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AM Inspiration: Because Of You, My Solitude

In counterpoint to yesterday's post about community comes today's meditation on solitude."One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude," wrote the poet Carl Sandburg. He should have specified North Americans, as one of the books that epitomizes Latin American cultur...

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Tags: Acceptance, Alone, Community, Consumption, Creativity, Recreation, Social, Wellness
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Maybe 1872 Mining Law Will Finally Bite the Dust

I read recently that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is going to make it a priority to reform the The General Mining Act of 1872. Hey, better 137 years late than never. This law was enacted to promote the development of public lands back when such lands were just sitting there, unused and unloved ...

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Environment, Policy, Waste
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AM Inspiration: Taking a Break at the Core of the Sun

Have you ever stopped to estimate how much time you spend in the sun every week? Not sunbathing, but simply exposed to sunlight? The health benefits of sunlight (with the skin properly protected) are clear: sunshine (or the lack thereof) affects mood, playing a role in Seasonal Affective Disorder...

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Tags: Break, Consumption, Language, Nature, Observation, Poem, Sun
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Four New Books Explore American Consumption

It is always nice when someone else does my work for me. I was scanning the web today, trolling for stories, when I came across an entry by Sarah Kessler on the Sierra Club website—a review of four new books on consumption issues. Together, these four books (listed in parenthesis below) seem to c...

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Tags: Advertising, Consumption, Culture, Economy, Quality of life, Urban
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Why We Have a Coke and a Smile

An article in Civil Eats today brought up a subject I've been trying to avoid: soda addiction. It's a subject covered in this blog before: why is it so hard to kick the soda habit? In my own case, soda addiction is something I really do struggle with. Since dietary restrictions keep me from drink...

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Tags: Beverage, Consumer, Consumption, Diet, Health, Recycle, Soda
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Carbon Footprint of the Internet, and Cutting Carbon by Fighting Spam

Is it hypocritical to blog about reigning in the carbon footprint of internet? Treehugger posted recently about Google's comparison of the carbon emissions from google searches to that of other commmodities: apparently, a cheeseburger equals 15,000 searches: But when you think about how little ...

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Tags: Consumption, Energy, Google, Internet, Online, Web
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VISA is hungry: a humorous video critique of the consumption-based economy

Everyone is talking about ways to jump-start the economy, but many of us are skeptical of the solutions that sound like more of the same...more compulsive spending, more growth based on more stuff... Sometimes satire is a great way to give perspective on a situation that is already out of whack. ...

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Tags: Consumption, Credit, Economy, Humor, Spending
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The Remote Control: Keeper of Stories, Waster of Resources?

This great quote about TV and resource use comes from Duane Elgin in Yes! Magazine, via No Impact Man: Someone once observed that people live by stories, including nations, and that if you can control people's stories, you don't need to control their armies or legislatures, because you already c...

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Tags: Advertising, Consumption, Media, Television, Tv
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The Compact: Stepping off the Consumer Grid this Year

Still looking for a New Year's Resolution? (Now is about the time that many first attempts have been discarded, so you may be looking for your second). Wanting to translate the inaugural euphoria about change into a personal commitment to live more meaningfully? Then check out The Compact. They a...

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Tags: Budget, Consumption, Reuse, Second-hand, Thrift
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Wall-E and Recycled Art

This weekend I finally saw that movie allegory about consumption, Wall-E, and it has spurred me to write a post that's been kicking around for awhile: the unique beauty of recycled objects. In this blog we've mentioned art, clothing, and household articles made out of trash or repurposed material...

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Tags: Animation, Apocalypse, Consumption, Movie, Recycling, Waste
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