Remember when mowing your lawn was a quiet endeavor?

Hello Folks,

Remember way back when and the times of push mowers (no motors, just blades) brooms and lawn clippers; times when you could actually talk to your neighbors while mowing your lawn?  When did everything get so loud?  Here’s an update?

It’s day 8 and man o man all is well in a few neighborhoods across Ohio.  The idea was to walk across Ohio and ask folks questions about sustainability and the environment and then record their answers on my blackberry and blog about using Verizon Wireless. 

What’s actually happening are random moments of beauty only captured by my naked eye and dialogue for my ears only; not so much wirelessness happening.  Not because I don’t wish to share but I forget to press record or turn my video camera on or stop to get out my computer.  I’m gonna try to do better, I can feel it.

I am finding alot of pennies, dimes and nickels on the ground so people look down and then pick it up and watch your money piles grow.  Oh yeah there’s lots of aluminum laying around too.   I think a pound nets about 40 cents and it’s better on the environment.  A couple of pounds collected could be great exercise and enough for another aluminum can of soda that can be recycled again.

Along the way I have been connected to Ms. Joan Southgate who walked the Underground Railroad from Ohio to Canada.  Check her out at http://www.restoreclevelandhope.org

I’ve noticed neighborhood parks have removed tennis courts, basketball hoops and there’s not alot of seating.  Hmm maybe these areas are better served as community gardens to get people in the parks again.  We’ll just grow it and eat it in the same place and let’s name it picnic…remember those? 

I’m getting back outside and remember it is never to late to have a happy childhood!  (I read that somewhere)…Peace

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Signs of the Times

And this is a drop in recent gas prices that reached $4.39 in some spots.  I look around as I walk and wonder where are all the water fountains and pay phones?  What I do see a lot of are plastic water bottles rolling around and plastic grocery bags swirling as dirt devils. I ask myself, “are these the signs of the times?

This lawn chemical sign in a yard is right next to this drain below and you know where the lawn chemicals will find their way right?

There is happiness abound too, lots of birds, squirrels and rabbits roaming freely and green spaces, flowers lots of huge trees.  I ask folks what do they think about sustainability and they respond what’s the right answer or what are you looking for as an answer?  We then begin to talk about mainly about recycling and that their kid’s school recycles, but they, themselves don’t think much about it.  What’s interesting is folks are concerned and are interested in improving the environment and will think further about how they can participate.  Way Cool!

What questions might you have about the environment and possible solutions?

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Wildflower Walk and Tree Ornaments

Saturday May 14th was day one of my adventures across Ohio.  Lots of rain and really cool people curious to know why, why why.

Before I started I asked an assortment of friends, folks and faeries just what they thought about the environement, sustainability and their role in it?  Some responses, “what’s sustainability”, “oh yes I recycle and reuse”, the environment is for me to consume ’til it’s gone”, were just some of the responses.  What was the best though, everyone had something to say and appreciated exchanging information.

So today day two of my walk in the rain I delight in the birds that fly and collect worms, the curiousity stares and the large numbers of plastic bags I see hanging from tree branches, I like to call them tree ornaments.  I’m finding that I am not so engaged in thinking about technology as I thought I’d be, something about playing outside in the rain trying to catch raindrops on my tongue.

I am thankful to everyone who is joining me now, encouraged me then and who I will eventually meet.  Wildflower Walk is also a metaphor for my mind as it too is traveling its own journey.

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Green Places, Green Spaces to visit, any suggestions?

Hello There.  My walking map destinations have been identified now I am looking for really cool places and people to interview along the way.  I need you help please and thank you? 

Below are the places I will visit along my walk and if you know someone or some place to stop by and visit with, well you help would be greatly appreciated.  I’d like to meet anyone or anything interested in living  a little greener from local farmers, bee keepers, dumpster divers, recycle maniacs, zero wasters, LEED builders, rain gardeners, water conservationists to the not yet converted.  The point is to strike up dialogue about anything about the environment.  Take a look at the map stops and introduce me to someone you might know along the way.  Thanks a million

Walking Map Cities

 Euclid – Richmond Heights                                       4.4 miles                                  

  1. Richmond Heights – Gates Mills                                7.7 miles
  2. Gates Mills – Russell Center                                       7.9 miles
  3. Russell Center – Chagrin Falls                                    4.0 miles
  4. Chagrin Falls – Solon                                                   4.3 miles
  5. Solon – Glenwillow                                                    4.0 miles
  6. Glenwillow – Macedonia                                            4.9 miles
  7. Macedonia – Cuyahoga National Park                       5.7 miles
  8. Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Dickerson Run     5.2 miles
  9. Dickerson Run – Stow                                                8.8 miles
  10.  Stow – Kent State University                                     6.4 miles
  11. Kent State University – Tallmadge                            7.5 miles
  12. Tallmadge – Akron                                                     4.7 miles
  13. Akron – The Ohio State University (Bike/Bus)          119 miles
  14. The Ohio State University (Bike/Bus) – Valley View    5.5 miles
  15. Valley View – Grove City                                           7.9 miles
  16. Grove city – Orient                                                      7.4 miles
  17. Orient – Mt. Sterling                                                   9.5 miles
  18. Mt. Sterling – Madison Mills                                       6.0 miles
  19. Madison Mills – Bloomingburg                                   5.0 miles
  20. Bloomingburg – Washington Court House                 5.9 miles
  21. Washington Court House  – Jasper Mills                    5.0 miles
  22. Jasper Mills – Sabina                                                   6.2 miles
  23. Sabina – Melvin                                                           4.8 miles
  24. Melvin – Wilmington                                                   6.8 miles
  25. Wilmington – Cowan State Park                                 6.5 miles
  26. Cowan State Park – Blanchester                                 13.5 miles
  27. Blanchester – Goshen                                                  10.1 miles
  28. Goshen – Milford                                                        8.9 miles
  29. Milford – Xavier                                                          11.9 miles
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Updated Walk Information

