Reading this will spark some sort of passionate response in you — either a total disagreement or a total agreement: Death of The American Dream? America 1950 v.s. America 2012 – Mr. Conservative.
After you’ve read that, let me for a moment turn your attention towards this piece of art by Terry Downs, which is $60 if you were interested in it. A click of this image will take you to where credit is due.
The American Dream of Bounty
That picture alone makes me yearn for those kind of days. If you dig around, however, there’s some families in the South that’s keeping this reality alive everyday. More and more people are looking at a return to this lifestyle but in looking forward with having it hand in hand with modern technology. Should modern technology fade away, they would still have their homestead. More people are looking at a Prepper lifestyle, too. Still, some things from that article should be considered.
Top ten reasons to carry a handkerchief:
In the modern age of disposable paper products, the humble handkerchief has become a bit of an anachronism. Still, One would think that with all the “green” hoo-hah these days that more people would see the intrinsic value in this little piece of cloth. So, here is my top ten list for reason to carry a handkerchief.
10. Runny noses.
9. Handy for a sweaty brow.
Green, it’s everywhere.
From your on again-off again, outlawed(or maybe not) incandescent light bulbs to the tagless teabag steeping in your cup of solar or wind or geothermal heated water, green has supplanted quality as the metric to judge every product by. Be it a free range recycled steel or aluminum spray can filled with an “all natural” chemical cleansing spray or a government subsidized hybrid electric vehicle with worse fuel economy than the average European diesel four door sedan, you just can’t find any product today that some squinty eyed ad executive hasn’t slapped the “Green” or “Environmentally Friendly” tag on in hopes of making that most important of all Greens, the All Mighty Dollar.
And the average hapless hausfrau has been convinced that by doing her part by buying these blessed by the priests of Gaea talismans, somehow she is saving all life on Fantasia from the Nothing that is going to destroy it all. Blissfully unaware that with just a little knowledge and elbow grease she could not only save the planet, she could save money as well.
Want to clean glass? Simple. Isopopyl or rubbing alcohol, table vinegar and water.
Need something to scour that unsightly soap scum from the shower? Baking soda.
Got ants invading your home? 20 Mule Team Borax mixed with powdered sugar and placed in their path. A modification to the last can also kill cockroaches. Borax, baking flour and cocoa powder in a 4/2/1 ratio has proven effective with patience.
In the end, if you want to be green, don’t line the pockets of others at the detriment of your own. Research and find true green alternatives to the pricy pablum being spoon fed to the world so less astute people can feel a little better about themselves.
It’s not easy being green, but it’s easier than being broke and clueless.