Generally, I try not to have favorites. I love all my cats equally. I’ll drink any cup of black tea you put in front of me. I found everyone on “The Cosby Show” funny, even Bud (who am I kidding, ESPECIALLY Bud; um, did I just show my age there?).
Finding myself truly inspired by Colin Beavan and his No Impact Man project. For one year, Beavan and his family, in a radical gesture of urban eco-friendly living, produced no trash, unplugged from the electric grid, travelled exclusively by bike, push scooter, or on foot, and bought nothing, aside from food, all of it grown within 250 miles of their home. That home? NYC, the Big Apple.
There’s a chill in the air as I write this. Accordingly, I’ve been donning caridgans and corduroys, drinking hard cider (I’ve seriously got to figure out how to get my hands on this local cider) and pumpkin ale, and making things like applesauce cake with sauce I made last October (from my mom’s apples). Pumpkins I grew are tricking out the porch, the dogs want to play ball more, and the smell of burning leaf piles makes me slap happy.
Woo-hoo! It’s time again for another Small Measure Giveaway! For those of you new to the contest, or to this blog, I’m staging a giveaway each month from now until the release of my book, Homemade Living: Canning & Preserving with Ashley English. Each month one lucky person will win an artfully crafted canned item featured in the book and made by yours truly.
I’ve recently learned about an international campaign, committed to creating a movement working towards solutions to the climate crisis, solutions that, in their words, “science and justice demand.” I’d love it if you took a minute to watch the video below and then check out 350.org for yourself. It might be one of the most significant “small measures” you could ever take.