Share Your Magazines and Catalogs: A good New Year's resolution

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Share Your Magazines and Catalogs

By CindiKS
November 29, 2011

Recycle your gardening catalogs and magazine at nursing homes and doctors' offices. The pretty pictures bring far more joy than outdated magazines.

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Name: Zuzu
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Nov 28, 2011 6:21 PM CST

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Thanks, Cindi. I must train myself to do this instead of hoarding big stacks of them for those moments when I need a little joy. Those moments are certain to be more common in a nursing home.
Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
Nov 30, 2011 7:04 PM CST
I have to admit I collect (ok, hoard) Fine Gardening. I have almost every issue. Not letting them go, because I really do go back and read them again, especially when winter gets overwhelming. Every 6 weeks I go in for chemotherapy at a rheumatology clinic where almost everyone is old or physically limited. It amazes me that the magazine choices there are either Arthritis Today or Sports Illustrated. When I took my stack of gardening magazines and (expensive) daylily catalogs, people snapped them up! The whole group of patients that day got into the most wonderful discussion about gardening, and I really had a blast talking about the newer daylilies. Really made the time pass in a pleasant way.
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Jan 8, 2016 11:16 AM CST
Great idea to take them in! I hoarded my Fine Gardening mags but my daughters finally took them and now they are hoarding them!
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Name: Cindi
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Jan 9, 2016 7:56 PM CST
Oh so cool that this came back up! This week I forced myself to purge more stacks of magazines and catalogs. I need to set aside a day to deliver a car full to various offices.
One thing I noticed is how many great catalogs I used to get that now are not printed. Some places are out of business, but most have gone to online ordering. This is my excuse for keeping some of the older catalogs. If the weather gets really bad, I start putting together fantasy orders the way some people have fantasy football teams. I make notes in the catalogs, and I don't have an easy way to do that online. Occasionally, I cut pictures out of catalogs when I'm giving away a plant or seeds so people know what to expect. Lovey dubby
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
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Name: Karen
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Jan 10, 2016 7:05 PM CST
Cindi, I've also noticed how many of the old seed and plant catalogs aren't printed anymore. It's very sad, and the old ones are definitely keepers. I like the idea of cutting out photos to give away with your seeds or cuttings.
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