wild plants

3. Plants with fruit and edible berries can be made into recipes. Same with vegetable and herb plants. You can plant an entire victory garden, or make a container garden. Garbage cans for planting tomatoes are popular. Gourds and pumpkins do well in sunny soil and come up more than one year. There is a lot of satisfaction in using gourds, pinecones and holly from your own yard to decorate. Pinecones or gourds in a nice basket make a very nice gift for someone, and pumpkins are great in recipes, especially pumpkin soup, on a cold autumn day. As I look out this year in 2013, I note my wild blackberries have grown rampant. I replanted tomatoes in pots along with green peppers yesterday. We'll see. So far, our rabbits and wildlife have not eaten everything. On a happy note, our baby rabbits seem to have survived, and will live to grow and eat my garden another day. The misery of my Master Gardener Grandpa's planting experience was that the mulberry trees were at the mercy of the local birds. He scarecely got any berries. Same was true of our wild cherry trees; way too high up to harvest, and not a cherry picker in sight. Of course, the crows would have fought us for them, I'm sure. Good sources for more: Any books or articles by the alte Euell Gibbons. Any books or articles by Michael Pollan. Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Various articles, shows, clips by Martha Stewart and The Victory Garden on PBS. Logees catalog Recipes.com Your local garden shop for tips. Joanna Fluke's Hannah Swensen bake shop mysteries; she always has great recipes for pies and cobblers. For gourds and pumpkins, try any of The Moosewood cookbooks.