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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 The pretty pictures bring far more joy than outdated magazines.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: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 28, 2011 6:26 PM CST
Cindi, Thumbs up This certainly is a great tip, one I learned when my dear mother in law was still living. She lived to be 97 years old and always enjoyed my donated magazines, as did many of the other senior citizens where she resided. I've always saved my Birds and Blooms magazines, Country magazines and Gardening magazines for sharing. I divide them between an elderly neighbor and a local senior assisted living home. Many elderly are on fixed incomes and cannot afford the luxury of magazine subscriptions and they really appreciate and enjoy donated magazines!
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 28, 2011 9:22 PM CST
I agree

Great tip Cindi. Big Grin
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Nov 28, 2011 9:38 PM CST
Great way to recycle and share the joy too!
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 29, 2011 11:12 AM CST
I take miy old magazines to the VA hospital. I even save the Parade magazine from the Sunday paper. No sense in throwing things like that away, when other people can enjoy them.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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CarolineScott
Nov 6, 2013 3:49 AM CST
One of our grocery stores has a bookshelf as you go out.
We drop off reading materials, and can pick up some if we want reading material.
Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
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CindiKS
Nov 6, 2013 2:22 PM CST
Our town is WAY behind the times in recycling. I have to DRIVE my recycling materials 10 miles to a huge dumpster behind a grocery store. The dumpster has a section for newspapers, another for magazines and catalogues, and areas for plastic and metal. No glass recycling, unfortunately.
What's funny is, these dumpsters serve as an informal exchange----every time I go there, i see people pulling stuff out of the dumpster in addition to putting it in! I have retrieved numerous milk crates, kitty litter buckets, and great magazines.
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Nov 6, 2013 10:48 PM CST
In the country here, there's garbage pickup (if you pay for it), but no recycling whatsoever. I can take aluminum cans to the Lakehills garbage place (and throw the bag over the fence, since it's hardly ever open) or donate them to an organization in Pipe Creek (they sometimes accept abandoned pets and they try to find new owners for them). Newspapers I occasionally take to school recycling dumpsters in Helotes or San Antonio. Most of the Targets in San Antonio have containers in the store so people can turn in aluminum cans, plastic, glass and certain other items. I compost what I can of the compostable stuff.
BTW, some people in the country burn all their household garbage, including some things that emit toxic fumes into the air. People can develop all kinds of medical problems from breathing those toxic fumes, not to mention that the soil where it's burned can be contaminated. I talked to one lady at a recent plant swap who admitted she burns her garbage. I think a lot of people just don't realize how dangerous it is to burn certain kinds of household garbage.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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