Archive for April, 2007

I love the little ad on TV that encourages making your neighborhood a more beautiful place to live in. We may not all have acres of land and be able to grow a huge organic garden, but if we improve our little corner of the earth and do so as naturally as possible, it will be a start.

The are a plethora of books out now on living green and improving your environment where you reside. I’ll be posting about some of them as the weeks go by.

One is the Great Neighborhood Bookby Jay Walljasper, a senior fellow for Project for Public Spaces, PPS .  If you live in the city, there’s lots of ways to make your space more beautiful and this book has many recommendations for urban planners to the individuals who live there.

You can plant a civic garden. Put benches among the flowers and greenery to reclaim a gathering spot for the  residents. A simple flower box outside your apartment window filled with geraniums or pansies can bring a little joy to those who see it. Reclaim your neighborhoods and make them beautiful to enjoy for generations of children to come.

The talented singer and actress, Bette Midler, has done that for years in New York City.  Her group has helped to turn many little, litterstrewn city plots of land into prolific gardens and cleaned up junk to reveal beauty. We all can follow her example everywhere.

This is an amazing planet. Earth has given so much to man for so many years.  It’s time to give back in any way we can. Be nice to the earth.

Have a great day, Donna

Thought for the day: Victor Hugo once said,  “The beautiful is as useful as the useful.” Let’s not forget that.



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As an addendum to the post of several days ago-April 19th-regarding CFL’s and the danger of having one break in your home and then wonder how to clean it up, I have some thoughts from the Mother Earth Magazine. We have been readers of the journal for a long time. For those of you who have picked up the latest issue of Mother Earth Magazine, you may have read the article on suggestions as to how to save energy and one of the recommendations is switching to the use of CFL’s entitled Bright Ideas for Home Lighting by Megan Phelps.

The subtitle was “Better Lights are the No. 1 way to save money and energy.” There was one section that was entitled Concerns for Mercury. She noted that many are hesitant to use CFL’s since there is a concern of mercury pollution.

There was the statement expressed about the mercury in CFL’s. It was said that ”even if it breaks…most experts say not to worry about the health effects of exposure to the mercury in a compact fluorescent…one CFL contains 4 milligrams of mercury, just a fraction of 500 milligrams found in an old mercury thermometers” This last statement was from the EPA. Interestingly, this was not what was told to Mrs. Bridges in Maine as was reported in the article of which I posted on April 19-See sidebar for April’s issues.

Ms. Phelps wrote the following a few paragraphs later quoting Alex Wilson, executive editor of Environmental Building News and author of Your Green Home: “The take-home message is that when fluorescent have ceased to work properly, they shouldn’t just be thrown in the trash; you should dispose of them through your local solid waste agency.”  

“The point is to keep fluorescents out of landfills where there’s always a chance that some mercury could eventually leak out. As more and more people start using CFL’s, the collective mercury could become more of a concern…’But the pros outweigh the cons,’ “says Wendy Reed of the U.S. Governments Energy Star Program.

CFL’s are known to be much more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs.  They are said to last much, much longer: 10,000 hours.  At $2 to $3 a piece they could save substantially over a period of years compared to the use of incandescent bulbs.  However, not all cities are set up for their disposal or have convenient drop off-points where the bulbs/lamps can be safely discarded.

Wanting to protect the environment, our own 37 year old daughter with 2 small children and a new baby was about to purchase CFL’s for her home. In the past, she had a lamp get knocked over accidentally-she has a beautiful Great Dane. After reading the article from my other post, she is seriously reconsidering using CFL’s at all: Better safe than sorry. She was, frankly, frustrated that this subject wasn’t being discussed. There’s no dialogue going on about the potential negative aspect of the CFL’s. Being a mother with small children, she expressed that it’s something very important of which to be at least aware of.

So the big question is this: What should we do with broken or non-working CFL’s?  Since mercury is a neuro-toxin, and in light of the article I already posted about, how do we clean up broken CFL’s in our homes, schools, and workplace around the country? It might be well to check with your own city sanitation department or solid waste agancy, do your own research, and have the information to make an informed decision for your own particular personal needs and household. You can, also, go to www.earth911.org, call 1-800-CLEANUP  for more information, or log on to www.energystar.org for their fact sheet.

