Category Archives: Environment

New year, redo

Our office did a bit of rearranging this afternoon.

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Thanks to technology, all I had to move was some files, my purse and my laptop computer. Everything else could be networked to my new desk.

I couldn’t help but compare it to reorganizations I have lived through in the past. They took much more manpower and many more hours to complete. Also, they were more mentally stressful; in today’s move, I changed locations by a factor five feet or so.

I think I can deal.

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Moon shadow

The supermoon appeared tonight.

It is responsible for the flood warnings here in Kentucky, so I can’t see it for the cloud cover.  But my friend Karen had more luck…

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Here is the supermoon over Michigan.

Do you think it looks 5-7 percent bigger than your average moon?

Compare and see! (Then let me know. I can’t see crap here.)

Art walk

Three years ago I was inspired by an online article on the Chihuly art glass installation at the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.

I was finally lucky enough to visit during a business trip last week.

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It was even more amazing in person!

Your moment of zen

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The butterfly pavilion at the botanical gardens in Phoenix.

Ahhh. …..

Grounded

On an average day, New Yorkers like myself (non-car owners) are very earth-friendly as we run to work or do our errands around the neighborhood.

You will see us:

Or possibly:

Or, if our knees can handle it:

Even the subway is a very green choice (although there are things you need to know):

(Thanks, Nathan.)

Happy Earth Day everybody!

Or we could fly a kite

So, Manhattan got four more inches of snow last night…on top of the eight that were already on the ground.

But the falling ice woke me up.

I don’t dwell on the weather too much — at least, not on this blog — but I have to wonder, as the local news reports power outages for thousands of residents yet again in New Jersey and other neighboring states —

ice on electrical wiresWhy don’t more cities bury their power lines?

Cost is probably the answer, but after a winter like this one — one that is not nearly over — I would think residents in New Jersey, for instance, might think of that cost as an investment.

Aren’t there lots of costs associated with fixing the downed lines after every storm? Trimming the trees around the downed lines? Lost productivity?  Lost revenue?

Lost food in the frig and freezer?

Just wondering.  I have electricity right now, and I think everyone else should, too.

What I did today

Not too shabby.