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Move Over Willy Wonka

Last month I was honored to attend a tour of the Suniva, Inc manufacturing plant in Norcross, Ga. Commissioner Kathie Gannon of DeKalb County Commission and creator of the DeKalb Green Commission which I am a member of, invited the commission to join her. There was a small group of us who attended. We were greeted at the plant and international research & development hub of Suniva with a small presentation and then the tour.

Okay so here is the declaimer, I might look like the middle aged mild mannered little lady but a kid at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory could not have been more excited than me to be touring the plant!

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But you stopped…

A more mature friend recently sent me an e-mail about how the older generation knew how to recycle. They also knew how to save way before anyone of my generation did. It was one of those smug little diddies written by some person who was a child of the depression or a child whose parents had lived during the depression. Now, don’t get me wrong! I agree that more seasoned folks understood how to reduce, reuse and recycle and better yet knew how not to accumulate in the beginning, but somewhere along the way they, forgot. So needless to say I wasn’t necessarily impressed with its sentiment.

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We are having the wrong conversation

My Sunday School class is awesome! They push me. They aren’t “green”. They are mostly quite a bit more seasoned in life than I am. This is the one place where I consistently get out of my “green” sandbox and into where most people are living their lives. At least in regards to issues of sustainability, environment and the now almost universally accepted dreaded term “green”. This doesn’t mean that they don’t care about the environment in general or that they aren’t open to my perspective. God bless them for that! It’s just not something that is on their radar on a daily basis like it is for me. My honest belief is that I am not fit for the general population anymore because I am so dang green!

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Turkeys don’t need babysitters

Creative Commons License: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11325934@N00/104818373/in/photolist-agdRk-bQ7UxP-71fFSJ-64WUrA-Jz6vq-gDLiXC-9PrcHq-7VzZU-4Q9AEj-665pxj-8yoomZ-dueYDm-4nVBsj-4nRxER-FLwXP-FLwXx-FLwXv-FLq7Y-9bi14z-LYCtZ-4Fn2i2-2z9NG-4nSQc7-72d4vZ-3DwEug-7zfGET-FLsca-FLwXZ-FLwXT-6ciALk-6aTpzN-2kTqdR-774Sh4-4Fn2dM-7RL8Fj-ddUQBG-5ZvQFD-FhRkg-2KLaR-2KLb9-2ZhBj2-5Yc31p-642NwC-6wHptz-63nr1b-7Paxi-5niQaf-4Frf5L-88AfWi-4FrftG-rggnuSo I have to confess. I spend a lot of time with folks who think like me. You know the “I feel guilty if I don’t recycle, I will drive anywhere to pick my own organic fruit, if you leave that light on there will be dire consequences, carpool as much as you can then you don’t have to buy gas, save water shower with a friend” kind of people. So when in a group of, well, anyone else, I can be a pain and can get quite frustrated with my inability to explain why some things are so important.

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The Happy Mealification of Vacation Bible School

I am writing this article for two reasons: to share my concerns over current thinking by VBS companies/planners on the message we are teaching our kids about the environment and it’s relationship to God and to encourage concerned Christians to look at VBS in a new way. My intent is to offer critique on how we can do things better, not to take away from all those good intentioned people who pour their hearts and minds into educating the littlest in the flock about the love and goodness of God.

I have done VBS for at least four years now. Work prohibits my ability to be there the whole week so I offer my services as the chief Martha Stewart of Vacation Bible School sets. This year, my thoughts solidified on why this had become a chore for me instead of a joy. After all if you are going to do anything for the Church, you should do it with joy, right?

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Dadgummit! Just implode the well

Okay so needless to say I am mad. Ticked! Dare I say…Beetle Bailey cussing angry? @#$@*%! And this makes me totally—un-unique. The BP Oil disaster is just uuuggghhhhh!!!!!! Thousands of people along the Gulf Coast who are directly affected and then many Americans indirectly affected are in line with me. Does that mean I am in good company? I think I am at least in concerned company.

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