Wildflower Walk Across Ohio

MAY 14 – JUNE 12, 2011

 Purpose of Walk

 

Connect Ohio

From Cleveland (northeast Ohio) to Cincinnati (southwest Ohio), I will identify:

Local governments, businesses and individuals living sustainably

Create walking map showing sustainable green buildings and green spaces

Plant wildflowers

Ecotechnology

Melding modern technology with nature by use of a kinetic powered nPower PEG or Voltaic Systems solar backpack to document my hike with a:

Blackberry Smartphone

Gateway Laptop

Verizon Wireless and Google Maps

Zero Waste Goals

My plan and design is to:

Use and reuse used stuff

Gather and weigh all stuff

Recycle and compost stuff; no stuff to landfills

For Ohio          Buy Ohio        About Ohio

 

Walking Map Cities

 

  1. Euclid – Richmond Heights                                       4.4 miles                                             
  2. Richmond Heights – Gates Mills                                7.7 miles
  3. Gates Mills – Russell Center                                       7.9 miles
  4. Russell Center – Chagrin Falls                                    4.0 miles
  5. Chagrin Falls – Solon                                      4.3 miles
  6. Solon – Glenwillow                                                    4.0 miles
  7. Glenwillow – Macedonia                                            4.9 miles
  8. Macedonia – Cuyahoga National Park                       5.7 miles
  9. Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Dickerson Run     5.2 miles

10.  Dickerson Run – Stow                                                8.8 miles

11.  Stow – Kent State University                                     6.4 miles

12.  Kent State University – Tallmadge                            7.5 miles

13.  Tallmadge – Akron                                                     4.7 miles

14.  Akron – The Ohio State University (Bike/Bus)          119 miles

15.  The Ohio State University (Bike/Bus) – Valley View 5.5 miles

16.  Valley View – Grove City                                           7.9 miles

17.  Grove city – Orient                                                      7.4 miles

18.  Orient – Mt. Sterling                                                   9.5 miles

19.  Mt. Sterling – Madison Mills                                       6.0 miles

20.  Madison Mills – Bloomingburg                                   5.0 miles

21.  Bloomingburg – Washington Court House                 5.9 miles

22.  Washington Court House  – Jasper Mills                    5.0 miles

23.  Jasper Mills – Sabina                                                   6.2 miles

24.  Sabina – Melvin                                                           4.8 miles

25.  Melvin – Wilmington                                                   6.8 miles

26.  Wilmington – Cowan State Park                                 6.5 miles

27.  Cowan State Park – Blanchester                                 13.5 miles

28.  Blanchester – Goshen                                                  10.1 miles

29.  Goshen – Milford                                                        8.9 miles

30.  Milford – Xavier                                                          11.9 miles

 

Stuff Wish List

  • Equipment
    • Backpack with hydration pack
    • Lightweight Camping Equipment (Tent, sleeping bag, etc.)
    • Hiking Gear (Boots, rain gear, etc.)
    • Kinetic NPEG
    • Blackberry/IPhone
    • Flip Camera
    • LapTop
    • Text Messaging
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Up and at it!

Hello Folks,

I’m up and at it and getting my google map together for all the places I will go (in honor of Dr. Suess of course).  As soon as I get this masterpiece together I will post it.

I’m starting at Cleveland State then Parma Heights, Brunswick and then Medina and 26 other spots, but I am getting ahead of myself because before all the walking ensues I am going to kick it all off with a

SUSTAINAMANIA” Sustainable Living Festival in Cleveland 

with the help of college and university sustainability groups across Ohio and local sustainability organizations and businesses in Cleveland.  The point of it all is to get everybody who’s doing anything related to sustainable living together in one spot for a day to celebrate and share for a day.  And if I play my cards right, I just might be able to get Carlos Jones and his PLUS Band to provide the entertainment for this lunchtime extravaganza.

And even before that event still I’m meeting with some key folks and getting organized to ensure both the festival and the walk actually happen.  With both, I am aiming for ZERO waste, that is everything used is either recyclable or compostable or reusable; least in, least out.

And with that folks I’m out!

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I can show you better than I can tell you.

So I am planning to walk across Ohio to see just what is up with this “thing” called sustainability. Is it something a person can do or be or live or is it the 2011 green buzz word?
For 30 days I will visit the locals across the state to get a first hand look at this thing called sustainability from other’s perspectives. I want to see if it’s attainable for us mere mortals.
I’m hoping to generate no waste and use the least amount of resources as possible without losing my mind.
I also want to reconnect with my natural environment and come back and share what I’ve learned in hopes that others will, too, question.

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