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Fed By Very Green Threads

September 23, 2016

A Good News Story

This is a good news story – a very good news story. It’s about a big vision. It’s about one person having a dream to make a big difference and doing it! It’s about substantive, lasting good news and don’t we all need more of that? Meet Alok Appadurai, co-founder of Fed By Threads – the very first national sweatshop-free,…

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Mrs. Green Hits a Nerve

September 11, 2016

(And some other interesting tidbits)

Well, my last newsletter about Ben & Jerry’s really hit a sensitive nerve with many readers and the dialogue continues. People take their ice cream seriously! We had the highest open rate, more emails, and more comments on this newsletter than ever before.

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Not Ben & Jerry’s! (Say It Isn’t So)

August 27, 2016

WARNING: THE INFORMATION IN THIS NEWSLETTER MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR ICE CREAM EATING HABITS!

Imagine my dismay when a catchy article titled #DirtyDairy caught my eye this past Saturday amidst a myriad of newsletters I subscribe to in order to…

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Olympics 2016 – The Yin & The Yang

August 11, 2016

To begin with, I had to make sure I had the definitions of yin and yang correct. I am glad I looked them up because they fit in perfectly for the purposes of this newsletter. I have to admit I was taken aback by what characteristics were attributed to feminine and the…

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Revisiting Bridges or Walls

July 28, 2016

Mrs. Green is currently participating in Bioneers’ “Cultivating Women’s Leadership” – a 6-day immersion retreat uniting together women leaders from around the world. In honor of her time at the retreat, we bring you one of Mrs. Green’s most favored and insightful newsletters, originally published on March 10, 2016.

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Two Sides to Every Coin

July 15, 2016

Here are the two sides to my coin. Side one: I am on vacation staying with one of my daughters and her amazing husband in a tiny adobe house in a little town called Arroyo Honda near Taos, New Mexico. It’s been an idyllic mix of time spent with them, and one of my other daughters and two precious and wonderful grandchildren. We have hiked, played games,…

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What If…

July 1, 2016

(…you decided to change the world – one step at a time)

What if everyone single person reading this newsletter came up with his or her own “what if I committed to changing just this one thing?” or picked one of the possibilities I have included below and actually stuck to it? It would change the world – just like that.

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Peace

June 16, 2016

I had every intention of making this newsletter fun and light. I wanted to share a story about our search for certain colored marbles that are missing from our Chinese checkers and tie it in to why one should shop local. Then Orlando happened. The marble story will wait. I don’t feel light. I don’t feel fun at this moment. I don’t feel like writing about LED lights or composting…

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Being, Listening, Breathing, Healing

June 2, 2016

The very good news is that as I sit and write this, I am surrounded by conditions that are close to idyllic. It’s a cool and breezy 72 degrees and I am in the White Mountains in a little village called Greer, Arizona. Not only can I hear any number of birds singing, but the sound of the Little Colorado River about 50 feet from my door could put me to sleep – easily!

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Cancer Prevention: Within Our Reach?

May 21, 2016

Thoughts & 10 Practical, Simple Tips­

Before you start reading, think about this. One in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in his or her lifetime. Sad right? But guess what folks? Nearly HALF of all cancers are preventable. Why aren’t more researchers and thought leaders talking about this instead of, or in addition to, finding ways to cure cancer once you have it?

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It’s All About You

May 6, 2016

Five Tips for Staying Healthy

I had the unbelievable pleasure of attending a mini-retreat hosted by The Aspen Club centered around Chris Crowley’s life-changing book Younger Next Year. The quality of the retreat was exceptional in every way because of the knowledgeable, passionate and brilliant staff who conducted it. So in the typical Mrs. Green World fashion, I am excited to share with you some take-aways from my experience because your health is most important.

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The Big Green Apple Experience

April 21, 2016

In the last newsletter I tried to capture and convey the magic of the first part of my big green trip to the East Coast. I have no earthly clue as to how I am going to report on the second part of it spend in New York City and do it justice but I will do my best because the magic just didn’t stop.

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Food Waste: Just Eat It!

April 8, 2016

Literally. Some facts to consider to put things in perspective:

North American Food Waste Facts
In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source…

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Apple Cider Vinegar – Who Knew?

March 24, 2016

I don’t know why I haven’t written about apple cider vinegar and its healing and healthy cleaning applications until now. What inspired me to write this is when I commented to my friend Isabel last week about how beautiful her skin looked and she said…

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Bridges or Walls for a Sustainable Planet?

March 11, 2016

(A Case for Bridges)

As I contemplate writing this newsletter I admit to a whirling dervish mind. I want to pack into one newsletter my experience at a Board retreat in Ensenada, Mexico this past weekend as a member of an international Board on which I sit. Why?

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Green Steam (Three Short “Letting Off Steam” Rants)

February 26, 2016

Sometimes I simply have to blow off some steam and this newsletter is the right place to do just that. Truth be told, I read things and I get very upset, even angry. I hope the following two “rants” will evoke the same emotions in you, or will at the very least get your attention. And then, hopefully, you will…

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Simple Tips, Thoughts to Ponder & Some Really Good News

February 11, 2016

This newsletter has something for everyone: Nine simple, money saving tips for storing leftovers without using plastic (a few of which will surprise and delight you!); three facts about plastics and cancer; three fun factoids about three of our partners, and three pieces of really good news in Mrs. Green’s World. Read on and enjoy!

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What You Had to Say about DuPont

January 29, 2016

New reader to Mrs. Green’s World Newsletter? Welcome and thanks for joining us. Please click here to read, or at least scan, the last newsletter or the following will make no sense to you whatsoever! We asked for readers to share their thoughts and share they did.

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Eight Pages in the New York Times?

January 14, 2016

Five Excerpts That Might Change Your Life.

Happy 2016 from the entire Mrs. Green’s World team! Sorry to hit you with such a heavy topic for the first newsletter of the New Year but this one had to be written…

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What is Your Deepest Fear?

December 31, 2015

As Marianne Williamson, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and lecturer puts it, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.”

