Happy Spring everyone! With a gorgeous sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest as I write this, I am so excited to have this weekend to get dirty in the garden, take a nice long bike ride, and enjoy the beginning of the season! Oh – and here are a few things that caught my eye this past week…
* PDX has recently been named The 2014 Fittest City in America. It’s funny as everything is relative, you know? But I suppose we get out there and walk and bike and other stuff a lot more than other places – I just happen to feel like a slug today :)
* Are Any Plastics Really Safe? This is a great article, as the BPA-free craze has many folks thinking that’s the only problem with plastics which are petroleum-based. I got rid of my own tupperware and other plasticware a few years ago, but still need to remind myself when those to-go containers come my way that this is not something I want to eat off of.
* Using history to teach us about simplicity, The Movement to Live More Simply Is Older Than You Think is another great article from Yes! Magazine. And we’re not talking about the overused “back in my day” type of history where the old folks (who were the ones who invented and marketed plastics, by the way) brag how much simpler they lived, but serious history like hunter-gatherer societies and more. Cool.
* Data and co-parenting as a topic of conversation? Yup. I love how my work introduces me to the most interesting people! My recent coaching client, Amelia, published Quantify Everything: A Dream of a Feminist Data Future, and boy does she have some seriously awesome perspective to share.
* California’s landmark green chemistry initiatives are getting some serious attention as they call out dangerous jobs and products that need to be modified, changed, or even eliminated from the market. “The goal, regulators said, is to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products, to encourage manufacturers and retailers to make and sell safer cleaners, cosmetics and other common household items and to provide shoppers with information they need while shopping.” Cool.
* “I see the significance of turning 40. One part is about being grown-up enough, confident enough, fearless enough to face my deepest, most secret dreams and to bring them out into the world.” The Radical Homemaker Turns 40. Awesome – I love Shannon Hayes :)
* And for the to-do list when the orange lovelies are at the harvesting stage? Why, Quick Pickled Carrot Spears, of course. Delish!