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E2P's Last Annual Poinsettia Post

Poinsettia plants are not poisonous to you, your children or your pets. (Like most plants, they will cause vomiting if overeaten, but their taste is so bad the chances of that are minuscule.)

E2P's Last Annual Poinsettia Post

At least, we're hoping this will be the first and last time this needs to be mentioned, but as people are getting their holiday decorating finalized, it's worth pointing out for anyone who hasn't yet heard...

Poinsettia plants are not poisonous to you, your children or your pets. (Like most plants, they will cause vomiting if overeaten, but their taste is so bad the chances of that are minuscule.)

One would hope that everyone has finally caught up with this fact about the unfairly maligned natural plant (see, the natural plant thing makes it Earth to Philly's beat), but as Snopes points out it's "a wonderfully persistent myth" that seems to find new victims every year. To those people, I also want to make it clear that if you open an email with the subject line "Good Times," you will not automatically get a virus that wipes out your hard drive.

While you're at the invaluable Snopes, you can try your hand sorting out fact from fantasy at their special Christmas page, where even Philadelphia rates a mention - for you-know-what - and test your BS-detector on the Christmas Legends quiz.

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Look for Jenice Armstrong to supply tips on green living as well as occasional columns on the subject of Green. She also blogs at Hey Jen.


Becky Batcha stays tuned for the here-and-now practical side of conservation, alternative energy, organic foods, etc. - stuff you can do at home now. Plus odds and ends.


Laurie Conrad recycles from her ever-growing e-mailbag to pass along the latest travel deals, fashion statements, household strategies, gadgets, cool local events and other nuggets of interest to those who appreciate a clean, green world.


Vance Lehmkuhl looks at topics like eco-conscious eating, public transportation and fuel-efficient driving from his perspective as a vegetarian, a daily SEPTA bus rider and a hybrid driver, as well as noting the occasional wacky trend or product. Contact Vance with your 'green' news.


Ronnie Polaneczky sees the green movement through the eyes of her 12-year-old daughter, who calls her on every scrap of paper or glass bottle that Ronnie neglects to toss into the house recycling bins. Ronnie will blog about new or unexpected ways to go green. She also blogs at So, What Happened Was...


Sandra Shea and the DN editorial board opine on any green-related legislation or policy. And we'll pass along some of the opeds on the subject that people send us.


Jonathan Takiff will be blogging mainly about consumer electronics - those things that we love to use and that suck too much energy. He'll spotlight green-conscious gizmos made in a responsible fashion, both in terms of materials used and the energy it takes to run them.


Signe Wilkinson draws the comic strip Family Tree, which follows the Tree family as they try to live green in the face of nattering neighbors, plastic-wrapped consumer products, and the primal teenage urge to spend vast quantities of money on hair care products of dubious organic quality.


In addition to these updates from our newsroom bloggers, watch for an occasional feature, Dumpster Diver Dispatches, from Philadelphia's original "green" community of artists, the Dumpster Divers. You'll learn about creative ways to reuse and recycle while you reduce, and about the artists who are making little masterpieces from what others throw out.

  • Dispatch #1: Margaret Giancola's rugs from plastic bags
  • Dispatch #2: Dumpster Divers in City Hall (Art in City Hall series)
  • Dispatch #3: Wild wood, New Jersey
  • Dispatch #4: Dumpster Divers award winners announced
  • Dispatch #5: From sweaters to colorful cuddling
  • Dispatch #6: Green artists retake South Street Sunday
  • Dispatch #7: Isaiah Zagar: He's a Magic (Gardens) Man





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