Strangers – Just Friends You Haven’t Met Yet

Often, we don’t want to make eye contact, talk to, or do anything with someone we don’t know. The thing is, these strangers are just friends who we haven’t yet met.

While there are some things that we should avoid in life, I don’t believe people should be one of them. Reaching out is how we meet our closest friends and loved ones, come across new job opportunities, and most of all, have fun.

Happy New Year, everyone. Do not wish for this year to go well, make this year go well. You’re in charge of your life, after all!

Laura

The Beauty of Math

“When will we ever use this in real life?” asked the math students.

Well, everywhere and forever. Mathematicians did not create equations, they discovered them. They were already there, and we just happened to stumble upon them through intelligent, ceaseless effort. Makes you think a little, doesn’t it?

Sweater Weather

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re doing well and staying warm now that we’re into December.  It may be tempting in these colder months to simply crank the heat up, but I’m sure you’re aware that it wastes energy.  It’s an argument we’ve all heard time and again, but what exactly is so bad about wasting energy?  Where does it come from?  We’ve grown up in a society where it’s so easy to just plug our appliances into an outlet and watch the electricity do its job.  We never seem to question where this electricity comes from or why some people (like myself) flip out when someone forgets to turn off the lights when they leave the room.  What could possibly be so bad about such a simple action?

As a child I always just assumed that electricity was this magical substance that inexplicably sprung from the walls of everyone’s houses.  It was just there.  It was an unlimited supply.  We would never run out.  Of course I eventually figured out that this wasn’t the case, but I still didn’t know where it actually came from.  It was only a few years ago that I learned where it really is produced:  for most of us this is a factory that burns coal.  The heat from this is converted into electricity and sent to our homes to help keep us warm through the frigid winter.  An unfortunate byproduct of this is that burning coal produces CO2, one of the main contributors to climate change.  By leaving the lights on when we leave the room we are forcing these factories to burn more coal.  Some of us are lucky – we might live in a place where, instead of a coal burning factory, our energy comes from a dam or wind turbines.  Green energy such as hydro-power and wind-power have much less averse effects on the environment.  Even then, however, it is still a good idea to unplug appliances and turn off lights when they aren’t in use.

A little known fact is that any piece of electronic equipment continues to burn energy if it’s plugged in, regardless of whether or not it’s on or off.  Let’s show the earth some love this winter by unplugging our electronic devices and resisting the urge to turn up the heat.  Your laptop can stand to run off of just its battery for a few minutes,  and sweaters are an incredibly fuzzy (as well as fashionable) alternative to raising the thermostat a few degrees.  Plus, you’ll avoid getting any environmental freaks annoyed by turning off your lights!  Imagine how much CO2 we can keep out of the atmosphere if everyone works together to do these small things.  It will make a difference.

Wear fuzzy sweaters everyone!

-Joan

Rock some awesome sweaters like these two dapper fellows.

Rock some awesome sweaters like these two dapper fellows.

Old friends pas…

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.
~His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Hello all!

Finals are looming over Laura and me so unfortunately we just have time for a short post this Monday.  I love this quote, and I thought it might be inspirational to those of you out there who are having difficulty keeping your spirits up during this rainy winter.  Make your day a little more meaningful by helping a friend – sometimes just a smile and a wave can brighten someone’s day.  Spread the love everyone!

Happy holidays,

Joan

Change the World

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When I used to think about changing the world, I thought of a scientist developing the cure for cancer, or some similarly huge task. These big tasks are often accomplished by a few, or even just one brave soul(s). That is amazing in itself, but that common idea leads us, the public, to believe that we can’t make a difference in the world – that we are powerless. How?
There are over 7 billion people in the world, and we think that we are powerless? We can’t allow that mindset. If we change our outlooks to be positive, if we laugh more, if we smile more, if we lend a helping hand to those around us more… We are powerful.

By respecting and loving ourselves, we are respecting and loving others…genuinely. The change starts with you.

The Pacific Ocean – Lifeless?

The Pacific Ocean – Lifeless?

A revised comment on the article… Please click on the link above to read about the Pacific problem.

The extinction rates of species have been increasing lately. I don’t think there is solely one culprit to death in the Pacific, such as Fukushima. Surely Fukushima has contributed to the problem, but the root of it all (in my opinion) is consumerism. The public demands products, and the companies deliver. The farmers, the factories, you name it, produce the items by hacking up the land and eliminating Earth’s wildlife. Workers do insane labor for terrible pay. They process the ingredients, make the product, and that releases toxins into the air, the water, the soil, etc. The consumers use that product, and toss away the extra. Our oceans are littered with garbage, the things that don’t just “dissolve away.” Plastic remains, being eaten by fish, being eaten by us… the cycle continues.

This is something we can’t ignore. We aren’t just hurting the environment and animals, we are slowly killing ourselves. We depend on our environment. We can’t afford to destroy it, or hurt other people constantly. The solution starts with the individual… into teams, into cities, into states, countries, governments. Environmental change is scary, but we can’t keep saying it’s acceptable to ignore it. Facing our fears will fare a better future.

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Laura

P.S.
Posting article to make up for lost posts.