Truth on Earth – Making Music to Change the World

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In a society where many teens and young adults spend their free time in front of the television, playing video games, grabbing fast food, or hanging out with friends at the mall, the three Halpern sisters lead exceptional lives. They’re talented musicians, who together comprise the band Truth On Earth (T.O.E.).

So what else is unique about Serena (20), Kiley (19), and Tess (16)? They’re lifelong vegans, have always been home schooled, and have spent the last two years traveling the country in an RV with their parents….

And this is another way the three are different from most of their peers: Their songs aren’t about the issues many young women are thinking about — boys, flirtations, or the angst of being a teen. “We picked a musical style that had a message and meant something,” Kiley says….

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Small Footprints – At Home on the Sea

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In the first part of our discussion with Linda and Rick Clayton, Linda talked about being “able to go where the wind goes.” Despite the tight quarters on a sailboat, there are loads of personal advantages to this lifestyle, as she and Rick point out.

This is part two of our two-part conversation with the Claytons. Get ready to relax, put on your deck shoes, and take a virtual sail on Sojourner.

BPGL: Where is your favorite place to drop anchor and just stay awhile?

LINDA: I like the beaches in the Bahamas, but every time we get to a new anchorage, we say, “Wow! This is so beautiful!” And it has so many wonderful features that maybe the other ones don’t have. It’s hard to say there’s any one place; each place is a wonderful place because of its uniqueness….

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Small Footprints – Cruising with the Claytons

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When Rick and Linda Lacy Clayton decided four years ago to retire on a sailboat, they didn’t do it with the intention of becoming environmentalists. But what they’ve learned since is that their very survival — and their finances — depend on their ability to sustain themselves with minimal fuel, power, and water.

Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) spoke with the Claytons to learn how the experience of living on their sailboat, Sojourner, has changed their daily habits and taught them to keep a small (wet) footprint. The Claytons hail from Dallas, Texas, where Rick retired as a policeman, then spent eight years as a truck driver, and Linda retired from a career in marketing….

BPGL: What a life you have! How did you decide to live on a sailboat?

RICK: We both had some experience sailing. The first vacation after we got married, we chartered a sailboat down in the British Virgin Islands for a week — the two of us on a 35-foot boat. Of course, I knew I was going to love it. On the way back, Linda said, “How soon can we sell everything, buy a boat, and take off?” …

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Bayes Cleaners – Safe, Effective, and Economical

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When Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) received a complimentary box of sample cleaners from Bayes, we passed out some of the products and kept some to review ourselves. Following are the collected comments from our review team.
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One of the features that attracted us to the home we purchased a year ago was the kitchen full of stainless steel appliances. Little did we know what fingerprint magnets they are, especially with three young children around. I also had no idea about how to properly care for the appliance surfaces. Little did I know that typical household cleaners are too abrasive or corrosive for the stainless steel finish. Bayes Stainless Steel Cleaner/Protectant was a great find for us….

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Happy Holidays from Blue Planet Green Living

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From our house to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday.

Julia Wasson and Joe Hennager

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Today We Give Thanks and Celebrate

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We all have a million reasons to be thankful, today and every day. For those of us in the United States, today is an official holiday dedicated to just that purpose. It’s a tradition in many households for each person to share something that they’re thankful for. So, at Blue Planet Green Living, we are taking this day to share with you, briefly, why we’re especially thankful on this particular Thanksgiving Day.

Yesterday marked our first anniversary of publishing Blue Planet Green Living. Although we began writing posts in October of last year, we didn’t officially launch until November 25, 2008….

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BPGL Puts Newman’s Own Organics to the Taste Test

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About a month ago, we received a large box from Newman’s Own Organics (N.O.O.) in California. It was stuffed with a variety of wholesome goodies, assorted salty snacks, some chocolate sweets, one bottle of olive oil and another of balsamic vinegar.

It’s only fair that we inject a word of warning: We are not foodies. We don’t often write about food, and we don’t list it as one of our areas of expertise. You want to know the exquisite details of how the food feels or tastes on an expert palate? You’d have more luck channeling Julia Child.

So, back to where the box of manna fell off the UPS truck…

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Sustainable Living Profile: Jessica Klein

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When Jessica Klein gets hungry for organic produce, she doesn’t have very far to go. “I have my own little sustainable garden,” she says. That’s a bit of an understatement, as Klein raises a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs on a bit less than acre of land. She and her husband, Brett, live on the southern exposure of Tiger Mountain, near Issaquah, Washington.

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