Recycling…it isn’t that hard

Sometime in my high school career I started to really care about the planet and the affect we humans have on it. It might have been that science project I did where I deprived goldfish of light and they turned white and were itty bitty. I realized that I could have an effect on other things. And that is when I went from loving wildlife to wanting to protect it for what harms it….us and our need for disposable lifestyles.

All of my children’s lives I have been recycling. I have tried to teach them to separate the recyclable materials from the trash. What is recyclable, what is compostable, what is actual trash and what has to go to hazardous waste for disposal. Now, I have a job where that is what I do….I go around to all the 87 schools in our school district and make sure they have the tools they need to recycle the items the school district recycles.

I wish I could say that my children all recycle all recyclable materials, but that would be a lie. I am constantly catching them throwing away some recyclable material in trash can. So how I am to teach other people’s kids to recycle when the adults in their lives don’t.

I run on the precise that I touch the heart of at least one kid a year. That I spark the love of the planet in at least one of them. If so, that I am doing my job.

But really….recycling isn’t that hard. It takes some time to find out what is recyclable in your area. What can go in the curbside verses what you have to take to drop off center. What’s free and what has a fee. Then, just like brushing your teeth, make it a habit with everything you have. Before you throw it away take a few minutes to recognize what it is and how best to dispose of it.  Taking that couple of minutes to think about what you are about to throw away just might make you ask yourself if you needed it in the first place. The best thing we can do for the environment is to reduce our consumption…. consumption of everything. Next, reuse what you can and recycle the rest.

Are we at the beginning of the end times?

I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination. I am a humanist through and through, but everyday I feel that our governments and our humanity is failing us. This morning I awake to hear of another mass shooting in Orlando, Fl one week before the one year anniversary of another shooting that happened in Orlando. There was a terrorist bombing the night before a fundraising concert for a bombing in Manchester that happened only a few weeks ago.

Who is doing the bombing and why? So far the major player taking responsibility for the bombings is ISIL. So in other words….religion is causing end times…a self fulfilling prophecy?

Religion, doesn’t matter which one you chose so long as the Old Testament is in their library of holy scriptures, talks about the end times and the signs that go along with it.

Now let’s take a look at some of the signs.

War on a large scale.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:4. There is no way not to say there is war on a large scale going on. There are civil wars in several countries and the religious are constantly bombing those who do not believe what they believe.

Famine.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:5, 6. With the droughts there is famine.

 

Great earthquakes.—Luke 21:11. Fracking is a major cause of earthquakes in the US where there is no fault line likely.

Pestilences, or epidemics of “terrible diseases.”—Luke 21:11, Zika, measles coming back, cancer increasing…

Increase of crime.—Matthew 24:12

 

Ruining of the earth by mankind.—Revelation 11:18. The US just pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. We are fracking up the earth for natural gas to replace our coal all of which is polluting our air and our water.

Deterioration of people’s attitudes, as shown by many who are “unthankful, disloyal, . . . not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride.”—2 Timothy 3:1-4.

There are other “signs” but they become more subjective then the above mentioned. I think that religious or not we can agree that the above “signs” are definitely upon us.

But end of times, doesn’t necessary have mean the end of the world, or mankind. Maybe just the opposite. Maybe it could mean the enlightenment of the world to the unnecessary trials and tribulations of religion. That man and woman are enough and that no supernatural being controls us or our destiny. That we alone hold the keys to happiness and we alone have the rights and ability to protect our planet. And that the planet is worth protecting. How about we make that a self fulfilling prophecy?

Machine uses plastic bottles to pay for cell phone charging

http://www.kob.com/news/machine-uses-plastic-bottles-pay-cell-phone-charging/4385099/

It always feels like your phone runs out of battery at the worst possible time, right when there’s no place to plug it in.

But some young inventors have found a solution using plastic bottles.

James Rogers from Kentucky is explaining a new machine he and his class built last semester, where dropping in a plastic bottle is payment for 15 minutes of phone charging time.

“Place it down the slot in the machine and it’s going to trigger power to all 32 of these USB ports across the front,” said Rogers. “Just about every backpack you see at school has some kind of water bottle in it.”

Joe Stuecker leads the energy management class.

“I hate that we don’t recycle and then they said, ‘Well, we hate dead cellphones,’ and I said, ‘Well, why don’t we use those together?'” said Stuecker.

Stuecker will be the first to tell you this isn’t your typical class project.

“No one has done anything like this before,” said Stuecker. “What really gets me excited is the applications that this could be used for.”

The machine uses less energy to charge than a normal outlet and the savings get bigger as more phones are plugged in.

“Each time we plug a phone in, it doesn’t double,” said Rogers. “It goes up a small percentage each time.”

What started as group problems turned into a solution, and Stuecker is proud of his students.

“For them to be able to see it now and get credit for the work that they’ve done, it’s huge,” said Stuecker.

Right now the class is reaching out to businesses about ways to use the machine.

Wish I understood

“Jesus walks right with us, and we are never alone!”

“Thanking the man above that gives me the strength to keep with it everyday!!”

“Celebrate all the things God has left for us to do”

IN a matter of minutes on my Facebook news feed I can find several of these post. I was raised in a household that allowed me to question everything…and I did.  Why the sky was blue, why the sun set in the west, where babies came from, and if all my loved ones are going to meet me in heaven what about the ones that went to hell…is there a visitation day?

My questions needed answering and as time went on, finding the answers lead me further from religion not closer. For every answer that was at least one more question raised. The more I learned the more I realized that the invisible man in the sky wasn’t listening to us and his “will” wasn’t always nice. I would rather do things my way and not hurt people than to do it “His” way and see people suffer.

