And let the composting begin….. July 16, 2010

eggs from the farmer's market in perfect compost-able, biodegradable, non-plastic packaging

In California, they don’t throw their garbage away – they make it into TV shows.  Woody Allen

Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg until it is broken. MFK Fisher

So here is a question. How many compost bins do you think there are in Beverly Hills? Anyway, this just in from my friend Rebecca Currie, who writes the blog LESS IS ENOUGH and has been a huge resource for me in my attempt to live single-use plastic free this year. For tips on eating plainer and simpler and just musings on life’s curiosities in these crazy times, be sure to check out her blog.

After reading my post, We are our Compost, Rebecca sent me the following…

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
A Guest Post by Rebecca Currie (a.k.a lessisenough)


I was talking on the phone the other night to a friend who started the year with a bunch of things she was hoping to accomplish, and she was feeling a little bit down, like she hadn’t made much progress. She said she wrote out the list of everything she’s done but when she looked at it, it didn’t seem like much.

I said, “Did you include taking out the garbage?” (She really hates taking out the garbage, and that was one of the things she wanted to do a better job with.)

She laughed and said, “No! I forgot that. I’ll have to add it.” Then she said, “Did you ever read that poem in Where the Sidewalk Ends about the girl who wouldn’t take out the garbage? Cynthia something Stout who wouldn’t take the garbage out?”

She said, “I’ll add that to the list, that I didn’t turn into Cynthia Stout and wasn’t buried by my garbage.”

The next day I got an email from my friend with the text of the poem, and as I read it, I was struck by the fact that poor Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout wasn’t buried by garbage at all, she was buried by food waste, and if she’d only had a worm bin this whole tragedy could have been avoided.

And that made me think of my friend Bryant’s last post, so I wanted to contribute this guest post for her, to reiterate what she said:

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Compost compost compost!

It will change your life. And spare you from the terrible fate of poor Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, who would not take the garbage out.

Hello–It’s Bryant again.  I have to end this post by thanking Rebecca  and telling you something amazing I learned about her the other day. After reading my post, she told me, that actually she only needs to take her garbage out once or twice a year.  Wow Rebecca–just wow.

This has got to be because of how carefully  she shops, how much she recycles and uses her worm bin.   And she is a great cook. She leads a full and interesting life with less garbage than anyone I know.  Check out her blog, LESS Is ENOUGH and you will be amazed as well.

One Comments
John Morrison July 18th, 2010

This poem reminds me of a notorious swallowing of a fly.

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