Feminist Slurs and Free Viagra

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[photo of my sister, Stacey Lazos, yogi extraordinaire, who also happens to have a Masters in education proving that woman are a lot more than just eye candy.]

Author’s note: There’s a lot of woman-maligning these days attributable in large part, I think, to he-who-shall-remain-nameless (hint: it’s not Lord Voldemort, rather he’s a presidential candidate — and I swore I would never willingly mention his name again on this blog). Yet he-who-shall-remain-nameless is not alone in his woman-bashing, he just happens to be the most vocal of bashers. Three years ago, I posted the following essay on my old blog, Persephone’s Stepsisters. Not surprisingly, things haven’t changed much and women are still under siege, although this time, it’s because we have a shot at the big prize and it’s making some men a little dizzy. And so to all those men who would rather see a narcissistic, lying, (fill in adjectives of your choice), (fill in noun of your choice), who thinks not paying taxes makes him smart and filing for bankruptcy is just good business, who bilks the little guy in order to make a buck even after receiving the work, who judges a woman by her face, her weight, and the way she eats, and who is such a control freak that he would start a war before suffering an insult, to those who would see that guy be president of the U.S. instead of a woman who has spent her lifetime preparing for the job I say, haters gotta hate.  I mean, what do we ladies have to do to get noticed?  Stand on our heads?  Read the rest of the post here…

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Water Wars

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Water Wars

       How’s this? In the future we will fight wars for water. Sound plausible or more like SciFi? Probably no one really thought we’d fight a war for oil, but then Iraq happened and that strange concept became part of history. Or how about this? Out of all the water on the planet, less than 2% is potable. Industry, agriculture, and little ole’ you have to make due with just 2%.

Go to:  http://www.globalwateralliance.net/water-wars/ to read the rest!

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Book Review: Oil and Water by PJ Lazos

Very few things are as gratifying as knowing that your work is connecting with someone out in the world.  Thank you, K. L. Allendoerfer for such a moving and insightful review. pjl 9.23.16

 

Oil and Water by P.J. Lazos My rating: 5 of 5 stars Oil and Water has a little bit of everything: big ideas, well-drawn characters, complex family relationships, heroism, plot twists, mystery, come…

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Are You Secure?

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Are You Secure?

I’ve been asked to blog for my friends over at the Global Water Alliance in Philadelphia, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving water conditions both locally and worldwide.  The experience and talent they bring to their jobs is also both local and worldwide and I am flattered and excited to be a part of it all.  My first blog is here: http://www.globalwateralliance.net/are-you-secure-water-secure/  I thank you for stopping by to have a look.

p.j.lazos 9.20.16

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PARK(ing) Day

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PARK (ing) DAY

Tomorrow is Park(ing) Day! The first parking day was held at 1st and Mission Streets in downtown San Francisco on November 16, 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio set out to do something different in their urban environment. Combining their love of design and the environment, the group “rented” a two-hour parking space and converted it into a micro-park by giving the 170 square-foot of space a make-over, reclaiming the asphalt that was a necessary by-product of modern living with sod, a tree and some shade, and a park bench. Then they took a picture.

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Hence, the birth of Park(ing) Day where metered spaces became miniature parks for as long as you could lease the public space which in this instance was a mere two hours, enough to start a trend, raise awareness for beautifying parks and public spaces, and reimagine a pedestrian-friendly world. The photo of that first event, juxtaposing a miniature park setting in the middle of urban sprawl, made its way around the internet and spawned a movement. Due to the increased interest, Rebar promoted the project, crated a how-to manual and let the idea fly. What started with a single parking meter in a single city increased to approximately 1,000 cities by 2011.

While Rebar is no longer in existence, the website lives on, containing instructions for creating your own Park(ing) Day wherever you live. Today, Park(ing) Day is celebrated in towns and cities all around the globe and has been open-sourced to the world. With that expansion, the idea has expanded as well, and the theme has been re-invented to deal with a variety of social conundrums and to experiment with issues as varied as politics, art, free health care, urban farming, ecology, bike repair, labor issues, or just simple acts of kindness and generosity, depending on a community’s need and vision.

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So join the fun. Start a Park(ing) Day movement in your community today. And if you’re in Philadelphia, visit the many Park(ing) Day events across the City. Happy Parking.

p.j.lazos 9.15.16

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Slipcover the World

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Slipcover the World

If given the choice, most people would not wash their hands with a pesticide even if it assured them a squeaky clean, bacteria-free experience. Yet every day in kitchens and bathrooms across America, people are unwittingly doing that very thing. Triclosan bears a chemical name too long to pronounce and while not as pervasive as say, air, it does seem to be everywhere. Since making its debut in 1972 as a surgical scrub in hospitals, it has gone viral, pardon the pun, showing up in an ever-expanding list of products such as hand soaps, shampoos, dishwashing detergents, toothpastes, underarm deodorants, cosmetics, toys, fabrics, utensils, bedding, trash bags and flooring, among other things. The ruse is if you’re healthy, Triclosan doesn’t boost your chances of staying that way; studies show no reduced risk of viral infection in an otherwise healthy household. Yet because of overuse, scientists worry that Triclosan’s effectiveness as an antiseptic agent in hospitals may be significantly reduced.    Wash up  here…

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Reduximorphic

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[photo of a hydric soil with a penny shamelessly lifted from the internet]

Reduximorphic

When I started blogging in 2011, I had a blog partner and we launched Persephone’s Stepsisters together. It was an eclectic mix of book reviews, essays on the environment, writing tips, and musings on life. It was fun and successful and a huge learning curve for me. Then, as all relationships do either through death, divorce, or difference of opinion, it broke apart. Persephone’s Stepsisters continues on, and I’ve since launched this blog, Green Life Blue Water, but three years of content is a lot to have floating around in cyberspace, so in an effort to put my intellectual property back where it belongs, under my domain, I am periodically going to repost some of my favorite blog posts from that time period. If you’ve read them before, maybe you’ll see something new this time around. And since I love alliteration I’ve titled it reduximorphic.

Redoximorphic is a term used by soil scientists. In the wetlands world, a redoximorphic feature is a mottled color pattern, oranges and reds intermixed with varying grey tones indicative of a hydric soil, and which allows soil scientists to determine the classification of that hydric soil. If you don’t know what a hydric soil is think blueberry or cranberry bogs, the low lying areas on either side of the causeway en route to the beach, and generally any marshy area that has saturation, ponding or even flooding during the growing season as defined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in its 1987 Wetlands Delineation Manual using a complicated formula and something about the soil’s biological zero temperature (roughly spring) — i.e., wetlands.unknown-1

During the growing season, water creates the anaerobic conditions in the upper part of the soil closest to the earth’s surface. The saturation results in the oxidation and reduction of iron or manganese through the loss and gain of electrons, a process which I’m sure a high school chemistry student could explain much more succinctly than I can so I will leave it at that. The amount of redoximorphic features allows soil scientists to estimate the depth of the hydric soil, i.e., how much is saturated and for how long.unknown

I think it’s cool, and mysterious, and something to ponder and really has nothing to do with reduximorphic, a word I made up. Redux, meaning to revive or come around again or bring back, but I submit it also implies leaving a trail, something for others to find. That all blends together in my sometimes mottled (get it?) thinking process to be a solid reason as to why I am reclaiming my prior work. Tenuous? Perhaps, but at least I’m never bored.

Tomorrow, a bit about triclosan, an over-used anti-bacterial agent and why you don’t need it in your soap, or shampoo, or mostly anything else, really. Until then.

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