August 19th, 2007

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The 11th Hour

I haven't seen anyone discussing this weekend's release of The 11th Hour, another ecological documentary, this time narrated by Leonardo Dicaprio and focusing more on what we can do to take action to avert the various crises we face.

Has anyone seen it? Are you interested in seeing it? It released in a couple cities this past Friday and comes to Detroit on the 24th though I'm not yet sure where.
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Two weddings and some errands

the bride and groomYesterday I went to two wedding celebrations and did some errands and that was about all I got done aside from a couple of naps. The wedding stuff was great, though. At 3 there was a casual back-yard wedding of a co-worker out in Livonia, followed by margaritas and some fabulous Mexican food. After that I headed to Pittsfield Grange Hall for Contra dancing to celebrate the wedding of Neil Epstein and his lovely bride, Elisabeth Ashman. The wedding is actually today, but they were hoisted up on chairs last night, which was the *important* part, I think. ;)

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I took a favorite no-bake cookie to contribute to the potluck food at Neil and Elisabeth's celebration. I only made a half recipe, and they went fast. Here's the full recipe, if you want to try it.

White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Krispies

    2 1/2 lbs white chocolate
    1 C peanut butter (creamy)
    3 C peanuts
    3 C miniature marshmallows
    3 C Rice Krispies

Mix the white chocolate and the peanut butter, and microwave until smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. --Do not let it get warm!

Fold in the peanuts, then the marshmallows, then the rice krispies.

Drop in spoonfuls onto wax paper, freeze for at least one minute, until no longer soft. (I put the wax paper on cookie trays and put the whole trays in the freezer overnight.)

(Freeze to preserve.)

Into the woods (and making more of them)

On Sunday, August 26th, our neighborhood is having a volunteer Stewardship Day at Eberwhite Woods. (That icon is a picture of me walking through the woods midwinter- they're right behind my house.)

All are welcome to join in, 1-4 pm, for a day of posting signs and pulling up invasive plants. The group meets in the Eberwhite Elementary school parking lot - dress for outdoor work including long pants and closed-toe shoes. The city of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation division provides gloves and tools. For more information, call 734-996-3266 or email


While I'm on the topic of woods, a local non-profit has a 3-year project to replace the trees lost to the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. The city's tree replanting strategy is posted at and you can contact Global ReLeaf of Michigan at 800-642-7353 or if you'd like to volunteer to help. You can join or sponsor a neighborhood Tree Team to help with replanting.

Do note that if you own property in the city you can also get a tax deduction of up to $1000 for hiring a nursery to plant a street tree on your own property.