On My Mind: 06.04.12

by Rachael on June 4, 2012

Mondays at The Variegated Life: links to some stuff I’ve liked …

At exhale. return to center, Erin Goodman explains how to make a tire swing in a way that looks remarkably similar to how I go about getting projects done around our home.

Via Blue Milk, Clem Bastow at Daily Life discusses the vulnerability hangover. According to Brené Brown, a vulnerability hangover is “the feeling that sweeps over us after we feel the need to connect … and we share something deeply meaningful. Minutes, hours, or days later, we begin to feel regret sweep over us like a warm wave of nausea.” Oh yes, there are days — weeks! — I seem to live in that sea of nauseous regret. Why on Earth do I have a blog, then, you may wonder? Well, so do I, and often. Bastow, however, believes that the only cure for the fear that one has shared too much … is to share more.

At My Plastic-free Life, Beth Terry asks whether plastic-eating fungi are an environmental salvation — or a distraction. She writes:

We need to keep in mind that composting is simply a method of waste management. It’s better than landfilling and incinerating, but it does nothing to reduce the amount of new plastic being produced in the first place. It doesn’t address the massive amounts of plastic polluting the ocean and other areas of our planet. And it certainly doesn’t mitigate the toxicity of the chemicals used to make plastics and plastic products.

Beth’s book on kicking the plastic habit is available now. I expect that it will be the inspiration for many, many small (and perhaps large) changes around here — but not this month’s change, which I’ll be posting about tomorrow.

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