February 23, 2020

The solution to less garbage is simple - don't throw stuff away.  Especially don't throw away organic material.  This includes kitchen scraps and garden debris (leaves in particular), also paper and cardboard, wool and cotton, leather, bamboo and anything else of natur...

February 22, 2020

I will be speaking on this topic at the PHE Symposium "Dare to Care" on April 25th 2020.

While waste in the household setting is upsetting, what the food industry does is appalling.  In our everyday lives we are wasteful, absolutely. We can, of course, reduce waste in o...

February 21, 2020

The world is running out of fresh water - lakes are drying up, rivers don't reach the ocean, streams and lakes are polluted and the built environment encourages runoff, as does degraded soil.

Apart from erosion, runoff  prevents water from getting back into the ground w...

February 20, 2020

Those people who say that we will never be able to meet the current or future demand for energy with renewable sources,  have a point. We use far more electricity than we need to, and if everyone used 20% less, the difference would be dramatic.

20% is one out of five....

August 30, 2019

This post will be of interest to a very few of my friends/followers but i have to share.  At bridge this afternoon I had one of the most exciting hands I have ever had.  Seven diamonds headed by the A K Q J.  The AKQ of spades. A void. And an outside ace.  In other wor...

August 17, 2019

I've had a terrible week.  Could it be that my good luck charm was being cleaned?  Probably not, but I am much happier with him back around my neck.

Considering that there are 7000 varieties of dung beetles found on all continents except Antarctica, there is remark...

August 6, 2019

Yes, I wear my BE NICE button whenever I leave the house.  Yes, it forms the core of my platform.  I want to be Mayor so that I can make Corning a more caring community, one in which citizens look out for each other and their environment.  One in which we are all aware...

July 24, 2019

Today I wanted to read an article in the New Yorker, but I have exceeded my limit of free articles this month.  As I really, really wanted to read this article (which may be the topic of tomorrow's blog), I decided to bite the bullet and subscribe.  A dollar a week is...

July 23, 2019

As a teenager, I kept a diary in which I wrote religiously every day.  My diaries were one of the things my mother threw away when I was elsewhere.  And she wondered why I didn't like her very much.

Somewhere between 50 and 60 years on, I think I will revive the ha...

July 31, 2018

There is lots going on at the moment about the 2020 census and the citizenship question.

As someone who was a non-citizen for a lot longer than I have been a citizen, I don't see the problem.  I realize that our glorious leader and his minions think that this will trap...

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