Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – ENTER IF YOU DARE!

September 15, 2010 by  
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Ripley is a name long associated with uniqueness and — let’s be honest — oddity. The latest book in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! series is no exception. Flip to any page in this attractive, hard cover book, and you’ll find bizarre stories about all sorts of topics that will keep you reading and turning page after page:

* training pigeons to evaluate art by rewarding them with food, page 77
* a Russian man with a tree growing inside his lungs, page 111
* hair scissors that fit on the tips of a stylist’s fingers, similar to Edward Scissorhands, page 144
* and so much more.

The idea of reusing discarded items in new ways is hardly unique these days, and you might wonder how reuse and repurposing would fit Ripley’s definition of “odd.” Yet several of the entries in this book show highly unusual ways to reuse discarded items….

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Our 5: Briggs Shore and Avi Pogel, Sustainable Living Coalition

September 7, 2010 by  
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This past spring, Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) met Briggs Shore and Avi Pogel at the Natural Living Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. Pogel and Shore work with the Sustainable Living Coalition. Shore is the Administrative Coordinator and Pogel is on the teaching staff.

According to the group’s website, “The Sustainable Living Coalition is a group of enthusiastic individuals actively working to create communities that are: environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just places to live. The SLC’s Vision is: to empower individuals and communities to live fully rooted in the abundant flows of natural systems.”

Following are Shore’s and Pogel’s joint responses to the question we most like to ask everyone we speak with….

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Eye of the Whale by Douglas Carlton Abrams

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Intrigue. Romance. Danger. Life. Death. Loyalty. Betrayal. Eye of the Whale has what it takes to get a reader’s pulse racing clear to the last page. But there’s more to this novel than a mystery. After years of thorough research, author Douglas Carlton Abrams has skillfully woven a tale that teaches as much as it entertains. Abrams combines hard scientific facts about the pollution that threatens the world’s sea creatures with a page-turning thrill ride.

Eye of the Whale is an excellent literary vehicle for making the current threat of pollution immediate and real. The author accomplishes this by creating characters — not all of them human — that readers come to know and care about. From a mother whale who begins a new, mysterious song that carries around the world to a ravenous shark whose violent kills are simply a means of survival to a male whale stranded in a California river, the animals have compelling plot lines that draw the reader in.

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My 5: Gary Sutterlin, Breeze Dryer, CEO

September 2, 2010 by  
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Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked ecopreneur Gary Sutterlin two questions we ask all our interviewees. Sutterlin and his wife, Gayle, are the owners of Breeze Dryer, the North American distributors of Hills Hoist and other Hills clothes-drying solutions. Following are Sutterlin’s responses:

BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save protect the planet?

In order to protect the planet, we need to begin to live our lives with a focus on our impact on this earth.

* Consumers need to begin to understand where and how goods make their way to the store shelves….

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