Philosophy

All That’s Left Is to Exercise My Right to Write What’s Wrong with Our Rites

July 8, 2015
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All That’s Left Is to Exercise My Right to Write What’s Wrong with Our Rites

Picking up from my last post about judgment, I am going to write about “being right” versus “being wrong,” for I see the perception of this duality as having a profound effect on the human experience at both the individual and collective levels. What does it mean to be “right” and be “wrong?”  I am…

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Judgment Is a Poor Substitute for Becoming More Conscious

June 22, 2015
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Judgment Is a Poor Substitute for Becoming More Conscious

Lately, I have felt judged by quite a few people.  When I thought further on why this was happening, I realized that this has been happening throughout my life.  Not only that, I reminded myself that when others judge me it is a mere reflection of me judging myself.  This experience of self-judgment is common…

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Kelly Lee Phipps Eulogy

May 18, 2014
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Kelly Lee Phipps Eulogy

What do you say when your best friend and spiritual brother passes away? I never in my wildest dreams ever imagined myself in just such a situation. Yet, here I am. I have not only lost a significant person in my personal life, but I feel that the world has lost a brilliant, creative soul…

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Kelly Lee Phipps Eulogy

May 18, 2014
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Kelly Lee Phipps Eulogy

What do you say when your best friend and spiritual brother passes away? I never in my wildest dreams ever imagined myself in just such a situation. Yet, here I am. I have not only lost a significant person in my personal life, but I feel that the world has lost a brilliant, creative soul…

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Why tub lids can’t go into the curbside recycling

April 3, 2014
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Why tub lids can’t go into the curbside recycling

In my last post, I gave the example of TUB LIDS and promised you answers. I know you’ve been wondering this for your whole recycling life: If tubs YES, why lids NO? The first thing that happens to all the collected stuff, as soon as it is entered into the mechanized sorting system of the…

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Is your plastic rejected by curbside trash collectors? Don’t worry, it’s not about you.

March 12, 2014
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Is your plastic rejected by curbside trash collectors? Don’t worry, it’s not about you.

As we learned in my last post, if the recycling plant can’t sell it, they don’t want it. Why would they? So if they’re saying “NO, we don’t take x, y, and z,” it’s not because they’re being uncooperative. It’s because there’s no stable market for it. Key word: stable. They can’t take a plastic for…

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That little recyling symbol: what does it really mean?

March 9, 2014
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That little recyling symbol: what does it really mean?

On plastics, you’ll see a little number in the middle of it. What that number means is a topic for a future post. It’s not what you’d think, and it’s kind of complicated. The good news is there’s only one key thing to remember:  “Just because something is recyclable SOMEWHERE, doesn’t mean it’s recyclable where…

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“When in doubt, Throw it out!”

March 5, 2014
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“When in doubt, Throw it out!”

I know you’ve heard that little maxim. And I’m sorry to tell you that yes, “throw it out” means into the Garbage — i.e., not the recycling. And I know that’s painful for you. You WANT everything to be recyclable — but it’s not. I used to suffer from the same illness — which by…

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I’m baaaaaack! And I’m going to answer all your garbage questions.

March 3, 2014
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I’m baaaaaack! And I’m going to answer all your garbage questions.

Yes. I’ve been gone a while. I took a sabbatical — what of it? I’m not getting paid for this. I’m back, and I’m going to quit being such a crabby scrooge about how bad everything is and be more informative about what we can do to help. Especially given that I’m the first one to…

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Recycling School goes to Composting Plant

September 24, 2013
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Recycling School goes to Composting Plant

I have about thirty classmates. The course is eight three hour classes plus two or three day-long field trips, during which we hit several sites each. Here we are marching through Nature’s Needs, learning exactly what happens to all the yard debris and compost collected from Portland curbsides. The green guy in the pictures is…

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