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Litter Bugs are in Season

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Litter Bugs are those annoying people who carelessly drop small refuse or waste materials in the public way. Their litter makes parks, beaches, roadways, and sidewalks dirty and expensive to clean up.  . Litter Bugs can create dangerous situations for animals and people, too.

According to Keep America Beautiful, litter clean-up costs Americans almost 11.5 billion a year.  Municipalities, businesses, schools, and the taxpayers foot the bills for littering. In addition, it is not just garbage on the street that causes clean up to be so expensive. It is the effects of the litter on storm drains that become clogged and cause flooding, the toxic contamination in the water supply, and dangerous materials on roadways.

Animals are at risk from human littering as well.  Plastic bags that come from the grocery store have found their way into some very unusual places.  As quoted from The Greenhouse Neutral FoundationThere is an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic in each square mile of ocean. Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.”  “Animals can swallow or get entangled in many of the litter items people leave in the environment.” Says Melissa Kilgore at the Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. They can also ingest toxic substances like motor oil and pesticides, which are often dumped into storm drains and end up in our waterways.”

So what do we do to rid ourselves of Litter Bugs?

  • Do not become one yourself! Throw your trash in a garbage can.

  • Keep a trash bag in your car to hold all those McDonald’s wrappers and cups. You can always empty the bag at a gas station.

  • Limit your use of plastic bags from the grocery store, department stores, and home improvement stores.  Invest in reusable bags.

  • Dispose of chemicals, paint, and motor oil safely. Call your local refuse company or town hall and find out where to dispose of these products.

  • Be a good model! Show others how to dispose of their trash. Teach young people to keep their environment clean.

  • Volunteer to pick up litter in your neighborhood. Every little bit helps to keep our neighborhoods safe and neat.

 

Works Cited

Grist, A. s. (Director). (2007). The Crying Indian Commercial [Motion Picture].

Keep America Beautiful, Inc. . (2006). Retrieved from Keep America Beautiful, Inc. : http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=focus_litter_prevention

Kilgore, M. (1999). Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Retrieved from Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: http://www.chintiminiwildlife.org/Education/LivingWithWild/Litter.htm

Stop Plastic Bags. (2012). Retrieved from The Greenhouse Neutral Foundation: http://greenhouseneutralfoundation.org/articles/2009/12/15/stoplasticbags-a-global-petition-to-ban-the-bag-3/

 

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FINISH THIS SENTENCE

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Teaching English and writing gives me a natural love of words, sentences, and paragraphs.   So when I found this little blurb in the back of the Reader’s Digest magazine, I found it fascinating and thought I’d put a challenge out to you!

Finish This Sentence:

The most beautiful words in the English language are…

Here are some examples that were published in the Reader’s Digest

“…-check enclosed”   Dorothy Parker

“…-play ball!”  President George H.W. Bush

“…I told you so.”  Gore Vidal

And mine….

“…I love you, Grandmother.”  Grandmother Musings

ADD YOUR WORDS!!

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GRADUATION

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Graduations mark the time of year when young people all over the country are making the transition from one way of life to another. 

This evening I attended an 8th grade graduation for a very small class of outstanding young men and women. As they stood proud in their formal robes and hats waving tassels with the bow of their heads, I noticed that a few of them had tears in their eyes.

Were those tears happy tears? Were they tears of sadness and loss, or tears of knowing that their elementary travels are forever behind them?  Do they realize that new and more difficult roads await them in high school and in their teenage years? The friends that they forged a strong bond with today may not be traveling on the same highway with them tomorrow.  The knowledge that they tested and tried will now be the base of all the learning they will ever do. 

These rites of passage remind us all that life can never stay static for too long.  Eventually, we all move on to new adventures, new friends, and new challenges.  It would be wonderful if there were graduations for all our transitions in life.  Kind of a celebration for when you move from your safe spot to one that is demanding, like when you change jobs, or become a grandparent.  However, if we celebrated every evolution we made then we would never have time to enjoy them.  Therefore, in keeping the commencements at the pinnacles of life allows us to give reverence to all the little moments that lead to graduation day.  The hardships and difficulties that we had to overcome to achieve this glorious commemoration seem insignificant when that diploma is finally secure in our hands. 

In honor of all the graduates tonight, all over the country, I wish you good luck.  I wish you new friends, fresh knowledge, and novel experiences that you can celebrate once again at your high school graduation.  Goodbye to you all and God bless you on your journey.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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Quotes from the Masters: Picasso

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The Picasso at the Daley Center in Chicago.

I am taking up the Saturday Challenge that “Bringing Europe Home” has offered.  I will use the quote from a Master, “Everything you can imagine is real.” by Pablo Picasso in a post.

This quote by Picasso resonates in my heart for I truly believe that what you think is what you are.  If you believe that you are successful then you will be, and if you believe the opposite, then you will be.

In his book entitled, The Power of Positive Thinking, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote,Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Therefore, if you do not like what you are or what you believe you are, then simply change your beliefs.

