About the Author
Paula Welling

Animal, Vegetable, not a Miracle but very hard work

I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle from perhaps an unusual perspective. Kingsolver tells the story of her family’s move from suburbia to rural Appalachia, and particularly their transformation from eating what they purchased at grocery stores to raising – and killing – their own food. My journey has been more the reverse of this; I grew up in rural Appalachia and left there at 18 with no desire to return. (more…)

I’m a Green Newbie (Groobie? – oops, that sounds like a hippie with a cold…)

I joined the GIST team with a beginner’s desire to learn how to live lighter on the planet,  not with any notion that I knew how to do that.  I like the idea of being the change we want to see in the world, but I’m not at a point where the practices necessary to support that come easily or naturally.

For example, one small thing I decided I could do was to carry my insulated mug with me all the time so that I wouldn’t use disposable cups. Seems simple enough, and sometimes it is. If I have my mug with me, I can either make coffee at home in the morning and carry it to the train, or I can buy coffee at the train station using my mug – no paper cup and related stuff plus the coffee guy gives me a discount for using my own cup. (more…)