‘My Space’ Cardboard Playhouse & Cardboard Memories

Remember when a giant cardboard box was a magical playhouse? When folding box tops became windows or doors, and sheets over furniture extended your own little cardboard domain? In this electronic gadget and computer world, one may wonder how much this manual form of play and imagination still goes on. … Continue reading

Ten Year Old Opera Sensation Jackie Evancho

I don’t watch the plethora of TV talent shows that seem to pop up more and more every television season. But I’m very glad someone sent me this clip from one. Jackie Evancho sang Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” (“Oh My Dear Papa”) on Tuesday’s episode of American’s Got Talent … Continue reading

Comprehensive Coverage by CNN on 'Toxic America'

There was a very interesting program on CNN the other night that I found very refreshing. Their coverage of ‘Toxic America’ as they called it, was very extensive and offered hopeful alternatives as well as the scary chemical facts. It’s not often that I agree with so much of mainstream … Continue reading

A Place for Both Books and E-Books

Nothing like a good book. An expression that holds true for so many of us, and probably has since written language first developed. And certainly since the printing press and mass publication of books began reaching the masses. When it comes to books, the last few years have probably seen … Continue reading

Phone’s Ringing Again – Must be a Telemarketer

A thought occurred to me when I was abruptly woken up yesterday just past the crack of dawn. By the phone. By the phone ringing. And ringing long enough for the answering machine to pick up. Automated caller or human being? I have no idea. I would have known of … Continue reading

Chewing Gum Has What In It?

It’s funny how often a story that’s written for one purpose can sometimes also end up informing us of something else entirely. This happened to me when I read a Reuters article about a new recipe for chewing gum that will loosen the gum’s grip. Before you say who cares, … Continue reading

Antibiotic Chloramphenicol in Chinese Imported Honey

We may live in a small world, but within that small world are many different sets of national regulations. Whether it’s lead or cadmium found in toys or glasses, or melamine plastic in pet food, we are all too often unwittingly exposed to things that shock us once we discover … Continue reading

Freezing in the Summer – At the Supermarket

I have a question. It’s one I guess I should really ask those in charge of supermarkets, specifically those who make the ambient temperature decisions. Why is it so darn much colder inside some grocery stores in the middle of summer? I don’t accept the argument that it has to … Continue reading

Plastic Ocean Garbage “Vac from the Sea”

Electrolux is bringing attention to the Pacific Garbage Patch and the whole issue of plastic trash clogging up too much of our oceans. According to Electrolux, “The plan is to make a limited number of vacuum cleaners from plastic debris harvested from the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans and the … Continue reading

Reebok Likes Rebox – Reused Cardboard Boxes

Reebok and many other companies including Wal-Mart, Foot Locker, and TJ Maxx are all clients of Rebox, a corrugated box company. The thing that sets Rebox apart is that this St. Laurent, Quebec company is focusing on reusing rather than always making new cardboard boxes. Takes the typical curbside cardboard … Continue reading