Eco activism

HAPPY AND GREEN

I recently did a short piece for ON WISCONSIN about research into spending and happiness.   A lot of studies have been done about how much money it takes to be happy, and the findings often seem to point to some upper limit of money after which more money does not […]

DEATH OF A SHREDDER

The US Federal Trade Commission estimates that there are 9 million cases of identity theft per year in the USA and recommends that individuals defend themselves by shredding financial documents before disposal.   Whipped up into worrying about important papers falling into the wrong hands,  we  got caught up in the […]

HOW GREEN WAS OUR GOLDEN?

When Doug was a freshman in college, one of his roommates brought home a puppy, then quickly lost interest.  Doug found himself in a human/canine partnership with an amazing mongrel.  Raised in a household  of male college students in the 70s, Yama was given free rein to explore his inner […]

THE SCARIEST THING ABOUT BATS

When I open the barn door and step into our little greenhouse, I gaze lovingly at the plants growing there.  Then I get down to watering them with a yogurt container and a 5-gallon bucket. I don’t pay attention to the concrete barn wall  while I’m working.  That’s why I […]