If the Irish get kisses for wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, what would happen if everyone acted green the rest of the year? The earth will kiss us back and provide a home to sustain us for more years to come.
In celebration of sustainability, and in honor of the NPR show, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” (I won’t, ’til the end) I have created my reader’s challenge of limericks for Denton, Texas on this St. Patrick’s Day.
May the Irish luck be with ye.
Even in Ireland they can hear Big Ben,
Tick-tick stick to schedule in London.
But this town’s downtown tower
doesn’t show the correct hour,
for life moves at a southern pace in ________.
Folks here are creative, always inventin’.
Raise backyard chickens, just keep ’em penned in.
Get your craft on at SCRAP.
Stand up, sing, dance, or rap.
Be original, stay ___________.
Two universities bring in the brains,
Metroplex growth with construction cranes.
A pity, given the proximity,
bad public transit to the city;
Yet at all hour we hear loud honking ________.
On second-hand loving Denton is keen.
Recycled gives books another chance to be seen.
Twice As Nice is a fab thrift store.
Habitat has paint, wood, and more.
Not just the Irish are proud to be _________.
If you too love just about everything about living in Lil’ D, especially its freethinkin’ folks, but wish there were even more environmental initiatives, then send in your limerick answers* and sustainable suggestions in the comment box below.
Or submit your own limericks in homage to your hometown or adapted city!
To get thoughts rolling before pitching Big Ideas for Denton at Stoke next Monday, here’s a short list of my ideas for a greener Denton:
- More commuter trains (A-train on weeknights, connection to Ft. Worth) and less frightfully noisy freight trains (plant more trees along the tracks as a sound barrier?)
- Bicycle racks in front of stores. Some places (SCRAP, Ravelin Bakery) have let us bring our bikes inside, apologizing that the city doesn’t allow bikes to be parked outside.
- Bike-awareness as a component of driver’s education and driver’s license renewal. Some drivers act openly aggressive toward cyclists, some only look for other cars before turning, and others are too busy on their phone to notice a bike until it’s too late.
- Weight sensors on the garbage trucks to charge each household by the amount of trash they generate each week. Water, electricity, and natural gas are based on consumption. It seems unfair to charge a flat rate to two houses, when one has an overflowing oversized garbage bin every week and another puts out a small bin every two weeks.
- Biodegradable, green-tinted bags for yard waste to be composted, not landfilled. Neighborhood composters looking for leaves don’t know if the curbside stack of black garbage bags contains future soil or plastic trash.
- Ban on leafblowers. Texas is windy, y’all. After an hour blowing the leaves to the other side of the street, the wind blows them right back. It’s pointless, loud, and wasteful. A rake does the job silently, efficiently, and using human power.
- Farmers’ markets in northern and southern neighborhoods, just like banks have branches distributed across the city.
- Incentives for homesteading similar to the programs in Kansas, to encourage organic farmers unable to afford the higher prices for smaller acreages.
- Combat invasive weeds like Johnson grass with ground cover like clover (my white clover patch had perfect timing flowering today). Shamrocks for the win! ♣
Share your ideas, and we might all be lucky enough to have the city implement them.
*Are you one of those people who scatter Cheerios all over the breakfast table trying to look at the upside down answers to the word scramble on the back of the cereal box?
Please don’t spill my blog.
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