A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Green behaviors common in the U.S.? That’s hard to believe
Wednesday, 21 Apr, 2010 – 17:51 | Comments Off
Green behaviors common in the U.S.? That’s hard to believe

Ever since I’ve moved to California, I’ve enjoyed the benefits of curb-side recycling.
It really couldn’t be an easier: Separate your trash in the house and select the appropriate bin outside in which to deposit it. …

Wal-Mart’s on the cutting edge of cutting costs
Tuesday, 12 Jan, 2010 – 21:37 | 2 Comments
Wal-Mart’s on the cutting edge of cutting costs

It’s early yet, but give Wal-Mart credit for the public relations coup of the year so far.
Last week, the retailer began charging 15 cents for regular bags and 50 cents for oversized ones in three …

How a 7-year-old law surprised the auto industry
Tuesday, 27 Jan, 2009 – 3:02 | Comments Off
How a 7-year-old law surprised the auto industry

Did auto makers fall for the conspiracy theories that President Bush would declare martial law just before the election and remain in office forever?
Not that they could be faulted for fantasizing about that. Up until …

The green in grocery bag ban would go to the grocers
Wednesday, 27 Aug, 2008 – 6:34 | Comments Off

I’m as green as the next over-stressed, under-loved working mom, which means I do it when it’s convenient.

I use paper ware only at birthday parties and plastic utensils only in the guys’ lunch. And those are left over from past parties, when I would inevitably panic and buy more forks and spoons, only to find a gross or two stashed in the garage much later.

I’ve recycled since back when it meant toting newspapers back to the office, which was capitalism at its finest for my employer. I paid to subscribe to the product I helped edit, then gave it back so the company could make money. What a sweet scheme.

The guys already know how to recycle, and Big Guy, being a bit on the anal side, is quite the little drill