Saturday, March 6, 2010
Paying it forward!
I feel so lucky, or blessed, or both! Yesterday I received an email saying that I was one of the winners for Hip Mountain Mama’s One Small Change for March! My prize is beautiful handmade earrings and inspirational cards from Garden Mama! She has some lovely things in her shop, and I am enjoying her blog. It’s a warm, happy place with beautiful photography. Thank you again, Garden Mama and Hip Mountain Mama!
My book review – No Impact Man
Okay, I liked this book. Even though Colin Beavan tosses out statistics here and there, it’s not a dry read. It’s an honest, how-do-I-do-this-without-causing-too-much-pain-for-those-around-me, explanation of the year he took on the challenge of living in NYC while making as little impact on the environment as possible.
He had already become an authority on environmental living when I started reading his blog. After reading this book, I understand why. During his No Impact year he tackled problems of transportation, take out food, and disposable diapers, among others – while remaining human. I especially liked his thoughts on how the bombardment of advertising affects our general unhappiness, making us believe we need more and better and newer. What makes this interesting is that he has a family, so there were other people for him to consider when making lifestyle decisions.
There is a wealth of information, links, and resources in the appendix. I've added to my "must read" list. :)
So, to pass along all the good karma I’ve been receiving AND to mark my first year anniversary of posting on the ’net, I will pass this book on to someone who would like an enjoyable read into the history of the No Impact Man. Please put a comment on this post by midnight on March 21st. A winner will be drawn and the book will be in the mail on the 22nd!