Annual Report for 2021/22 International Neighbors

Over the past two years the world has shifted seismically. As we all find our societies changed, perhaps irrevocably, by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is my hope that together, in recognition of how interconnected we all are, we will build an International Neighbors...

May Day

By Phyllis Overview and History May Day is observed on the first day of May, generally as a festival of spring and the reawakening of nature. May Day, like many holidays, has pagan roots. It later became a Christian holiday and now, in most places, is a secular...

The Music of Spring

By Marcy Let’s celebrate the beauty of spring by looking at the lyrics of some delightful songs about this happy season. You can easily listen to them as well on YouTube. “Spring, Spring, Spring” music by Gene de Paul, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, featured in the 1954...

Some Reflections on May Ohmura Watanabe’s 100 years

By Shirley W. Lively, spirited May was born May 13, 1922, in Chico, CA.  Her parents had been born in Hawaii after her grandparents migrated there from Japan. She was in her sophomore year at Mills College, CA, on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese made their surprise...

Remembering Founding Mother Phyllis Husted

By Robyn There is a small sign on Phyllis’s house that says “Welcoming Friends since 1965”. And that is exactly what she did. She welcomed wildlife too with many bird houses in her spacious garden, inviting them to nest. Phyllis was the longtime leader of the Go Go...

A History of Recycling

By Phyllis Recycling has a long history. It has likely been a practice throughout human history; after all, the ancients didn’t have many resources, so what they did have was precious. The first documented municipal dump was near Athens in 500BC; trash had to be taken...

Call for Action

By Shirley   Back in 1992, when I was moving to the US, Rio de Janeiro was hosting the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development – The Rio Earth Summit. I remember having the Time magazine covering the issues that were being discussed in...

Composting for Beginners

By Robyn I used to think I was a good friend of the environment before I joined the Ann Arbor Zero Waste Initiative. I recycle faithfully, put leaves and branches out for yard waste collection, and always ask for paper bags at the supermarket. To my surprise I learned...

Living in Ann Arbor: Recycling and Waste

By Shirley Ann Arbor was a pioneer town in implementing residential pick-up recycling in 1976 and was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for being one of the best recycling communities in North America in 1999. In December of 2021, the city...