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Earth Hour, Chicago

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

On Saturday, March 29th, at 8:00pm, Chicago will turn out the lights and participate in Earth Hour. For one whole hour, residents, communities, and business owners are encouraged to turn out all non-essential lights to show support and commitment toward taking action to combat climate change. From the official Earth Hour website (the site takes quite a while to load):

On March 31 2007, for one hour, Sydney made a powerful statement about the greatest contributor to global warming – coal-fired electricity – by turning off its lights. Over 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 2,100 businesses switched off, leading to a 10.2% energy reduction across the city. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world.

In 2008, 24 global cities will participate in Earth Hour at 8pm on March 29. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis. It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.

Chicago is proud to be the U.S. flagship city for Earth Hour. The city will not be the same without the bright lights of the skyline but I imagine it will be eerily beautiful. Sure, the lights will be out and energy will be conserved for only one hour but it is a step in the right direction. Climate change (or global warming, whatever you want to call it) is an unfortunate reality, and it is not something that was fabricated by a certain political party (before that argument even starts). The 160-square-mile ice shelf that is breaking away from the western coast of Antarctica should be evidence enough.

Posted by Francesca

Calabria

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Dad sent these pictures to me to scan, upload, and post here on the blog. They are from Sambiase, the town in Calabria where our family is from. Dad says a lot of Folinazzos still live there. The home pictured on the left is where some Folinazzos currently live. As for the photo on the right, Dad claims that the woman on the balcony was flirting with him. Yes, flirting with my father. Right. Anyway, she asked him why he was in Sambiase and he responded by saying that he’s looking for a Calabrese wife. The woman just laughed and waved her arm at him, as if she were saying, “Take your nonsense elsewhere, Americano pazzo!”

Posted by Francesca

St. Joseph’s Day

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
March 19th is celebrated in many Italian and Italian-American communities as the Feast of St. Joseph. It all started back in the Middle Ages when there was a drought in Sicily. The desperate people who lived off the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Chained dog update

Friday, March 14th, 2008
Dogs deserve better, originally uploaded by FrancescaM. This could be good news or bad news. Within days of my original post reporting the plight of this poor dog in South Haven, Michigan, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Being fat pays off…sometimes

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
If I ever get arrested and have to spend time in jail, I'm going to ask my attorney to ask that I be put on house arrest because I'm too fat for a jail cell. Sound impossible? Not in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Dad proves white men CAN jump

Friday, March 7th, 2008
Dad proves white men CAN jump, originally uploaded by superstarsinger. Posted by Felicia 

Spring Training 2008

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
The Folinazzo kids (plus significant others) have just returned from an extended weekend trip to Arizona. What did we do there? Well, we had a nice visit with our father; we took in two Cubs’ spring training games; ... [Continue reading this entry]

Is anybody going to San Antone…

Saturday, March 1st, 2008
...no, but I went to Phoenix, Arizona. That song always runs through my head every time we come out to Arizona. Felicia, Joe, Mark and I got in late last night. We're in Scottsdale for a long ... [Continue reading this entry]