Consumerism: Our Hunger for More and The Next Big Thing’s Shocking Impact On Our Environment, Health, and Economy

“Is This The End of Recycling?” by Alana Samuels for The Atlantic

“For decades, we were sending the bulk of our recycling to China—tons and tons of it, sent over on ships to be made into goods such as shoes and bags and new plastic products. But in 2018, the country restricted imports of certain recyclables, including mixed paper—magazines, office paper, junk mail—and most plastics. Waste-management companies across the country are telling towns, cities, and counties that there is no longer a market for their recycling. These municipalities have two choices: pay much higher rates to get rid of recycling, or throw it all away.”


“The Best Thing You Can Do Is Not Buy More Stuff” by Terry Gross for NPR

“Your average thrift store in the United States only sells about one-third of the stuff that ends up on its shelves,” he says. “The rest of the stuff ends up somewhere else.”


“The Dark Side of Electronic Waste Recycling: American Trash” by Colin Lecher for The Verge

United States is taking in — and throwing out — an astonishing number of devices every year: millions of tons of televisions, phones, computers, appliances. Americans rarely see the aftermath.”

“Electronics have a host of toxic materials inside of them, and researchers have carefully cataloged the damage they can cause when disassembled. Consider LCD monitors with mercury that, when smashed, can form a toxin that can damage a person’s organs and nervous system. Cathode-ray tubes contain lead, which can poison an ecosystem’s microorganisms. Cadmium, which is used in computer batteries and circuit boards, has been linked to skeletal deformities in animals.”

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Laptop Restored!

Hello Visitor!
Last Tuesday, my Facebook post was, “Either Microsoft is having problems creating updates for all their users or a hacker is using their updates to down my computer … either way, my laptop is down again, so phone calls or texts until further notice, please and thank you! And thank God I also have my other computer offline so the work continues without major interference.”
Fortunately this time the down time was only six days as opposed to last months which was ten days!
Technology is a great tool, but some days I wish our lives were not so dominated by it, which is one of the reasons I have cut back blog and social media posts so I can work on the other elements for my company … book writing, speech writing, press kit preparation, business plan revisions, and of course, researching and studying for personal and professional growth.
Now, if I could just get the neighbor with the workshop behind me to get online more often so he would get off the power tools and also stop the pounding.
Thanks for dropping by!
Best wishes,


Kaitlin Ann Trepanier


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RESPECT … The Way Back Into Love


Experts share what you may want to know about love and relationships … read their perspectives by clicking the link below …

And stay tuned for an additional perspective this spring in the new book, RESPECT … The Way Back Into Love, by Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle founder and author, Kaitlin Ann Trepanier.

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Why would I give you the time of day?

Dear Unknown Callers with Mystery Phone Numbers,

Other than many of the obvious benefits of the technology, a high RESPECT LEVEL advantage of new technology today is also the opportunity for people with cell phones is to say “No” by actions or words to people who do not respect … value our time.

With name and number call display technology, now we get to choose who we want to speak to on our telephone. We can now choose who we will allow to take up our time. We decide who will be in our life … or who will not.

Balance is now finally attainable, at least with regard to the phone and interruptions. Before cell phones, when the phone rang, the phone’s shrill echoed off our home’s walls and many people would scurry to discover who wanted to enter their world. That was before telemarketers turned many people away from their phones because of their unwanted interruptions day and night.

Messages left on answering machines were often welcome at the end of the day because we could choose when to respond or whom to, but even then, LAN lines and answering machines could not keep up with our needs with so many us unavailable during emergencies or even when our plans changed and we needed to know before we got home to check the answering machine.

LAN lines are still great tools, especially because of the vulnerability of cell phones to conditions that do not affect LAN lines, but having both is now questionable as necessary, especially when there is also Skype to communicate with by video online. Personally though, I enjoyed having a LAN line after years of just having a cell phone, though when I do have a LAN line again, the number will be private and used for private personal and business calls … but all incoming calls will still be routed through my cell phone because I now have, not only the technology that enables me to make that choice, but also a high enough RESPECT LEVEL to know I have the right to choose who I will let into my personal world through my phone.

So, unknown callers with no phone number revealed on call display, why would I give you the time of day if you will not give me the courtesy of knowing who you are before I allow you into my life? Revealing who you are on my phone enables me to manage my time effectively and respond accordingly to the demands on my time. Revealing who you are on my phone demonstrates your high RESPECT LEVEL for my time. And if you leave a message, rather than calling repeatedly showing unknown caller, no phone number and no message, I can reciprocate in kind by calling back … demonstrating a high RESPECT LEVEL for your time and effort to contact me.

However, if we have communicated directly, by talking or leaving messages on each other’s messaging system and one of us does not want to engage, then just stop calling and move on. Life is too short … time is far too precious and everyone is worthy of being treated respectfully … whether in person on the Internet … or on the phone.

June 10, 2014

Kaitlin A. Trepanier

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