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  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

    Evelyn Laferriere's avatar
    Evelyn Laferriere 5/15/2020 6:46 AM
    Poor in City of Poughkeepsie, on Hudson River...disease from contaminants in water
  • Reflection Question
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

    Alyssa Schaechinger's avatar
    Alyssa Schaechinger 4/15/2020 11:16 AM
    I would like to start going to bed earlier, as this will help me get more sleep each night. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity?

    Chloe Gatulik's avatar
    Chloe Gatulik 4/13/2020 11:05 AM
    It helps one pay attention to the little things that truly help them get by in life rather than complicating it with outside factors that don't need to be in your life. It keeps you grounded and one with your true self.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Track my Purchases
    What have you noticed about your purchases? Where are you inclined to make shifts, if any?

    Brenda Kozsan's avatar
    Brenda Kozsan 4/08/2020 9:55 AM
    Since I cannot go out to stores due to coronavirus or driving to and from work, the normal stops have been limited to one day a week.  It makes you more conscientious of how much you are spending over a week when only going to stores once a week.  
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Work from Home
    It takes the average worker in the United States 26 minutes to travel to work. One way to fix long commutes would be to make cities more affordable. An even simpler option: promote the use of telework. Are you in an industry that would allow you to work from home? What are some obstacles you might find yourself facing while working from home?

    Brenda Kozsan's avatar
    Brenda Kozsan 4/08/2020 9:53 AM
    Currently, yes, because of the coronavirus.  I have been working from home for three weeks and have stuck to my schedule.  During a break, I will do an extra load of laundry or clean or talk to my husband and children.  This is something I can't do while working at school.  If the students were still in school, it would make it difficult as I enjoy the face to face interaction so you can see when they are excited, upset, need to talk, etc.  
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

    Brenda Kozsan's avatar
    Brenda Kozsan 4/08/2020 9:50 AM
    While driving in a car, you are going too fast to enjoy your surroundings.  I will sometimes talk to some of our neighbors or say "hello" during a walk which you can't do while driving (except waving).  On the negative side, I noticed that there is alot of garbage (paper, cans, old tires, etc.) on the side of the roads.  
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

    Brenda Kozsan's avatar
    Brenda Kozsan 4/08/2020 9:48 AM
    Yes.  I enjoy taking my dog for a walk so he is getting exercise but I enjoy the fresh air and sounds of nature while on a walk.  If we spend at least 30 minutes a day outside for a walk or doing something outside, it is beneficial for our health and for maintaining weight.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

    Brenda Kozsan's avatar
    Brenda Kozsan 4/08/2020 9:46 AM
    I walk everyday for at least 30 minutes if I am doing a cardio/weight training on those days.  Otherwise, I tend to walk 5-6 miles every other day.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Brenda Kozsan's avatar
    Brenda Kozsan 4/08/2020 9:34 AM
    Being grateful reminds you of what you have and
    where you have come from.  You appreciate the little things in life and live simply.   Being grateful for my family reminds me everyday how blessed I am.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Corinne Coleman's avatar
    Corinne Coleman 4/08/2020 9:28 AM
    Try to reuse old clothing into masks for the pandemic instead of throwing them out, or donate them for reuse in low income communities.