. . . And we’re back

23 01 2011

I decided that I want to continue the blog, but on more casual terms. For instance, I will post when the mood strikes and let myself write on more wide-ranging topics. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts, as always. And now, a poem about winter on the Maryland shore, by me.

The Inlet in Winter

The inlet in winter

Whispers stoic peace;

Waves slip

Into secrets

And retreat,

Telling no one, as the secrets

Mean nothing

Under subtle skies.


the maritime woods

snuggle together, protecting

their summertime scent.

We are mere visitors,

Temporary distractions

From the weighty work

Of winter

In their bones.




6 01 2011
leaf in the sun

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I’ve been thinking about this for some time and have finally come to a decision. Since I’m starting a new job next week, it seems like a good time to truly break from the blog for a while . . . or forever. I am still thinking about the relative importance to me of things like readership size and topic choice, but when I come right down to it, I need some kind of audience for my writing to make such a project worthwhile, and this blog is not delivering that.

Once again, I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve spend on the blog and encourage you to continue to leave comments, especially if you have feedback or other thoughts about how I’ve done and what I could do with the blog in the future. I wish you all a green life – one full of fresh thinking and joyful immersion in your natural world.

Back to life . . . the writing life, that is.

27 08 2010

I find that spending months entrenched in linear work can dull my creativity. Perhaps that is why, in times of (pending) unemployment, I return to writing, which truly sustains me.

I’d like to start anew, to write about being green in more than one sense. Green for sustainability, and green for staying youthful. Green as in the tranquility that comes from living a true life. I hope you’ll join me . . . again.

We’ll see what happens next.

Signing Off . . .

14 03 2009

. . . For now. I have had fun and education through this blog, and I hope you have, as well. For the time being, however, I’m content to let the project simmer. There are many quality green blogs and websites, and I encourage you to check out some of those.

If you have any parting words of wisdom for me, or just a comment, please feel free to leave it below.

Thank you for reading, and please, don’t stop caring about the things that matter.

Money Strategies for Uncertain Times

22 04 2008

Today I’m starting a series of posts called Money Strategies for Uncertain Times. Some might not see the connection between saving money for oneself and benefiting the planet, but what I strive to do on this blog is connect simple and green living concepts as much as possible. I believe that someone is most likely to begin a nature-friendly habit that is also simplifying to their lives, and many times, this results in saved money. That is where frugality comes in. I interchange the terms simple and frugal for the purposes of being broad in describing this blog’s theme, and although they are not always the same thing, the places in which they coincide are the interesting places I want to highlight here.

In that spirit, this series will explore ways to save money and environmental cost at a time in which oil prices are obviously not likely to return to more reasonable levels any time soon, and in which the economy is experiencing some middle-aged ailments. We have come through the boom times of post-World War II productivity and the technology start-up era, and now the growth chart seems to be leveling out. Sadly, the rich truly are getting richer while the poor cope with an even greater gap between what they get paid and what it costs to live.

While my job, and my husband’s, are not threatened by layoffs and other volatilities, we are feeling the crunch along with everybody else. It will be a joy to share some of the positive ways we are dealing with limited funds–ways both practical and philosophical. It is my hope that this will be a time for us and all of America to learn how living within shortened means is better for the environment–and for our state of mind–than we ever expected.

To begin, press start now.

13 04 2008

This blog was born for three reasons. The first is my life-long enjoyment of sharing through writing. This combines powerfully with the second, which is my passion for kind treatment of God’s priceless creation. The third is simply that I’ve often wondered how I would fare in the blogosphere.

My name is Colleen, and I don’t claim to be an expert. While I do have a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, and while I have worked in environmental education for a few years, much of my green and frugal knowledge comes from armchair experiences and imperfect ground trials. My essays will focus on a real person’s quest to go green, live simply, and generally make responsible (yet fun!) decisions. I hope you find my words useful, enjoyable, and above all, inspiring.

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