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15 Aug. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in politics, leaders, politicians, president, trust

No Trust No Leaders

leaders, leadership, politicians, trust

When I listen to the news on the television or read it on-line, I notice a common theme, political disputes. It seems our politicians cannot seem to get along. With all the arguing and personal attacks, it is a wonder our political leaders get anything done at all. Then I hear how Americans have lost faith in our politicians in part because of financial distress and this political upheaval. The consequences of this lack of trust in political leaders include the loss of leadership, little to no progress with programs and poor outlooks on future leaders.

29 Jul. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in dandelion greens, weeds, herbal remedies

Mistaken Identity: The common dandelion

dandelion greens, weeds, herbal remedies

The dandelion is probably one of the most common weeds. The bright yellow flower is considered an eyesore whether they are in our yards, thriving on the side of the road or growing between cracks in a sidewalk. By definition a weed is a plant that is considered unwanted and a nuisance, which is a very subjective definition. Meaning, virtually anything could be considered a weed. So what do you know about dandelions besides the fact that they are considered a weed?

13 Jul. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in politics, government, citizens

Politicians' Speeches: Promises and lies

politics, government, citizens

It seems that politicians, the people we claim represent us, are far to eager to give speeches, gallantly proclaiming their beliefs and making promises. Although these politicians and their speeches at first sound like music to your ears, it soon turns into annoying relentless chatter. Politicians’ beliefs and promises quickly turn into lies and broken promises.

10 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in food not lawns, landscape, lawns, yards, pesticides, composting, rain barrels

Yards: Our love affair with grass

food not lawns, landcape, lawns, yards, pesticides, eco-friendly yard maintenance

It is amazing how grass became what American yards are made of- the canvas in which everything else is put onto and around. And it seems we really do not question this fact. It just is and at this rate forever will be. Now I do not have anything against soft green grass, but our yards are more than this status symbol and conformity. They can serve a much higher purpose, if we put forth a little effort and ingenuity.

9 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in sprawl, low-density, city development

The Costs of Sprawl: Looking beyond the numbers

low-density, sprawl, suburbia, city development, urban sprawl

It is easy to get caught up in a numbers game like costs per-capita when talking about suburbia also known as sprawl or low-density development. One example is that many homebuyers like to point out that the suburbs offer “more house for your money” when compared to many neighborhoods in or on the skirts of a city. This may be true, but like so many things today there are many hidden costs to our lifestyles. Even more importantly there are other factors that play an even greater role in our neighborhood decisions.

3 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in city living, green living, eco-friendly lifestyle, adaptations

The Decision – Moving From Suburbia to The City

community, city living, suburbia, urban living, simplify, green living

My husband and I used to live in “suburbia”, in a little house that was once owned by his grandparents. He fixed it up with new kitchen appliances, newly finished floors and an amazing new landscape design. We were also within a few blocks of his parent’s house and where he grew-up. I thought this is it- a home of our own, a small quiet neighborhood and a modest place to settle down.

3 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in cars, car-free, transportation, public transit

Car-free to Car-filled and Back to Car-free

cars, automobiles, transportation, car-free

Although some may think our country unexpectedly turned into a car-loving nation, it was actually very strategically planned. With powerful automobile giants like GM, legislation, national security and a decline in city quality of living, cars and highways thrived and public transportation was short-handed.

14 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in Zoning, transportation, urban growth, suburb, sprawl, city development

Zoning and Its Impact on Our Lives and Environment

Zoning, transportation, urban growth, suburb, sprawl, city development

Think of those old quaint downtowns with the welcoming storefronts, wide sidewalks and everything within a short walking distance. Then think about why we rarely, if ever, see new development such as these; the reason in part is zoning. Zoning, changes in lifestyle and a growing middle class spurred changes to the way new cities and suburbs developed.