Day #97: Our Coral Reefs

I am grateful for the research and awareness-raising that scientists, science writers, funders, and volunteers have committed to saving OUR coral reefs by recognizing the threats to their existence and developing new methods for rehabilitating the reefs that have been bleached. We can all help this vital part of our ecosystem, no matter how far away we live. This article, “Saving the Coral Reefs,” provides background, information about what’s being done, and concludes with contributions we can make. It’s our earth!

Saving Our Coral Reefs

Day #85: Shelf Liner

Some things make life easier. Having lived in many older apartments, I became an expert at laying down Contact paper. I wanted clean surfaces, easy to wash, that pepped up an often-grungy wood or painted surface. I lined many drawers and shelves. Our current home has 20-year-old Contact paper which, from experience, I know will be the dickens to get up, leaving behind a sticky surface that will need scrubbing to feel clean again. Ugh.

My most recent find is cork shelf and drawer liner. I am grateful to whoever thought of this because it is easy to clean, stays put without adhesives, and it’s not plastic.We learn. Today’s reflection is mundane but I believe it’s important to recognize that life gets better in small steps.

Day #79: Color and Optimism

I made this commitment to write daily about something for which I’m grateful because I felt A NEED FOR OPTIMISM. Realizing that I have more than four things things to write about is … gratifying. After searching the term “need for optimism” the results are intriguing. Many good articles to read.

One of the most surprising was an announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year, something I follow as a graphic designer. This year it’s “Living Coral.”Pantone reports that the color was chosen because of our “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” Laurie Pressman of the Pantone Color Institute explained, “We see the environment taking on an even greater role in the world we live in today for two primary reasons, one being how connected we are to technology. Because we are so connected to something that’s not real, we really need to find that balance closely and intimately with something that is real and you don’t get more real than nature.” For me, this is a three-fer: optimism, color, and honoring our environment.

Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral 16-1546

Day #3: Beyond Paper Towels

Today, something more mundane. We have been working for 30 years to reduce our consumer impact on the planet. It was hard to give up paper towels. I am grateful for these huck cloths. Washable, lint-free, the right size, they can do everything a paper towel could do … and did I say they’re washable? We color code them: pink for the bathroom, green for the kitchen, yellow for the laundry room. It’s further progress toward our goal to lessen our household impact on landfills. I know my grandmother would approve.