There are many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Cut flowers, breakfast in bed, brunch at her favorite restaurant, a chick flick night. All these fit the day — and you can even take your mom along!
Here’s a concept: Instead of letting piles of catalogs swamp your countertops and tables, switch to electronic versions.
Catalog Spree is one option. This well-rated app for iPad now boasts a catalog of 200 catalogs, which you can browse in full color (if you have an iPad).
The traveling “Exploring Trees Inside and Out” exhibit, in which young children can climb, fly over and interact with model trees, has opened in Los Angeles this summer.
Sponsored by Doubletree Hotels and the Arbor Day Foundation, the exhibit aims to inspire children to appreciate trees and understand their importance in the environment.
By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
It’s taking some time, but the health care industry is slowly figuring out how to tamp down the paperwork that’s choking doctor’s offices and irritating patients across the nation. Increasingly physicians are emailing in prescriptions and we in the public are getting our rejections for medical treatment via online records. (Hey, at least we don’t have to wait for the bad news!)
By Diane Porter
Green Right Now
Wouldn’t you just love to pick your house up, turn it this way and that way on the lot, and figure out where it really makes the most sense? The spot where it catches the prevailing breeze, has shade in the summer, sun in the winter, and energy savings year-round?
That’s how houses were placed before air-conditioning, when a family’s comfort inside depended on how well the house functioned. But today, we live in tidy rows on uniform blocks that line up in a way that makes more sense for real estate than anything else. The decision as to which way our doors and windows face was most likely made by a developer putting down dozens of homes at once; the placement of our driveways and patios followed suit.
And if the sun bakes us in the summer, or if our living room is freezing in the winter, we tend to focus on things we can do inside the house to mitigate the problem. We turn the thermostat up or down; we dig out the blankets in winter or the fans in summer.
And we pay for all of it, in comfort and utility bills.