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Help Clean Up Your Neighborhood!

Earth Day, which falls on April 22nd, is the day to clean up our planet. But it's not something we should do only one day out of the year, but every single day! Since it's pretty difficult to clean up the ENTIRE planet all by yourself, start out by tidying up your neighborhood with a few simple tasks.

Away With Waste!

Collecting garbage is a pretty gross job, but it's one that has to be done. Organize groups of three or four people (it's safer and more fun this way), wear old clothes that you don't mind getting a little dirty, and throw on a pair of gloves. Don't just stick to the streets, but hit the alleys, parks and parking lots to pick up any trash that's lying around. While you're at it, you could post signs asking people not to litter. Another good idea is to go from house to house collecting recyclable items such as cans, bottles and newspapers.

Gang Up on Graffiti

Graffiti can take the form of art, drawings, or words, but it's considered vandalism if it's done on a person's property without his or her consent. You can help fight graffiti by washing down and painting walls, houses, fences, garage doors and anything else in the neighborhood that has graffiti on it. Hopefully this will discourage anyone from tagging other people's property again!

Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn

You may not stop and smell the grass like you would with roses, but come on - with the exception of people with allergies, who doesn't like the smell of freshly cut grass? A nice lawn instantly brightens up the neighborhood, but many homeowners aren't able to care for their lawns cuz they're too old or too busy with work. So volunteer to do yard work by trimming hedges, plucking weeds and mowing lawns.

Flowers and Plants and Trees, Oh My!

If there's a vacant lot in your 'hood that's collecting dust and other junk, then wouldn't it be great to start a community garden? A community garden is a space where neighbors work together to grow fruit, veggies and flowers. If a community garden is out of the question, then try gardening on a smaller scale - plant flowers, shrubs and trees in your neighbors' gardens and along the sidewalks. Plants are important cuz they fight pollution by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air, as well as make your neighborhood a prettier place to live!

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  • I recycle everything.
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  • I walk, skateboard or ride my bike everywhere.
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drowning posted in Style:
  "imtcutiie" wrote: DONT DO IT JUST PLEASE #### #### #### ......... CHANGING EYE COLOR  JUST WRONG   Changing eye color isn't wrong. :^) But, you can't simply change it with "spells" or videos. To change your eye color, you will need to either wear contacts during the day to appear that you have different colored eyes than you truly have, or medically having a doctor perform surgical iris correction.
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
I hope you texted back if you felt that it would be the right thing to do for yourself. I did not have a good childhood due to my birthmother and father. But, in recent time, I have come to enjoy talking to my birthfather and completely cannot stand my birthmother or her new husband anymore. I plan to actually meet him for the first time in 16 years if I can join my fiancé's family vacation.  Point of the matter, do what you feel is right. If you want to talk to him; talk to him. If you don't, don't reply if you don't feel comfortable too. It is purely your choice who you allow in your life, even when it comes down to blood and family.
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
It isn't pathetic in the slightest to seek help. I don't think it is right for your mother and siblings to completely disown you over your choice of living arrangements. If they have pushed you away, remember that it is not your fault and it is purely theirs. You made a choice that you felt would benefit you, and judging from their behavior, it was a good choice. As for your father, I don't fight with my own very much, but when I do it tends to be pretty bad. My mother on the other hand, I fight with constantly so I understand where you're coming from. You shouldn't have to do anything. From the sound of it, it seems more like a personal issue going on with himself, especially a sense of shame or regret with his previous exes so he uses you as an outlet because you're the closest thing he has.  I say find an outlet, a healthy one. Sometimes it is best to let them ramble on until they wear themselves out, but remember that self-defense and "talking back" is not always a bad thing just because they are your guardian. It is important to take a stand for yourself. Be respectful, don't sink to their level.
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
I think it is very important to find a healthy outlet and someone to talk to whether it's a doctor, friend, family member, ect. You can even find a journal to write in, if it will help you. I promise you, it isn't worth it to let families opinions and views affect you. I let the same thing happen to me and I still struggle over things that I wish I didn't.
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drowning posted in Friends:
Personally, given your age, the idea of a crush is a bit cute, but you're a little young for anything serious. I would recommend waiting until you truly know what you're doing. (And, believe me, you may not see it now, but you will when you're older.) But, if you really do want to find out, you need to remember that boys and girls both feel things. Boys aren't aliens, they aren't emotionless, and they aren't always just  dumbieheads.  You'll find it funny later on in life from how nervous you had gotten over a crush So honestly, just be straight forward. If you need a topic starter to bring it up, joke about old rumors that used to spread about you both.
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