Houzz on Steps to Go Green

Call it a resolution, call it a 10-step program, call it whatever you want, but everything on here is not only doable (easily), but more elegant and interesting. These are not options, they are the normal:


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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

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The kitchen’s a mess

My Messy Kitchen

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Christmas Eve Dinner

Merry Christmas all!

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Carving Christmas Eve chicken

I awoke in a panic at 5 this morning when I realized my chicken was still in the deep freezer!

That’s right, I said chicken.

It all started after my son was born ~ ~ ~ (those are dreamweaver waves, like in Wayne’s World

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Ask Umbra: Can I rest easy eating organic beef?

“the very best choice, environmentally speaking, is to cut way back on your beef… raising cattle is still highly resource intensive”


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Grist

Send your question to Umbra!

Q.I always buy organically raised beef, when I do buy beef. I read that ground beef you get is a mixture of beef from different animals. How do I know the beef I am getting is, in fact, organically grown? Could it be mixed with other feedlot beef? Also, when it comes to processing the animal, how are the organically raised cows treated? Any better or different than if they were just regular cows?

Suzy P.
Denver, CO

A. Dearest Suzy,

When I got your letter, I imagined you reading it aloud in with a suave accent: “I don’t always eat beef. But when I do, I prefer organic.” And well that you do: There are important differences between the lives — if not the deaths — of organically raised cattle and their conventional, feedlot-bound siblings.

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Canada ‘rogue state’ on environment, says ex-Harper appointee


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Global News

WASHINGTON – A former Harper government appointee has used a keynote speech at a Washington, D.C., event to trample the Canadian government’s message on oil pipelines.

Mark Jaccard was one of the first people nominated by the Conservatives to the environmental file, when he was named in 2006 to the now-defunct National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.

READ MORE: Strong belief in oil industry’s economic clout drives pipeline approval: poll

The environmental economist now has delivered a lengthy rebuke of Canada’s climate-change performance at an event near the White House, as the Obama administration grapples with whether to approve the Alberta-U.S. pipeline.

He calls Canada a “rogue state” on the environment and urges the U.S. to block Keystone.

MORE: In contract, emails and meetings, Alberta officials ensured ‘independent’ pipeline safety review wouldn’t look at enforcement

Jaccard, an adviser to different governments and a professor at Simon Fraser University…

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On the first day of Christmas

my husband gave to me, a tree with an 8″ diameter trunk.

Noble Fir 2013


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Tuesday

1:45 I leave work early, Tuesdays I don’t have daycare and he is in a special after-school tennis program so cannot take her home when school lets out

2:00 I board the Seabus

2:15 I board the bus

2:30 I walk home

2:50 I walk to school

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Notes on my first concert with Higher Ground Women’s Ensemble

In October, I announced I joined a new choir. My first concert with them was amazing and I am so proud to be part of this talented group of musicians!

Up for a Challenge (reblogged from highergroundchoir.com)

Eagle Eye Theatre in Squamish 2013

Don’t miss our upcoming Christmas concert!

Celestial Sounds


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How Modern Family is Saving Social Morals from Themselves

and other funny stories.

We hosted a dinner party for three women and three men. Two of the women are in a long-term relationship. One of the men is in a long-term relationship with one of the women. That leaves two men unaccounted for.

Our two male guests happened to be wearing the same shirt.


“Time to play: Who wore it best?”

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