Unless…Water is a Precious Resource (an Earth-Friendly Friday Challenge) From the U.S. to the Philippines, a remembrance and how we take water for granted

I heard my niece, Stephanie, calling out for me from the bathroom of my mother’s house.  She is 15, and it is her first visit to the Philippines… Stephanie found the journey to the Philippines unbelievably long.  For her, it … Continue reading

Unless…Earth-Friendly Friday – Pulse of the Salinas River (and about California’s severe drought)

This post continues on the WordPress weekly Earth-Friendly challenge with the theme of water.  For the first week we learned about our watersheds.  In Monterey County and the Central Coast, our watershed is the Salinas River Watershed. The second water … Continue reading

Unless… Earth-Friendly Friday: My Water Footprint and about the Filipino “tabo”

This week’s Earth-Friendly challenge continues on the theme of water (last week was about our watersheds – and our watershed in Monterey County is the Salinas River Watershed). The challenge this week asked us to take a “Water Footprint Calculator” … Continue reading

UNLESS… Earth-Friendly Friday: My Watershed – The Salinas River Watershed

There are several beaches on the California Central coast named after the Salinas river. We visit these beaches often, but I did not think about the name, or about the Salinas River or its source, until the blogging challenge for … Continue reading

UNLESS…Earth-Friendly Friday: Book Recommendation – Plastic, A Toxic Love Story

This post is in support of a brand new weekly WordPress blogging event created and hosted by JustAnotherNatureEnthusiast.org. The theme for the first challenge is Plastic, and I’m submitting a book recommendation. The book Plastics – A Toxic Love Story, … Continue reading

UNLESS…Earth-Friendly Friday: Plastic trash problems in California

This post is in support of the brand new weekly WordPress event inspired by prophetic words written in 1971 by Dr. Seuss in his book – The Lorax … ” UNLESS . . . someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing … Continue reading

Philippines – A Marine Biodiversity Hotspot (Post for Earth-Friendly Chroniclers’ #11)

When my daughter was little, one of her favorite places to visit was the California Academy of Sciences, located within San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  We spent a lot time looking at exhibits there, from the dramatic dioramas in the … Continue reading

UNLESS…Severe Weather and Wildlife Well-being: Jellyfish Blooms

This post is in support of the new weekly WordPress blogging challenge Unless…Earth-Friendly Friday. This week’s topic is about severe weather and wildlife well-being. Severe weather — from climate change that lead to ocean warming as well as excess carbon … Continue reading

UNLESS…Earth Friendly Friday PLASTIC WASTE REDUCTION – Ideas to reduce plastic and food packaging waste from 3 citizens at the Marina, California Farmers Market

This post is in support of the new weekly WordPress event inspired by prophetic words written in 1971 by Dr. Seuss in his book – The Lorax … ” UNLESS . . . someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is … Continue reading

NPR Report on Salinas Valley “Bag Salad” Waste

Americans throw out a lot of perfectly good food — about $1,600 for a typical family per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. On a local level, many of us have heard of grocery stores throwing out food because … Continue reading

The Iceberg in Monterey County’s field of greens

A few months after immigrating to the U.S. with my mother and younger sister, I had my first job — and it included cutting into plenty of iceberg lettuce heads. I was 16 years old and my job was a … Continue reading

Forest Man: A film about how one person CAN make a difference

The year 2015 is designated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations as the International Year of Soils, with the aim to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential … Continue reading

Who to call if you see sick sea lion pups on the beach (in Monterey Bay or California)

You may have heard about the sick seals and sea lion pups washing up on California beaches… If you see one here on our Central Coast beach, you can call the Marine Mammal Center (in the Monterey Bay, the office … Continue reading

Rural Philippines Clothes Washing

I posted an article about water use (and water saving tips), and about Filipinos — as well as Filipino-Americans using a “tabo” for the weekly WordPress Earth-Friendly challenge. The website Mom Bloggers For Social Good recently posted photos and an … Continue reading

WPC: What’s not to love about the color ORANGE?

The theme for the WordPress Photo Challenge this week is orange.  From Michelle W… What’s not to love about orange? It’s vibrant. It’s cheerful. It makes a statement. It’s the perfect punctuation for a punchy photo. This week, share a … Continue reading

Trash and Trends: The Keurig® single-cup coffee brewing system

— NOTE: I’m also submitting this post for the new weekly WordPress challenge on the topic of PLASTIC WASTE REDUCTION, because sometimes, we buy new products that unintentionally add more plastic trash to our waste stream.  To see other submissions … Continue reading