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Children in Haiti

Posted by deborahmclaren on February 16, 2010

Being a mother, and thinking it is the best job in the world, I have been worried about the children of Haiti. I’ve posted on Twitter, FB, and emailed friends encouraging them to get involved some way, some how. One of my first choices was to make a small financial donation to UNICEF. Since then, they keep me updated on what they are doing on the ground in Haiti. This morning Haiti experienced yet another quake and I received this information from UNICEF:

“As news comes this morning of a major aftershock, thousands of traumatized children in Haiti still need clean water, medical care and protection from trafficking and sexual exploitation.”

I’m concerned also about orphanages and the children whose adoptions have already been approved by both Haiti and the US – and the need to expedite the children to their waiting families. Not only is Haiti in chaos and needs our help, there are now hundreds of other orphans that need to take their places in the homes. These kids have been traumatized, many loosing entire families and wandering about on their own for days.

CNN reported this morning about finding a boy more than a week after the earthquake:

“A 5-year-old boy was pulled alive from a collapsed home Wednesday, eight days after a quake devastated Haiti. The boy’s mother was killed, and his father is missing.”

If you have ideas for supporting orphanages in Haiti, please let me know.

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Tiny Green Cabins

Posted by deborahmclaren on February 13, 2010

I ran across Tiny Green Cabins while researching ideas for guest cottages designed to reduce their own carbon footprint (and whoever stays in them). Simple, Small, and Sustainable – that’s their motto. Jim Wilkins, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, is inspired by Thoreau. There are even photos of the cabin at Walden Pond and Thoreau quotes scattered throughout his website and blog. It seems he wanted to create something simple and green that could multi-task as everything from a fishing house to a cabin in the woods to an extra room on a house.

Jim Wilkins is devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. Right now there are 4 models of tiny cabins built using green attributes with the capability of being mobile, moveable cabins as well as starter cabins. Tiny Green Cabins range in size from 65 square feet to 250 square feet with an appeal to customers that enjoy living green and off the “grid.” They range in price from less than $10,000 for the Mini-sota to $40,000 for a larger cabin with a loft. It doesn’t appear that the cabins have toilets. So that might be an additional issue. Although some come with grey water systems.

TGC offer custom services for those that desire new designs along with products that they can incorporate into the tiny cabins, such as denin/cotton insulation, recycled and reclaimed materials, FSC Certified Pure* SW-COC000669 lumber products, solar panels for power off the grid, homemade soaps, organic products and other earth friendly sustainable products.

Green Attributes of Tiny Green Cabins

• Small is Green
• Locally Produced
• Reduced waste (engineered)
• Chain-of-Custody certified
• Third-party certified low-emitting
• Recycled content
• Water conserving
• Energy conserving
• Durable

These seem perfect for farmers and other land owners that would like to add a small guest house on their land without much hassle or investment. Very cool!

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Snow… Trippin on Snow!

Posted by deborahmclaren on February 11, 2010

Been a bit snowed under lately. Cold winter. The crows are still here. Just saw an eagle on Friday. A giant eagle just a a few blocks from my house… on a busy street. Up about 10 blocks from the Mississippi River. S/he was flying around the neighborhood for about five hours. Are they migrating up the Mississippi this early this year? Can’t get any more local to see the sites!

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