• Staying Green in the Brown Desert – Tip #1

    Staying Green in a Brown Desert – Tip #1   Today’s post is first in a series from Evan Gorelick (Finley’s cousin) and his fiancé Katie O’Connell who moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2017. Staying green in the brown desert — known for its lack of natural water — hasn’t been easy. But they’ve found […]

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  • Bird’s Eye View

    With spring coming, migratory birds will soon arrive in our backyards. A native garden, feeders and birdbaths are great ways to host our feathered friends but we can also help by limiting hazards. One of the main causes of bird fatalities is window collision. Birds see the reflection of trees or sky in windows and […]

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  • Crush, Don’t Flush

    Is your bathroom cabinet full of small orange-brown bottles with leftover medicines from your last bout of the flu or dentist visit?  Especially now, with so much worry about misuse of opioids, people want to get rid of these old pills safely.  Many experts advise flushing them down the toilet to avoid the potential for […]

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  • The True Cost of that Pot of Gold

    On this St. Patricks Day a fitting way to go ‘green’ is to learn a bit about that magical stuff at the end of the Leprechaun’s rainbow.  Few gifts have greater meaning than a ring of gold—and in just about any form that shiny luxurious element has an irresistible appeal.  It’s not until you associate […]

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  • Get Growing!

    Would you like to grow your own food but don’t know where to start? Don’t have any space? We have two words for you: Potatoes. Containers. All you need is a container or barrel, one or two organic potatoes (from the grocery store or co-op), and soil to get started. Organic potatoes are important because […]

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  • Reuse, reuse, reuse

    Today’s post comes from one of Finley’s closest high school buds who also happens to be part of the family.  Morgan is posting from Oregon where she attends Oregon State. Anyone who has had a glass of water at the Broaddus’ house knows that their glasses are a collection of old jam jars, just one […]

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  • Stop and Smell the Flowers

    In this photo Finley is stopping to smell the – local, in-season – flowers. What better way to spread happiness than flowers… but is your bouquet really a token of love? 78% of cut flowers in the US are flown thousands of miles from warm countries with lax environmental and humanitarian standards and then stored […]

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  • Plogging for the Planet

    I bet that Finley would be plogging if she could. The term “plog” is a combination of “jog” and the Swedish term “plocka upp” which means to pick up. Pick up (or “pluck up if you prefer) while you jog. Plog gives a name to something that Finley did routinely, though she mostly did her […]

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  • A Force of Nature—Happy Birthday, Finley

    It’s Finley’s Birthday today, and so we begin our ‘Birthday to Earth Day’ gift to her—daily posts of things each of us can do to make the planet a little greener. I like to muse that Finley left us a gift, or maybe more of a practical joke, to help our spirits through that first […]

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  • Wish Really Hard, and then Take Action—$50,000 in Grants Announced Today

    Wish Really Hard, and then Take Action—$50,000 in Grants Announced Today Thank you to all of you who have taken part in Finley’s birthday gift this year through reading and sharing—and in some cases contributing to—our Birthday to Earth Day motivational posts on Facebook and Finely’s Green Leap Forward website. To complete the gift we […]

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