Creating a Beehive Co-op

We have bees.  Not an infestation, but an actual honey beehive that we have setup in our backyard.  Luckily, it’s legal here, because we’ve had some problems. Last year, I spotted the Flow Hive Indiegogo crowd funding campaign and I was in love. Unfortunately, it seemed like a lot of money to invest and we don’t know […]

Best Climate Change Speech Ever

Today President Barack Obama gave what I consider the best climate change speech ever when he announced the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline. However, when I first tried to watch the speech, by going to well known news sites, like USA Today, NBC News and CNN, I found that they only played edited versions of […]

Love Song to the Earth

Natasha Bedingfield and Sean Paul teamed up with an awesome group of artists including Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow and many more to create “Love Song to the Earth.” They released it to coincide with Pope Francis’s visit to Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York.  I found the song a uplifting and a beautiful way to […]

Interview with Jeff Sutherland – Inventor of Scrum and Renewable Energy Advocate

Recently I had the pleasure of learning a more effective way to manage projects. The two day course, titled Scrum Product Owner training, was taught by Jeff Sutherland, the inventor and co-creator of Scrum and author of Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. During the class he mentioned having two Tesla […]

How much did the US spend on Imported Oil in 2014?

My previous blog posts about the US spending on imported oil are finally making a difference. At least a lot of people seem to be asking how much the US spends on importing oil.  Earlier this year, one of the leading United States Presidential Candidates stated that the US spent about $300 billion on importing […]

Camping with Thermo-electric Generation (Powered SmartPhones)

While camping over Memorial Day this year, I witnessed several people complaining about their SmartPhones (iPhones, etc.) and having to sit around the bathroom trying to get even to 20% charge. Last year Alicia and I had to coordinate who had the chargers and cables to plug in our iPhones so that we could keep […]

How to Easily Grill Corn on the Campfire

This year Ellie & Christor were old enough to actually help us plan for our annual camping trip, including participating in meal planning. They declared that they were going to make pancakes, and since I know that Ellie is perfectly capable of making pancakes at home by herself, that sounded great to me.  She also put in […]

Movie Review of Rob Stewart’s Revolution

I was asked to review the feature length documentary Revolution by Rob Stewart. The movie takes you on a journey under the water and around the world to see the impacts of climate change and the damage that we are doing to our planet. The videography and imagery underwater is breath taking.  The movie gets […]

Green Household Products Delivered – ePantry now Grove Collaborative

Updated: ePantry is now Grove Collaborative Here are the reasons we love Grove Collaborative: ✦ 100% carbon neutral shipments ✦ Sustainable materials ✦ Reduce plastic waste ✦ Cruelty-free products ✦ Ingredient transparency We get our regular Grove shipments with laundry detergent, recycled toilet paper without plastic packaging, tissues and dish soap.  We have switched to some of […]

Our Green Snow Removal Tool Gets an Upgrade

Our trusty Toro Electric Snow Blower died during the first blizzard of 2015 that slammed us with 2 feet of snow. I originally thought I could repair it by replacing the broken blade, but unfortunately the motor had also reached the end of it’s usefulness. Fortunately, I was able to buy a new Snow Joe […]