Plastic Woes and Bag Lady Foes

1) During the 2011 International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers collected 120,450 pounds of plastic bags off of beaches in the United States. 

I just need some lentils. Well, and also some oats. I peer around the slow-moving bodies, hopeful for a stack of paper bags tucked between the rice and granola bins. A skinny kid in an apron is checking the steel jugs of vinegar, oil and syrup.

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Chapter 22: Wal-Mart

I’ve always been a journal-er. Of course, when life gets really interesting, I have tended to drop the practice (although I’m proud to say I’ve been doing daily writing now for almost a year, for the first time in my life). Digging through old journals, I have gone down a number of rabbit-holes, not all…

Product Reviews 

Unfortunately, going on adventures often means buying stuff. Gear big and small. Fortunately, reading about others’ experiences with gear before I bought it was often helpful, not to mention entertaining.  In tribute to intrepid reviewers everywhere, here’s a capitalistic lens on the Eclipse Tour: Plastic Spork (red, $2.99): Broke in a tub of almond butter.…