I have learned that the root of religion is in the yearning to be with people like you…like minded, values, beliefs…so you don’t feel alone. Others who can understand your joys, sorrows, fears and worries. But its that what family is for? People to celebrate accomplishments and team members to do the tasks too big for one person.

I have found that over the years there are few people that stick by you. Fewer that care about your accomplishments or sorrows. I believe that all people are good, that we don’t want to hurt others, that we are not all selfish. Now don’t get me wrong there are those out there that their happiness is above all others, and to them I say, “and it harm none do what ye will”.

Never should your beliefs, desires, happiness ever harm or take away from a others. If your religion says to hurt others, deny them freedom to find happiness, or restrict what makes them happy but doesn’t hurt others, then your religion needs a new mission statement.

All my decision are mine, as yours are yours. My accomplishments are because I worked hard…not His will. My disappoints are because of my choices…not His plan. I would never ask for strength seeing as the only way to build muscle is to put more strain on them and tear them down before they rebuild. If you want to ask the universe for something ask for wisdom, knowledge and common sense.

Not great at keeping up…

I don’t keep up with the Jones and I don’t keep up with journals or my blog it seems.  I would say that I will make a new years resolution to do it…but that just means I won’t.

What I have decided to do it “declutter” a little more and become a minimalist.  I have thought about this a lot over the years and I always thought that only people who have a lot to start with are able to see the value in having less.  Growing up with constant less makes you want more.  More of everything. More clothes. More food. More gadgets. More. More.  And I did that for a while, to a point.  I have always been on of those people that says and does one in one out with my clothes and I don’t like to buy duplicates of things or new things unless the old one breaks.  But still my house is full of things that don’t bring me joy.  And that is something I am ready to change.

It is a personal opinion and so I can’t force the rest of my family to do it.  And that’s fine. I have always been of the opinion that you should lead by example. So I will lead and we will see who follows.

I am going to start with the Project 333.  I am going to take inventory of all clothing, shoes and accessories I have and see if I can do 33 items for 3 months. Good news for me is I live in Florida so there aren’t a lot of seasons to worry about. We are cold for less than a month and then back to the warm weather.

I am going to scan all my photos on to a flash drive so I have them and can get rid of the paper and scrapbooks. Might end up being a few flash drives and that’s ok.  I just need to organize them in a way that makes sense…at least to me.

It’s going to be a long road, but I’ll get there. This is one thing I am going to keep up with.  I will try to keep you up to date on it. As best I can.

I get a Ribbon!

For nearly 10 years I had this “mole” on my face under my eye and near my nose.  I never really gave it much thought.  A co-worker of mine had the same thing and went to the doctor’s about it.  For her it was nothing but a mole.  They scrapped it off and in two weeks she was healed with the smallest of a red dot.  Taking her lead, I too went to the doctor.  For me, it wasn’t just a mole….it was the dreaded “C” word.  And two weeks later I was in for surgery.

My doctors and nurses were amazing.  But the surgery wasn’t.  Of course they numbed the area, easy enough and then they started the cutting.  Mohs surgery is simple.  They cut out the smallest amount of tissue needed to ensure that the tumor is removed.  It has a 99% survival rate and in just a few short hours you are cancer free.

First round cut, then waiting room wait for the microscope to determine if I still have cancer.  45 minutes later…round two.  Well, the doctor was so sure that he got it all during round two that he put in temporary stitches. Good thing they were temporary, because after another 45 minute wait in the lobby the stitches had to go to make room for round three.  Again, to the lobby to wait for results…and then round four.  After, round four the doctor went ahead and stitched me up while we waited for the results. It’s like it didn’t matter the results we were going to be done.  Found out why within 45 minutes.

He was 90% sure he got all the cancer but wanted me to go to an oncologist for radiation to be sure.  He had cut as far down as he could… that was not what I wanted to hear.  I wanted to hear that I was cancer free, not 90% sure I’m cancer free.  And the stitches and swelling are way more noticeable than the mole had been.

I get the stitches removed in a few days.  My nose is still numb as is a gooPost-surgeryd part of my face.  Its a strange feeling.  My cheek and eye feel like I’m pulling the skin really tight.  It hurts to yawn, sneeze and laugh too hard.  Which is the hardest part because I love to laugh. I am hoping that after time the tugged skin under my eye will loosen and I will get some feeling back in that area. Till then, my friend will walk in my honor at Relay for Life and I get a black ribbon.

Updated from 5 years ago!

So funny!  As I read through posts from years ago I came across this little post about how there was no way that the GOP was crazy enough to allow Donald Trump on the Rpublican ticket.  And now, five years later not only is he on the ticket he is the current frontrunner for the nomination.

(Original post) “The Donald is Out”.  The first bit of good news to come from the GOP list of possible candidates…they aren’t crazy enough to allow Donald Trump to run for president.  But are the crazy enough to allow some of the others.

Currently on the possible list is:

Ron Paul–third times the charm?

Newt Gingrich–only if  His bitter intolerance for gays, Muslims, African Americans, poor people, immigrants, and others who do not look, think, and act like him appeals to you.

Gary Johnson–not if you are a W. supporter, he refused to endorse the former President.

Mitt Romney–if McCain isn’t running he has a good chance.

Tim Pawlenty–He is in with the working class, but falls short with the working poor or those on welfare…and believe it or not they vote in the general election.

Michele Bachman–can you say crazy?

Sarah Palin–still no word for Camp Palin as to whether she is willing to give up the big bucks for public service.

Herman Cain–the Republican answer to “its not a race thing why we hate Obama”

Fred Karger–doesn’t have a chance with Republicans…he is openly gay.

I do hope that the front runners are worthly of our time to investigate their stands and not just the “oppose of Obama” candidates.