Thursday, January 22, 2009

Welcome to EcoWonder

JessTrev welcomes EcoWonder to the eclectic mix of writers at Green Phone Booth.

So, yeah, I could have busted a move and gone on down to the Mall to catch We Are One. I could have faced crushload Metro cars, stood in line for five or six hours and then stood outside in freezing temperatures with my two-year old just before naptime to witness the historic inauguration. Instead, I got in a few workouts (yes, that's me publicly admitting that I am exercising in the vain hope that I will avoid hypocrisy more than I avoid muscle fatigue and sweat) and spent much of my four day weekend (woo hoo, thank you, Mr. President, for the bridge closures and the days off) reading. My kindergartner has gotten into a whirlwind of devouring Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books, and in a fit of nostalgia coupled with a windfall of books {unrequited Amazon wish list + the magic of interlibrary loan = guilt free literary consumption}, I have been giving her Abe Lincoln-tired eyes a run for their money.

Oh, the joys of The Woman at the Washington Zoo (look what happens when you blog about the lure of organizational perfection a la Real Simple! My kind neighbor tossed me this gem of an essay: "A mother's lot is the constant beating-back of a tide of things." Amen to that, freecycling sisters!)

But the one I really think you will love to read? Is making me want to be an environmental toxicologist. Oh, to have taken more undergrad science classes. Devra Davis, in When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution, argues that we ought to approach the use of toxic chemicals with a precautionary outlook. She notes in detail that we, ah, haven't been doing that during her time in and around the federal government since people started tracking epidemiology and environmental pollution seriously in the 60s and 70s. Anyways, the book is fascinating -- from killer smogs in London, Pennsylvania and LA to the decades-long battle to get lead out of gasoline, to the dropping rate of male babies being born, this book is one I don't want to put down.

What does all of this have to do with EcoWonder? Well, for much of 2008 I devoured green blogs the way I am currently chewing through the available DCPS collection. And one of my favorite voices out there in the blogosphere belonged to Eco 'Burban Mom. I added her to my reader as soon as she started blogging and I learned much from her as she cemented my readership with her passion and humility. Don't think much of watering the lawn? Check. Heading to a ballgame and hate to buy plastic-encased bags of ice? She's on it. I ate up her posts. So it's with great pleasure that I welcome her irreverent sense of humor, keen research, and honesty when approaching the challenges of living more lightly on the planet to the 'Booth. We are all thrilled that you're stepping aboard! Welcome! EcoWonder makes her debut tomorrow - be sure to check back.


The Pirate Farmer said...

Yay! I've been wondering where that girl has been! ~ib mommy

Green Bean said...

I'm so happy to have EcoBurban now EcoWonder on board. Looking forward to some good laughs and some good advice. Welcome.

Kimberly said...

Oh I love love love this blog! I found you all via Going Crunchy and will definitely be back! I look forward to your insightful posts and to learning more about a green lifestyle! :)

Cheers, Kimberly


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