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Green is where the Heart Is for May 23, 2012

“And I'm proud to be an American,where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” ~Lee Greenwood

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

As a little girl I remember celebrating Memorial Day as classes and studying gave way to picnics and fireworks. 
We flew our American flag and made cake with white icing decorated with strawberries and blueberries to emulate the flag.
The seriousness of the meaning of why we gathered together that day did not make sense to me until the year my mother was visibly saddened.  That was the year my brother was not joining our festivities because he was serving his first tour of duty in Viet Nam. 
Eventually my brother came home physically safe and sound but mentally changed in a way that would never be reverted. 
Fast forward to Memorial Day 2008.  Our youngest son had returned after serving two tours in Iraq as a US Marine.  We were sitting at the table eating our dinner and listening to an NPR radio program honoring those who had died during service to our country. 
Our son got up from the table and went out to the deck.  He broke down with emotion as tears overtook him. 
He had been shoulder to shoulder with many of his “brothers” who did not make it home alive.  He was experiencing the magnitude of this day.
My passion of education of recycling, reusing, reducing strategies seems so miniscule in comparison with the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for my freedom, those who did make it back alive, never to be the same, and the sacrifice of the families of all servicemen and women.  So this day I want to say, “Thank you.  Thank you for your service to our country.  I appreciate all that you have done.  Your sacrifice makes me want to be a better person, to make my life worthy of your pain.”
The way that I can show my appreciation for life, albeit pale in comparison, is by protecting our environment.  Education is the key. 
On the island our curbside recycling takes all plastics numbered 1-7.  Glass, metal, aluminum, and paper can all be comingled. 
The one thing that cannot be put in the recycle bin, however, are plastic bags.  Plastic bags can only be recycled in the bin located in front of the grocery stores. 
Plastic bags get caught in the wheels of the conveyer system for the single stream recycling and the whole system has to be shut down for repair.  Do not put cans in plastic bags because the whole bag will be thrown into the landfill. 
Choose paper at the store if you have forgotten your reusable bags.  Fill the paper bags with your cans and you are good to go.  So there you go.  This is my two cents on how to be appreciative of life on this marvelous planet. 
Each one of us has a job, whether big or small, to retain our right to live “free” in America. Thank you Albert. Thank you Jacob and thank you to all others who have given your life so I may live in freedom on this glorious planet.  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.