I have not read this book cover to cover. But I have used it to fix some things around my house (like my bathroom sink drain). I like how simple it isI have not read this book cover to cover. But I have used it to fix some things around my house (like my bathroom sink drain). I like how simple it is--I was never shown much about home repair, so having diagrams and pictures of the tools needed are very helpful for me. I think this book does a great job of balancing easy to understand instructions without condescension....more
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! And in the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I know Darby Nelson from hisI was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! And in the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I know Darby Nelson from his work on the board of the nonprofit I work for. Nelson not only loves lakes, he's passionate about them and that really comes through in this book.
Nelson started his journey questioning the relationship between humans and lakes. Why do we spend so much time and money on lakes and lake shore properties and yet invariably cause their deterioration? I felt like I was canoeing with Nelson (and his very patient wife, Geri), snorkeling with Nelson, and observing with Nelson.
The book is a mixture of a travelogue, a memoir, a biography, and a biology book. This mixture kept me interested throughout. Not only did I feel like I was seeing through Nelson's eyes, I also learned about influential limnologists (a new word for me--it means someone who studies lakes), as well as influential plant and aquatic life. I even found Geri's blueberry muffin recipe!
Nelson does not blame every threat to lakes solely on humans. In the chapter entitled, Thinking Like a Tullibee, the danger caused suspense for me because it was created through mostly natural occurrences. The natural world is ever-changing, but Nelson argues that in many cases human interaction with lakes accelerates these processes.
In the end, Nelson's conclusion is well-supported by the various ways he engages the reader, both emotionally and reasonably. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a weekend at the lake or owns lake property. They may not agree with everything Nelson has to say, but there's enough in here for any lake lover to enjoy....more
This book is divided into 8 sections where each section describes a large number of changes the average woman can make to reduce waste, toxins, and toThis book is divided into 8 sections where each section describes a large number of changes the average woman can make to reduce waste, toxins, and to be more environmentally aware. Sometimes reading through the sections, I became overwhelmed. I'd think that one or two things sounded easy, but then the author would just keep going with her wonderful information, and I'd start to feel a bit lost. Even though she kept reminding me, as the reader, that she's only asking for one little change--and she even has simple changes listed at the end of each section to pick one from--I kept thinking that I'm not doing enough.
That being said, I did implement at least one change from each section. Some, I was surprised, were things that I'm already doing but need to get better at. Some were new and very simple. For example, I ordered a bottle of non-toxic nail polish remover. I was skeptical so I ordered the smallest size available--but it worked like a charm. It smelled nasty in the bottle, but once it dried on my fingers--it smelled fruity.
This is not a book that's meant to be read once and then put down. It's a good idea to occasionally revisit each section to mark your progress and see if there's a new idea to try....more