Category Archives: Family and Friends

A Good Business Neighbor

I was just reading an article online about back in 2006, how a dry cleaner learned about perc contamination and became concerned about how the property behind his dry cleaning business might be contaminated with the toxic waste from thirty-five years of dry-cleaning. He contacted an environmental cleaning firm and had them test the soil behind his property. They did find toxic contamination, and they worked with him to rectify the situation.

Unfortunately, rectifying the situation involved excavating all of the soil behind the building! That was a process that took a couple of weeks, and he had to close his business while it was being done. He had 120 tons of contaminated soil trucked away! I truly applaud the business owner for being a good business neighbor, and taking care of this problem before it got worse!

I do wish that the article had indicated where the soil was taken, I would find that interesting to learn.

When I lived in New England, I learned that I lived a few miles away from a dump that accepted toxic wastes, and that the dump site was leaking into the area’s lakes, and may have been affecting the groundwater. These types of situations do worry me, as I am always concerned about the health of my family, my neighbors, and the entire world.

I like to believe that I’ve instilled those concerns in my children, and that had some influence in the decision of my youngest son to go into Environmental Engineering. His passion is water quality, and he has been working hard going to college. He is currently attending Stanford, working on his doctorate. I hope that he has a major impact on cleaning up the pollution on this world!

This has been a guest post, written by my friend, Linda Bradshaw

Gotta do it

In The Midst of Chaos

There are quite a few advantages that do mange to come out of coming from a large family that I never would have thought of when growing up in the midst of all the chaos that went on back in the “good old days”  One of the good things that is extremely helpful in all of our later years in life is to be able to call on the services and expertise that everyone has gotten into over the years.

We have a wide variety of professions spread out around the ever growing family but we have never had an attorney in the family, which certainly would have come in handy a plenty through out the years. Not that we have a lot of criminals in the family but there are plenty of times that legal issues have come and inevitably will come up in the future that certainly warranted the need for a good quality attorney. So when the announcement came that one of my nephews has decided to pursue the legal profession up in Cincinnati, Ohio the whole family felt the need to celebrate before he heads off to college in just a few months. So come Labor Day weekend as many family members that can manage to gather themselves up and make trip will hopefully send him off to law school in style! Looks like I need to start finding the perfect gift for the occasion. Labor Day weekend will be here in no time flat.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Well, it’s here again. . Of course, as we all know, Valentine’s Day is just a good marketing scheme for the greeting card companies and florists. I usually do not receive anything for Valentine’s Day. I feel that there are more important things to spend our money on. However, I see flowers on desks of different offices I go into and find myself wishing that I, too would get flowers, just once…..OR AT LEAST A CARD FOR CRYING OUT LOUD (hint, hint).

Happy New Year

It is so cold and windy out that we decided to stay in tonight. We were thinking about eating out, but were actually feeling rather lazy. So we stayed in and cooked up a DiGiorno’s pizza for supper and are going to watch television and watch the ball drop and call it a year. This has been a rough year for many people; I hope next year is a better one for us all! With the presidential campaigns going on, it will certainly be very interesting to say the least!

Merry Christmas to all

Today was a busy, but happy day. Lots of friends and relatives, lots of good food. Not many presents because everyone is feeling the budget crunch. But what is really important at this time of year is getting together with people you care about, right? Christmas is about being with loved ones, and that is what happened, so it is all good. Hope you had a good Christmas too!