Ardent Eden

Ardent Eden is a place to explore my thoughts about the interdependence of life - humanity and nature - and to engage with others for collective problem-solving.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Just One Thing

I haven't been at this blogging thing for very long, but already I know that I need your help. The most satisfying experience for me as a blogger and you as a reader happens when we put our heads together and collaborate. In the month or so since I've started Ardent Eden, I have been amazed by the thoughtful comments and suggestions from people who have dropped by. There's a community of people who are thinking about and taking everyday action to make the world a better place. What a wonderful antidote to despair.

So I'm asking for your input -- even if you've never left a comment on the Internet before. (It's really not scary, I promise.) Tell me about the one thing, however small, that you are going to do to try to improve our world in the next year. It could be a way of building community that's as simple as meeting someone new, a way of expanding your thinking as easy as reading a new book, a way of taking one step for the environment as easy as using a travel mug, a way of recharging in the beauty of our natural world as easy as a weekly walk in the woods....You get the idea. I'm not much for New Year's resolutions because they seem made to be broken, so let's keep this simple and achievable. It's the small steps that empower the bigger ones, right?

Let's help inspire each other to stay on a life-affirming path in 2006. It can start with just one thing.


  • At 1:48 PM, Blogger Siel said…

    Ok -- My input (though I've already bugged you about the site feed and stuff before you ever asked for input ;)

    I love the stuff you write, but maybe somewhat shorter posts, along with more pictures? I loved the baby feet photo :)

    And as someone who lives on the west coast, I'm really interested in hearing more about the specificities of living green in Mass :) You already do this to an extent -- But I'd love more!

    Just my 2 cents :) Keep on blogging!

  • At 4:07 PM, Blogger breadchick said…

    During the summer, take the extra few minutes to stop at the Farmers Market more often. Especially on my way home from work (1hr west of Boston) vs being in a hurry to get home and stopping at the Worlds Worst Grocery Store.

  • At 5:00 PM, Blogger Andrea Rusin said…

    Ooh, I could borrow breadchick's idea. In the summer and fall, there's a Farmer's market between my house and my work. How pathetic is it that I don't go?

    Next year's biggest idea is supporting Community Supported Agriculture and the family-owned coffee cooperative in Hawaii. I'll probably do little things, too -but those are the big ones.

  • At 7:53 AM, Blogger lauren said…

    Thanks for your suggestions, Siel.

    A great reminder for me about farmers markets, breadchick and Andrea. I really believe that our food choices are such an important part of having a sustainable community and environment. For me, farmers markets also add that crucial element of joy -- chatting with the farmer, seeing kids try to grab a pattypan squash from the table, buckets of sunflowers, and the promise of a good meal. (BTW, Local Flavors by Deborah Madison is a great cookbook that also includes beautiful photos and stories from her visits to farmers markets all over the country.) I need to remember to make the farmers market a regular practice...if only they were open in December. :)

    Andrea - what's the scoop with this coffee cooperative? Sounds neat. If you already posted about it, feel free to send me there.

  • At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Karen said…

    I have been thinking about consumerism and how it affects our lives. I would like to eliminate some excess by wearing, using, sharing what I already have.

  • At 9:53 AM, Blogger lauren said…

    Great thought about consumerism and quite appropriate for the post that is coming later today! Stay tuned.

  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger spiral said…

    I'm going to echo the farmer's market idea. There's one nearby that is only open a few hours during the week, but I need to make a better commitment to going there during those few hours. I'm also going to try to grow some of my own food, which will mean buying some seeds soon . . . I'm also seriously considering a new car (mine is at 170,000 miles), and I'm making energy-efficiency a prime concern. As much as I'd like a hybrid, they're out of my price range, but I'm so very tempted. Those are just a few of the things on my mind for 2005.

  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger spiral said…

    I mean 2006. Okay, it's too early for me to be posting.

  • At 2:29 PM, Blogger Laurie said…

    The big thing is my involvement in Slow Food. Our convivium is planning a lot more activities in the next year.

    Small things: To expand my garden, I've applied for a 4x50' row at the community garden at our local ag center, in exchange for $25 and donating 10% of the produce to their hunger program. I plan to grow, can, and preserve more food, so I need canning supplies. I plan to string up a better clothesline so that I'm not tempted to use my dryer as often. We are going to buy a window unit air conditioner for the bedroom so that we can turn off the central a.c. and use the window unit on days and nights when fans just aren't enough. A girl's gotta have her beauty sleep, you know. And get a basket for my bike so I can start riding it to the farmers market and the co-op.

  • At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Rudy said…

    My small improvement to the world in 2006 will be to stop fishing for personal enjoyment, because I realize my hobby is not a sustainable way of perserving our environmental heritage and it is undoubtedly painful to the fish ;)

  • At 8:55 AM, Blogger lauren said…

    Spiral - Getting a fuel efficient car is a BIG step for the planet! The October/November issue of Mother Earth News has a whole section on fuel efficient cars (not just hybrids) in every price range. Might be worth a look at the library.

    Laurie - Thanks for sharing some great ideas. Your comment conjured up an image of a slower, more sane lifestyle: riding a bike to the co-op to pick up a few ingredients, stopping at the community garden to pick some veggies, coming home to pour over canning recipes while the laundry dries in the sun. Beautiful!

    Rudy - welcome! I'm married to someone who grew up fishing, so I can imagine how hard it will be to stop fishing as a hobby. Sadly, I think it's the commercial fishing operations that are really plundering our waters. Thanks for weighing in!

  • At 12:08 PM, Blogger Roger, Gone Green said…

    From you? We would love a picture (Grin). Makes it a little more warm and fuzzy . . . (grin again) . . . Beyond that, I really enjoy your take on things that I am already interested in, often makes me think in a new way, or considers the issue in light of other issues I had not seen as related.

    And I was amused to hear you let it slip that you are a lawyer -- or at least law school trained. I practiced law for 15 years or so, and packed it in for kinder gentler pursuits, but the training still colors my thinking . . . (grin).

    Because of the slippery slope effect we have so many things we are trying I finally started a blog (rofl). The three big ones for spring, though, will be (1) Buying more organic food, with emphasis on local grown and (2) biking more (3) bringing greater green sanity to mainstream government, whether by pusing ideas or growing the local Green party . . .

    The bike thing is the one that has me itching to get started the most, however. I used to bike places frequently, but with a baby born in June that has been curtailed. She is nearly old enough, and will be by 9 months, to handle some cool bike seats we are looking at . . . SO: the ten year old will be on his own bike, the 7 year-old on the Tag Along with Mom, and Dad will get the baby on the Baby Bike.

    (Costco sells a $160 21 speed cruiser called the Newport with a quick adjust seat that we will make into the Baby Bike for whoever needs to drive the bike with the baby. )


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