Monday, March 25, 2013

CSU Intern, Tiffany, Joins SETF on T2T Tour

On Saturday 3/16 I went a on a CIMBY Tour called Toxics to Treasures. There were two busloads of kids one lead by Rod Sellers and the other by Tom Shepherd. There were students from various high schools that attended. We began the tour at Wolf Lake where Tom and I discussed the Nike Missile and some important facts about the lake and the industrial aspect of the lake and why this was considered to be an important area in the Southeast Region. We then rode the bus around the landfills, the old factories, Harborside Golf Course and the marshes. Along the way we witnessed industry and nature co-existing in a very peculiar way. It was a very unique sight to experience. We were surprised to see a barge that just arrived from New Orleans carrying benzene and two swans swimming alongside each other in the marshland. The students were very bright and inquisitive kids that were a joy to be around. After the tour the kids headed over to the library for an activity. Despite the cold weather it was a very enjoyable day and an amazing experience.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kitchen Spa

Last Friday night the Task Force hosted a Ladies Night In workshop where our members got to make beauty and health products with common, natural, everyday ingredients.  The Chocolate Souffle facial mask made with yogurt, cocoa, honey and oatmeal was a hit and left their skin silky smooth.  They also made a coconut oil based "vapo rub" fragranced with rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils that will do  double duty as both a moisturizer and an aromatic stimulant.  It was a fun way to wind down a long week on a cold, winter Friday.

If You Ever Doubt That theTask Force is Busy

If you ever doubt that the Task Force is busy, just stop in at our office, or visit our blog, or click over to our Facebook page.  We have an activity scheduled for every month not to mention the myriad number of meetings we attend or the advocacy work we do.  Phew!

We than rushed to the station with Below are a few photos from our recent  trip down to Springfield to try to convince our legislators to do the smart thing and vote for a 2 year moratorium on Fracking in Illinois.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tiny and Inexpensive

Watch this interesting video about downsizing your living space.  It's proof that you can do with less and still be satisfied.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Post Industrial Southeast Chicago

For a glimpse into Southeast Chicago's past, read these two recent books:  Exit Zero by Christine Walley and Fireflies in a Jar by Georgia Kraff .  Both memoirs give an account of what life was like when the steel mills provided a living for the thousands of families that lived and worked on the Southeast side.  Information about the books can be found at:

And if you haven't seen the documentary, Wrapped in Steel you can watch it here: