All posts by Paul Krantz

About Paul Krantz

I'm just like you, in more ways than we realize. The only sure fire difference that comes to mind is that I call myself "me" whereas I would call yourself "you." But I'm sure you feel the same way. If you like what you've read here, maybe let me know. Stay occupied ;)

Two meals, one plate

Breakfast is served…but what to serve it on?

(reaches for a plate from the cupboard)

Oh wait, what’s this dirty / not-so-really-dirty dish doing in the sink? What was the last thing I ate off of this?..a quesadilla!

How about this: I’ll just re-use it!

No wash, no rinse, no paper towl needed. Just BLAM!

Roasted asparagus, sauteed kale, avocado salad.
Breakfast of champions: Roasted asparagus, sauteed kale, avocado salad.

That’s what we call two meals on one plate, and it’s one of many great ways to save a little of our precious resources.

12) Decorate Your World

The whole world is... a portion of the Koshland peace wall in San Francisco
The whole world is… a portion of the Koshland peace wall in San Francisco

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Use a little time today to make something beautiful.

Think of what you’d like to share with the world and then write it, draw it, use whatever medium is best to just put it out there.

You can put it on your own wall, or find a place outside where others will see.

The world is a constantly changing canvas, and if we the people do not paint the picture we would like to see, then who will?

To express is to be seen and heard, and to influence others, is to make another movement toward understanding each other.

Let us keep inspiring each other toward the peace and love that we want to be.

Let there be one less billboard advertising fast food, and one more soul-inspired piece of art to admire. One less Big Mac, and one more rainbow-hearted Buddha.

Have fun with it, my friends. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
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One Bucket of Ice

DSCN1548     I tried to do my day with on one bucket of ice. That is to say, I meant to use the amount of water in a bucket of ice for my whole day on account of hearing about the reported 13 millions gallons of water Californians have wasted due to the so-called “ice bucket challenge.”
I don’t know anything about the ice bucket challenge—what it’s purportedly raising awareness for, or whatever—I just think it’s all ridiculous what people will think about versus what they never will.
Thirteen is a lot of millions of gallons of water, especially in a state so dry. But I’d bet we [Americans] waste that much water to keep our kegs cool in parks every week. People don’t think about that. What’s worse, how many hundreds times 13 million gallons a day are being wasted fracking for gas. In some places in this country people can’t even drink water from their taps because it’s been poisoned for gas-extraction purposes. Why aren’t people tearing down Exxon billboards over that?
Some floozy got ice water poured over his shimmering pecs? Please.

These be monstrous times. But I strive to do my meager part, to at least not add more to the monstrosity. And so it goes that I found myself trying to use one bucket of water for the day.
What a ludicrous concept that is, eh?
It doesn’t really matter how big your bucket is, be it one gallon or ten, one’s success or failure in this endeavor is really more dependent on what their definition of ‘use’ is.
Let me explain.

I was brought from my silent slumber to the porcelain goblet by my urge to urinate. I did, and I didn’t flush. I didn’t want to blow my whole bucket so early, with just one flush. If I waited, my girlfriend would probably use and flush it later. It doesn’t count as my use of water if I don’t flush it, even if I pissed in it, right?
That’s how I played. I didn’t have much of a choice. I’d rather pee on a tree honestly, but I live in the city and people would complain. To be completely real, I live in a hood where there’s enough piss on the street as it is. So I urinate into a bowl of fresh water. But I’m not flushing, not this time.
A look in the mirror reveals that sleep has left me a tad stale. But I wont be showering today. Lucky for me, my girlfriend likes the way I smell, so I’m not too concerned.
I use precisely 3 drops of water to moisten my tooth brush, and when I’m done brushing, I use literally a handful of water for rinsing. I put maybe 10 drops of water through my beard, and while I’m combing it out, I notice a blemish. I spend about a minute forcing the puss-filled content of a pore to prematurely evacuate my face, and I reach for a tissue to wipe it away.
But I hesitate.
I hadn’t thought about the tissue. Although the kind I use is made of sustainably harvested bamboo & sugar cane husk, it certainly required X amount of water to produce mechanically.
Am I using the water if I use the tissue?
I consider this one deeply for a sec. I reason that I can only be held accountable for the amount of water that was used to produce the portion of tissue that I use. I tear off a half of one tissue and guess that amounts to an eighth cup of water. It’s not science at this point. I am probably underestimating.
By the time I leave the bathroom and make it to the kitchen I feel I have definitely done enough thinking to warrant a cup of coffee.
It’s a trap! But I realize too late.
The coffee beans have already grown. They’ve already been harvested, transported, sold, roasted, sold again, ground and moistened. The cups of water I personally poured into the coffee maker has already began to drip before I remember…
Each cup of coffee requires about 900 cups of water to produce.

