Es’scent’ial Oils: More than Just a Scent

I expect that essential oils may some day prove a vital weapon in the fight against strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. –Andrew Weil | By Amelia Stolarz | I’ve been having fun with my es”scent”ial oils lately. Yes they are trending — but they’ve been around for a long time. Biblically, they appear in the Old and New testaments. In Exodus 30:34-38, the Lord gave Moses … Continue reading Es’scent’ial Oils: More than Just a Scent

The Last Straw on Plastics

“I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth.” –Pete Townshend | By Amelia Stolarz | Our plastic consumption certainly has become a hot-button topic. Recently, some major corporations have gotten the memo about the trending feelings on plastic. Straws may be becoming taboo. Starbucks, Aramark and American Airlines announced that they will stop offering straws. McDonald’s said it will reduce its straw distribution. Hashtags … Continue reading The Last Straw on Plastics

Get Wasted, Give Back to the Earth (Composting)

“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.” –Pete Seeger | By Amelia Stolarz | For about half a dozen years now, I’ve been composting my kitchen scraps. The benefits are twofold: The amount of trash piling up on a landfill somewhere is reduced; and it’s a nutritious cocktail … Continue reading Get Wasted, Give Back to the Earth (Composting)

Repurposing Flower Arrangements

“I must have flowers, always and always.” – Claude Monet | By Amelia Stolarz | April showers bring May flowers, but June weddings bring centerpieces to take home… Catered formal dinners often come with centerpieces of beautiful floral arrangements that the host may offer for guests to bring back. Sometimes these large floral arrangements seem overwhelming to take. But if you’re lucky enough to get … Continue reading Repurposing Flower Arrangements

Organize Your Life: Finding Spots for Things

The leopard does not change his spots. –William Shakespeare Oops: “A zebra does not change its spots. –Al Gore And you find as a writer there are certain spots on the planet where you write better than others, and I believe in that. And New Orleans is one of them. –Jimmy Buffett | By Amelia Stolarz | Do you ever think about the spots we … Continue reading Organize Your Life: Finding Spots for Things

Uncommon Uses for Ice Cube Trays

Ice is an interesting subject for contemplation. They told me that they had some in the ice-houses at Fresh Pond five years old which was as good as ever. Why is it that a bucket of water soon becomes putrid, but frozen remains sweet forever? It is commonly said that this is the difference between the affections and the intellect. —Henry David Thoreau | By … Continue reading Uncommon Uses for Ice Cube Trays