Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Let's Go Ride a Bike - or Fly a Kite...I'm Not Picky

...or ride a bike to the park to fly a kite...or...

As most people know, I am an advocate of alternative transportation. Instead of being grossly dependent on cars, walking or bicycling (especially short distances) are excellent options! Here's a great article about the benefits of making a city "bike friendly."

Cities who have more bicyclists have safer, happier, healthier neighborhoods. Although, there is a great deal of "red tape" in getting bicycle initiatives passed, (based on other cities experience) it's not too terribly expensive to incorporate safe bicycling within the city. The biggest challenge, it seems, is changing citizens and policy makers' mind set.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Season of Giving

Someone gave me a gift card to this organization, DonorsChoose. What a great way to spend a gift! There are a ton of projects to choose from; you can also simplify the project search that you want to donate to, by city, state, area of study, etc. Since, the holidays are (supposed to be) all about thinking of others, I don't know a better way of doing something positive for someone else than this! Okay, maybe being showered in gifts of cashmere would make me feel good, too!

Even though I don't have children, I can appreciate the need for better education and learning opportunities for kids today. Maybe it's selfish of me, but I don't want a bunch of uneducated, thug, nincompoop's running my country and managing my care when I'm old. Hope you enjoy this organization as much as I do!