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The White and the Green Elephants

December 17, 2015

Eight Mrs. Green Reflections

Just about everyone I know has been to, or at least been invited to, a white elephant holiday gift exchange party. Typically everyone brings an unmarked wrapped present and people take numbers, get to pick their gift to open or “steal” a present that has already been…

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Mrs. Green Turns 65 and we’re giving her the day off!

December 4, 2015

Members of the Mrs. Green’s World team took a vote and decided to give Mrs. Green the day off. A few team members along with some very good friends hosted a surprise “Girls Night Out” birthday party that was beyond wonderful. It was an evening of many…

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Thanks, Giving & Green‏

November 19, 2015

Seven Thanksgiving Tips & Thoughts About Black Friday

Prelude: Deep Thoughts from Mrs. Green – As global citizens, these are challenging and tumultuous times on many levels. For many people around the world, next Thursday will be just another day but not for us.

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Eight Years & 200 Newsletters Later!‏

November 5, 2015

(I still love writing this for you)

Yup – 200th newsletter, eight years running! What to write about? Thanks to my friend and MGW green team member Bonnie Gonzales for suggesting that I dedicate this very special anniversary edition to my radio show guests. Not a challenge at all. I honestly…

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Bioneers: Changing the Mindscape One Person at a Time

October 23, 2015

In my never ending commitment to be informed, grow, and share with you everything I learn in all matters concerning Mother Earth, I am going to attempt to articulate what my four days at an international “Bioneers” conference this past week was like. The challenge for me is how to reach into your very soul.

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All in the Family

October 15, 2015

For close to five years now, I have been writing a newsletter every other week. Mostly it arrives in your in-box on a Wednesday by mid-afternoon and there has been an occasional “I’ve got to push it to Thursday” edition. So here I sit on a Sunday afternoon (at least four days late!) making sure I honor my…

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The Grim Reaper versus the Voice of Awareness

September 24, 2015

Truth be told, this edition was a huge challenge for me to write. Not because of lack of good content but because of too much. You’ll be happy to know I calmed the whirling dervish brain down to two topics and two bits of really good news. Here goes…

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Fashion Savvy? Three Things You Need to Know

September 10, 2015

I was going to write this newsletter about fashion giant H&M’s recent offer of $1 million for new recycling ideas. Yay for those who want to inspire people to come up with better ideas on how to recycle what we wear. But after much contemplation, I decided…

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Microbeads, the Tiny Orbs Threatening Our Water

August 28, 2015

& Mrs. Green’s Three Calls To Action

Note from Mrs. Green. The article below appeared in the opinion section of the New York Times on Saturday, August 22. I literally received phone calls from friends who were on their way to their bathrooms to check their toothpaste for…

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Send in the Whales

August 14, 2015

A Very Short Missive from Mrs. Green

The actual definition of vacation is: an extended period of recreation, especially one spent AWAY from home or in traveling. Some synonyms: break, time off, recess. I’d like to take the liberty of adding “critical to…

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Food Waste & Triskeles‏

July 30, 2015

Two Thoughts on A Warm Summer’s Day

WARNING: this newsletter is going to ask you to care enough to do homework. I can almost promise you that this is one homework assignment you will thoroughly enjoy. And hopefully you will be inspired to act after reading my two thoughts.

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Five Green Factoids

July 17, 2015

(AND an extra special Did You Know?)

Sometimes I feel compelled to write what I call “refresher factoids.” These are facts that stick with me, that both haunt and inspire me and that are worth repeating because they are things that we can help change.

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I Dream of Greenie

July 3, 2015

I know it REALLY dates me but several decades ago there was a show called I Dream of Jeannie. Blaming it totally on my age at the time, I enjoyed the show and there were times I wished I had a real genie so I could get my three wishes. So much for that. For the purpose of this newsletter, just take the leap with me…

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BALLE Anyone?

June 22, 2015

Or WHAT THE HECK IS BALLE & WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? 

Two or three years ago I am not quite sure I knew what BALLE stood for and even now I have to look it up. It stands for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. This year I found myself attending a three day

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The Ubiquitous Bottled Water – Fiji Water Anyone?

June 4, 2015

Six Facts I HOPE You’ll Want to Know

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1. present, appearing, or found everywhere. “the ubiquitous plastic bottle was felt by all the earth”

synonyms: omnipresent, ever-present, everywhere, all over the place, pervasive, universal, worldwide, global

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Plastic Pollution – Can We Win This One?

May 21, 2015

I know I have written about plastic pollution since the beginning of Mrs. Green’s World. We probably know everything I am going to write about but let’s face it – who among us can’t use some friendly reminders about the threat plastics are to our world – literally? Thanks to my recent guest, Dianna Cohen, from…

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Social Justice & Sustainability

May 7, 2015

(Liberty and Justice for All)‏
Warning: reading this newsletter might get your blood pressure up. Either because you agree with some of the issues I raise or because you want to bop me one. Every newsletter…

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Celebrating Earth Day

April 30, 2015

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” — John Muir

In lieu of our traditional newsletter this week – we want to celebrate Mother Earth with you! Help create a healthy planet by committing to a new sustainable habit…learn a few new ones by listening to one of these great Mrs. Green’s World shows!

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Palm Oil vs Rainforests (The Winner Might Surprise You)

April 10, 2015

From the minute I starting interviewing three bright and very enthusiastic students from the University of Arizona last week, I knew what the content of this newsletter simply had to be – a wake-up call and informative newsletter about palm oil. Yikes!

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It’s Party Time!

March 31, 2015

(Pass on the Styrofoam, please!)
It truly is party time – graduations, proms, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, weddings, birthday parties, and “Just Because It’s Spring” gatherings abound. When you read below, you will see Mrs. Green’s World will be on the party circuit for book signings as well, so please come spy on us to make sure we are walking the green party walk!

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Three GREAT Green Things about Our World

March 11, 2015

Given the horrific, decimating, devastating, Draconian cuts being made to education in the state in which I live, how about a major dose of good, upbeat, intentional good news for this issue from Mrs. Green? We all need good news, right? Hold on and enjoy the smiles!

