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“Guide” Dogs

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | March 25th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth

Woman walking her dog

I didn’t always love to walk my dogs. It used to feel like a chore. One more thing on a long “to-do” list.

I would walk them, sure. But though my legs were taking me around the neighborhood, my mind was somewhere else entirely. Working through a magazine article I was writing that was giving me grief. Or having an in-my-head conversation with a friend I had argued with. Maybe berating myself for not waking up early to go for a run.

It’s a … Home!

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 23rd, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home

It's a Home blog

My home is undergoing a rebirth. It’s painful, long and decidedly unpredictable.

Most people might call it a renovation. But it’s more than that. It’s a new incarnation of what was formerly four walls and a roof into a home.

The rebirth is born of necessity — a leaky roof, drafty windows and stained broadloom carpet that harbored more than I wanted to consider within its fibers…

Life’s Lessons Sometimes Come in Small (and/or Furry) Packages

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 23rd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Personal Growth

Little girl with dogDespite a diet of organic, holistic dog food. Despite a pesticide-free yard. Despite daily exercise and plenty of TLC, our six-year-old dog Polar was diagnosed in October with osteosarcoma, an aggressive and indiscriminate type of bone cancer that leaves little time for weighing options.

Free to a Weird Home

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | October 18th, 2010 | 8 Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living

Purple chair on the side of the road

I’m so busted. By the moms at my kids’ school. My neighbors. People in passing cars.

But I couldn’t help myself. It was perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. And there for the taking.

I looked to my right. My left. All clear. Grabbed it.

Pencils, Promises and an “R”

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | September 30th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living

No. 2 pencils

My kids started school a few weeks ago. Along with new binders and some recycled paper, they took with them pencils. Despite technology’s steady advance into our lives, we still need pencils. Albeit my children’s pencils were Forest Stewardship Council–certified, meaning the wood for them came from sustainably managed forests.

Too Busy to Just “Be”

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | September 12th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth

How are you?

I’m asked this at least a few times a day by people ranging from the letter carrier to the grocery store clerk.

I’ll tell you how I am. I’m BUSY.

It’s a popular response. All of us are, perpetually, busy. We often make vague references to the day when we won’t be so busy. We might allude to the upcoming vacation during which we plan to do nothing but read and snooze. In the meantime, we’re…busy.

The Eco-Debate: How Much Do Environmental Issues Matter?

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | August 20th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living

Some people ask me why I’m so passionate about “environmental issues.” Well, these “environmental issues” I’m so concerned about aren’t just about the environment. In fact, I haven’t thought about them as environmental issues for some time. They’re about everything else that’s inevitably on people’s agenda — economy, health care, politics …

Clamoring for Quiet

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | August 3rd, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness

woman with hands over her earsChristmas might be months away, but I’m feeling awfully Grinch-like. Specifically, I find myself covering my ears and muttering about all this “Noise! Noise! Noise! NOISE!”

Although I can’t blame bamboozlers or pantookas, I’m certainly pointing the finger at leaf-blowers and cell phones.
Not to mention car horns, dogs (frequently my own) and air conditioners. Airplanes, video games and … sigh.

Secondhand Mews

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | July 9th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

Woman hugging a cat

Something made me say yes.

It wasn’t common sense, which pointed out that I already had three dogs, two cats and a rabbit. I surely didn’t need another pet.

It wasn’t love. Despite his name, there was little about Romeo that lassoed my heart. He was enormous. And toothless. His claws seemed permanently poised to strike. His fur was dull and he had a bad case of dandruff and he reeked of a pack-a-day habit.

Convenience Is Killing Us

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | June 28th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home

tv dinner tray with medical supplies on it

I’m curious when we traded common sense for convenience. I’m guessing it was around the time we stopped trusting ourselves. The same time we started believing all those claims that we could “have it all.” We can. But we pay a price for it.