Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Positively Green + Email Subscribe!

Greetings beautiful peoples.

Midterms are kicking my butt. In fact, I should be studying this very instant, but I really just don't want to and I'm sure because of this unwise decision (not studying), I will be cramming later. I just want to talk about something that I care about instead. Study guides are getting old.

So, let me tell you about Positively Green Cards--since we are getting closer to the Holiday season...

Positively Green Cards are greeting cards that are: "printed on 100% post consumer recycled fiber at an EnviroStar printer utilizing green power. The paper is certified by Green Seal and by SmartWood in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council which promote environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests."

This is what loveliness is on the back of each card! Not to mention, 10% of their profits are donated to organizations that protect our environment and fight global warming :)

AND: each card has a GREEN TIP on the back of it.

AND: the cards are beautiful.

So, this consumer-frenzied holiday season, think about maybe switching to these.

You can purchase them online HERE.

are now on this blog! That means every time we write a blog, you get an email! Now isn't that cute? Go click it. Top Right.

Love. Love. Love.



My Positively Green Card Tip is:

"Wash your car at a commercial car wash instead of at home. A modern car wash reuses water and prevents oil and road grime from entering drainage systems."

Thursday, October 15, 2009

What do gay-rehab and the United Way have in common?

I must like being outraged. It’s the only explanation I have for spending 30 minutes of my time looking around the right-wing, assbackwards, fundamentalist christian organization which aims to cure people of the homosexual “lifestyle”. They call themselves day seven ministries.

Now these types of homosexual “rehabilitation” counseling programs always give me that weird feeling you get when you know people are spewing judgment and hate disguised as the “love of God”. This bothers me for a number of reasons: One, I feel bad for gay people who are already struggling in a society that does not fully accept them and who are now being conditioned to believe their form of love is wrong. And two, this place gives Christians a bad name.

I could go on and on about the reasons why these kind of places suck, but I think that is pretty self explanatory. The other aspect that I am more conflicted about is why Day Seven Ministries appears in the human services reference guide by the United Way of Lancaster .

You may have heard of the United Way, it funds many progressive organizations nation wide and in Lancaster county. Its aim is to work to resolve pressing community issues. Why is this "gay-rehab" listed as the only “human services” organization addressing issues of homosexuality (as cited by their index).

To clarify, just because they’re listed in their resource guide does not mean they are a United Way funded organization. But I still find it fishy that they are the only place listed. Now people using the guide to look for help are lead into the trappings of conservative evangelicals posing as counselors. This is propaganda posed as counseling. And the American Psychological Association would agree: (

So I researched the United Way. I found that there is another controversy: they fund the Boy Scouts, an organization criticized for firing gay troop leaders and being overall homophobic ( When confronted with this issue, the National United Way stated that their anti-discrimination policy opposes only illegal acts of discrimination (unfortunately firing someone for being gay is legal in the United States, if you're mad click here:

Despite their national stance that anything legal (albeit immoral) is peachy, many local United Way organizations have stopped funding the Boy Scouts. The United Way of Lancaster is not one of these chapters and still holds the Boy Scouts as one of their partner organizations.

The United Way funds awesome organizations, such as The Red Cross and The Urban League of Lancaster.

The United Way pledges to “bring our community together and focus resources on the most critical health and human service needs in the county”.

The United Way doesn’t like gay people?

I’m not sure if this is an oversight on their part, or if their reference to anti-gay organizations has anything to do with their indirect support of the Boy Scouts’ discrimination policy. What do you all think: United Way: Friend or Foe?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Hotdogs, HRC, and the Story of Stuff.

I am a bad girl.

Kathryn and I were babysitting my 4 year old brother this week and he wanted hotdogs and mac and cheese. Pretty normal, right?

I must confess that as I was cutting up the hotdog, I ate a couple pieces. I didn't even mean to! It was just this instinctual reaction. I forgot. I forgot I was a vegetarian.

I also accidentally ate a bite (or two) of a ham and cheese sub at work on Saturday. Wow. Well, I have to say I feel better to have that off my back. Phew.