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Why Mrs. Green is Giving Away Her New Book

February 27, 2015

We really ARE giving away my new book, Your Mother Called (Mother Earth)…You’d Better Call Her Back to every person who becomes a Mrs. Green Sustainer at the $100 level or above. Please read on…

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Green Lightning Bolt‏

February 12, 2015

(or Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Food Babe?)

For anyone who has ever thought they can’t make a big difference, think again and read on. Meet Vani Hari. She’s known as The Food Babe and is going to be a guest on my show on February 21st but that’s not why I am writing about her. Vani is a true crusader…

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10 Simple, Easy & Cheap Ways to Clean Green

January 29, 2015

Everybody knows that imitation is the highest form of flattery. So I hope Green America (an organization of which I am a member and have great respect for) feels flattered that I am “re-purposing” an article they wrote in July of 2006! Almost 10 years ago! This one is really good so why not share the best of the best with you…

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Green Thunderclaps

January 23, 2015

According to the free dictionary, here’s the definition of a thunderclap: thun-der-clap n. 1. A single sharp crash of thunder 2. Something that is startling, shocking or unexpected. Just so you know, I was going for the startling part to get your attention. Anything for Mother Earth!

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Pick It and Stick It

January 1, 2015

Okay, so the title should read “Pick It and Stick TO It” but that doesn’t sound nearly as interesting. What I am suggesting / requesting is that you pick ONE important next step on your journey to living a more sustainable life in 2015. Small steps, collective Big Impact is the only way we are going to turn the Planet Earth Ship around from the direction in which it is headed. My three suggestions:

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Mrs. Green’s Ho Ho Ho’s (or Ha Ha Ha’s)

December 20, 2014

Give me a break on the title. It sounded funny to me so I am going to run with it. Will your Christmas be a ho ho ho or ha ha ha in the eyes of Mrs. Green this year? Here are three of each and you get to decide if your plans are naughty or nice.

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What’s Next?

December 5, 2014

You recycle, use cloth shopping bags, and you’ve eliminated plastic bottles. You shop locally, and eat more consciously. But do you ever feel like you’d like to go deeper – like to do more but you’re not sure what? Stay with me…

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Hot, Hip & Happen’ Holidays!

November 20, 2014

What’s hot this holiday season? Shopping locally and supporting small businesses. It’s even made national news with a hashtag: #smallbusiness. The benefits? Let me count them. Avoid crowded malls, meet people who own and take pride in their businesses, support your local economy, get gifts for those you love that are unique, thoughtful and fun and the list goes on. Is there a downside? Not that I can think of.

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On the Road Again

November 7, 2014

“Every time I look in the eyes of a child, I basically say to myself ‘his future / her future is in my hands. I’ve got to do something about it.’ I can look after my health and say I’m going to do some things just so I’m healthier, or I can look at it say ‘if I don’t eat an animal then I’m not responsible for that animal dying’. But the fact of it is, if I don’t do everything…

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From Greenwashing to Pinkwashing?

October 27, 2014

Truth be told, I believe the day will come (if it hasn’t already) that there will be adequate proof linking almost every kind of cancer to an environmental cause – from what we eat, from what we breathe, from what we put on our bodies, and the beat goes on. 

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Short & Sweet

October 9, 2014

Since we are sending a series of eblasts to you about our 5th Annual Arizona’s Greenest Workplace Challenge, we thought it best to keep this newsletter short. But we don’t want you to miss the opportunity to catch our amazing shows from these past weeks. Once again, if you take the time to listen, you will be very glad you did!

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Can I Handle The Truth?

September 30, 2014

It’s now 9:23 p.m. and I am already a day late in writing the newsletter. There are two reasons for that – one is because a terrible virus invaded my computer. I let that get to me in ways that I  truly should not because there are real viruses like Ebola out there killing people by the thousands. The second reason is that I knew…

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Foodies for Thought

September 12, 2014

Would it immediately grab your interest if I started this newsletter with a fun YouTube video of me doing cartwheels and jumping up and down and clicking my heels together AND looking you straight in the eye to get your attention? And if I looked you straight…

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Three Quick Tips for Greening Your Labor Day

August 29, 2014

I know it’s your party but please don’t make me cry. Labor Day is a day we honor all of us for our hard work. This Labor Day, please consider honoring Mother Earth for all of her hard work as you plan your celebrations. Here are three really easy tips to consider!

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The Big Green Tick

August 18, 2014

As in tick, tock, tick tock. Hopefully that got your attention and maybe even made you chuckle! But it’s also to let you know that the “preservation of the planet” clock is always ticking in my head. We’ve got a planet that really is in grave danger, the clock…

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A Deeper Shade of Green

August 1, 2014

From where I sit, there is so much bad news out there that I am in a self-declared news blackout for a bit. Russia, the Ukraine, the Gaza Strip, immigration, the Veterans Administration, Climate Change reports, human (mostly children) sex trafficking, the political blame game. Enough…

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Happiness – Mrs. Green Style

July 7, 2014

Nature Deficit Disorder: the Antidote

Quick factoid:  there really is a newly named condition called Nature Deficit Disorder. In a great book calledLast Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, author Richard Louv discusses the staggering divide between children and the outdoors. He links the lack of nature in the lives of…

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Declaration of Independents

June 19, 2014

Yes, you read that right. Not sure where the first six months of 2014 have gone but we will all soon be celebrating the 4th of July! Independents Week – Here’s some food for thought as we prepare for one of our country’s biggest holidays (Independence Day!). An organization called Local First is celebrating the 12th Anniversary of…

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Mid-Year Green Report Card: Yours, Mine and Theirs!‏

June 12, 2014

What better time to do a quick green check-in about how we are all doing with our commitments to a more sustainable lifestyle than June – halfway through the year?

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Mrs. Green’s Message? Exciting, Short and Inspirational

May 22, 2014

No question when it comes to newsletters, people like short. I am going to share three things that are exciting, short and inspirational.

