February 17, 2011


That is NOT the question. Instead, there is a better and more mature approach in dealing with this natural paradox that was created by “low prices” alongside “cheap labor”.  Put simply, like the wonderful caveman that I love but don't always like living with… I’ve learned how to take the good with the bad and accept that one side could not exist without the other. (For example, the time he grilled a bloody steak inside my but-I-just-cleaned-it-out-fireplace… which filled my house with smoke that night but also happened to be an absolutely delicious dinner!)

Bringing me to my point. This morning, I got a call from our local Wal-Mart community coordinator, Mrs. Howard, in response to my recent email asking if they would donate a few items towards my neighborhood clean-up project (see EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER blog). She was both delighted by the idea and eager to assist. She even offered to pass out my flyers to all of their employees (around 600 total) for those who might be off that Saturday or interested in pitching in. Isn’t that marvelous!? Plus, every week I get--- at the very least!--- 50 dollars worth of FREE food just by using their Match Other Store Prices. Like I said, gotta take the good with the bad.

In further updates, after contacting the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to get more information about the Dos and Don’ts of trash disposal, they provided an excellent link regarding grassroots volunteering: http://epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/incommunity.htm for those of you who love a challenge.


  1. That IS the question. Walmart and I are on a touchy love-hate relationship. We used to do most of our shopping there, but now it's migrated to just buying a few things there that are so much cheaper than anywhere else it's worth the extra trip. They really do have the community/public in mind though- they have a lot of good programs they've assisted in and I'm glad that a huge corporation like that can care about things other than just money sometimes.

  2. Yeah, it was a tricky decision to allow Wal-Mart back into our lives, but in exchange, I've tried to capitalize on capitalism and commercialism by boycotting some of the other prevailing "evils" that I can have more control over, like formaldehyde-pumped fastfoods or refined flours and sugars.