It wasn’t necessarily me, who used all that water. But it was my will and desire that brought that coffee into my kitchen. There comes a time when a man must stand up and be accountable for all that he takes. This was my time.
So I’m well beyond 13 buckets, and I haven’t even started breakfast yet. At this rate it seems I’ll use 13 millions buckets of ice by this time tomorrow.

San Franciscan Salad

Also known by it’s lesser names: Scurvy Prevention Salad and Blood Boost Salad

DSCN2585The recipe is pretty simple:

Kale (chopped)

Strawberries (sliced)

Lemon juice

dash of Olive Oil (optional)

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Be sure to use organic produce.

Toss altogether in a bowl for a salad that’s sweet, crunchy, tangy and pack with Iron and vitamin C.  Best to let lemon juice marinade the leaves for a few minutes before eating.

11) pick up a piece of trash

The world is our shared home

-and therefore-

it’s maintenance and cleaning is our shared responsibility.

DSCN2324As for trash….

There’s more than enough of it lying around for everyone to grab a piece

This is not proper pigeon food
This is not proper pigeon food

After you’ve put a piece of trash in it’s proper place

-if you want to go a step further-

see if you can reduce the amount of trash you consume as well.

McDonalds sells over-priced trash on its "value menu"
McDonalds sells over-priced trash on its “value menu”

 

Save the World Sandwich

Save the World Sandwich Recipe:

ingredients:

-whole grain bread

-firm tofu (non-GMO)

-organic kale

-organic cilantro

-mustard

-half lemon or lime or lemon juice

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Directions: Pretty simple-make a sandwich to your liking with the given ingredients. Lather bread with mustard and apply a thick chunk of tofu and pieces of fresh kale and cilantro. Squeeze the juice from lemon over the kale.

Note: Kale and Cilantro are the most important ingredients to get organic, because they absorb chemicals into their leaves. To maximize the save-the-world potential of your sandwich, use only organic ingredients that come from local sources.                              (-;

 

 

8) If yellow, let mellow…

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Recently Gov. Jerry Brown of California announced that the entire state is in a drought emergency. Although the announcement went out this year, climatologists agree that this year marks the climax of a trend that has worsened for the last 30 years.

Residents in much of the South-western United States may now be waking up to a brutal reality: we have millions of people living in this place where there is very little water. What’s worse is that altered weather patterns brought on by climate change are proving to exacerbate the situation.

The largest water savings need to be addressed on a systemic level, such as; ridding our schools of lawns, changing large-scale farming techniques, and dare I suggest…outlawing golf-courses.

But waiting around for change from the powers that be is not viable solution, and there is much to be said for conservation on an individual level. After all, change in the world must begin with change in our selves or as someone much more eloquent that I once said, “We must be the change we want to see…”Image

With that in mind, One Positive Action would like to suggest to you a few ways you can personally save some water today…

-If yellow, let mellow (as in don’t flush your pee). Or better yet, start using grey water to flush your toilet.

-take a shorter shower (try three minutes, be strict)

-destroy your lawn (plant natives or drought resistant shrubbery)

-hand wash dishes with soapy water in a bowl

-don’t drink bottled water

-eat less meat

-be conscious of the sink (don’t leave it on)

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7) Meditate

“The Way to do is to be.”
― Laozi

Inhale. Exhale.

Our breath is what keeps us alive, and we forget just how important it is to focus in on that life-force. Whether it be a minute or two or ten, your mind needs a rest from all the work it does every waking moment. Thoughts may arise, all you have to do is throw them into the fire and surrender to the moment. You have the power to be conscious.

 

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6) Read

There’s so many things to know in this world. Could it be 10,000? I’d think more than that easily.

There’s so many perspectives to consider. How can we possibly hope to make a lasting positive change in the world without understanding it first?

the good news is there’s an easy way to start. Just make time to read today. Go the extra mile and read something of value.

Here’s a short list of some good books to get you started:

The Monkey Wrench Gang- Edward Abbey

The World Without Us- Alan Weisman

Wild- Cheryl Strayed

Dharma Bums- Jack Kerouac

Tom O’Bedlam- Robert Silverberg

Mountains Beyond Mountains- Tracy Kidder

Cosmos- Carl Sagan

Eating Animals- Jonathan Safran Foer

Shift- Hugh Howey

Food and the City- Jennifer Cockrall-King

Spell of the Sensuous- David Abram

The Shadow of the Sun- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Into the Wild- Jon Krakauer

Bhagavad Gita

Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior- Chogyam Trungpa

Kingdom of Fear- Hunter S. Thompson

Cat’s Cradle- Kurt Vonnegut

The Invisibles- Grant Morrison (Graphic Novel Series)

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**Bonus Points if you’re familiar with a few of the titles above, can you find a common theme in the works listed?