Blaming things on DNA is so 1990’s. You’re going to need a better excuse. In church work and leadership, it’s still a big thing to talk about identifying your church’s DNA. Of course DNA is a metaphor in this case. We use this metaphor we we talk about a congregation’s origin story and significant pointsContinue reading “But it’s in my DNA…”
Apple has been in the news a lot lately, and not just beating the human birthrate in fourth-quarter iphone sales. Word is getting out about working conditions at the Foxconn plant in China, for instance. This American Life had an interesting piece on the same topic last month. But let me make this perfectly clear:Continue reading “Apple is NOT the Problem. WE are.”
Marketplace Morning Report shared this report from BBC World Service: an 8 minute shower a day costs $648 a year. Do you take 8 minutes (or more) in the shower? If you do, watch the drain – that’s where your money is going.
A guest in the building where I work asked if I knew where coffee cups were. I did, and was headed that direction. I lead her to a cabinet of 30 or so coffee mugs, many of which had been donated to us to help us cut down on waste. When she saw them, sheContinue reading “Is it ok to lie in this case?”
A recent Economist carried a piece about how maybe the increasing efficiency of light bulbs is not going to lead toward a reduction of electricity needed/produced. It is worth remembering that when gas lights replaced candles and oil lamps in the 19th century, some newspapers reported that they were “glaring” and “dazzling white”. In fact,Continue reading “Bright idea?”
“Going green” isn’t always a money-saver. Buying food that is sustain-ably produced can be costly. buying a new, more fuel-efficient car is expensive (and only arguably a greener option than maintaining a paid-for car you already have). One way that Rachel and I have chosen to do a part to be better stewards of the earth isContinue reading “Go Green, Save Green”
My house has been invaded by these things. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that every morning there are hundreds of them all over the outside of our house. Throughout the day, I kill at least a hundred of these little bugs inside my house. I’m about ready to buy poison and sprayContinue reading “BUG OFF!”
What’s the best way to water your lawn? The American Lawns website recommends 3/4 to 1 inch of water per week, and applying it “as infrequently as possible.” I’ve known this for some time and have been practicing this summer. We try to limit watering any part of our yard to once per week, andContinue reading “Healing Drought”
Just found this great post by Tyler Bradt at We Are Informed on sustainability and the meat industry. Notice that neither Tyler nor I are calling you to vegetarianism!