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Plastic Bags and what? Drop Offs

Play the game! Find the triangle on your plastic packaging items.

This is random, but I’ve wondered for awhile what other sorts of plastic bags can go in those store-bag drop off containers. Turns out there is quite a bit.

Like me, you’ve probably never searched over the bulk plastic packaging when you purchase items like toilet paper. A lot of those bags are marked somewhere with #2 HDPE or #4 LDPE which means these also can go in the store bag drop. This includes bread and ziplock baggies.

Watch out though, veggie bags and frozen food bags cannot go in those bins even if they are clean and free from all food particles as the drop offs require. Veggie and frozen food bags have extra ingredients that make them a contaminant that would mess up the recycling of the the other bags.

“Well, I’ve heard the stores just throw those bags in the trash anyway, so it’s not worth the effort.” I’ve heard that rumor too. However, many stores do what is right. I can’t let my decisions to what is good for our planet rest on whether or not others are making the effort. If we all did that, nothing would get done.

As another run on toilet paper begins, consider recycling that packaging if you can. These bags cannot go in your regular recycling bins for plastic curbside or at local/area recyling, but there are lots of stores where they can go. For more information and locations near you visit this website today.

That bag of bags may sit in the closet or back of the car forgotten for several trips to the store like mine often do. That’s okay. Grab it the next time, or the time after that.

A little effort can go a long way.

–Kristin King


 
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Posted by on August 14, 2021 in Living in Holland

 

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April A2Z Challenge 2021 Theme – Lost Drafts of Holland, Food and Me

I didn’t do A2Z in 2020. Schooling at home unexpectedly and changing schedules constantly was enough at the time. For 2021, though, I picked my theme quickly. The Lost Drafts. I have over 80 drafts sitting on wordpress waiting for a bit of polish, or a note about a photo or experience. Most of them come from our time as expats living in Holland or are about Food.

The A2Z Blog Challenge is one hundreds of bloggers take up. We blog six days a week for the whole month of April. Personally, if I was choosing the month, it would have been July. Similar deal with anyone who’s tried NaNoWriMo. I would have chosen February instead of November to try to crank out 50K words in a month.

So here’s to April 2021, the month full of Lost Drafts of Holland, Food & Me!

–Kristin

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2021 in Living in Holland

 

Alternative Lifestyle – Hunter

My niece recently moved to the Hopi reservation to outfit what they call a G-house which stands in the snow right now with no electric or plumbing. I think she will blogging about that experience soon, and I hope to share that with you, but I discovered some friends of ours were living an alternative lifestyle right under our noses.

Dave and Steph live “out in the county” in a normal two bedroom, one bath place with a nice garden and an aged piece of an orchard, but Dave only works 5 months a year.

That’s different.

Working from home jumped into the mainstream in 2020, but a lot of people have remote jobs so that they can travel and do more of what they enjoy. Often these folks are “digital nomads,” and if the lifestyle interests you you can find lots of websites, like this one, to learn more. Another option is to do work that pays well enough in some months to do what you want the others. Why wait till retirement when you may or may not be able to live those dreams?

Dave is living his dream with Steph. For 5 months he works in Alaska on “the boat” doing seasonal work delivering goods to rural places that desperately need these supplies. It’s not easy work or easy for a couple with Steph at home working for a local nonprofit where she serves some of the neediest children in four counties.

Their sacrifice pays off when Dave is home for 7 months with full-time availability to his family and their chosen lifestyle. Dave is a hunter, and I love to hear about their latest meals from Steph. The Mongolian beef recipe made with venison intrigues me. I would love to try Steph’s curried chicken made with wild turkey or try curried duck. They don’t go to the store for most of their meat; they go to their deep freezer where a bountiful harvest awaits.

This week I saw a report in my local paper from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources titled “Deer season yields a top-five harvest total.”

Deer hunters not only bring home healthy venison for their families and help keep the deer population in check, but they also contribute heartily to Kentucky’s economy….Each year, deer hunting generates over $550 million in economic impact through retail expenditures, yields over $86 million in tax revenues to sustain public services and supports more than 13,000 jobs in the Commonwealth [i.e. Kentucky] (The Mayfield-Messenger).

That’s one rural state in the middle of the U.S. and only one part of the hunting and fishing that goes on across North America. The numbers knocked my proverbial socks off.

When times seem uncertain and we’ve all experienced supply chains breaking down, I am pleased to know that my family lives in a place where people still have the resources and wherewithal to eck out a living from the land around us. I’m grateful to have friends like Steph and Dave for this and many reasons.

Like the old song says, country folks can survive.

–Kristin

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2021 in In The News, Moments

 

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What is the Heart of the Matter?

Ran across this video recently and thought it was a must to post for Valentine’s Day. I’m a word person, so hearing about the heart in different languages and cultures is so enjoyable. The note that the phrase “a broken heart” comes from ancient Hebrew is just one fascinating tid bit from this 3 and half minute watch.

May we all get to the heart of the matter.