It feels good to confess.

Are any of you 13 little followers vegetarian? Am I the only one who "accidentally" eats hotdogs and meat-filled subs?


On a totally different note:

President Obama gave a nice speech to the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday. Got me a little teary eyed. He is only the SECOND president to EVER speak to the HRC. Let me know what'chall think.

Here tis:

Obama HRC Speech

Also, just is another REALLY NEATO video about all the shit we collect called The Story of Stuff

You guys are nice. Sorry for the delay in posts--18 credits are kickin' my butt.



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Today Lancaster moves to the left

A couple of cool things are happening in lancaster today that make me think this place may be becoming a little more progressive. (insert jumps for joy)

First of all, tonight at 7pm in Rochester Performing Art Center, Franklin and Marshal College will be hosting a talk called “Intergenerational Feminism: A Dialogue”, it is a discussion about how far-and how not far- women’s rights have progressed in the last fifty years. The two speakers are renowned poet, novelist and journalist Robin Morgan and Ariel Levy writer for The New Yorker and author. If the topic and the bios of these awesome women are any indication, I think this should be a worthwhile event. And it’s free!

Douhle Kudos to Franklin and Marshall, they are also hosting a speech tonight by Chris Matthews. Chris Matthews is a news anchor and political commentator; you might know him from hardball. He has also been a long-time supporter of the democratic party. Tickets are available (for free!) in the Rochester center at f & m until 6pm today.
Tonight Matthews will address health care reform, the economy and President Obama’s ratings. If it’s not too late to get tickets, you should go! It starts at 8:30, so you can conveniently make both events.

But there’s more! Millersville, not to be excluded from the awesomeness today, is doing “Walk a mile in her shoes” event, where men and women get together, throw on some high heels, and walk a mile to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. I don’t know if its just me, but this sounds fun (if you don’t believe me, look at the pictures).

Good job Lancaster for hosting three important events tonight. I don’t know if this is a sign that things are changing around here, but either way I’m happy.

If anyone gets the chance to participate in any of these, let us know what you thought!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Being Veggie 101


Sorry I've been missing recently from quarterlifechange. I was nursing a headache, sinusey, blogey cold for the past couple of days so I have been slacking in most areas of my life. -if anyone has any cure all cold remedies, please share!

As you know, Fen and I are living the veggie life, meaning that we have not been eating meat. Hopefully some of you are trying the "30 day challange with us (come on it's really not that long!), our goal is that after 30 days we will be more apt to limit our meat eating to fewer times a week.

If for no other reason, I just found that according to The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, the meat industry generates nearly a fifth of the human-made greenhouse gas emmisions, which is more than transportation negatively effects our climate! insane.

That being said I wanted to address one of the most common questions to get thrown at vegetarians:

"How do you get your protein?????"

This is an important question, so i wanted to give all the new veggies some information, so that we can respond to the negative naysayers and also stay healthy and energized.

So here are my tenets of protein:
1. Most experts say that we need about .4 grams of protein per pund of body weight. Therefore a woman weighing 130lbs needs around 52 grams per day. If you are very active you need more, the average adult who execises regularly needs about 70g.
2. You need to get all your essential amino acids every day, we will call this complete proteins.
3. Animal Products contain complete proteins (all essential amino acids), therefore if you are not vegan, you can eat cheese, milk, yogurt, eggs etc. for complete proteins.
4. You can also get your complete proteins from vegetables and plant products by being more creative and mixing together a variety of nuts, corns, vegetables, and grains. Some examples of complete food combinations:
-rice and beans
-peanut butter sandwhich
-tofu and rice
-hummus and pita
5. You don't have to get your complete proteins in one meal, you can eat a variety of foods throghout the day and still be healthy. For example: bean soup for lunch and rice with dinner.
6. Basically variety is key. if you eat lots of differnet kinds of non-meat foods, instead of just potato chips and bagels all day, you should be ok.

ok that's my tutorial on protein, here's some websites for more info:

So, what are the chances I can convince Fen to be vegan next month???

