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Green is where the Heart Is for May 9, 2012

“Bessie was right” ~ Karen MacNeil

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Mothers Day is upon us, the day we show gratitude for all the things our mothers taught us. 
I am giving this week’s column over to my neighbor, Karen MacNeil who wrote the following which she learned from her mother, Bessie.
“During the 70’s and 80’s, I will admit I was part of the throwaway society.  When my mother, Bessie, who was not part of the 70’s and 80’s society, came to visit she would sit quietly and watch as I wasted.  Bessie, being the wonderful mother that she was, only put her two cents in when asked. 
However, most of my questions were not about saving planet Earth.  I do not actually remember when the change occurred and I began to recycle, but as I began, I realized Bessie was right. 
As a child growing up with much older parents, Mom was 42 and Dad was 64 when I was born, I believed their way of running the home had to do with their age or possibly being a product of the Great Depression. 
We had two compost piles that we alternated using each year.  This rich soil helped us grow vegetables, a raspberry patch, rhubarb, and wonderful window boxes full of geraniums. 
New geraniums were never purchased because new plants were started from plant slips of the geraniums that Bessie would bring into the house each fall, beautifully blooming all winter. 
We heated our water with a wood stove attached to a copper water tank and then bailed the water along with any dishwater out onto the plants. 
A couple of times a year the rag man would come to pick up any unused cloth that had not already been turned into potholders, aprons, or quilts.  Wonderful recipes were made from leftovers and each Saturday you could smell applesauce cooking and bread baking, plus my father’s favorite coffee jello made from the leftover perked coffee. 
These are only some of my recollections, but with them, I continue to realize Bessie was right. 
We burned most of our trash, kept our
heat turned down, threw all crumbs and thread of any sort out for the birds, turned every light out that wasn’t needed, and wrote all notes and lists on scrap paper.
Bessie has been gone for 25 years, but her teaching about living and about not wasting now lives on with me.  It is difficult at best. 
Her motives were not to be politically correct, not to save out planet, (I admit they may be mine) but because it was the right think to do. 
She showed me that it is so wrong to waste things that have more life to them, another chance to be used.  To Bessie, it was the only way to live that made sense. 
In her memory, it is my goal to have a practically empty trash bag at the end of each week.  I am improving
all the time and I am doing this because I know BESSIE WAS RIGHT!”   Thank you, Karen and Bessie.  Let us all remember fondly our own Bessie.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng
shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support
their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.