On the first Thursday of every month I have lunch with my gardening mentor Andy Anderson. He is a grand guy with well over 30 years of experience as a soil scientist and general plant expert.
At our last lunch I told him that I was starting a weekly blog and that I had a mind to begin with the way that I used the last slip of soap in my shower by fixing it to a new bar. He immediately gave a deep chuckle, for which he is famous and said “I do the same!”
I really didn’t think that I had come up with a new idea but it felt really good to know that someone I knew and respected so much was also a soap slip saver.
If you are not a member of this “exclusive?” set, may I suggest a hint or two?
It helps if the unused bar has a slight concave base and matching curved top. As it gradually wears away it tends to retain its original shape.
When the time comes it is easier to keep on lathering until it’s almost too late, it’s easier to fix.
My example here is almost too large and needed to be warmed and scrubbed with an old toothbrush…no longer in use…but could always be re-employed if you have used a word that you have come to regret?
When the newly joined are left overnight I find they do well, even when secured one after another, again as shown.
So, what’s the point and why start a blog with such a mere slip of a thing?
I want to explore, with you, ways in which we might become a less consumptive people…alive, as we are, at this pivotal point in the history of our planet.
I really don’t care how apparently small and incidental the subject may be. It’s not the attainment that matters it’s the direction. After a good number of years paying attention to what I and my wife Treena eat, I have come to the conclusion that there are no good and bad choices…the only thing that really matters is…quantity and its calories. Eating less is almost always…best.
I don’t want to leave a lifetime of food experience behind but I do want to move on a bit and have a back and forth discussion (with you perhaps?) on how we might find ways to consume less, share more and by all means try to do less harm to both ourselves, those we love, our immediate community and beyond that…to this incredibly complex, beautiful and fragile planet.
I intend to make this as personal as possible and, as a result to avoid two major traps.
I do not want to be an ANGRY activist who declares anything as totally negative, reason and moderation should always be central to this exchange. I also want to avoid preaching at you. We live in a remarkable time where we still have, for the most part, the freedom to observe what others do (as in flash of silver examples) and choose to join in or not.
There will be a time when, if we do nothing, there will be regulations that strongly urge us to consume less…let’s get there before the rules begin?