If cher, i mean alicia silverstone can do it, then why can't we? anyone in?


Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Howdy folks!

The vegetarianism is going grand. Of course it's only been 2 days, but I am optimistic :)


I don't read it. It's something I tend to see on a coffee table at my great aunt's house, in a stack with other magazines I would never buy. However, Kathryn and I splurged when we saw that Alicia Silverstone was one of the women on the front cover.

I know. You must be thinking: 'who cares?' but, I will have you know, Miss Silverstone is making a name for herself that goes far beyond whatsherface in Clueless.

That's right. She not only supports and lives a green lifestyle, but she also has a new book coming out called "The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight,and Saving the Planet".

From the article: "The book offers vegan recipes, medical info about the pros and cons of different foods, and handy tips on eco-conscientious living."

Click here to read the whole article online. [Which we should have done instead of buying the whole freakin magazine]

It's always nice to hear about stars who aren't jet-setting everyday, throwing dollar bills everywhere, and getting drunk at high priced bars every night. Right?

Yay Alicia!

Pre-Order it here if ya want. I did!



Monday, September 28, 2009


Okay, so I never thought I would do this, but Kathryn and I have decided to go vegetarian for one month. We started today. Kathryn has done this before and she says it is easy but I really love chicken, beef, pork--you name it, I like it!

I can remember a time when I would barrage vegetarians with questions like (in a super attitudey tone, I'm sure) "Why on earth would you not eat meat?". Seriously. I didn't get it. So now I get to respond to people who ask me attitudey questions about my new-found, month-long vegetarianism.

Here it is:

-The meat that is sold in corporate grocery stores is pumped full of hormones. The animals are not treated well and their diets consist primarily of corn. Cows are not supposed to eat corn. Just a heads up. After seeing Food, Inc. I don't think I can ever look at packaged meat the same way again.

-The meat that is served at restaurants is unfortunately treated the same way. So, when you order Filet Mignon (sp?) from that snazzy joint down the street, it's probably still fed corn and hormones and treated poorly. Ask your servers if the meat you are ordering is GRASS FED and ask if they know if they're full of yucky hormones. They have to tell you. And by you asking, you are putting it out there that it's what the people want. And, I'm telling you: local and fresh is ALWAYS much tastier--so it is definitely what you want. [Also: If you love salmon you can ask if it is farm raised. If it is, you don't want it.]

-Kathryn and I want to get out of the habit of eating meat and out of the habit of ordering it for those reasons. Hence, the month-long challenge. By the end of the month we will be well-practiced in NOT ordering unidentified meat--on a whim.


Wish us luck. You wanna join us in the challenge? Let us know! Start tomorrow!

Here is the link to FOOD, INC.


Love yous,


Friday, September 25, 2009

Homemade Toothpaste and klean kanteen

Ok, to begin...

The Regina Spektor concert was great. I mean really, really great. I would marry her in a millisecond. There's just something about her. If you don't know her, check her out:

First order of business: Homemade Toothpaste

Kathryn and I discovered that the toothpastes in stores (even the ones marked Organic) are full of strange ingredients that we can't pronounce. Not to mention, the tubes are impossible to recycle (although the aluminum TOM'S of Maine do--you can even send them in and they will recycle them for you) and may also contain the harmful compound Bisphenol A (BPA).

[This BPA stuff is NO good and it is found in many of our plastics. I will post soon on why converting to glass only is so beneficial.]

Here's a link about the TOMS recycling:

Here's the Wiki link to Bisphenol A:

Kathryn and Fen's Homemade Toothpaste Ingredients:

-(Organic) Baking Soda (we keep this is a ball jar)

-(Organic) Sea Salt

-(Organic) Vegetable Glycerin

-(Organic) Peppermint Essential Oil


[We bought all of these ingredients (except the water!) at Rhubarb's Market (1521 Lititz Pike Lancaster, PA 17601--(717) 390-3001) but you can get them other places and they don't have to be organic.]

The recipe is not exact.

-The baking soda will be the main ingredient. It will be what you want the most of.