Because of the high recommendations in magazine/newspaper articles, the web, and on TV for CFL usage, I will continue to do research on this and will let you know of any future findings. Write me should you have any comments or other information on this subject – donnasinfo@gmail.com  . I’d love to hear from you.

Eventually the day will come when LED’s will be available at affordable prices and at a brilliancy that will be conducive for everyday lighting. Until then, if you do use the CFL’s, PLEASE, do be careful .

Till next time…Live Green.

Peace, Donna

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There are many pros and cons on a lot of subjects, Global Warming and the environment being one of them. There are still many skeptics. All one has to do is go on forums and on-line chat rooms. There are many debates regarding the reality of Global Warming. I am just pleased that there are so many experts that look at this issue as something to take very seriously. 

Taking care of the earth and being good stewards is just something we should be doing anyway-God commanded it in Genesis 2:15: My Post 4-21. Not taking care of it and continue debating Global Warming could lead to an irreversible disaster in the coming years.

Skeptics, I ask you: Is it really worth the debate? Why even take  a chance with our children and grandchildren’s future? Why take the chance of even more animals facing extinction than are already on the endangered list about to join those that are already gone never to be seen again? That’s a tragedy.

Just think about it, will you?    

Peace to you, Donna

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It’s Earth Day, Folks. A very appropriate day for a Sunday. If you want your voice heard, go to http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/sgw_join.asp and join the Stop Global Warming Virtual March and the other 726,125 supporters . Receive updates on what’s going on around the globe and become part of the movement to demand our leaders freeze and reduce carbon dioxide emissions now. At this point and time, there is nothing more important for our future, the future of our children, and the future of many animals that are facing extinction. Then you can go to  http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/sgw_learnmore.asp to learn more. Get your whole family invoved, and LIVE GREEN!

Have a great day,


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“The sun can produce all the energy in one hour that the world needs for an entire year. Adopting Solar Energy just makes sense. It’s safe and smart. YOU really can make a difference in the life of future generations.”

“What we do to the planet, we do to ourselves.”


Email Stephen & Donna at: adoptsolar@gmail.com

And, to save even more, up to 25 % or more on your electric bills and lower up to 85% of Electronic Radiation-EMF’s- from your electrical lines instantly, go to www.skudabeck.myfti.biz to find out more. Contact us. This is very important for the earth and your family’s health. EMF’s is the hidden physical and emotional health hazard that affects us in so many ways. You can now drastically reduce EMF’s  and do so affordably. 

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This post is dedicated to the upcoming Earth Day tomorrow, April 22nd. I can’t help but put a little spiritual slant to my post since I’m a minister. I’m not going to preach to you; however, in order to truly Live in Joy on this beautiful planet we all call home, our home has to be the best we can possibly help to make it. Why?

Remember the scripture in Genesis 2:15, says.”Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it.”

That word “keep” in Hebrew is a very special word. It means to care for something so gently and completely. It means to make sure that no harm comes to it, to cherish it as a mother for her baby. That was the command that God gave to man. That was man’s responsibility, which is now our responsibility collectively.

Let’s all take notice of the things that are happening to our “home” which is the only one we have, and do what we can to “keep it.” What we do to the earth, we do to ourselves. Let’s make sure we do our part and give our children, grandchildren, and future generations to come a beautiful, safe, healthy world in which to live and enjoy life as we have had the privilege of doing.

We can stop Global Warming or at least slow it down so we have a chance to make things better and keep the earth beautiful; however, we can only make a difference by working together and making changes NOW. As one little girl said at the end of 20/20 last night hosted by Diane Sawyer, “Be nice to the earth.” She couldn’t have said it any better. As the scriptures tell us, “And a child shall lead them.”

God bless you,
Pastor Donna

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Did you tune in to Good Morning America this morning? Can you imagine that the estimate of the garbage we’ll leave behind-each of us-is 60 tons? What we take from Mother Earth and what we leave behind for her to cope with is unbelievable.

We each use the equivalent of 411 trees worth of paper goods in our lifetime. One of the biggest culprits is paper cups. We waste 3 gallons of water or more each time we brush our teeth. The list of precious natural resources we individually consume goes on and on.

We use these resources and at the same time we’re affecting wildlife around the world. Just as one example, the little South African Penguins used to number 1,000,000. Now they’re under 100,000. More and more animals that depend on us to protect the environment for them are becoming extinct. They can’t protect themselves. Only we can!

