April 19, 2011
Canadian newspapers title their obituary column "Lives Lived." What a positive way to represent the passing of a human. It really speaks volumes, and there is a clear difference in how death is portrayed. Obituary has a much darker tone than "lives lived" don't you think? I actually started to wonder if I was living life to the fullest as many self-help articles and books recommend. Quite often these words of wisdom are accompanied by a picture of a perfect looking woman sometimes with her perfect looking family, or the author is a sharp looking doctor. Many women live a full life for and because of their family. They are busy managing everyone else's schedules, and as a result their 'life' suffers somewhat. This is not to say her life is bad, it's not, it's just a different dimension than those living without children. Sure, she experiences great joy with family accomplishments and it is well lived, just different when the kids are gone. There are many empty-nesters in their 40's dealing with letting go of one way of life for another. Remember this so called coveted demo is not just made up of working moms who remember to slice the crust off peanut butter sandwiches while Nick Jr. blares in the background. She's dealing with life, and here's hoping it's well lived.
She Buzz Words:
- Over-head compartment
Right now she could be:
- Packing a diaper bag
- Trying to get a lid unstuck
- Successfully keeping a child occupied while flying
- Not-succeeding in the above
She could be a:
- Hotel manager
- Suitcase salesperson
- Student teacher
She could be working at a:
- Tourist stop
- Animal grooming parlor
- Transit authority
- Hospital laboratory
"Why does my insurance company consistently lose my claims?"
She phone starter:
Who is the wackiest person she has come across at the airport?
According to numerous websites, the following is true:
- About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material.
- New Jersey has the highest recycling rate of all the states: 56%.
- The U.S. is the number-one trash-producing country in the world at an average 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.
- The highest point in Ohio is "Mount Rumpke," which is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill.
- Each year, the U.S. population discards:16 billion diapers, 1 billion pens, 2 billion razor blades, 220 million car tires, and enough aluminum to rebuild the U.S. commercial air fleet four times over.
- Speaking of diapers, a cloth diaper washed at home costs 3¢ per use. A disposable diaper costs 22¢ per use. The difference can add up: a typical baby will use about 10,000 diapers.
- Between 5 and 15% of what we throw away contains hazardous substances.
- Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.
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