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29 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Fun Facts About Christmas Trees and Evergreens

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Christmas trees are evergreens, which mean they retain their foliage or needles year round. They are grown in all 50 states and have been sold commercially in the United States since 1850. Although the commercialization, or mass-production, and development of the christmas tree is quite recent in United States history, evergreen trees have held a special meaning and have been used in the home for thousands of years.

28 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas

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So one great way to spread the word about eco-friendly products is by buying eco-friendly holiday gifts. And hopefully your friend or loved one will like the eco-friendly product so much they will want to continue to shop more eco-friendly, or they will, at minimum, spread the word about that particular eco-friendly product. So below are some great, eco-friendly holiday gift ideas for your family, spouse, friends and co-workers.


22 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Thanksgiving: A day to be thankful for what we have or to shop for what we want?

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This year there is a lot of debate over retail store hours because many stores are opening on Thanksgiving evening. Some believe it is going to become "Black Thursday" and "Black Friday" will become a thing of the past. Stores that are opening Thanksgiving evening include Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, and Kmart. They claim that it is what their customers want -- shopping on Thanksgiving. Is this a simple supply and demand situation? Are stores just meeting the needs of consumers? Not likely.

19 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Thanksgiving Recipes: Start a new healthy tradition

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I love the holiday season. I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood and it just is a time of year that puts a smile on my face. The lights, the music, family get togethers and holiday parades. Then there is the food. The delicious, home-made food. The smell of roasted turkey, baked rolls, stuffing and pumpkin pie makes my mouth water. So I thought I would share a few simple recipes that I make either for Thanksgiving dinner or Thanksgiving leftovers.

16 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Defining Moments: Occupy progressing forward

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This movement, in part, got started because it exposed citizens who were being exploited by the government and economic system. The anger and pure emotion of the protesters has resonated with a lot of people around the world and has propelled this movement forward. But in order for the movement to evolve and assist with fixing our national [and global] problems, it is going to need more than “romanticism,” or emotion, to survive and thrive.

Teach-In and Debates

16 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

A Preventable Disease: Diabetes

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Diabetes is a metabolic disease that inhibits the body’s ability to control blood sugar levels. According to the American Diabetic Association over 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes with 79 million at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. At this rate, it is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans will suffer from diabetes by 2050.

14 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Proud of My Community

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Just last week Evanston, IL passed 10 ideas for improving the community, including making it more green. Prior to deciding on the top ten ideas, they [Evanston150] had a website where ideas were posted and then they had the residents of Evanston vote on the top 30. Out of the top 30 a committee picked the top 10, which are available here

13 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Yummy Cranberry Muffins: A recipe you'll love

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Today I made some yummy [and healthy] cranberry muffins that are moist, sweet and have a hint of tartness that comes with fresh cranberries. I hope you love these as much as I do. The recipe is based on this recipe

Cranberry Muffin Recipe:

10 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

With the Good, Comes the Bad: Attacks on the occupy movement

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So In the past two days I have come across an article and a picture that depict the occupy movement very negatively. And although I do not think this movement is perfect, I think it is one of the best chances we have in empowering the people of this country and making real change. The article takes anything negative that has happened within the occupy movement and has used it to actually represent the occupy movement.

10 Nov. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich

Being Green 101 Part II [tips for this holiday season!]

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This list is an expansion of a blog I wrote a month ago These tips are useful when trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Green tips, such as these, and a shift in social responsibility will help make an eco-friendly lifestyle more of the norm.

  • Buy organic and sustainably grown produce. The sustainable part is especially important because even organic food can be produced using unsustainable practices.