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Piazza Farmese

I went to what I might consider a local farmer’s market today. At closing time, I saw the vendors leave behind bags, paper, plastic and wooden boxes, along with food “scraps” and other items they didn’t want anymore. As the wind kicked up much of the lightweight debris went flying toward the adjacent restaurants’ outside sitting…

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Roman Charm

It’s been wonderful to roam around the city. The Italians are very friendly, helpful and yes, charming. Walking the city is amazing. It seems everywhere I walk there is an interesting looking building, shop, Palazzo or person to talk to. Just to sit and watch people move about has been fun. When we’ve stopped to eat…

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Trevi Fountain Collaborative

After seeing the Cesar Palace, Forum and Colosseum we headed to the Trevi Fountain. At the bottom of the central steps leading down to the fountain was what looked like the remains of a small newspaper, with individual pages strewn about. My friend and I walked past this area, then settled on a section of shaded…

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Between the Cracks…

After seeing the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and the 15th century Basilica of Saint Peter my friend & I sat down to just be with the space of the Piazza. The litter from yesterday was gone. As I set my sights on de-littering an area on the west side by the columns which seemed relatively litter-free, as photographed…

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When in Rome…

I arrived today in Rome and headed to the Piazza San Pietro, it was only a ten minute walk from the B&B where I booked a place to stay. I was surprised to hear from a priest as to why there was litter in the Piazza. On this particular walk I did not take my…

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What’s the Use?

Sometimes people will ask me that. I recently had a friend suggest that my focus on picking up trash was a bit inane. I think his intention was to make sure I wasn’t “overdoing it,” to let go of the litter thing and allow myself time to “smell the roses” and cast aside whatever limitations…

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Does a Tree have Rights?

I’ve always had good experiences getting to know the woods, and forests near homes in which I lived growing up. When I was about 9 my father, brother and I went out into the woods for a hike. This time my dad was instructing my brother on the safe handling and use of a rifle. After…

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Good Fences make Good Neighbors!?

“Mending Wall” by Frost got it right, fences are not the answer to getting along with better with the neighbors. This photo of a high fence and all the trash that was “caught” by the fence was taken here in Broward County, Florida. In some cases the fence, or wall, serves a good purpose… keeping…

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If it’s artfully placed, is it still litter?

Graffiti, in the 60’s, started gaining status to ultimately be recognized as a legitimate art form. The Wynwood neighborhood in Miami is an example of what has come out of that movement. Could this be happening to litter? Have you ever folded or torn packaging material, like paper food bags?  Is this visually modified material considered something other than litter?…

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Faded “I Voted” Sticker – Inauguration Day 2017

I spotted this sticker on the ground in one of the neighborhood parking lots. It seemed a true piece of MOOP (material out of place). Not only was it very faded… the red ink had all disappeared, but it seemed to have been run over by multiple cars during it’s past few months on the…

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