Wednesday, July 25, 2007

incredible weather for July

What a wonderful week it has been. Highs in the 80's or even 70's during the day, cool at night. Not at all typical for NC in July. After our stay in the mountains it has made our return extremely pleasant.
Reading the book, Not Buying It, My Year Without Shopping. The author, Judith Levine vowed to spend the year buying nothing that was not essential. Granted, one person's "essentials" might be another's extravagances. She decided that essentials were food and the items that she and her companion needed to make a living. She found that far from being a hardship, the winnowing of desire and resistance to the mind control of advertising made her more cynical at first but gradually more spiritual and forgiving.
I do try to consume less, but I am certainly not "pure" by any means. I do believe however, the most powerful thing an individual can do for the environment is to consume less, and to make conscious choices in buying that reflect the impact the production, transportation, and the people who made or grew this thing.

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