-I only put in a pinch or two of sea salt in maybe a couple ounces of baking soda.

-The glycerin is for giving it some sweetness-you can just play around with how much you like. (Just don't put more of that then the baking soda)

-Couple drops of oil (Kathryn likes more then a couple drops)

-Add water to get it to be a paste-like consistency

-We keep our batches in a baby (glass) jar.

You just dab your toothpaste in and brush! Makes your teeth super white too. It may be a little weird to transition, but there is something pretty great about making your own healthy toothpaste.

Let me know if you have questions.

Second order of Business:
klean kanteen

Got my first one yesterday. So cool. (BPA free) If you get one at EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports) at the mall, you can use a student ID to get 3$-4$ off.

Here is their website:

Their water bottles are eco-friendly and 100% recyclable!

Oh happy day,


First One


ooh too many capitals.

Wow, it's pretty weird writing to a mysterious, unknown audience; so, if you're out there, comment and play! I'd really love to hear what you all are doing/thinking about.

I wanted to start off, in my very first post, by highlighting the three main reasons why I am excited about Quarterlifechange.

Ok here it goes:

1. I like the words blog, blogging, blogger...bloggee(?), and now i have an excuse to use them in everyday speech.

2. Fen and I have successfully created a vague enough topic(*refer to subtitle) that we can basically discuss almost anything that we (the "we" includes you five subscribers) find worth talking about.

3. Finally, at the heart of it, this is a place to talk about change. From little changes, like making your own toothpaste, to bigger changes like organizing a student coalition to end homelessness. Anything goes and moreover, I truly believe it all matters. What's not exciting about that?

So thanks internet-not only for making the word blog, but for creating a space where we can discuss the things that we care about.



Thursday, September 24, 2009

Toothpaste Delay

So, I said I would give you the AWESOME toothpaste recipe today--but--I am rushing off to a Regina Spektor concert now, so you will have to wait one more day to brush your teeth :) It's worth the wait!

Love and other happy things,


Wednesday, September 23, 2009


So, I feel a little weird because this is the very first post. It is this post that will possibly pave the way for the rest of this cute little blog.

Instead of going on about this, I guess I should just dive into something I've been dying to tell you all. Even though I don't really know who "you all" are.

First thing:

I love Roller Derby. I went to watch my very first "bout" this last Saturday and I am completely hooked. How can you not be? I mean these girls are bad ass. They zip around the floor in these superb shiny outfits, (on roller skates!) and race each other for points.

Ok,'s so much more then that--but really that's enough for me. It's just this beautiful sport that empowers women to kick some major ass.

Speaking of, I think now is a good time to plug the Lancaster Dutchland Rollers girls:

The next HOME bout is on October 10th at Overlook Activities Center. Come. Just do it. You will enjoy supporting these girls. Tickets are 10$ if you buy em' in advance. 12$ at the door. Bring some cash because you'll want a T-Shirt. I'm telling you.

Next order of business:

So, we've got this new blog.

Really, we just wanted to create a space where we can talk about all that stuff up in the "Welcome Message" on the right. And we're also interested in networking with some awesome people--eventually. Right now we realize we may only have 5 fans by the end of the month. Haha. If that's the case, then the networking idea may not be very effective. Who knows though. Maybe those 5 people will be the "chosen ones" or something. I donno.

Kathryn and I really do believe in the power of grassroots projects and truly value the opinions and ideas of others. So, share. Oh do share--or it will get lonely here at QLC (Quarterlife Change).

Tomorrow I will give you my recipe for making your own homemade toothpaste. I know. Riveting. But, after you're done making fun of me, go take a walk to your bathroom. Open your {insert whatever you keep your toothpaste in} and pick up that tube. Flip it over. Look at alllll those ingredients. And I'm sorry TOMS toothpaste is not a lot better. Still got the junk.

Do you really want that on your teeth?
Do you even know what that stuff is? (Who does?)
Can you recycle that tube?

I'm just saying...

Stay tuned folks.

I think you're neat.