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We Don’t Tell You What to Think, We Just Want You To

May 8, 2014

In case you didn’t know, the headline above is the tagline for my radio show. And since I am suffering from acute whirling dervish brain after attending a weekend symposium on healthy eating, the only thing I am capable of right now is asking you to think about some of the things I am thinking about. And maybe even be inspired to write to me and tell me what you think. But please, don’t yell.

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Rocking Green Radio

April 24, 2014

(We’ve Been Pleasure Trapped!)
For those of you who may not remember, Mrs. Green started as a weekly one-hour, broadcast radio show. Then came the website, then Facebook, then Twitter, then blogging, newsletter, Pinterest, Instagram – you know the drill. Sooo − coming full circle, and to give you a little inside scoop about the off-the-air conversations between Mr. Green and me…

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What We ARE Eating & Why We SHOULD Care‏

April 13, 2014

(Six Really Good Reasons)
The very good news is that we recorded the first show for our eight-show series, “What Am I Eating and Why Should I Care: It Starts with Your Fork,” which are funded from our recently completed Kickstarter Campaign. The guest, Ocean Robbins, was stellar.

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Earth Month? Follow the Green Brick Road With Me

March 31, 2014

At the risk of sounding melodramatic (something of which I am very capable), there are times when I want things to change so much and so quickly it hurts. And, yes, even makes me cry. So why not read on and join me on a trip to Green Oz for Earth Month. I’m Dorothy (minus the pigtails) with green glittery shoes made from recycled material and I’m in charge of the control panel.

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Are You Home Sick?

March 16, 2014

Thank you, Susan T., for asking me to do a newsletter on toxins in our homes. How bad is it? EPA studies have shown that indoor air levels of many pollutants are at least twice as high as outdoor levels. Sickening, right? Here are three quick stories from real people who contacted me because of just that.

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Green Inspiration or Indulgence?

February 17, 2014

WARNING: This is a very personal share and really about food for your soul. If you think it’s important to feed your soul, read on. If not, either skip this part and read about our VERY exciting Kickstarter campaign and other great, green stuff or stay tuned for next newsletter about toxins in your home.

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To Heat or Not To Heat: That is the Question

January 31, 2014

(Where Chemicals Lurk in your Kitchen)
In the last newsletter I asked about topics you would like to see covered in our newsletter and you answered. Thank you! I was touched by the number of responses and the quality of the questions. I will do my best to cover every topic in the upcoming newsletters.

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Simple Green

January 17, 2014

I have always believed that imitation is the highest form of flattery. When I got a newsletter the other day from a great company called Flagler Organics, their simple messages about right action and right relationships really sunk in.

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Our Team Screams Green in 2014!

January 2, 2014

Happy, sustainable, go green or go home New Year! It’s going to be a great one because we are all going to really be the changes we wish to see in the world – right?

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It’s For the Children

December 19, 2013

Ever wonder why I do what I do? It’s for the children – my own, your children, every child on the planet. There are days when I actually have to stop thinking about the suffering borne by millions of children to keep on doing what I am doing. Hence, the prayer below. I have never read it out loud without filling up. I have read it many times…

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Meet Chad Pregracke

December 6, 2013

(And my heart divided)

On the one hand… This past Sunday some of our family members watched the 2013 CNN Heroes Awards. We were all looking forward to almost two hours of really good news stories about everyday people changing the world.

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No Black Friday for Mrs. Green

November 20, 2013

To me, Black Friday is practically synonymous with massive consumption, massive waste, and in some cases massive debt. Those conditions are all self-explanatory and you don’t need the Gospel According to Mrs. Green to paint a picture of the probable outcome for record breaking sales on Black Friday. Companies are spending billions of dollars hoping to seduce you. K-Mart is opening at 4:00 a.m. ON Thanksgiving. Really?

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Test Your Green IQ

November 7, 2013

The very good news is that you don’t have to get test anxiety for this. It’s really just a “raise your waste awareness” exercise. The numbers are staggering and there are lots of things we can all do to make a difference. Hopefully, seeing these shocking numbers in black and white will inspire you to action!

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How Greenie is Your Halloweenie?

October 25, 2013

How boring would a title like “How To Green Your Halloween be?” Enough said. Halloween is, without a doubt, one of my very best favorite days/times of the year. First of all, it’s Mr. Green’s birthday – always cause for fun and celebration. Secondly, my childhood memories just about make me swoon. Remember – it was back in the day when…

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What’s YOUR next Green Step?

October 10, 2013

Healthier Food? Healthier Fashion? Healthier Planet? Healthier YOU! Autumn is a wonderful time when the air turns crisp, leaves change colors, and for some of us, the brutal heat of summer has passed. It’s a time when families picnic and animals actually come out in the daytime. It’s a season everyone seems to love. So what better time than Fall to pump up your volume on living a greener, healthier life? What better…

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Mrs. Green’s Life: Green Explosion?

September 27, 2013

Do not have a clue how to keep this one short but will do my best. If you don’t want to read it all, I will make it easier for you. The Short Version: #1 Mrs. Green has a new look and an evolving message. You will have to read…

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Mrs. Green’s Life: Inside Edition List

September 12, 2013

Mostly anyone who reads this newsletter knows I pretty much write from the heart. So given that my husband of 38 years had a heart episode last Friday, what else could I write about other than our sincere gratitude for family, friends, our renewed commitment to living a healthier life and making every day count?

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Mrs. Green’s You-Can-Do-It! List

August 29, 2013

Neither Rome nor green habits were built in a day. If you are on the growing your green habits journey, here is my quick tips guide that you can either use as a report card to see how you are doing or as an inspiration to begin taking a few more steps to living your best sustainable life.

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FOOD: SHOP and LET SHOP

August 16, 2013

There is not a day that goes by that I am not filled with gratitude. When I received this letter from Theresa Marquez from Organic Valley Coop this past Monday, my cup runneth over. (Open Letter to Mrs. Green)

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August 11, 2013

So, a debate we still keep hearing is that Walmart is the boogie man and Whole Foods Market (WFM) is not far behind. How is one to be politically correct?

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I’m a Garden, Not a Building

August 1, 2013

I really fretted about this newsletter – big time. Never is the fretting about finding a topic but rather about which seed to plant; which really important scoop to share.

