Sand Stains

I spoke about noticing patterns. This morning as I was heading back to the landing area I stopped to pick up yet another butt. It rained last night and I’m guessing these butts were from yesterday afternoon. They were Marlboros, the kind with the medium brown color paper filter with a slightly speckled pattern. What I…

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The Pen

After starting the butt container I decided to use some of the space on the label to keep track of dates and the number of butts were added to the collection. Now I had one more item I needed to remember to take with me in the morning… a pen. This became problematic, as it…

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The Jar

It’s not every sunrise that I go out on the beach, though it’s an easy walk down the hallway to the elevator, out a few security doors, then there’s the gate to the beach and a landing where I take off my flip flops and put them in one of the bins that typically hold…

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Trash to Treasure

Trash to Treasure (T2T), our local creative reuse center, recently closed its doors. A loss for the community for sure. A little more than a year ago, I was asked if I would like to be involved in a public art project to highlight recycling. I had been a member of the center and promoting it…

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Alphabet Stoop

I was asked recently to share my work and “teach” a couple of classes to the youngsters at the Young At Art Museum in Broward County. I chose to orchestrate the creation of a collaborative artwork on canvas, using the trash I had cleaned up from the beach,  Each group of young students were to collaborate on the same project.…

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Once Litter-Free, Always Litter-Free

When I first picking up trash oceanside of the condo, I thought I’d be done soon, thinking that the litter came from “elsewhere” not my fellow residents. I thought that if I’d pick up all the trash in an area that the next morning that the area would still be clean. Honestly, that was my…

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Litter ’round the Campground

My dad was the type of guy that I would say was environmentally conscious. During the summer, when our family went camping, my siblings and I would be charged with picking up and properly disposing of all the litter in our campground area before we left. This was the late 50s early 60s. I don’t…

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Detail of "Day at the Beach" a SusieQ collaborative mixed media.

An Inconvenient Fact: Litter is Everywhere

Litter: Some floats and some sinks. Overall Health: That means planetary health. Yes, we can break it down into categories like human health, or pollution of streams and waterways, or unsightly by-ways, or potentially hazardous… no matter how you look at it, since it’s all part of the big picture, at some point the litter…

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Waking up to Trash at Sunrise

Initially my morning walks were to simply enjoy my bare feet in the sand.  It was more about grounding myself and de-stressing from my work at the computer. Publishing the Broward edition of Natural Awakenings continues to be a  fabulous opportunity for me to not only serve the public but to educate myself further about…

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Littering is Illegal… really?

For a July, 2016 art exhibit, I created red, white and blue mixed media piece using trash that had been picked up either by me, or some of the monthly Beach Sweep volunteers at Las Olas and A1A, Fort Lauderdale, FL. The piece was for an exhibition at the Broward County’s  downtown main Library’s 6th Floor Gallery. Title: Made…

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