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150 Mile Ride…Because I Can!

Bike PhotosThe 150 mile Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride 2008 is right around the corner. I know, I know…when am do I have time to train for that? I have no idea, but here’s the situation…

I was inspired by a friend who was recently diagnosed with MS. She is a supremely active person who I have trained with multiple times before with the Leukemia & Lymphoma society…it’s a cruel twist of fate that someone who has devoted their life to finding a cure for cancer has now developed MS. She has asked me to ride and I can’t say no. Why? Because I can… and I am riding with her to help her have the strength to keep moving.

MS stops people from moving. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society exists to make sure it doesn’t.  They simultaneously fund research for a cure while also helping people who currently live with MS lead more fulfilling lives. I believe in the work they do, and I invite you to see for yourself all the good they’ve done for the MS community. More than 400,000 Americans live with MS, and your support can and will make a difference in their lives.

Please help by making a donation – large or small – to our journey to create a world free of MS.

Whatever you can give will help! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.


how to throw a GREEN wedding

With the state of the planet on so many’s minds, it’s not surprising that more couples are considering ways to make their wedding day more environmentall conscious. Here are a few ideas to consider:
  • Go Local  – Food & flowers grown nearby require less transportation, support local farmers, and are fresher! Go organic…all the better! Take advantage of the decorating & tabletop items you have on hand.
  • Marry by Day – Exchange vows outdoors in the afternoon thus keeping electricity costs down. For an evening reception, consider using softly glowing soy or beeswax candles.
  • Think Small – Throw a more intimate event which requires fewer resources and thus less waste
  • Give Earth-Friendly Favors – Skip the throw-away trinkets for a donation in guests’ names to an organization that you support. Of if you like, try tiny potted herbs, tree seedlings or edible gifts such as fair-trade coffee   or organic chocolate
  • Save a Tree – Print invitations on recyled paper with soy based inks
  • Keep it Close – Try to find a location where you can hold the ceremony & reception without driving a long distance.
  • Pay it Back – Purchase carbon offsets from NativeEnergy, a vermont company that uses proceeds to fund cleaner, renewable-energy projects, such as wind farms. (You can even donate in guests names.)
  • Recycle  – Talk to your caterer to set up a plan to recyle bottles, cans & papergoods. Be creative, what else can be re-used? At our wedding, my husband (who is a potter), threw Raku pots which held beautiful orchids as centerpieces on the tables. When the night was over, each orchid in a personally made pot was a lovely gift for our bridal party.  Whether they do double duty or not, consider donating your blooms. Look into finding someone who can take your bouquets / arrangements to a local hospital, homeless shelter, non-profit office or a retirement home. 
  • Go all out – Dont’ think for a moment that to be green, you have to be boring.  ** Check out some photos from a faboulous Sasha Souza  Green Wedding ** and see here more info from Sasha on how to plan a Green Wedding. 

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Portions of this article were adapted from Martha Stewert Weddings &

Want more info? Tree Hugger’s Guide to Greening your Wedding.