Rhonda Winter

Martin Luther King Jr.’s National Day of Service

President-elect Barack Obama is asking every person in the United States to help transform Martin Luther King Day, January 19th, into a national day of community service. Obama is encouraging everyone to act locally to improve your own neighborhood and make an ongoing commitment to help those in need.

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Cars Make Us Fat

A recent study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found a strong correlational link between “active transportation” (defined as the percentage of trips taken by walking, bicycling, and public transit) and obesity rates in 17 industrialized nations. It appears that the more we sit on our butts and drive automobiles, the fatter we all become.

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Planting with Paper Pots

My neighbor Alyssa and I spent this afternoon making paper pots to propagate wildflower seeds for our neighborhood community garden. Anyone can create these simple recycled pots using an empty can or jar and paper; we used cut up grocery bags and old newspapers for our organic planting project.

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Creative Reuse for Kwanzaa

Today as I was cleaning out my closet I was especially struck by the second Kwanzaa principle of Kujichagulia, or self-determination. It encourages us to determine our own path, to define, name and speak for ourselves through creativity. I thought of Muntadhar al-Zaidi, whose passionate shoe throwing spoke such volumes. I looked at my sad worn out shoes and was immediately inspired to create a personal Kwanzaa gift for him; and I will send them both to him, if he is ever released from prison.

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