Spreading Good News (Post 728 – BLAST FROM THE PAST: “The Green Thing”)

Spreading Good NewsThe goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.

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Constant Quote2CONSTANT QUOTE

 

 

IT’S BETTER TO DIE CHASING A DREAM NEVER CAUGHT THAN TO DIE NEVER HAVING CHASED THE DREAM.  ~ Joyce Fields

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Today's Quote

 

 

 

NO ONE CAN READ YOUR MIND, SO IT’S SAFE TO THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK.

~ Joyce Fields

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Dear Bully ThumbnailDear Bully:  A Collection of Poems about Bullying opens a child’s heart to the pain and horror of bullyingWritten from the perspectives of the bullied, the parent of the bullied, the sibling of the bully, and the bully him or herself.  For 5th graders and above.

Joyce is reading six poems from the book at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3sdKM-yl2M.  And please leave a comment!!

Order today for all the children you know and love. . .http://www.GoodShortBooks.com

 

THE ANTI-BULLYING PLEDGE

The Pledge - resizedIt’s FREE and available at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com!  A useful and very effective tool against bullying.

Gives kids something to live up to–their own pledge!

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My Simple Quotes - Amazon e-storeANNOUNCING A NEW BOOK!!  My Simple Quotes to Live By.  This book contains 169 original quotes on 90 pages. 

It’s available at http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Quotes-Live-Joyce-Fields/dp/1466318562/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344234589&sr=1-1&keywords=my+simple+quotes+to+live+by

 

The “Constant Quote” (above) was chosen to appear in the 2013 Women’s Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar that is available at http://www.womansadvantage.biz/prod_cat.php 

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TODAY’S BLOG

I have over 700 posts on this blog—going all the way back to July 2010.  “BLAST FROM THE PAST” gives me an opportunity to re-post some excellent pieces that many of my readers haven’t read.  And it’s a chance for regular readers to re-read and refresh!!

Blast from the PastBLAST FROM THE PAST

My cousin, Patricia Eddings, sent me this great piece.

Many of the things mentioned in this piece are captured in my book, Line of Serenity, which covers the years 1944-1977.  In the book, I describe the “modern conveniences” of the time, as well as family interaction, child-rearing philosophies and adventures.  Food was (and still is!) a big part of our family, so I included 21 of my own recipes in the book (my personal favorite is Skillet Chicken and Rice).

So, my book and this blog post have much in common.  Enjoy!

THE GREEN THING

~ Author unknown

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.  The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have ‘the green thing’ back in my day.”

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today.  The former generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

He was right, that generation didn’t have “the green thing” in its day.

Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the milkman and the store.  The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so the same bottles could be used over and over.  So they really were recycled.

But they didn’t have “the green thing” back in that customer’s day.

In her day, they walked up the stairs because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building.  They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. They didn’t have “the green thing” in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s cloth diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind.  They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts—wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.  Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right; they didn’t have “the green thing” back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, and/or radio, in the house—not a TV in every room.  And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the State of Montana.  In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for them.

When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn.  They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right; they didn’t have “the green thing” back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a plastic cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water.  They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of throwing them away and buying new pens, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn’t have “the green thing” back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into an all-day taxi service.  They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.  And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 22,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn’t have “the green thing” back then?

TRUTH BE TOLD:  Today’s “old folks” were raised in the original “green thing” era!

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NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed and/or learned from this blog, please leave a comment and send the link to others.  Thanks!!

JourneyIf you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334.

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~ Joyce Fields

 

ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS FROM JOYCE FIELDS

Joyce is an author who has written eight books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

BE INSPIRED!  You can read about and order their books AND order merchandise from their online store at this link (or click the “BE INSPIRED!” button above):

https://lineofserenity.wordpress.com/get-more-inspiration/

Thanks for your interest AND support!!

Contact Joyce at goodshortbooks@yahoo.com.

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Favorite BlogsSOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://www.davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

http://callingoftheheart.wordpress.com  Spirituality, Psychology, and Political.

http://www.petedenton.wordpress.com  Writer of short stories, Flash fiction, and some scripts.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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2 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 728 – BLAST FROM THE PAST: “The Green Thing”)

  1. Sandra says:

    Everyone under 30 should read this.

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