Category: "One Thing a Week"

This Week's Small Step: Ask Questions

June 8th, 2012
I’m shy when it comes to bothering strangers. I assume they don’t want to talk to other people, especially me. I think they have neither the time nor the inclination to stop what they’re doing to chat, but more often than not, the opposite it actually t… more »

This Week's Small Step: Go See a Show

May 25th, 2012
I just got back from a weekend-long musical experience: Spring Gulch Folk Festival. Held amidst the Amish and non-Amish farms of Lancaster County, the clip clop of buggy-pulling horses mixed with the rhythms of bluegrass banjos, Celtic drums, ballad cel… more »

This Week's Small Step: Find Someone to Admire

May 17th, 2012
Find someone to admire. Anger. Frustration. Guilt. Uncertainty. Fear. These emotions can consume us. However prevalent though, they should never serve as a guide. Instead, inspiration, conviction, confidence, assuredness, and happiness should take th… more »

This Week's Small Step: Leave the Keys on the Hook

May 11th, 2012
It's now safe to say that most Americans are tired of guzzling gas. I've dreamed of the day when it would end, since before I could even drive. Knowing the perils of oil consumption, I'm still forced to participate in the process. All these years later, with no alternatives in place, in a country that refuses to entertain solutions not tethered to resource exploitation, I must still get in my car, turn the key, and contribute to the problem. more »

This Week's Small Step: Know What You Plant

May 4th, 2012
There are many reasons why we garden: food, beauty, recreation, real estate value, etc. And there are many commercial enterprises at the ready, hoping you'll buy their plants. Like fancy packaging on junk food, plants of poor quality are dolled up for sale day, especially the ornamental perennials and bi-annuals. more »