LITTLE ROCK DEAR HELOISE: Magazine articles and news reports of the oceanic zone of massive plastic trash and the effects on animals and people who depend on the water are heartbreaking.
I keep rubber gloves and a bucket that once held dog food as my recycle bin in the trunk of my car. When I stop somewhere like a car wash, park or store and see discarded recyclable products, such as bottles, cans and shopping bags, I collect them, take them home and add them to my recycling. If the object appears dubious, it is left alone.
It is a small attempt in a journey of years and miles to try to correct the damage and associated consequences of years. Mother Nature has been kind; the favor must be reciprocated before it is too late.
- Margarette in Texas
DEAR READER: Small good deeds add up! Thank you for your effort.
DEAR HELOISE: I have some chairs that have fabric seats. They are stained and look terrible, but I want to keep them in my office area. They didn’t look very good when I cleaned them. So, I thought, why not just cover the stained areas with seat cushions?
You can buy them at any discount store. I found some that matched my decor, and they easily attached to the chair.
- Janice R., El Paso, Texas
DEAR HELOISE: I’ve read in your column to take a photo of the parking spot when at a stadium or airport parking. You also should take a photo of the view from your car. For example, at the Los Angeles International Airport, when I see that the picture has the control tower behind and to the left of the dome, I know my car is opposite: in front of and to the right.
- Brian in California
DEAR HELOISE: This might be a no-brainer to your readers, but it is something I have found very helpful. I am a mother to two children who are involved in activities outside of school. We are constantly running from ballet to soccer and back again. I have found that if we pack everything we need for the next day the night before, we are far less likely to forget something. Each activity has its own bag. With all the scrambling that usually goes on in the morning, it is one less thing I have to stress about.
- Amber, via e-mail
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