Category Archives: Environment

Kathy Hodge Show at The Bert Gallery

Check it out!  We have a Kathy Hodge original!  Bert Gallery

Models of Sustainability: Sweden Runs Out of Garbage – The Pachamama Alliance | The Pachamama Alliance

I SO wish we could have this problem…

Models of Sustainability: Sweden Runs Out of Garbage – The Pachamama Alliance | The Pachamama Alliance.

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist

To quote the great Vanessa Query of the blog  “I love libraries. I love the renovating of abandoned albatrosses of buildings. I love Wal-Marts shutting down. Therefore, I love this story.” Me, too, Vanessa! Thanks for the link!

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist.

Kiersten Marek:

Seems like the right thing to do.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Responding to growing outrage, Mayor Bloomberg reluctantly canceled the annual marathon scheduled for Sunday.

Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have no power, heat or water.

First responders are still recovering bodies of victims.

The city is not ready to celebrate.

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Hurricane Sandy View from Above

From Wired Science your tax dollars at work. NOAA’s GOES 13 satellite image of Hurricane Sandy.

Cool Hurricane Maps

John Maeda from RISD posted a good graphical map on Twitter ESRI.COM disaster response. ESRI is a web mapping service.

The National Hurricane Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has graphics and updates every six hours. All the commercial weather forecasters depend on NOAA.

Here’s the City of Providence hurricane news.

Youse all stay home and stay dry. If you didn’t already buy bread and milk, just settle for cake and champagne– good by candlelight.

Climate Change, or Just Rhode Island Weather?

Still Buzzing

Hey, it’s Rhode Island. You never know what to expect. But my Mom’s rhododendrons are on a second bloom, with bees.

Steve Stycos: Update from the Pawtuxet Farmer’s Market

From Steve Stycos:


Saturday, the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market’s will feature the annual Pumpkin and Paw Paw Festival. Paw paws, a tropical tasting fruit native to the Mid-West will be available for sale from Rhode Island’s exclusive paw paw grower, Warwick’s Rocky Point Blueberry Farm. The fruit is rarely available, so try one.
A bake sale to benefit the local Cub Scouts and hay rides through Pawtuxet Village sponsored by Friends of Pawtuxet Village will also happen during the festival. Tickets for the hay rides may be purchased at Twice Told Tales. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Saturday is also the Halloween costume swap at the market. Those who have already turned in costumes may select new items until 11 AM. The swap is open to everyone else after 11 AM.

Finally, Saturday is the last chance to buy chances on the market coupon book containing a five dollar coupon from each market vendor. Proceeds will provide an incentive for SNAP recipients to shop at the market.


October 20, the market will feature a composting demonstration, free electronics recycling and a plant pot collection. The plant pots will be reused by our farmers. If you missed last week’s pot collection, remember to bring them next week.


In an effort to combat global warming, Great Britain plans to phase out the use of peat, according to the New York Times. Use of peat in public parks will be banned in 2015, in backyard gardening in 2020 and in commercial operations in 2030. Supporters of the ban say that peat bogs store more carbon dioxide than rain forests. Although some tout peat as a renewable resource, it takes 100 years for a healthy bog to restore just one half inch of peat.  Most peat in the UK comes from Ireland. American peat primarily comes from Canada.

And yes, someone told me Pamela Anderson starred on the TV show “Bay Watch,” not Christy Brinkley. Oh well,

See you at the market.

EG Candidate Mark Co-Signed Father-Daughter Dance Letter To Cranston – East Greenwich, RI Patch

It seems that Cranston has once again become the epicenter for acting out a drama that is likely being repeated, on a much smaller scale, in communities all across the country. This time the hot now-in-the-national-news debate is about father-daughter dances and how we are now calling them family dances.

Sometimes I feel like we have a special talent here in Cranston for making an issue out of things that would make common sense for us all to agree on. I wish we all could have agreed to just take the “Heavenly Father” off the prayer banner and call it a school pledge. I wish we could agree to let this family dance be our clarion call of respect for our different ways of raising children in the community. Sometimes I wonder if we were having this conversation in the presence of the children whose fathers are not available for the dance, how many of us would make the right decision and say to the children, “This is a family dance, and all are welcome. You can bring anyone you want.” But as Bob Plain points out, we are still feeling the pain from out last go-around with the ACLU, which may be driving a certain amount of the posturing and outcry.

I can sympathize with people who want this name to go away. While the pictures could line our walls of my husband and our ever-growing daughters posed side by side for the father-daughter dance photos, it’s not right for children to feel excluded. I know from my practice of social work, these issues are particularly hard on children in other family constellations, such as being raised by grandparents, foster parents, single parents, or in families with two moms. Our school changed to from the Father-Daughter dance to the Family Dance last year, and reports from our parent-teacher organization were that it was a successful event and we raised money for the school.

Carolyn Mark, who is the president of the National Organization for Women in Rhode Island, and who is running for school committee in East Greenwich, co-authored the letter that prompted the change in nomenclature. Click through to read more about the issue, including the letter she wrote.

EG Candidate Mark Co-Signed Father-Daughter Dance Letter To Cranston – East Greenwich, RI Patch.

How ‘Bout That Weather?

Hurricane Isaac

They keep an eye on the sky in South Texas…

The historic hurricane season of 2005 remains the most active and destructive on record in the Atlantic basin. With a final tally of 28 named storms, 15 hurricanes and 7 major hurricanes, total property losses exceeded $159 billion with nearly 4,000 deaths.

However, at this point in the season (September 5th), the “n” name of that season was born, Tropical Storm Nate. The 2012 season has far been extremely active with 13 named storms, 6 hurricanes and no major hurricanes.

In the 2005 season, 6 hurricanes had also formed, but 4 of those developed into major hurricanes including the monster Katrina.

The 2005 season, wound up being the most active on record, and 2012 is so far, blowing away (no pun intended) early season forecasts that predicted near normal, to a below average season.

Leslie, and Michael are currently swirling in the Atlantic.

No saying how the rest of the season will go, but this year was supposed to be relatively calm according to experienced weather experts. Is the climate changing?


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