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Green Tip of the Week: Kiss plastic goodbye!

The world has enough plastic waste in it.

You can reduce your impact in tiny ways, like buying gum in packs, instead of in those plastic push-out trays.

Sound simple? It is!

The average plastic wraps take 20 to 30 years to decompose in a landfill, whereas cardboard takes only four weeks to decompose and plastic-coated paper takes five years.

Stay “kiss-ably fresh” without using petroleum-based plastic and feel good about keeping more junk out of landfills. After all, who needs more waste in the already overcrowded landfills?

Green Tip of the Week: How going shoeless can benefit the planet

April is one rainy month!

Park your shoes at the door and reduce the need to clean.

Sound simple? It is!

Kicking off your shoes will help you track less dirt through the house, minimizing how often you grab for the mop, use chemicals on your floors or vacuum. That’s good news for the planet and for you.

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"My Uncle's Wedding" is endearing children's story of Andy and his growing family - and marriage equality

"Hi. My name is Andy, and I want to tell you a story about my family."

That is how we are first introduced to the little boy who is the heart of an inspirational new children's book.

The book was written by Eric Ross, a native San Diegan who was literally fed-up with the way "the other side" was exploiting children and using them as part of their "Yes on 8" campaign during the election of 2008.

He decided to do something about it and "My Uncle's Wedding" was born.

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Transformations: Tips for choosing a LGB (and T) -friendly healthcare provider

Editor's Note: The commentary below is strictly the author's opinion. SDGLN does not endorse or recommend the use of any particular physician or services over any other.

A negative experience in a doctor’s office? We’ve all been there.

Sitting on a doctor’s table, practically buck-naked in a backless gown (leave your dignity at the door!) only to be faced with a physician who’s likely overworked, tired, and seeing far too many patients each and every day.

Green Tip of the Week: Tattle on litterers

How many times have you tripped over trash on a sidewalk and noticed an impromptu dump right in the middle of your city?

You may not have a “Litter Gitter” at your disposal, but you likely have a cell phone. Pick it up and report the litter hot spot to your municipality.

This is one time it’s OK to be a tattletale.

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Don't lose your identity to tax time

During tax time, financial documents come out of locked filing cabinets and are dropped into mailboxes across America. This is prime dumpster-diving season for identity thieves.

Here is a list of eight simple precautions to protect finances from fraud, especially at tax-time.

NOM shows their true colors once again with new rants in Virginia against LGBT adoption

The time has come -- indeed, it has come -- for the National Organization for Marriage to stop pretending that it is anything other than an anti-LGBT group dedicated to hurting, harassing and punishing lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people. It is obvious that their message is not to defend “traditional marriage” -- as in Christian marriage -- but rather to hurt those who love those who are of the same sex as they are.

This is absolutely clear in their latest malicious sneer at LGBT adoption rights -- specifically in Virginia.

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Rutgers to launch gender-neutral dorms in wake of suicides

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Rutgers University announced this month that it will allow boys and girls to room together next year, responding to the September suicide of student Tyler Clementi, who was harassed by his roommate for being gay. Rutgers joins a growing number of universities, including Stanford, which have created gender-neutral housing in an effort to make campuses more inclusive for gay students.

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Transformations: Lea T. - a peek inside the world of a transgender model

Ahh … Fashion Week! It’s been Spring Fashion Week all over the world recently, and one’s imagination might invoke scenes of models wearing blank (or even angry) expressions, strutting down the runways clad in floaty dresses or perhaps skin-tight black leather, ghoulish makeup and shockingly-low BMIs, cameras flashing incessantly and music thumping at deafening decibel levels.

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Musing with Muscat: Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

As people around the globe continue to experience wildfires, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, do you ever step back and wonder whether you are prepared if a natural disaster hits close to home?

No water, no power, no heat, the ATM’s are not working -- do you have a stash of cash? What are you going to do? Do you have the necessary emergency provisions to enable you and your loved ones to survive for a period of time until help may arrive?

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