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Welcome to The White House, Mrs. Green

July 18, 2013

Part One: Trust me when I say those words were never spoken by anyone during my excellent adventure to The White House last week. But I can dream can’t I?

Yes, I actually did get to attend a White House event last week; yes, I did get to see the President and the…

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A Taste of My Own Green Medicine

July 5, 2013

va*ca*tion veɪˈkeɪ ʃən, və – spelled [vey-key-shuh n, vuh-] noun 1. a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday: Schoolchildren are on vacation now.

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Go Fish

June 21, 2013

(And watch out for your Sunscreams!)
If I came up to you and said “Here. Slather this all over your body and make sure you cover your kids and grandkids with it too. It smells good, makes your skin feel soft, contains harmful chemicals, known carcinogens, artificial dyes, endocrine disrupters and, for the most part, it probably doesn’t really work at all. But, hey, give it a try.” Don’t be insulting, right?

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One Man’s Green Journey

June 6, 2013

(And Some Other Good Green News)

Sometimes I feel so blessed that I actually have to pinch myself. I am blessed with family, friends and people I have never met supporting me on the Mrs. Green journey. One very special friend, Scott Caddow from Legendary World, continues to make major changes in his life from the point at which he chose…

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Once Upon A Time There Were Healthy Oceans…

May 23, 2013

And those oceans were clean, blue and teeming with life. We swam in them, we splashed in them, we sailed, kayaked and cruised on them and we fished from them. We delighted in watching otters and sea lions play in them and stood breathless if we were blessed enough to actually see a magnificent whale breach. Dolphins…

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It’s Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen Time (again…)

May 8, 2013

But first things first. Happy Mother’s Day to every mother, mother-to-be, future mother, anyone who came from a mother on the planet, and a very special shout out to Mother Earth. Hope you will make it a great GREEN Mother’s Day.

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Yakutat, Alaska: A Metaphor for Global Challenges

April 25, 2013

(Three Universal Challenges)

As much as I would like to make this newsletter all about how beautiful Yakutat, Alaska is and how wonderful my participation in the Energy Summit has been, I won’t ask you to indulge me. Facebook took…

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Follow Your Hearts.com

April 12, 2013

(Green Hearts of Course!)

Okay, I admit it. There are days when I wish I had the influence of Oprah. And it’s not what you think. It’s really not about me but about spreading the word about the myriad of wonderful, amazing, game changing people I meet and their causes. The more…

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Three Great Green Reasons to Shop Locally!

March 28, 2013

(The Power of Choice)

Every time you make a purchase, you are making a choice. The choice is OURS! We have the power to strengthen and enrich our communities. It’s that…

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Get Your Greer On!

March 14, 2013

As I write this I am looking out the window of a beautiful cabin. The elevation is about 8200 feet, we are surrounded by big ponderosa pine trees, there is snow on the ground and my grandkids, my husband and I just spent most of the morning reading – in The Big Quiet. We are in a magical place called Greer, Arizona – a place where I come to feed my soul…

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From the Dark Side to Feeling the Force

February 28, 2013

(Mrs. Green Has NOT Come Undone)
Did you know that when a baby is born they show up on the planet with anywhere from 260-270 identifiable toxins in their urine? Yup – 260-270. That is why yesterday I could not, for the very life of me, write this newsletter. After attempts too numerous…

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The Green Magic Carpet Ride

February 13, 2013

(For those who believe magic) “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl. This newsletter is about the magic of the Mrs. Green journey. It’s about the magic of dreaming a dream and finding out that believing in the power of your dream works. It’s personal and very sincere. It’s about sustainability for your soul. So if you believe in magic and are in the market for some soul food, I invite you to read on so I can share this ride with you.

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Green Shockers (To Keep Us on Our Toes)

January 31, 2013

In the past two weeks, I have read or re-read what I call some real green shockers – the kind of statements that make your head spin or make you shake your head in disbelief. And, yes, at times even make you a little sick or angry or taken advantage of. How could I not share them with you?

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Green Ripple (Not the Wine)

January 17, 2013

This newsletter is about some of my very recent observations of the pebble in the pond and how amazing it is at times to observe the green ripple effect, the power of one, about taking action and what results from a single decision. So in no particular order – here goes…

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Green Lollapalooza

January 4, 2013

(or at least I hope so)

lol*la*pa*loo*za [lol-uh-puh-loo-zuh] noun, Slang. an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance. I don’t usually fret over writing the newsletter but…

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Sandy Hook Elementary: Where Do We Go From Here?

December 20, 2012

Needless to say, when I sat down to write my newsletter, none of the topics I had considered seemed appropriate after the events of December 14th. As much as I believe in sharing important information on how to live a more sustainable life, all I can pretty much think about is the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It is…

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Three Green Holiday Quickies

December 5, 2012

(It’s Not What You Think) I don’t know about you but no matter how hard I try, Christmas/the holidays seem to sneak up on me. More than the normal “too many things on the list not enough hours in a day” busy – right? So what better gift can I give to you than a REALLY short newsletter? Read on for three green holiday quickie reminders.

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Made in the USA

November 23, 2012

One BIG Way to Green Your Holiday Shopping

After writing 125 newsletters over the past four and a half years, it blows my mind that the ideas keep coming. As we all know, there really aren’t many (if any) new ideas. There are just an infinite number of creative ways to present them.

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A Few Words On Superstorm Sandy & Green Talk Radio

November 8, 2012

I could not write a newsletter on this day without sending love, support, thoughts and prayers to the millions of people whose lives have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy. I am a Jersey girl so I was feeling the pain from afar as the news rolled in.

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“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, Baby”‏

October 25, 2012

(The Real Green Angry Moms that Is)

I know I am dating myself referencing that OLD song by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (we’re talking 1968 here – yikes!) but when I interviewed Amy Kalafa (filmmaker of Two Angry Moms) on my…

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How Greenie Is Your Halloweenie?

