10-Week Sustainability Challenge – Week 3

Welcome back to the third week of our sustainability challenge. If you missed the first two weeks: Please refer to the links at the bottom of this post. This week we are going to be watchers. Observers, you could say. We need to leave our ego behind this week and look at things without judgment or self-referential assessments. I think you will enjoy this challenge. It is rewarding without the cost of uncomfortable change. It costs a bit more time than the first weeks though.   Week 3: Earth Consciousness There are many ways that we can pass on our beliefs about caring for the Earth to those we love.… Read More

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Sustainability Challenge – Week 2

Part 2 of your 10-week training The 10-week training focuses on simple and easy to implement steps. This is week 2. How did it go last week? Not that hard, was it? If you missed the first week, you can catch up here: Week 1   How to save energy at home Do you have to preheat the oven? Does the light have to stay on when you leave? What is the best temperature for your freezer? This week, you will learn how you can save energy and help the planet and your wallet. Statistics show that Americans who are in the front row of “sinners” for energy usage are developing a… Read More

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Free 10-Week Sustainability Training

Sustainability Challenge No 1 Here is how it works: each week (on Sundays) I post a new lesson sadly, you must remember to come back (my personal blog does not have a newsletter service) there are no sales pitches Why am I doing this?  Because it is right and dear to my heart.  Small changes can have a huge impact.  You are not a drop in the ocean – you are the ocean in a drop! Many Americans feel that a lifestyle respectful towards our planet and its resources is important. On the other hand, it should not be too complicated, time-consuming or expensive. But they’d be willing to make… Read More

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Dead is the Princess

A Shannon Dermody Awareness project Close this page now if you are a Disney fan. Shannon Dermody has chosen a polarizing approach to raise awareness. It leaves you shocked, hurt – and touched. Perhaps that’s what we need. We are visual creatures with a rapidly decreasing attention span. Way too often we sugarcoat, don’t call things by their names, play evil things down and don’t do everything we could to create change. Generally, I have no “eye” for art (whatsoever) and I am not interested in sculptures, paintings, and pictures. Even I can see that these pictures are extraordinary, especially because they convey an important message. Consider me touched, reminded,… Read More

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Age bias and the case of the sausage slice

Picture credit: Wurstblog.de The age bias Hopefully, you will not feel let down by this article … I struggled to find an appropriate title. I considered calling it “old but cool” but I neither wanted to attract the “wrong” crowd nor put a label on myself and others. We all know that a sure sign of a person who is not cool is that they call themselves “cool”. No, I am not shooting at all the “influencers”, “ninjas”, people who wear sunglasses on their social media profile pictures and disruptors out there. I am shooting at butchers, doctors, club owners and many others. Age discrimination happened the first time to… Read More

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IoT and the Cost of Convenience

Credits: Withings/Kérastase/L’Oréal Careful, your hairbrush is watching Available this fall is a connected hairbrush that comes with a built-in microphone. As reported by WIRED, as soon as someone brushes their hair, the hairbrush collects data. The inbuilt microphone is said to listen to the sound of the brushing and identifies patterns in the movement. The microphone detects “manageability, frizziness, dryness, split ends and breakage”. Naturally, the brush has WLAN and an app that transmits the data. To me, these items are not just funny gadgets but also potential privacy- and security risks. Do you know what your brush records, how secure they store your data, for how long, etc? After… Read More

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Three reasons to be grateful to Trump

Thank you, Mr. Trump – 7 Week Review It is unnecessary to share my political view. I am a social skills coach. And even though I am a US citizen, I spent 8/9 of my life as a guest in Germany. Need I say more? Please understand that the statement below expresses a personal, biased, subjective opinion. It takes courage these days to share your opinion. Troll bots, data collection, hateful commentators and potential loss of business can be pretty intimidating. There is a time to be compliant and careful and there is a time to stand up for your beliefs. Freedom and Brutality It’s not just since seven weeks. Piece… Read More

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Why tomatoes have no taste anymore

It felt just right. Delicious looking is the warm red skin and the scent of tomato tickles my nose. I rest my finger and press it gently. Yes, it feels just right. Not too hard, not too mushy. When I was young, I used to bite a whole in the tomato and then suck the liquid and pulp out. I might still do but you will never know for I would not admit it. So I took the initial bite. Dug the whole that shall lead me to the source. To the sweet, sour, tomatoey insides that smelled and felt just right. I tasted nothing. I felt that I was… Read More

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5 Valentine Survival Ideas For Singles

About 50.2 percent are Single About 50 percent of adults in the US are Single. If you are reading this you are probably one of them. Being alone on February 14th does not have to be a catastrophe, just like on any other day, as long as you do not believe that you can only find happiness in a relationship. If you focus on the negatives you will lose awareness of the positive sides of being Single. Consider what you have achieved in your life, for which friends and acquaintances or family members you are grateful. Best V-day Survival Tips for Singles 1. Turn it around If you hate being Single… Read More

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7 Secrets of People Who Don’t Get Sick

It is the time of the year again. But there are those people who never seem to get sick. What is their “secret”? 7 Tips to Stay Healthy 1. Help your mucous membranes This time of the year is challenging for our mucous membranes. Irritated by cold and dry air, it is easier for germs to penetrate. Cigarettes smoke and alcohol pose additional stresses. Ideally, you have at least two alcohol-free days per week and enjoy your drinks in moderation on the other days. A humidifier can help to enhance the air quality during the cold time of the year. 2. Hygiene Wash your hands regularly with water and soap.… Read More

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