Obviously I needed to hit the reset button on my commitment to my blog. When my constant thrifting dwindled to levels that don't realistically warrant online discussion, I felt like I had no reason to post.
But that's silly. Maybe I'm not the baddest rummage sale fiend on the block, but I've maintained that living green isn't about purchasing before, anyway.
So, toss in a little re-design and the realization that the secondhand economy and its implications for one's life is still interesting to me and here I am, blogging. No ads, no widgets. Just ideas.
I'm kicking things off with the method that always soothes me in times of indecision: a book list. While some of these don't call to mind the current imagining of ecology (hello, Dwell magazine), all of them have been influential in some way about decisions I make in my daily life.
And I think that's about all we can do at this point - we can call Congress and we can make daily decisions with our wallets. So, I would whole-heartedly recommend any on this list as a good way to get a toe-hold into the whole green movement.
My Top Ten Green Books
1. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
2. Not Buying It: My year without shopping by Judith Levine
3. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A natural history of four meals by Micheal Pollan
4. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A year of food life by Barbara Kingsolver
5. Food Not Lawns: How to turn your yard into a garden and your neighborhood into a community by Heather Coburn Flores
6. Fast Food Nation: The dark side of the all-American meal by Eric Schlosser
7. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
8: Having Faith: An ecologist's journey to motherhood by Sandra Steingraber
9. Inside the Third World: An anatomy of poverty by Paul Harrison
10. Confessions of an Eco-Warrior by Dave Foreman