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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Share and Share alike

This was a story on today's Sunday Morning, where they are also covering the history of The Good Housekeeping Seal of approval. I used to love the magazine for Christmas. They had the most amazing stories and decorations. I still have the recipe for Christmas cookies made to look like the Baroque angels of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The sharing story addressed the sharing economy, and featured Silicon Valley. Sharing was going on when I was there 20 some years ago. People share their resources--home, car, clothes, pets, even money, on a rentable basis. I would note that living in SJ and SF was and is very expensive. When I was paying $250.00 and $305.00 per month for an apartment in Carbondale, IL, friends going to Stanford were paying $1000.00 per month for a small, often studio apartment, in Palo Alto. Many professional people making good salaries rented a room by the week, or month, in a private home to live. People were also sharing salaries in Bay Area public courthouses. There is one group featured on SM that allows wealthy people to share their income, and loan out unneeded money to those who need it for bills. Interest is very low. One journalist says he saved $17,000 last year living the shared life. There are websites and blogs allowing people to do this share and swap. Maeve Binchy's Tara Road is based on international house sharing, and as early as 54 years ago, my Mom rented her wedding dress, and brought home scraps. There are shared or rented graves in Europe, and here, you can buy half a marker; one half of the tombstone has one name, the back half has another. Is this socialism? Sort of; except we rent and actually pay money. I have to wonder what happened to "Life, Liberty and Property" as mentioned and addressed in The Constitution, its federal cases, statutes, and treaties, and the 14th Amendment, more specifically. We are encouraging a keep nothing, throw away society. This differs and is a contradiction from sharing and recycling. Also, what happened to giving? For several years, many charities like DAV and The Salvation Army have been wanting contributions. We give money to charities in disasters, now, not so much clothes and food. Sharing is important; I was used to sharing toys and clothes when I was little. My parents borrowed a swing set and merry go round for me from our neighbor across the street, which helped them a lot. But, I think with ownership comes responsibility, and what about privacy? Safety? How many criminals out there prey on those who open their homes and resources in good faith? We have free online exchanges where people exchange goods they no longer what, which is a great idea, a sort of swap meet online. But, along with Craig's List and similar exchanges, let's remember to be careful out there. Emma is better; her thyroid medicine was causing the problem; she was severely dehydrated. She is off of it, and is drinking form the faucet regularly. She is eating with the help of a syringe, six liters of broth at a time. I urge anyone who loves a cat to question any diagnosis involving giving thyroid medication. I will be going back to the 49 original tips for living green, and explain each one with ideas and illustrations in future blog posts.

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