Sunday, June 21, 2009

Green Teens

Welcome to Bonnie Blogs Green, pages where you may encounter items about intrigue, treachery, and intrepid teens. If you wander in from time to time, may you find something of interest. Posts will appear slowly at first since Bonnie is busy working the gardens and writing mysteries that champion green teens. She’s been waiting for just the right first post and has finally uncovered it.

Intrepid Teens

“It took a group of teenagers just a few weeks to solve a problem that's as old as the sea.” So starts a recent article on http://www.cnn.c/om/2009/TECH/05/22/scoop.invention/index.html

Raves to the members of Sea Scout Ship 41 in Bay Village, Ohio. May you live long and prosper. See them in action.

I need one of those ingenious sea-scooping devices these admirable scouts invented at my inland home in North Carolina. Inland home? Yes. You read that right. Some of the debris the scouts fished out of a marina in Florida could very well have passed under my driveway bridge on its way to the ocean. Sad but true. It would have been nice to abort the trashy trip which is only possible when the water rises over our bridge. Those plastic bottles that are thoughtlessly tossed out of a vehicle? They are starting a long journey. (That’s if my neighborhood cleanup team doesn’t grab them first and stash them in a recycle bin. We can’t get them all, but we try.) Those bottles are often washed down a storm drain which feeds into a creek and on to a stream, a river, a larger river, eventually maybe even an ocean.

Next they join an evil swarm of like-minded discards in a maniacal quest to pollute our environment visually and tangibly. If enough wicked castoffs join the same horde, flooding and property damage occur. Health hazards to wildlife and humans result.

Several times a year in order to gain access to my home, I have to clear our bridge. Though unpleasant, it’s one way I can interrupt a downstream attack of the unwanted . The list of items lost and tossed is amazing. Most recently, among the stranger bits of debris, were half of a food processor, a full bottle of Tilex, and a spray can of sneaker protector that ended life beside a sneaker it had miserably failed.

At the very bottom of the pile was a furious Sponge Bob. After being tossed, tumbled, and battered for miles in the treacherous flood waters, he’d sighed with relief when the surge slowed and the waters receded. Alas, though the water had departed, Bob was left buried under two feet of debris.

Appreciating his spunk, I saved Bob and gave him a place of honor on my desk. He was thrilled to read about the Bay Village, OH Sea Scouts and hopes they inspire teens to rescue tossed toys all over the world. Sponge Bob is still scrubbing, trying to rid himself of his frightening and muddy ordeal, and as soon as he feels up to it he’s going shopping for new clothes--square green pants. He’s taking up a new cause. Go green teens!

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  1. Yay, Bonnie! You took the blog plunge. I promise it won't hurt a bit--and it's not like you're not fabulous at it!

  2. Awesome blog! Yeah, for the Green Team! I don't even want to know what that yellow liquid is in one of those bottles!

  3. You go girl! Knew you could do it. And I love your mascot. :^)

  4. I love it, Bonnie. And there are worse things in life than being a blogger. :-)

  5. Love it, love it, love it!! How cool is it that you're--ahem--blogging?? So proud of you for taking the plunge, & glad you're championing the green cause.

  6. Hi Bonnie - great blog - and congrats for jumping into the blogpond. I write environmental romantic suspense, a bit out of your arena with teens, but stop by and visit me at - judi writing as lynn romaine

  7. Hi Bonnie, interesting blog. Incidentally, in a previous life I worked as a director of an environmental lab in a hazardous waste control and risk management company. Good for you for going green. Now a fellow rose.

  8. Great post and great blog, Bonnie. I'd say you're well on your way. I'm a black rose who believes in the 'go green' theme! Best of luck with your book.


  9. Thanks guys, for the kind words. I sure appreciate it. Maggie, you were my inspiration.

  10. Hi Bonnie,
    I saw your note on TWRP loop announcing your new blog and dropped by to say hello. I admire your dedication to going green and even more, of getting the word to teens that green matters. Welcome to the rose garden, and you are no "volunteer" rose, Miss Bonnie. You're the real deal.

    Another rose named Maggie; only I'm from Georgia

  11. Well done, Bonnie.

    Agree with all of my TWRP and White Rose counterparts. Great blog post, and way to go for spreading the green message!

    Keep up the great work!


  12. I enjoyed your blog, Bonnie, and yay for Sponge Bob! I'm published with White Rose and I look forward to reading more of your green blogs.


  13. Nice blog you've set up here, Bonnie! I know first hand how inimidating promoting online can be, but it's a necessary part of our lives once and even before, we're published.

    Best of luck!!

  14. Welcome to the world of blogging! Great post!

    Stop by my blog too, and say "hello" There'a wonderful network of bloggers out here!


  15. I'm with Keena. There are worse things in life than being a blogger. LOL. I'll be at Bandera!!!

  16. Hi, Bonnie,

    I'm a South Carolina girl myself, so we're almost neighbors. Coincidentally, I'm also an educator. It's very nice to meet you.

  17. Welcome to blogdom, Bonnie!

    Jean Hall

  18. Oh I'm gonna miss my fellow roses... You guys have been so supportive.