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Monday, January 18, 2010

Change -- Compost

Although this week's theme was my suggestion, I found it a little challenging.  Certainly social change comes to mind as an important environmental concern.  And of course, there is always seasonal change.  But what I eventually landed on was compost as a kind of change.  An important kind, at that.  Too many of us throw too much away, clogging the nation's (and, well, world's) wastestream.  Much of that waste is recoverable, either for recycling or as compost.  Compost is one of those changes where waste becomes nutrient for new growth and new produce.  When you think about it, that's more than a little amazing.

Probably one of the most important changes we could make as a culture is to embrace the idea that there is no "away" to throw things.  I know this is a touchy subject for many artists.  Many of our studios rely on waste baskets and drains for getting rid of the messes (materials and toxins) left over from our creative output -- too few of us think about where that stuff goes.  But that, too, is changing.

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