Notes From the Shire


Sustainability:  the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.

How do we become more sustaining in our habits in relation to our natural world, or have we tipped too far? Luckily there are many resources at our fingertips to help us with this daily human struggle in the form of books, those reassuring things that have always helped us gain knowledge and insight.

F**k Plastic: 101 Ways to Free Yourself from Plastic and Save the World

The Hemingway Cats

Ernest Hemingway traveled throughout the world but had a special fondness for Florida’s Key West. He bought a house in Old Town Key West where he fished, wrote and enjoyed the company of Snow White, a polydactyl (six-toed) cat given to him by a ship’s captain. Today Hemingway’s house is a museum and historic site where a multitude of Snow White's descendants still live, forming a veritable polydactyl feline colony.  

Embracing Nature

Spring has arrived here in the Northeast- the days are getting longer, the sun a little warmer and the precipitation is leaning towards rain instead of snow, and with the shift comes a restlessness to re-emerge into our outdoor world. We may not need to hibernate but it certainly feels as if we do it to a degree. In a climate with a long, cold winter cabin fever is a real state of mind.


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