. –Kristin

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2021 in Soul Fare, Videos

 

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Not the mere immortality of the soul, but rather the resurrection of the body and renewal of all creation is the hope of the Christian faith. -John Piper

Hope is built on…

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2021 in Quotes

 

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Top Charity Salaries

How much salary is too much for a charity’s CEO? That probably isn’t a fair question, but, as someone who gives regularly and significantly, I am interested in not only salaries but whether or not a charity I support is using our donations well. Is most of the money we give going to the programs and missions we want to support? Or is a large chunk of every donation going to more fundraising and administrative costs?

Because of a recent disappointment with the Combined Federal Campaign (more late), I am doing some research and will share a bit with you. This top salary information came from Charity Watch, and you can read more here.

[#11]

Cristian Samper
President/CEO
Wildlife Conservation Society$1,305,650

[#3]

Nancy Brown
CEO
American Heart Association$2,384,607

[#1]

Craig B. Thompson, M.D.
President/CEO
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center$5,734,609

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2021 in Money and Personal Finance

 

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How Relief Funds Hit Income Taxes 2020

The good news is your stimulus check will not count as taxable income….Those who received unemployment benefits will need to pay income taxes on that money.

The CARES Act allows folks under age 59 1/2 to take up to $100,000 out of their 401(k)s and IRAs up until the end of 2020 without having to pay an early withdrawal penalty….the money you take out of tax-deferred retirement accounts like a traditional 401(k) or IRA will be taxed as ordinary income, so get ready to pay taxes on any withdrawals you make.

[Paycheck Protection Program] But heads up, small business owners: The IRS says that any expenses you paid with money from those PPP loans cannot be deducted from your taxable income.

More specifics at DaveRamsey.com and the Tax Foundation is a good resource as well.

My biggest question was about whether or not the relief rebates, stimulus or whatever they were called would count as taxable income. Answered.

I’m a big proponent of building up emergency savings (3-6 months of living expenses) so you never have to tap into your retirement accounts early. That’s robbing from your future to pay for something today.

Note: I am not qualified to give tax advice, and it’s always good to consult a professional if you have questions.

–Kristin

 
 

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Undying Love (Poem)

God hath not promised skies always blue,

Image Credit KUSC.org Streaming Classical Music

Flower strewn pathways all our lives through.

God hath not promised sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day,

Rest for the labor, light for the way,

Grace for the trials, help from above,

Unfailing sympathy

Undying Love

(Author Unknown)

Poem found in a book given to me by my mother. She copied it by hand when she was teenager and glued into the front of the book.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2021 in Inspiration

 

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Barbaric Realism vs. Idealistic Good Will

Many of us read William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” in high school….Its portrayal of innate human depravity was hailed at the time for its unblinking “realism.” Only … it was total bulls—….[The author] was an alcoholic prone to depression who beat his kids….So, he made up the story, and it wasn’t about children’s dark nature, but his own.

[Rutger] Bregman [author of Humankind: A Hopeful History] became curious about what would really happen if kids were left alone on an island….[When he found a group who survived shipwreck,] He learned that, far from devolving into barbarism, the inventive teenagers had set up a functioning democracy and communal economy. They split chores into teams of two, built sleeping huts and a kitchen, tended a garden, stored rainwater, created a gymnasium, fashioned a badminton court and got a fire going (taking turns protecting it so it never went out)….

There’s the world we live in, and then there’s the frightening world we see every hour on “the news” and in social media… [Read the rest and more from Jim Hightower’s column here.]

A good reminder for me not to give in to the negative view in so many portrayals of the world. There is so much good out there and around the corner. I just need to take time look for what is good, take notice kindness, and encourage the spirit of nobleness in myself and others.

–Kristin

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Bible, Phillipians 4:8 ESV)

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2021 in Beyond the Book

 

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Details of Biden’s Proposal for Income Taxes

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“As president, Biden hopes to make a lot of changes to our income tax system with the overall goal of making it more progressive. In political-speak, progressive means the more you make, the more you pay in taxes as a percentage of your income. According to the Tax Policy Center, Biden’s plan will raise taxes by $2.41 trillion over the next 10 years.

If his plans take effect as they are, in 2022:

  • Households making between about $50,000–90,000 would get an average tax cut of about $6,700.
  • Higher income households ($330,000–790,000) would be hit with an average $98,000 tax increase.
  • The top 1% of earners ($790,000 or more) would pay an average of $265,000 more than they do now.” (DaveRamsey.com)

Dave Ramsey put out a really interesting blog about what Biden’s Income Tax proposals would mean for Americans across incomes if enacted exactly as Biden envisions. The above is a small section, but visit the blog for more including Biden’s plans for: Child Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Credit, First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit, and taxes on Capital Gains, Estates & Gifts, and lowered caps for deductions including charitable giving.

The charitable giving item concerns me a bit as I can imagine charitable organizations suffering. The Cares Act for the pandemic increased the percentage folks could give dramatically, but there aren’t any numbers out yet to indicate if tax payers gave more in 2020. I’m not even sure where I would find that information.

–Kristin

 
 

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