all the small changes


Time to make some changes around here. It seems I can no longer live in a world with detached, ironic despair. With a shift in attitude, comes a shift in action… a series of small changes that say something about where I’m at and where I’m going.

  1. The light bulb. Five times the price as the regular ones, a fraction of the wattage, the same amount of light, and apparently it lasts eight times as long. If everyone would just do the math here, this one is a no-brainer. What took me so long?
  2. The cloth washcloth. I’ve pitched the last of the paper towels and j-cloths. Just throw it in the washer.
  3. Bringing my thermos instead of going to Tim Hortons.
  4. The cloth bag. Stuff it in the bottom of my messanger bag.
  5. Used milk bags make good sandwich bags. I am turning into my Mother!
  6. The fair trade, organic coffee. Smells lovely.
  7. The $20 organic chicken tastes pretty good, too.

Sure, I still have my ancient energy-hog fridge (price $0), I’m not about to hang my wet clothes on the line in my studio. Still, when I started to think about it, these changes were so easy to make, so why not? If you think in the long term it seems like money well spent.

Also, I’ve brought my plants back to life. Remember this sorry scene a month ago? I looked at this plant, and I saw some leaves all rolled up. I said to my Mom, “its leaves are all rolled up! What’s wrong with it?”

My Mom said “Those are new leaves, it’s growing.”

A plant in my possession… actually growing? I truly have changed. I feel like I just became a woman.


These are the books I’m into lately. Brave New World is a hoot. I don’t think the future’s going to be anywhere near so neat and tidy. The Earth From Above book is a wonderful gift from my best friend. Here’s a peek inside, the photos take you out of yourself and the captions are fascinating.




What happened to the disconnected, cynical, despair I used to love so much? It’s still inside of me, but I’ve started to make the motions. If all it takes is a million changes, I’ll make them. There is no ideal world, but it makes sense to live sensibly. It does make sense to reduce the energy you consume and the waste you produce, to eat the better food and to support the better business practices. Changes aren’t that hard to make. It actually felt good to do them.

If I can change, anyone can.

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6 thoughts on “all the small changes”

  1. Wow, gla to hear our report these changes! A little can go a long way and after a while it seems like how did we ever get a long before that?

  2. On the heels of the WorldChanging book release, what a timely post you’ve made! It took me awhile to get around to the CFLs myself. First it was the organic food, then the recycled paper products, then on to Green Power, CFLs, and bamboo cutting boards and benches. Next thing you know I’m sewing broken umbrellas into a dress 😉

    I think you hit on the right idea. These changes are really easy. Small changes over time collectively make a difference. I don’t try to be perfect, but just try to make better choices when I can. And, honestly, haven’t felt I’ve sacrificed much.

    Love Yann Arthus-Bertrand by the way. Hope you are enjoying it!!

  3. Hey, I went to the Worldchanging event last night to check out what-the-fuss =)

    It was actually interesting – unfortunately I couldn’t stay very long. It’s interesting that they’re looking for green bloggers in Toronto… I thought of signing up but I chickened out. I’m just a beginner for a greenie blogger… I’m trying though…

    here is is

  4. I collect these sorts of books of which Huxley is one. Another I really “enjoy” (horrifying myself?) in the genre is _This Perfect Day_ by Ira Levin (yes, that Ira Levin; I can totally forgive his later literary transgressions for this book). There’s more of course, largely terminating with _A Handmaiden’s Tale_ (to which it seemed the lower 48 was being pushed until the recent ELECTION, YEAH!). Then, there’s a gentler author I really like. Tepper. Start with _Singer by the Sea_ or I can lend it to you. If I’d been told Tepper wrote feminist fantasy fiction, I wouldn’t have read her either. I have a whole stack of ’em. Darker than Tepper is Octavia Butler. No hope but that’s another story. Anyway, sorry to go on so long, I meant to mention _this perfect day_ as a companion title to Huxley.

  5. oh crud. sorry Danielle, paste this comment with the last one but I wanted to congratulate you on your changes! YEAH! You know, I’ve been using cloth napkins for years. I pride myself on keeping them very white and unstained. Guests never want to use them, thinking I’ve put them out as a special occasion and it’s too fancy for them but something so simple can bring a little luxury and elegance, an odd contrast to our simple vegetarian meals. The only problem with them is hiding them from the cats, or one in particular, the black one of course. He thinks the napkin basket is the dandiest place to nest.

    We don’t have milk in litre bags here. I’ve told people about these and they think I’m nuts.

  6. Wow… so many books to read, so little time. Thanks Kathleen for all the great suggestions… I love speculative fiction. Feminist fantasy too…

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