The Book that Started it All

There are moments in life that, for one reason or another, really seem to stick with you.  I suppose you could call them "life- changing".

For me, the Fourth grade was one of them.  I so clearly remember Mrs. Horton's reading corner in our classroom.  The selections on her bookshelf shaped my life.  Especially this one:

I'd always been taught not to litter, and to enjoy the beauty of nature, but this was my first real introduction to the perils facing the planet.  I'm sure that I rivaled the kid in Jerry Maguire on the annoyance scale with all of my new-found facts, but it spurred a passion for the rest of my life.

Originally published in 1989, "50 Simple Things" was one of the first books to "spread the gospel" to the common folk about the green movement, and its urgency.  Now a 5 million copy bestseller, with a new, updated, 21st century version, it continues to inspire, and be relevant.

And now, through the wonders of the internets, the original (out of print) 1989 edition is available, in its entirety, for Free!

So, Happy Earth Day.  Here's a gift.


Spring in Wisconsin

It snowed over the weekend.  In the middle of April.  Spring is a fickle mistress here in Wisconsin.  About the only way to deal with it is a hefty dose of patience.   And a sense of humor.

Via A Way to Garden


Cream City Cookies for a Cause

We're at it again!  Cream City Green is partnering with some of our favorite folks at Burp! and #MKEfoodies for a great cause.  You may recall that little event we hosted last fall that kindled a great friendship with Peef and Lo.  So, when Lo approached me about pitching in on another event, I surely couldn't say no!

May 21, 2011
1-4 pm
Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a not-for-profit organization committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers. Through local bake sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides inspiration and support for individuals, communities, and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer.

On May 21, we'll join hundreds nationwide in holding a bake sale to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.  To sweeten the pot, the Glad Products Company has pledged to match all funds raised for Cookies for Kids' Cancer during the month of May (up to $225,000)!

Coupled with this fun announcement is a plea for help.  We need volunteers and bakers!  We're also rounding up items for the silent auction, if you're a crafter/artist/business owner.  If you'd like to help, just leave a comment, and I'll get in touch.

If you can't bake or volunteer, then just Save the Date!  It's sure to be a fun event.  Best Place is beautiful, and we #MKEfoodies are a pretty darned friendly bunch!  (And don't worry, there's already plans in the works to accommodate our vegan and gluten-free cookie loving friends!)

Wave "hi" to Lo, and we'll see you on the 21st!

Can't make it, but still want to donate?  Click here.