Monthly Archives: January 2011

Living green

Going green seems to be a topic that is getting old. However, I believe there is a difference in going green and living green. A lot of people recycle whenever there is a recycle bin nearby or they get more eco-friendly cars probably knowing it counts as a tax deduction.

I believe in actually living green- that is, thinking about products I use in day-to-day life and how they may impact our environment for the future. There are a number of podcasts  that help people begin to live green. GreenTalk Radio has a series of podcasts that teach the everyday person how to make more environmentally conscious decisions that can make a difference for future generations.


Embarrassing hobbies = happiness

Life can bring hurt, happiness, embarrassment, fear, uncertainty and world of other thoughts and emotions to us.  These all make us feel alive, giving us the ability to be human. To get away from the anguish that life can sometimes bring, I believe that we should (and most of us do) have some sort of hobby. 

There always seems to be a need to be accepted, to be a part of the “cool” crowd. Everyone has to have the latest gadgets, own the hottest fashion, read the newest book in the series of some trendy new author. However, I truly believe that inside of everyone, there lies a  nerd waiting  to be freed. For most of us, at the end of the day we engage in the hobbies that reveal just how cool we may not be.

I came across a story in the L.A. Times about a kid (well, now man) that has spent 12 years creating a rubberband ball.  Tim Gardner of Staten Island, NY started the endeavor of creating the world’s largest rubber band ball at the age 0f 11. Tim, now 23, has gotten the rubber mass to weigh 420 pounds. He’s always aimed for the world record, which is at 9, 400 pounds. Tim’s rubberband ball is housed at the Staten Island Children’s Museum not too far from his childhood home. There, children get to marvel at the colorful work Tim has created.

Americans work so hard that it is become very important to take time out for leisure and hobbies. has an entire webpage titled Discover Your Passions: American’s New Leisure that offers all types of ways to help you find what helps you relax. There is even a quiz that helps you pick out what hobby best suites your personality! I got the creative personality type

As for me, I have a few hobbies that are pretty normal and one or two that channel my inner nerd. I love to cook and create things. Being able to express myself whether through writing, painting or projects is important to me. As for the embarrassing hobbies 1) doing homework 2) crunching numbers and 3) playing Zuma. Although it is required, homework has always been a stress reliever for me. I didn’t grow up with siblings so school was- fun and exciting! I also like to crunch numbers, don’t ask, haha. Finally, when life is really getting to me, I turn up my earphones and play a computer game targeted to 8-year-olds called Zuma.

So don’t be afraid to let that inner nerd out! Admitting to an embarrassing hobby may make you blush, but at the same time it may make you cooler (at least in my eyes) or maybe even a semi-celebrity like Tim 🙂

Photo credit: Adam Russell

Creativity makes the world go round

I may have a love for writing; however, I wish I could possess the ability to express myself artistically. A creative mind and the ability to express that creative mind is what the 21st century is all about. New ideas, innovations and artists are always needed to breathe life into old industries.

I recently came across some interesting websites that show how people have put artistic spins on both ordinary and unusual things. The great part about it is that they’re able to use their natural talents to make money. In a world where we are environmentally conscious, recycling has become a top priority. The artist at uses discarded LPs to create paintings of artists past and present. At your request, he’ll recreate the artist of your choice for $200.

Why not use the going green initiative to make a profit? One of nature’s most abundant gifts has been used in an art form called leaf carving. The leaves used for the carvings are native to India and China. The time it takes to create these brilliant pieces of art can take months of tedious and careful work. Pre-carved pieces start at $24.95 and you can have a custom carving done starting at $89.95. Leaf Carving Art is one of the companies that produces this art form. Another artist has been using his gift in wood carvings to make urns for pets (I admit, a little creepy, but nonetheless a creative artform and a way to stack cash).

I encourage those with a gift in creativity to use it to make money somehow. In fact, I believe that everyone has the ability to invent and create. In this day and age, creativity and innovation are what companies are looking for to put new spins on the old and to compete in a more global society.  You can create using something vintage or even something found in nature. Either way, put your creativity to the test and see how much fortune it may bring you.

Babies born in cabs and cross-dressing, ftw.

If I were the cabbie, I would not be quite sure how to handle this situation. Apparently, a couple on their way to Massachusetts General Hospital found themselves in an unwelcomed predicament when the wife went into labor- while the cab was stuck in a traffic jam. What a nice way to be welcomed into the world, right?

Woman gives birth in Boston cab during traffic jam

Being the curious person that I am, I thought- “I wonder if anyone else has made headlines for giving birth in that same way?” BEHOLD! My curiosity struck gold. A similar situation happened in an episode of Frasier. The difference is, the cab driver was the one going into labor. Take a look:

Speaking of Frasier, Kelsey Grammer has been mentioned a lot in the news lately. Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard about his affair and divorce news already, but what’s important is Mr. Grammer’s  performance in the Broadway play La Cage Aux Folles where in plays a nightclub owner in drag. The New York Times posted a review of the musical back in April 2010. Kelsey is scheduled to continue performing his character of Georges in La Cage until July 2011.