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alex's life book

  • In early 2006, I began creating a life book for my daughter, Alex. Click here for links to articles describing my experience.
  • And for those of you who are more digitally inclined, in late 2006, I recreated key pages of Alex's lifebook for an article I wrote for AlphaMom, using Scrapblog.

    You can see the final digital result (and leave comments, if you'd like!) here.

what's been on my nikon lately

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dave / higher powered

Those are some great ideas and actually make being environment-firendly much less overwhelming. If a fraction of people did the simple things, it would make a big difference in the long run.
The hypocritical leaders and (some) followers of Greenpeace could learn a lot.


I applaud your decision to live more consciously. I began that journey three years ago, not because it was fashionable, but because I felt it was important for me to walk the walk after so many years of talking the talk. (At the time, I was headed into parenthood and thinking about the person I wanted my daughter to emulate.) Most of the changes I've made have come easily, but some were real sacrifices. I still sometimes dream about paper towels, for example.

Margaret in Germany

Here in Germany, it is MANDATORY to separate your personal trash so it can be recycled. Before moving here in '95, I never thought twice about the importance of recycling. The military bases have recycling points and they face very stiff fines if they fail to properly separate the trash.

For now, it seems that in many parts of the world, living green is the IN thing to do, whereas here in Germany, it is THE thing to do, and has been for years.

In a couple of months Kennedi and I will be moving to North Carolina, and I will continue to do my part to help the environment. Every little bit helps.


One of the best things we ever did was go to cloth diapering when we adopted our third baby just 18 mons after our second. Two kids in diapers at once REALLY made me think about all that TRASH. We experimented (since I am NOT the kind of Mama who would usually LIKE cloth) and we discovered a great, EASY system that has worked well for us, www.FuzziBunz.com
I know we have saved money, the kids have been more willing to toilet train, and WOW, all those dirty diapers we did NOT add to the landfill! I would recommend Fuzzi Bunz to anyone like me who thinks, "Ugh,I would never use cloth!" You may be surprised.
I love your idea for Emerald Market too, a great way to share earth friendly finds with others who are interested!


I don't think "the environment" cares if people act Green because it's fashionable or because it's "the thing to do", as long as people are willing to use their possibilities to change their behaviour.
Personally I find it real hard to tell ignorant people (like those tossing their batteries etc between their regular garbage) they should really be changing their behaviour, whilst I'm not willing to give up my sort of frequent shopping trips (flying from Amsterdam to New York/London/Milan for a few days) and overseas holidays...
How much of a hypocrit does that make me?
(And I'm not even into Greenpeace LOL)


PS: The giant turtles sound really exciting! I hope Alex enjoys it as much as you expected!
PS2: The current Dutch weather (rain rain rain) is making me want to look at your pictures even more than usual. I love the very different (sun)light...


Great post and love the photos! I work at an environmental NGO (policy research institute) so your post was near and dear to my heart. I find that a lot of people use today's catch-phrase of "global warming" or "climate change" to get people to care about the environment (For example, here in Japan, the Ministry of the Environment "endorsed" the film "The Day After Tomorrow" as part of their global warming campaign.) I find those tactics frightening.

But paying more attention and understanding the dwindling resources that we have (once they're gone, there's no where else we can get them) is so important for every single person to realize. Thanks for the thought-provoking post!

Bron from Oz

In my professional life I work on getting the community engaged in greenhouse issues. It's important for all of us to do our bit to address global warming - and not think it's just about big business - 20% of our greenhouse emissions come from households and if we all make small changes the combined impact can be great.


if you want to be green, be VEGAN! it is the single biggest and best way for a human consumer to reduce her environmental footprint. vegans use a tiny fraction of the energy and resources that lacto-ovo vegetarians do. so even if you just do one veggie day a week, make it truly *plant* based. :)

& if your plants are organic and locally grown on top of that, it's just (dairy-free) icing on your (eggless) cake.


truly amazing photos. seeing the turtles at Acajou has long been one of my things to do :) I applaud you on your green efforts, it is near and dear to my heart. France is not forward thinking as Germany, but is getting there. We recycle, and also use reuseable bags for our groceries. Plus I have just about eliminated all cleaning chemicals from our home and use good old-fashioned vinegar and baking soda, the elbow grease is good exercise!


Interesting the Vanity Fair tip about planting trees suggested using styrofoam cups to get the seedlings going...!

I am with Deb though - used cloth nappies for my first child and will use them for the next one due in October. Doing things like this that are good for the environment gives you a boost everytime you do them. And with nappies, that means a lot of boosts!

Finally - where I live in London, the council makes it really easy to recycle: we don't even have to separate items...we just put all bottles, paper, cardboard, plastic, etc into a big green box which they collect every week. We don't even have to take labels off bottles, etc., they do it for us! It's always great when your local government encourages environmental responsibility; I am hearing that some councils will be starting to impose fines on people who do not take advantage of the recycling services provided by their councils.

zander Srodes    "Turtle Talks"

Hi, Last year my mom contacted you about Grande Riviere. I was coming to bring copies of a children's activity book that I wrote on Sea Turtles. Then I was 15 yrs old, this year we are coming back. We stayed up at Mt. Plaisir. We had a wonderful time and the Leatherbacks are awesome. It was cool to read about your trip there. Since then I got the book translated by the Spanish club at my high school, here in Florida. In Oct. I took books to Tortuguero, Costa Rica. That is a nesting site for Green turtles. Your eco blogs make a lot of sense. Zander

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