Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Our eco friendly answer to Memorial Day Flowers: succulents



My sister Connie Foote and I decorated family graves together. We would not consider using fake flowers. We just couldn't see generating more trash.
Last year we planted some flowering plants from the local nursery, but we knew the grounds keepers would be mowing them down soon.


This year we are trying succulents, like stonecrop.
When my farm store brought out their plants at the first of the season, they had some stonecrop and sedum varieties that they labeled "thrives on neglect." That sounded perfect! So I bought nearly all the little ones they had.
We planted them in the flower urns or even in cracks in the ground alongside headstones.
We're hoping that they will be able to survive throughout the year without watering or any care.
We had a few of the tiny plants left over, and I divided them into new pots. I have enough to do all the graves next year even if none of the existing plants survive.
It's an experiment, and I will update you!



Wednesday, May 22, 2019

How were women of color affected by passage of the 19th amendment?

Back when I was a member of the Business and Professional Women, I learned a lot about the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment. What we didn't learn a lot about is the role of Women of Color in the movement, or the fact that their voting rights were delayed even longer than 1920. So that was what I asked Cokie Roberts on NPR's Morning Edition.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Instead of more cell towers, how about cell balloons?



Imagine re-making the components of a cell tower, hanging them from a self-guided robot balloon, and sending the whole thing up to 20km above the earth, and achieving a coverage area of 5,000 square km instead of the usual 300 square km.

That's Project Loon, created at X (the crazy idea part of Google), now graduated as independent businesses within the Alphabet company (which is the umbrella company over Google). Let me know if you need a company organizational chart to follow all that. The tech itself isn't this confusing.

The balloons already worked in Puerto Rico. An early contract has been signed with Kenya for more coverage in rural areas.

Imagine not needing cell towers to cover a rural area. Imagine positioning them to manage dead spots, or quickly redeploying them when a dead spot is identified. Imagine really good cell signal in even sparsely populated areas.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Clean Slate - Not my 3 words for the year

Geometric chalk art


My friend Chris came up with the idea of using three words to guide your year. It's good. Lots of people like it.

I like how he builds flexibility into the words. They can mean multiple things, have multiple layers of meaning.

I've never done it. But I have this phrase rolling around in my head lately, and I think I should share it. I repeat it in my head several times a day for different things.

Clean slate.

Each day, I start with a clean slate nutritionally. No matter what I ate yesterday, today I can choose to stick with my personal guidelines.

Each day, I start with a clean slate of work. When I pick my 6 Most Important Things to work on tomorrow, I can choose what really is most important.

Clean slate.

So it's not really a 3 words thing, but it's what's going on in my head as we start a new year.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Annual Review in November



I know it's November, and not time for annual reviews, but I just did one.

I used an outline I got from my friend Jon Swanson a couple of years ago.

Take an hour and a chair and a cup of coffee and something to write with. Take a planner from the year or a journal or a Facebook stream. Ask yourself these questions:
  • What did I like about this year?
  • What didn’t I like?
  • What don’t I understand?
  • What did I learn about God?
  • What did I learn about people?
  • What am I going to do next year with what I learned?

I found this to be good at refining the experiences of a year into some clear intentions for my next actions.