October 11, 2012

(Three Humorous Thoughts from Mrs. Green)

I just couldn’t write the regular old “how to green your Halloween” newsletter because a) it felt too cliché and b) if you really want to green your Halloween, just Google it! Lots of great…

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Three GREAT Green Tidbits

September 27, 2012

(On cleaning, fracking & doing)

My challenge in writing this newsletter is not an uncommon one for me – too many exciting topics, not enough attention span. If I don’t like reading long newsletters, how can I expect you to? So I decided…

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Three VERY Exciting Happenings in Mrs. Green’s World

September 13, 2012

It comes as no surprise that we here in Mrs. Green’s World really do like to spread the good, green word about all news green and beautiful going on in the world. And we also like to share good news with you about what’s going on in OUR world because you are a part of our community in every sense of the word. And so we shall for this issue. No rants, no great green tips, just some wonderful green news.

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Cleaners Hall of Shame

August 30, 2012

You might think this is a cop out, an excuse for not writing my own newsletter. Cross my heart, pinky swear, it is not. When I received this following newsletter re: shameful ingredients in the products we buy from Environmental Working Group’s President Ken Cook, I immediately said “Note to self – share with Mrs. Green’s tribe because…

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Two Reasons Why Mrs. Green is Blue!

August 16, 2012

Here I go again defying all the “how to get the most opens with your newsletter title” rules. I am just not a good rule follower. Never have been, not much hope of becoming one any time soon.

So why am I blue? And what does it have to do with sustainability? Eco-friendly? Preservation of the Planet? To me, everything. And I am not afraid to share what’s going on inside of me as I write this.

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We’ve Been Fracked

August 2, 2012

(But it’s not too late)

I am clearly, proudly a self-proclaimed Drama Queen. Not only that, I think the world would be very boring without us. So what’s a Drama Queen to do when it comes to something so serious, so dramatic, so on-purpose and important that I’ve got to get your attention and ask you to read on? I guess I simply ask you to trust me, read this, and then think for yourself. When it comes to fracking and our planet, my emotions almost overwhelm me.

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Girl Talk on Green Talk Radio?‏

July 19, 2012

If you regularly open my newsletter, it won’t surprise you that I love writing it. I have broken the rules of social media on this one, and this is more about me than it is you. But I felt strongly that I had to share it.

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Short, Green & to the Point

July 5, 2012

(Okay, so two of them are true)

Mrs. Green request: I tried to make this newsletter short because it’s summer and hot almost everywhere and people are cranky. All things considered, I still ask that you read (or at least scan) the whole thing because…

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Are You Playing Enough?

June 21, 2012

As I have said before, I seem to have an infinite number of topics to write about every other week when newsletter time comes around. Is Green Whirling Dervish Brain an official diagnosis? What popped up most for me for this newsletter is PLAY and how important it is to remember that sustainability is an inside job.

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Light, Medium & Dark Green

June 7, 2012

If you have been subscribing to my newsletter for a while, it’s pretty clear I like to weave a thread that we can all take small steps to change things in our lives and collectively make a big green difference. Hope, possibility, and change are words I like to live with and repeat in my writing and speaking.

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10 Random Easy Green Ideas for Addressing Your Inner Green

May 23, 2012

You might remember that I promised to make this newsletter a fun, informative upbeat one. And it’s not a novella, there’s not a single rant and there are some good reminders.

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While We Were Sleeping…Part Two

May 9, 2012

People seem to be asking me more and more lately about how I came to be Mrs. Green. It makes me think about this journey of mine and wonder how in the heck DID I become Mrs. Green. When I read an article about endocrine disruptors and then a blog about the article last week, I knew While We Were Sleeping – Part Two was a done deal. One small request? Don’t think of this as bad news. It’s not intended as such.

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While We Were Sleeping…

April 25, 2012

In one of the Harry Potter movies there is a telegram delivered to Ron Weasley (from his Mom) that actually screams at him when he opens it. I admit to wishing that I could incorporate something similar albeit a quieter version to those opening my newsletter – a real attention grabber.

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The Growth of the Green Consumer: Pink Slime & BPA in Plastics

April 16, 2012

See entire April 11, 2012 newsletter including upcoming radio show guests Two issues really set me off in the past two weeks: one was all of the publicity and controversy about pink slime in our beef and the other was all the hoopla about BPA in plastics. My series of reactions to both were predictable […]

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Your Green Filling Station

March 29, 2012

It sounds really weird but I wake up pretty much every morning with green/sustainable thoughts and ideas to put on Facebook, tweet about, write a blog about, an idea for a show guest, another chapter I think I should add to my book. After close to four years, one might think I would be running out of ideas.

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Life Is But a Stream (And a dirty one at that)

March 15, 2012

Very hard to believe that the tsunami was only one year ago. On the one hand, we can honestly say that for most of us, life has gone on. It is sad but very true. The daily reminders are “over there.”

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Three Easy Ways to Green Your Conscience

March 1, 2012

I went to 12 years of Catholic school and actually loved it, learned how to spell and have mostly great memories. Cross my heart. I don’t feel quite right blaming “them” for my guilt cup continuously running over but just rest assured that on any given day, I have something(s) I am feeling guilty about. I am constantly running the “I’m not eating enough locally sourced food, I am not exercising enough, I need to move my life to a greener level, I need to call my friend fill-in-the-blank, I need to install solar, I need to start a garden, we should have a chicken coop” tapes. Not very sustainable.

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Sustaining You

February 15, 2012

This might be the most out there newsletter yet but I know there are lots of you who will stay with me for the long haul. I am what I am.

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A Case of Acute Green Confusion – Part II

February 1, 2012

(Update to the Rant of November 9, 2011)

In my November 8th newsletter, I wrote about my confusion, frustration and yes – even a bit of anger regarding proposed changes in our national school lunch program. I wrote that it upset me that an eighth-cup of tomato paste counted as a vegetable and also that the farm states were spending…

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Green Eggs & Hair

January 19, 2012

What can I say? These things just pop into my head. This one did because I wanted to write about some green, healthy refreshers early in the New Year. Buying/eating organic eggs and what we put on our bodies came immediately to mind – thus green eggs & hair.

