October 24, 2013

Clean Stuff

The STS Kaisei  is a steel hulled Brigantine.  Here’s a look at her bridge.  San Diego, Festival of Sail, 2008.

I embarked on a small adventure this morning.  Looking out at the totally black sky, I had a few reservations about my plans.  I can’t drive in the dark, and I was heading out early to a meeting then the pool.  From there, I was to take the endless bags of underwear, socks, and other detritus that totally filled my backset to the Presbyterian Church’s homeless project.  Not really trash, but the things we do not sell at the Discovery Shop.

I felt a little like Project Kaisei.  The STS Kaisei sails the Pacific Ocean charting the Gyre debris field distribution and tracking the debris from the Japanese Tsunami.  Unwanted debris is debris whether underwear or radioactivity from Japan.  Recycling debris first, gives us a clean start.

I’m grateful that this church has an Urban Ministry that reaches out to those who don’t live warm snug lives.  I was homeless for a while.  My eldest daughter was homeless for a long time.  Both my daughter and I were particularly repulsive in our homelessness.  It would have given me great joy to have clean underwear. 

Please check out the links above, think about what you can do to change the world recycling one piece of plastic or one piece of underwear at a time.  It gives me joy to know that Project Kaisei offers us a start to a clean ocean while the Urban Ministries may be opening hearts and minds elsewhere. 

The STS Kaisei in San Diego, 2008.  Copyright, Wikipedia.

Life is Really in the Footnotes:
  Gym, laundry up and down and up and down all while working subrogation.

  • Herself:  Pool, work, post pictures.  Life is good.

  • Balance:  Not overdoing.


    1. I enjoy giving my things to GoodWill and other charities like Habitat. Currently I am going through my husband's clothing and planning to pass them on to the Homeless Shelter.

    2. Yes, I recycle as much as I can to the ecumenical place that distributes food and everything else. So many that come are quite elderly, which makes me realize the Social Security is a net with holes.

    3. I appreciate your links. I have bookmarked Project K for more in depth reading. And we recycle, too, from kitchen compost, plastic, glass and metal to clothes and other useable items to a local ministries.

      We also support recycling from the other end, checking first for needed items that are gently used.

    4. Here's to recycling! And here's to your Presbyterian Church's homeless project! When I think of homeless people I think of their lack of food and shelter; because of this post I'll now think of lack of clean underwear, too.

    5. Homelessness is awful. I was so grateful that when Connie's husband died, so many in the community reached out to help her and the four girls. Now their lives are good.

      We recycle everything we can, even egg shells and coffee grounds. Never thought snyone wanted underwear. I have a drawerful of long johns, etc. zI wore when I was smaller.

      Love the photo of the interior of the boat. much fun with those gears, I bet. Dianne

    6. Since I am hoping to move I am sending all that I can to Goodwill or the local gift shop that funds a free clinic here. Recycle, it all. Too many people are living on the edge.

    7. Hopefully we will get to the festival next year.

      Muchas Smuchas


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