Of course, changing your beliefs is a process that you must work at to achieve.  What is amazing is that if you consciously direct your thoughts toward what you wish to be, suddenly, you will be your thoughts.

Here is an example from my own life:  I went to college to become a teacher, I went through all the classes, completed my student teaching, but still did not believe I was a teacher.  When I secured my first teaching position, I began the year by putting up my bulletin boards, filling in my class list, and making my lesson plans. On the first day of school, when I picked up my class from the playground, a mom pointed at me and said to her son, “See, she is your new teacher.” It, then, hit me.  I am a teacher!

Amazingly, even though I had worked four years to become a teacher, it was not until that moment that I believed.  Unfortunately, we do not always have someone to name what we are, most times, we have to believe it and live it ourselves.

The magic in this thinking is that one must also work towards what you imagine in order to make it real.  There are steps that must be taken before you can make your beliefs a reality.  Hence, if you want a new car, you can imagine all you want, but it will not become yours unless you first work towards your goal and believe you can have it. For most of us, a car will not appear in our driveway just because we imagined it.  We must take the steps to achieve what our minds imagine.  We have to think of our thoughts as a seed that we plant, water, fertilize, and eventually it becomes a beautiful flower. Then, everything we imagine is real.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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Tranquil Evenings

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Peaceful moments are often hard to find in this crazy world.  When an opportunity presents itself to relax, I think it is smart to grab it and hold on to it tightly.  Consequently, this evening I have been given the gift of a respite from a normally hectic life.  Instead of going out with my husband to a baseball game, I have the honor of staying home by myself. 

I made some coffee to perk me up, and for dinner, I just put some chicken tenders in the oven. No mess, no fuss, no husband! I know that sounds harsh, however, sometimes it is so peaceful just to be alone.  Do not get me wrong.  I enjoy spending time with my husband, but every once in a while, it is nice to have a few quiet hours of tranquility.  A night where the TV is silent and I can read my book without being asked questions in the middle of a good chapter.  Ahhh… What a pleasant way to end a very chaotic week.

What gives you peace?  Share a thought or two with us….

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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The Beautiful Blogger Award

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The Beautiful Blogger Award

The nominated recipients are asked to:

  • ·       Thank and Link-back to your nominator…
Grandmothermusings is blessed and grateful to be nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by Yellowlancer at Positive Word Magazine. She is one of the first blogs I started following just three months ago when I began my own blog.  Positive Word Magazine always posts fascinating photos and prompts to shake-up the creative juices.
  • ·       Nominate 7 (or more) other blogs that you enjoy to receive this award as well;
  • ·       Post a comment on each of your nominees blogs with a link to your page for the details;
  • ·       Paste the Award image somewhere on your blog, if so desired;
  • ·       In addition, continue blogging all your beautiful thoughts, suggestions, and musings. More readers are coming!
It is very difficult to choose seven nominees from all the wonderful blogs I follow. I have listed some of my newest follower’s blogs below, and I hope you enjoy looking at their blogs as much as I do:
  1.   I.        Word by Word Superbly written book reviews and quotes. Love it!
  2. II.        Knowthesphere Deep thoughts and his excellent writing style keep me going back.
  3. III.        Omnomalicious  Superb place for superb recipes.
  4. IV.        Mydearbakes Wonderful 3-D cake models.
  5. V.        Preservation in Pink  A site featuring great historic preservations pictured with interesting facts.
  6. VI.        MaggieMaeI justsaythis Poetry and stories that always fascinate the reader with their truth.
  7. VII.        Evoking the Deep  Love to read Scott’s stories.
Enjoy everyone! 🙂

 

 

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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Helen’s Porch

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When Helen is sitting on the porch, I know summer has arrived in my town.  The weather turns warm and suddenly, everyone is outside. People I have not see for six months, other than to wave at or say hello as I run from the car to the house, are now mowing their lawns, weeding their gardens, and sitting on the porch.
All winter my neighbors and I are stuck in our individual houses.  Oh, there are greetings when the weekly garbage goes to the curb, and when the driveway needs to be snow blown. We see each other at the holidays to exchange pies and cookies, but generally, there is not much interaction.
Nevertheless, when the warm southwest winds blow the balmy air into town, I am afforded the luxury of actually interacting with my neighbors. A few of us gather around Helen’s porch, she is the oldest neighbor; she turned 80 just a few weeks ago.  Helen always has her famous homemade chocolate chip cookies waiting for us as we sit on her swing and catch up on the happenings.  I learn that Jackie had a bout of the flu that lasted forever, Sharon’s daughter had a baby girl in February, and Pat’s son is getting married in October. Now, on warm evenings, instead of watching “The Voice” on TV,  I will sit on Helen’s porch and revive the friendships that have been put on hold.
It is comforting to know that no matter what has occurred over the long winter, I can relax on Helen’s porch and share my life with these beloved people.  I know that in our world, it is not often that we find such good neighbors to share our ups and downs with, even if it is only for a few months. Therefore, I am going to soak up the sun, slap at mosquitoes, and enjoy my neighbors until it is too cold to sit on the porch.
Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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