Sunday is the official Earth Day. Consider what is done in your home, and see what changes you can make in your household to be environmentally friendly/responsible. Make it fun. It’s not that hard to conserve. It’s not hard to reycle. I understand that at www.walmart.com/green, Walmart even has organic, recycled products to buy. So many websites are offering suggestions. The only thing, most recommend the CFL’s for light bulbs. If you use them, BE CAREFUL! See my blog of April 19th for more information, please. It’s a debatable subject. Still, be careful.

More this week-end…Live Green

Love and peace, Donna

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Warning given! This information is something that was just e-mailed to me. As a mother and grandmother, I find it imperative to make others aware it. Compact fluorescent Lamps are energy saving, and we are all interested about doing that; HOWEVER, and that’s a BIG however, it has been pointed out that they can be hazardous to your health and home if broken in your home.

The spirally shaped CFL’s are being promoted for replacing the “Edison” incandescent bulb that we have all been using for many years. When an “Edison” bulb needs to be replaced, we simply discard it in our garbage. If one gets broken, we vacuum or sweep up the broken glass and throw it away without worrying about safety except to make sure the glass is well contained so no one gets cut.

HOWEVER, what do we do with the CFL’s if they get broken in your home, office, school, etc., or how do you simply dispose of them when they burn out? Can we simply dispose of them the same way we have disposed of incandescent light bulbs?

The article with a very timely story that was sent to me was written by Joseph Farah of the WorldNetDaily. The article brings to our attention and makes us aware of the potential dangers that Compact Fluorescent Lamps, or CFL’s,  may pose to us and our families. As a mother and grandmother, I was very appreciative of knowing about this information, and I thank Mr. Farah for writing about this subject. 

To summarize: According to the Ellsworth American , Brandy Bridges of Maine, an obviously environmentally concerned mother, purchased CFL’s for her home and installed them in her home. One was installed in her 7 year old daughter’s bedroom. As it happened, the CFL broke and shattered on the shag carpet. The package had disposal warnings, so she called the store where they were purchased and was told not to vacuum which would have spread the pollutant, mercury powder. They directed her to the poison control hot-line in her area and was eventually directed to the state’s environmental protection agency.  The latter tested the air in her house for mercury levels. “While the rest of the house was clear, the area of the accident was contaminated above the level considered safe.”

Bridges was warned not to clean up the bulb and mercury powder by herself. They recommended a local environmental cleanup firm at a cost of at least $2,000.00 which would not be covered by insurance. Not being able to cover the cost, her daughter’s room remains unusable and is sealed off in plastic resembling a “hazardous materials accident” to avoid the contaminated material from getting out of the room. 

Can you imagine the stress this family has gone through simply for trying to be environmentally responsible? Other people have had similar experiences. What are we to do with these bulbs? Whatever you do, don’t break one in your home. Mercury is a hazardous substance. This is a subject that every parent must be aware of.  At present there is no uniform way to get rid of this hazardous waste material even if the bulbs simply burn out and are unusable. There is no protection for the garbage collectors who may handle these bulbs or any surefire protection from air and water pollution from these bulbs. There are alternatives for energy conservation and ways to limit emitting CO2’s in the environment without having to use these CFL spiral bulbs at present. 

 One, you can get solar. Check out the bottom of most of my posts to find out how you can get solar for NO investment in a system, installation, or maintenance. Solar is not a dream for your future homes, it can be reality for your home now. Go to www.fuelnews.info to find out more info. Using solar energy just makes sense. It’s clean, abundant energy.

Two, there is an affordable energy saving device for your home where you can save up to 25% on your electricity bills and get an energy tax credit for the purchase. It, also, lowers your EMF’s which has been called the silent health hazard. Go to http://www.skudabeck.myfti.biz , click on Products, and then click on XFactor and EMF Filter in the sidebar. Call my husband, Stephen, at the number on the opening web page for more information.  Discover how you can use the “Edison” incandescent bulbs, still save money on your electric bills, and conserve energy without having a potential mercury health hazard in your home and around your children.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow to watch ABC TV’s Global Warming specials starting with Good Morning America and continuing on the ABC evening news, and 20/20-Planet Earth 2007. Check your local listings for time and station.

God bless; Live Green, Donna


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