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Oh The Green Places We’ll Go in 2012

January 4, 2012

As I was driving back from our wonderful holiday trip this past Monday, I was thinking quite a bit about the newsletter. I said to myself “this first one for 2012 really has to be a big WOW!” And then I thought some more. This newsletter has to be just like all the rest of them – written authentically from my very green heart. I have never written for a wow. I just write, and the thoughts just keep on coming.

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Some Simple Green End of Year Thoughts

December 21, 2011

Try as I might, I just couldn’t wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and leave it at that. I can, however, promise this will be short because we are all busy spending time with family and friends or getting ready to.

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Mrs. Green’s Anniversary

December 9, 2011

See entire December 7, 2011  newsletter including radio guest schedule and videos Mrs. Green’s Anniversary When I mentioned to someone the other day that this will be my 100th newsletter, they said “that is a really big deal.” At some level, it is. On top of that, the actual day I am writing this is […]

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Giving Thanks

November 23, 2011

I went back and forth about how to start this newsletter. Giving thanks? Thoughts on making your Black Friday green? Amazing feedback from the last newsletter? Giving thanks won but I’ve covered them all.

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A Case of Acute Green Confusion

November 9, 2011

WARNING: The contents of this newsletter may be hazardous to your mental health. It took me hours to write because I am honestly and truly in a total stupor and an agitated state about the entire subject. It’s about our children and their health and welfare. It’s about setting aside greed and profits and asking the village to raise the children. At the end of the day, I have to ask myself are we the people or are we the sheeple?

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Fear of Fall-ing: Inner Shopper Beware!

October 26, 2011

Fall has actually begun to show its beautiful face here in our city. It feels great. And for some sick, strange reason, every change of season makes me want to shop. Stay with me.

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If I Could Wave a Green Magic Wand & Turn Back Time!

October 12, 2011

At the risk of sounding melodramatic (something of which I am very capable), there are times when I want things to change so much and so quickly it hurts. And, yes, even makes me cry. So why not read on and join me on a trip to Green Oz? I’m Dorothy with green glittery shoes made from recycled material and I’m in charge of the control panel.

What life would look like in Green Oz…

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Green Smorgy Borgy

September 28, 2011

Every once in a while, I just have to do the green smorgasbord thing. Green brain overload or something like that. First part of this newsletter is an update to report on myself about what I ought to be doing. Second part talks about “clear as mud” issues to me and questions I don’t believe I quite have acceptable answers to. So please stay here with me and I will do my best to download.

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Right-doing, Wrong-doing and Ought-To-Be-Doing

September 14, 2011

See entire September 14, 2011 newsletter I admit I can’t quote too much poetry. I love to read it (sustains my soul) but only short, meaningful lines seem to stick with me, if that. I love the Persian poet Rumi because he has lots of two liners. My favorite: “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and […]

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So Predictable: The Third “R” – Recycle

August 31, 2011

I hope everyone who has been reading my last two newsletters (highlighting the first and second “Rs” – reduce and reuse) understands that it is not my intention to give recycling a bad rap. It is so very important and we are UBER recyclers. Case in point, I sneak things of out of people’s trash at parties and Mr. Green and I have been known to stop and pick up plastic and aluminum cans when we are on country roads.

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The Second “R” – Reuse

August 17, 2011

It just made sense to me that if I wrote about the importance of remembering the first “R” and some tips, why not do a quick “re-fresher” for all of us about the second one – Reuse. The reduce part came easily. When I took a serious inventory of what we honestly reuse around here, the list came up shorter. Could that be because we are taking the reduce part so seriously? Maybe I am on to something.

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Reduce – The Important First “R!”

August 3, 2011

I admit that I get frustrated sometimes when people make a point of telling me they recycle. I don’t want to but I do. So I take a deep breath, praise them, as recycling truly is a GREAT thing, and then try to gently slip in: don’t forget – the first “R” is reduce.

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The Good, Green Scoop (Goop?) About Sunscreens

July 20, 2011

As promised and as reminded by so many of you, here is the information about what to look for in a GOOD sunscreen and just some general tips for minimizing your exposure to the sun. I honestly cannot thank all of you enough for your thoughtful comments and feedback.

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Sustainability: Up Close and Personal

July 6, 2011

Given all the emails and Facebook posts I received about my last newsletter (asking for the GOOD sunscreens too), I should probably be writing about that. But I just can’t because I have to write about our family cabin burning down several weeks ago and about how it’s all connected for me/Mrs. Green. Prepare for some pretty personal sharing if you are so inclined to continue reading.

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Sunscreen Poisoning Us and Our Children? (Green Vom.com)

June 22, 2011

My 30 year old daughter Katie is outrageously funny at times. She says things that sometimes give people pause but laughter usually follows. Hard to get just the right flavor to this one but when something disgusts her, she says “Eeeewwww. Vom.com.”

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What the Frack?

June 8, 2011

Three years ago, I guarantee you, I had no earthly idea what fracking was. I doubt that I even knew there was such a word and if I had heard it, I probably thought someone was substituting it for profanity.

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Is Paper Dirty or Clean? (Yet Another “How Green Is It” for Green Talk Radio)

May 25, 2011

I frequently find that people want simple answers to complex questions – especially as it relates to sustainable solutions and sustainability in general. For the most part – the answers are just not that simple and it’s usually about making a “greener” choice.

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The Green Truth about the Meat Packing Industry – as I Know It

May 11, 2011

When I was young (and I was young once – seriously) we used to have an expression “accidentally on purpose.” It seemed to fit some situations quite well back in the day.

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What YOU Have to Say to Mrs. Green

April 27, 2011

We have gotten so many great responses to the survey that went out asking you to share your thoughts about Mrs. Green’s World – what’s working, what’s not, and what you would like to know more about.

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Mrs. Green Wants to Know Why

April 13, 2011

I have said many, many times that I really don’t want to tell people what to think – I just want them to think. I started writing this newsletter doing a Mrs. Green report card for Earth Month but it was boring to me so go figure how boring it might have been to you.

