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Spread #32 – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle December 31, 2008

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.


Not to be Scrooge or anything, but every December, I am dumbfounded by what I see – armies of people scurrying around frantically, buying stuff, exchanging unwanted things, hoarding and scarfing food, and webbing strings of light around their territories; towing trees, only to fling them to the curb a short few days later. From a bird’s eye view this looks like madness! So how December fits in with the other 11 months when we speak of conservation, preservation, greening of our planet, and taking care of its people? What happens to our efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle in the month of December? Is it all really necessary in order to be jolly? For me, this is a metaphor for the way we handle our human connections these days – our throwaway relationships, selfish seek for thrills, short attention spans, our unwillingness to step out of our shoes into another’s, our easiness and nonchalance about inflicting pain on our kids, our chosen partners, family members and friends we have or haven’t met yet. This is my nephew Gil’s altered pages of his father’s ~30 year old passport. He is the king of innovative and creative recycling. This old-passport-turned art journal represents to me the care I believe we should take of the soil we stand on and the people we depend on and are depended on us.


1. kelly - December 31, 2008

I LOVE Gil’s art pages!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful book!!!!

I agree 100%. Our tree “grows” in our closet and every December we “dig” it out.

Here’s to a peaceful 2009… 🙂

2. Ilan - January 1, 2009

These pages are so strong and bold. They stand out with their colorful vibrant colors! I love it! 🙂

3. Gil Avineri - January 2, 2009

God bless you doda Orla. The scans came out deliciously. And I’m humbled by the fact that your words on this post revolve around sustainability. Giving that old passport a new lease on life and keeping those glued scraps employed instead of in the landfill was some of my motivation for doing that. Working on the Colombian passport? I’m excited about what may come. And don’t forget to send back the old photos. My dad/mom will start asking about them at some point. Lizette is done with her spread. Yoram has a page to go. I’ll work on mine tomorrow. And we’ll keep it in circulation. Sorry I’m so shy on the web cam/Skype. It’s just a tad awkward. Would love to have a chat session with you and/or Ilan/Maya/Carlo.

Orly: Thanks for this Gil. I’m glad you appreciate it. I kept on recycling that image of Danni Sanderson in my new post. The working on the Colombian passport is one of my January projects..so don’t worry..all will come back to you. Give us a ‘skype’ any time.

4. Renee Khan - January 14, 2009

Orly: This is totally strange. I started reading a blog by a cab driver in NYC. I write on his blog and he writes back on my blog and asks me how I know Orly (because of my picture I used of yours) and proceeds to tell me that Orly (you) is his favourite auntie.

Seems like a wonderful young man and I am sure you are very proud of him, just as he appears to be very proud of you.

Love Renee

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