It’s Summer Solstice!

Chair Planter

Happy Summer Solstice! Today is the longest day of the year as the earth has it’s maximum tilt towards the sun. If we lived in Fairbanks Alaska, we’d get 21 hours and 49 min of sunlight! Pretty amazing. I hope everyone who has planted a garden, is watching it grow in leaps and bounds.

Today is fairly sunny in Altoona after having a few days of heavy rain. If you take a look around the U.S. and the world, it’s looking very intense for many areas caused by Climate Change. Remember to use the 3 R’s: Reduce, reuse and recycle. If you want, write to congress and tell them to work harder to solve this problem. Too many have died from extremes (thinking of the Camp Fire in California, flooding victims/property loss and upheaval of lives because of these dire situations). My opinion on all of this is the more information you have, the better you are prepared to make changes that help others and inevitably, your self.

With all of this sad news, there are a lot of people working diligently to make our world better. One that I heard about recently was from Robert Downey Jr and his foot print coalition to be launched in 2020. He wants to use robotics and nano technology to clean up the world. A big endeavor but one that is possible. I look forward to seeing this evolve and grow.

One of my hero’s is Greta Thunberg. She protested outside of Swedish parliament against Climate Change and has become the voice of future generations. Her thoughtful, kind and passionate voice has become the image of the future. She was recently nominated for the nobel peace prize. It’s interesting to read about Greta as she has some very strict rules in her life and is something to think about in our own life practices.

As an artist, I try to reuse as much as I can in making sculptures from recycling. Whether it’s newspapers (thank you Altoona Mirror!), food product containers which I’ve cleaned and incorporate into art, you can upcycle nearly everything. Here’s a great website on upcycling items into art and more. I admit that pallet bed swing, looks like something I need to make. 🙂

What are somethings you reuse and upcycle? Do you remember your grandparents and great-grandparents and how they would make things from scratch? I mention grandparents as they may have passed down upcycling ideas from the Great Depression. I would love to share some of your memories and ideas. Feel free to contact me about this.

I hope you all have a great summer and enjoy the longest day of the year. Make it a good one by upcycling one item. Each of us has something to contribute.

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