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Should We Call It Green Building? Or Better Built?

March 30, 2011

One should probably not start a newsletter spouting off about how annoyed one (that be me) is about a certain “green” topic. But I am annoyed and writing about it will help me get it off my chest.

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Sick Building Syndrome – No Joke

March 16, 2011

I walked into a building the other night for an art exhibit and my husband turned to me and said “If I were you, I would turn around and leave right this minute.” It was the paint.

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Reminder: The First “R” Is Reduce

March 3, 2011

Besides being a wonderful human being, my friend Barbara Eiswerth posted something on my Facebook page this weekend that really gave me pause and made me stop to think about the first “R” – reduce

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The Big Green Toss Up – Hope & Fun or Frustration & A Dose of Reality?

February 16, 2011

So much to write about, so little time – as in sometimes I think time is running out.

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Green Bay = Green Super Bowl? (Or “It’s YOUR Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To”)

February 2, 2011

Okay, so I admit it’s a stretch but you can’t blame me for trying. The real question is: How green will your Super Bowl party be? I know what the big dogs are doing (read below) but I could shed a few tears when I think about the collective waste from the millions of smaller parties planned for Super Bowl XLV.

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Sustainable Thoughts in the Face of Tragedy

January 19, 2011

Needless to say, I feel compelled to dedicate this newsletter to all of the people whose lives were touched by the events of Saturday, January 8th.

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Happy Earth Friendly New Year!

January 7, 2011

You Are What You Drink – Seriously. As I have shared with you before, once I hit the send button on the newsletter, I start thinking about content for the next one. And it seems as though the perfect topic appears each and every time. Here we go…..

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Happy New Year & Final Green Thoughts for 2010

December 25, 2010

Did I really write that? Is this REALLY Mrs. Green’s last newsletter for 2010? Don’t think I need to even ask any of you where the year went because you are all shaking your heads as well.

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Sustainability from the Inside Out

December 10, 2010

Chances are if you are one of the people who need to read this, you probably won’t because you are tooooo busy! (Me? I would be one of the guilty ones but I am the author trying to practice what I share – not preach.)

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Happy Green is the New Black Friday

November 25, 2010

Anyone who is a part of Mrs. Green’s world already knows that green is my new black. So allow me to give one big huge pitch for making your black Friday as green as possible.

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Green Jewelry? Think & Then Shop!

November 12, 2010

I have come to the conclusion that there aren’t very many areas in our lives where it doesn’t make sense to stop, think, and then make the most sustainable choice possible when making a purchase.

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Green Reflections

October 29, 2010

Not to worry – this won’t be a long, sentimental trip down memory lane. But as the third anniversary of Mrs. Green’s debut draws near, there have been pivotal moments. This section of the newsletter is one third reflection/one third humorous reminder/one third serious reminder.

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Green Thinking – Part Two

October 18, 2010

Last newsletter I simply asked people to put on their “green thinking caps” as a general way of life. Thank you, Phillip Greene, for your thoughtful response. Clearly, the issue about which I get challenged the most is my stand on genetically modified foods – lovingly referred to as GMOs. I posted a blog with Phillip’s response and invite you to check out his opinion on this very important subject. Important because we are what we eat. (So I am a dark chocolate bar?)

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Green Thinking

October 1, 2010

I am not sure but I think my brain is doing a total shift to thinking in the color green. I’m glad I like the color.

This newsletter is really about thinking and questioning and, from where I sit, just being logical. Case in point: genetically engineered salmon. When you think about it, does it sound like a good thing to you?

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No Angel = Green Angel

September 17, 2010

I really hope I can make the point of this newsletter work and connect all the green synapses. Green “whirling dervish” brain working overtime on this one.

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No Green Eggs and Maybe Even No Ham (The story of the rotten eggs)

September 3, 2010

Some of you may be old enough to remember the commercial “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” My belief has always been if you don’t listen to what God has to say, He just talks louder. I think He may be screaming. We are not being nice to Mother Nature and all of God’s creatures – especially the chickens.

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Green Schizophrenia

August 20, 2010

I think the world may truly be suffering from a new acute condition called green schizophrenia. People want green/they don’t want green.

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Great, Green, Glorious Grand Parenting!

August 6, 2010

This newsletter is all about fun. I have to write about the joys of sharing our nature experiences with my grandchildren, Madison, age 10 and Liam, age 6.

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Being Green: Not ALWAYS Fun

July 23, 2010

Few things make me happier than being the voice of green – most of the time. When I read an article recently about a comprehensive study that found dangerous levels of lead in kids’ juices and snacks, I knew I had to share it and I felt like Kermit – sometimes it’s just not easy being green.

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Peace on Earth – Goodwill to Men (and women and children)

July 9, 2010

Don’t worry. I have not come undone and I know that it’s not holiday time. Green holiday giving tips will be here soon enough. This is about Goodwill and true sustainability and the real deal on the circle of life.

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Don’t Drink The Water (Eye Opener for You?)

June 26, 2010

I never worry about content for this newsletter. So indulge me as I write, again, on one of my favorite topics: plastic bottles.

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How Green Is Your Toothbrush?

June 13, 2010

I am not phobic about most things but the entire millions of germs on the toothbrush discussion kind of freaks me out.

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The Blame Game? Nope!

May 30, 2010

No shock to anyone that Mrs. Green would write about the oil spill. How could I not? Have no fear — I am not interested in playing the blame game.

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You Are What You Eat (and you are not a bug!)

May 14, 2010

In keeping with my merry month of May theme of REDUCE as the first “R” – I invite you to consider reducing the amount of pesticides you eat on a daily basis.

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Let’s Give It Up – Literally

April 30, 2010

My theme for the merry month of May is REDUCE – the first R! Let’s give some more stuff up and remind ourselves that there is only ONE planet.

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Mrs. Green Shout Outs & Short Green Blurbs

April 16, 2010

Permit me to start with the blurbs – bullet style!

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Reflections on Earth Day

April 2, 2010

Upon reflection, I had to honestly ask myself where I was for the first 35-36 years since Earth Day was founded

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