I admit I’m not a fan of bugs, especially inside the house. Instead of automatically killing them, however, I am working on practicing kindness, and gently moving the bugs outside. Spiders and centipedes are fairly easy to scoop up on a piece of paper and shoo out the door. The more often I do this, the less scary/creepy/gross I find the bugs to be.
Do you believe even insects deserve to be treated with kindness, or is that going too far?
Sharing food with coworkers is a wonderful gesture. Instead of the usual bagels or doughnuts, why not bring a plate of fresh, delicious fruit next time? Grapes, strawberries, melon, and pineapple are popular favorites that can help you show your appreciation while encouraging healthy eating at the same time.
An estimated 24 percent of municipal solid waste in the U.S. is food scraps and yard waste. Much of this could be recycled and reused if it were composted instead of tossed in the trash. Composting is not as complicated as you may think. Turning compost, and carefully managing “brown” and “green” ingredients is optional—all you really need is a place to compost and ample time. We toss our food scraps and yard waste in a bin like this one, and use the resulting compost to enrich our garden soil in the spring. Learn more about composting in this article on Mother Earth News.
Do you compost?
The scent of peppermint has been shown to increase beta brain waves, indicating heightened awareness. Being more awake and alert leads to feeling more upbeat. Try: peppermint tea or a scented candle made with peppermint essential oil.
Does the smell of mint lift your spirits?
Maybe it was a teacher, a friend, or a neighbor. If there’s someone who has always been there when you needed support, or helped you through a particularly difficult time, write a personal thank you letter in appreciation of his or her kindness.
The second annual Mad City Vegan Fest is tomorrow, June 9, at Goodman Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Last year’s event was such a success, they had to find a bigger venue this year. If you live in the area, stop by and check it out. There will be delicious food samples, inspiring speakers, and raffle prizes. Mad City Vegan Fest is a free event and is open to everyone.
Have you ever been to a vegetarian or vegan festival? What did you think?
June 5, 2012 marks an historic event in Wisconsin. It’s the day of the first-ever governor recall election. No matter which side of the issues you are one, be sure to cast your vote. Your opinion counts. Today, let yourself be heard.
Every now and then, when you drive through a toll booth, pay the toll for the person behind you as well. It’s an easy way to show kindness toward others.
I learned this fact on, of all things, The Dr. Oz Show: Bug zappers aren’t very effective at killing mosquitoes, and also kill many beneficial insects such as moths, bees, and beetles. The episode was about staying safe and comfortable during the hot summer months. The reason bug zappers don’t work well against mosquitoes is that UV light does little to attract the little blood-suckers, but is highly attractive to other insects. Newer “zapper” models that use carbon dioxide as an attractant work better, but cost hundreds of dollars.
Read more about how bug zappers kill beneficial insects.