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So Long, Farewell

2009 December 15

I’ve been putting off writing this blog for quite some time now. As I am sure you can tell by my title, this is my last blog for Greenversations. It has been quite the journey, and I am thankful for all of those that have read and commented on my writings. I have been trying to find the perfect way to end this blog, perhaps with the perfect story, perfect anecdote, perfect quote? I don’t know if it’s perfect but I’ll just finish with some final reflections. I came out here to Washington, D.C. from a smaller Midwestern city and have gained quite a lot of experiences. I learned how to navigate the Metro system without getting lost once. I can now honestly say that I know how to read maps. I learned some basic knowledge about how our federal government works. Note the word basic, but much more knowledge than when I came out here. I can probably understand all of the acronyms thrown at me that people in D.C. love to use. Probably. I developed an appreciation for all of the free things Washington has to offer. I can watch Congressional hearings on TV and actually understand what’s going on and enjoy it at the same time. I paid almost five dollars for a cupcake. In doing so, I gained a new appreciation for happy hour prices. I learned that poinsettias are indeed not poisonous. I learned the true value of family and friends. I met some extremely dedicated and passionate people within the Office of Children’s Health. They have taught me more than I can put in this blog. But even though my word limit may be restricted, I will still be able to return with a wealth of knowledge. I did not know very much about children’s environmental health issues before my internship. I’d like to share, for one last time, some tips that you can put to use and/or spread the word to protect and reduce environmental hazards for children.

  • One of the best and easiest things to do to improve indoor air quality for children is to not smoke inside the house.
  • Keep pesticides and toxic chemicals far out of reach where kids can’t get to them and don’t put them in containers that kids can mistakenly grab for food or drink.
  • Test your home for lead paint hazards if it was built before 1978.
  • Don’t let kids handle or play with mercury.
  • Read more here

I have enjoyed writing for Greenversations and hope you have learned more about children’s environmental health along the way. It’s been fun. I can now say that I’ve written eleven blogs. Cheers.

About the Author: Emily Bruckmann is an intern at the Office of Children’s Health Protection. She is a senior attending Indiana University who will graduate with a degree in public health this spring.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

11 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    December 15, 2009

    Oh my God. I am cries, Emily……………… Why ???? I’m not read your reason, Emily…… I’m lost !!! Now, I’m have been listening “In my place” by Coldplay……….
    I will read your reason, bye Emily !!!!!

  2. Rev. John G.W. Goah permalink
    December 15, 2009

    What a shock! What really happens? Have you lost readership, or gained an employment? We’ll surely miss you, and hopping that you’ll pass this on to another person who can keep us informed.

  3. Valerie Law permalink
    December 15, 2009

    I will miss this blog and your insight. You will be missed. Thank you for everything. God Bless you and your family during the holidays and for all the years to come.

  4. Jackenson Durand permalink
    December 15, 2009

    I approve and rejoin that following thought:
    “Helping others brings good feelings to the giver and the receiver of the good deeds. Using your special gifts to help others can be a gift to yourself as you enjoy a self esteem boost for making others’ lives better, and make the world a better place. You feel more worthy of good deeds yourself, your trust in the decency of people is reinforced, and you feel more connected to yourself and to others. In fact, research shows that those who demonstrate more altruistic social interest tend to enjoy higher levels of mental health, above and beyond the practical benefits of receiving help and other known psychospiritual, stress, and demographic factors that you would expect”.
    - The nature would continue producing generous personality when they can find their meditation somewhere that they can breathe fresh air in green environments.
    We give thanks for those.

  5. Guillermo permalink
    December 15, 2009

    Emily, aprendí mucho de tus consejos y de los de tus lectores.
    Te vamos a extrañar. Te deseo el mejor de los éxitos en el nuevo camino que tomas.
    Saludos y mil gracias por todo lo que aprendimos leyendo tus columnas.

  6. Heidi Maschmann permalink
    December 15, 2009

    Thanks you Emily. I just started reading your blog entries and I have learned quite a few things from them. I appreciate your sharing this information and your time with us. I wish you the best in your future endeavors. -Heidi

  7. Matt permalink
    December 15, 2009

    Good luck! The first post I read was your last, so unfortunately I can’t be a follower.

    Midwest is best! By the way, cupcakes are WAAAYYYY too trendy to be cool anymore.

  8. Mike Jones permalink
    December 15, 2009

    Bummer! Well I have to say thanks for all your great post on Greenversations. I really did enjoy your insight and knowlege on children’s environmental health.

  9. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    December 15, 2009

    It is so true that smoking in the house is one of the worst things anyone can do for their health and the healhths of e veryone who lives with them. Its no fun spending a major portion of your life in a house with one or more smokers. The smoke has cancer causing chemicals in it regardless if it comes from cigars, cigerettes, filter tip cigarettes, pipes, or the fumes sniffed from e-cigarettes. And if someone likes to smoke in bed that is also a major cause of residential fires and fire deaths. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  10. Rebecca Reindel permalink
    December 23, 2009

    And I’d like to add to that ‘tip’ list: test your home for radon! It’s simple and could save your child’s life down the road. Let them live a full life to their greatest potential.

    Test. Fix. Save a Life.

  11. Paul H  permalink
    March 4, 2013

    This is terrible new Emily. Your posts have been utterly engaging and very informative. Best of luck in the future!

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