"There is more to life than increasing its speed." -- Mohandas Gandhi
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need forComplicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the Philosophy is kindness." --- Dalai Lama
"This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet." ---Rumi
"All that we are is a result of all that we have thought" ---Bhudda
"If every household in the US replaced one bottle of shower cleaner containing chlorine bleach with a hydrogen-peroxide-based shower cleaner we could prevent 1 million pounds of chlorine from entering our environment."
"If every household in the US replaced just one box of 48 oz petroleum-based powder laundry detergent with a vegetable-based product we could save 96,000 barrels of oil."
"Not by harming life does one become noble.One is termed noble for being gentle to all living things." ---Dhammapada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
"If every household in the US replaced just one box of 85-sheet virgin-fiber facial tissue with recycled ones, we could save 280,000 trees."
"He who knows that all things are his mind, That all with which he meets are friendly, Is ever joyful." ---Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
"If every household in the US replaced just one 25 oz bottle of petroleum-based dishwashing liquid with a plant-based product, we could save 81,000 barrels of oil."
"In whom there dwells no self-deception and no pride, Who is desireless, whose wrath is put away, whose self hath cool become --He is Brahmin." ---Udana
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ---- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of the decisions on the next seven generations." ---Great Law of the Iroquois
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ---- Dalai Lama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" ---Mahatma Gandhi

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The Healthy (and Cheap) Way to Clean Glass

It’s the quintessential housecleaning conundrum: no one likes cleaning windows, but everyone wants to see through them.

Here’s a little secret: good old fashioned vinegar gets your glass squeaky clean.

Vinegar works well, is cheaper, and is not toxic. The first clue is that it’s not the color of a blue slushy. Once you try cleaning your glass windows with vinegar, we promise you’ll never go back to Windex.

The Recipe

  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar (your basic kitchen sort)
  • 1 quart lukewarm water

You can use a spray bottle to spritz the windows and wipe them clean with a cloth, or, for very grimy glass, soak a cloth in the vinegar water and liberally scrub down the glass, following up with a dry cloth wipe.

A tip: A lint-free cloth works leagues better than paper towels, which can leave paper residue and, or course, kill trees. You can rip up an old t-shirt or buy utility rags (chamois works well) at your local hardware store.