Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I've known for some time that what seafood I chose to buy could have an affect on our oceans. Yet, I was often confused about what I was supposed to buy, or not buy. Farm raised? Wild caught? I thought I heard somewhere that it is better to buy smaller fish; they're lower on the food chain, I guess. I thought I heard somewhere that talapia was a good choice. Then I heard that it was not. How was I going to find real answers in the midst of so much misinformation?
Then I discovered a resource to answer my questions - an app I could get for my iPhone! I guess I should have known. Yes, there is an app for that!
I only got my iPhone because my husband was crazy to get one, and if he got a cool new phone, I was going to get one, too. As anyone who has one knows, there are hundres of thousands of useful, no-so useful, and downright stupid "apps" to buy and add to your iPhone. Well, here is one that Everyone should dowload and Use! And, it's FREE!
This tool, from the Monteray Bay Aquarium, is a must have for all your seafood purchases, whether at your grocery store or restaurant. We consumers have the power to save our oceans. It seems hard to imagine that our vast oceans, which have been a boundless source of food for all of human history, could be on the verge of destruction, but they are. Our growing human population and technological advances in the fishing industry are taking their toll. We must pay attention to what we consume to ensure the continuing bounty of the seas.
I am now using this guide whenever I choose seafood. Before I used this guide, I found it difficult to remember which seafood was appropriate to purchase, and which purchases were contributing to ocean destruction. For example, some farmed seafood are good choices, and some are not. So, simply following a farmed or no farmed, plan does not work. Similarly, the same kind of fish or seafood can be sustainable or damaging, depending on the type or location of its harvest. But, the mere fact that your choices are complicated is now no excuse for not using your purchasing power to restore our oceans. You do not even need to have an iPhone to get the guide. The aquarium's website had a downloadable pocket guide containing the same information.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
The music of life. That is the theme if the book I just closed.
There it is, on my "tray." This is a signed copy, a gift from the author whom I know. I love his phrase - music of life. Think about that. I've considered life many ways, but not as music. But it is. Yes. A simple tune, or a symphony, melodic, jazzy, plaintive and timid, or bold and full.
There is music to our actions in the way we treat others and carry out our beliefs. What about the music of holding a baby, play, and of course making love. There is music in the work we do, especially if it is meaningful. There is even music in sorrow.
What music are you creating?
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I have four unfinished posts saved, lingering unposted. Where did the month of March go? We've gone from piles of snow to 80 degree weather, stoking the woodstove to casting open all the windows to relish the warm breeze. Our appetites have gone from hearty stews and other comfort sustenance to salads and outdoor grilling. Winter to summer.
A bear has visited the bin in which I keep the birdseed. Twice. I find it turned over and broken apart in the early morning when the dogs and I burst out of the house to greet the day. A telltale bag of seed, ripped apart and dirty, is found yards away from the bin, into the woods.
I wish I had stopped to photogaph the sunrise through the mist which graced my early drive to the airport this morning. It delighted me, made me pause in my "gotta hurry," preflight frame of mind. Still, I chose the airport rush and ended up, as usual, with plenty of time to spare. The beauty I beheld this morning only captured in my braincells.