Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009 Good New Stories (Margaret)

Carbon Neutral on a Shoestring

"THE floor tiles made from smashed television screens did not, in the end, work out. Neither did the pulley system Petz Scholtus’s boyfriend rigged to haul her stuff up three very steep flights of stairs to her new apartment in the Barri Gòtic, or old city, when she moved in over a year ago. But the move itself — by bicycle through the streets of the oldest and most cinematic neighborhoods here — was a carbon-neutral success. (It helped that Ms. Scholtus had no furniture then.) So, too, were other elements of her eco-renovation. "

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Put a little Spring in your step

Hold firm, winter-weary warriors, it is almost over.

It is hard to believe, but in a matter of weeks, leaves will be returning to trees and raindrops will replace snowflakes as our chief weather worry.

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Reclaim Lent: Find some breathing room

"For many of us, our churches have moved away from the more austere traditions of the past. Our pastors don’t wear suits. Our worship teams have drummers and you can download a podcast of the sermon. In many ways church has become more relaxed and that can be a good thing. But in the midst of all of our renovations sometimes we lose the beauty of those very old traditions."

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Author offers some advice for busy gardeners

"Tracy DiSabato-Aust leads a busy life.

Not only is she in constant motion, traveling the world to speak about gardening and promote her books, she also pursues an exhausting regimen as a triathlete, training two to three hours a day."

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