Always keep learning is Margo’s motto.

Margo loves to learn and research. She finds that it allows her to discover who she really is and gives her words to express her beliefs. If you wonder how Margo came up with some of her ideas within her vision or want to dig deeper concerning the why behind some of her suggestions then you are on the right page.

Please feel free to read below some of Margo’s favorite articles, books and quotes.

“Knowledge generates interest and interest generates compassion.”

David Tallamy on the Nature Guy’s podcast


“The reason people get good ideas in the shower is because it's the only time during the day when most people are away from screens long enough to think clearly. The lesson is not to take more showers, but rather to make more time to think.”

~ unknown


“In serving short-term desires, the Exploitation Mindset tends to prioritize convenience and efficiency over values. But convenience is not a core value that leads to meaning; it is not point of life. We need to start a cultural shift toward a greater emphasis on what really gives meaning; to do so, we need to choose direction over speed.”

P.85/86 from the Book: Under the Sky We Make: How to Be Human in a Warming World


“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

~ Pablo Picasso


“If we remain open and calm, uncertainty can be seen as an abundance of opportunity.”

~ Tina Roth Eisenberg

Flowing Forward - Black Swamp Conservancy 2023

Prepare to be transported into the heart of Ohio’s natural beauty as we witness the transformation of this once marginal farm back into a thriving haven of diverse habitats. Through breathtaking visuals and poignant storytelling, “flowing forward” showcases the invaluable impact of our conservation and restoration work.

“You were once wild. Don't let them tame you.”

~ Isadora Duncan

Books & Research:

“I have been bent and broken, but — I hope — into a better shape.”

~ Charles Dickens

“Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.”

~ Flannery O'Connor

Maumee Articles:

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”

- Rosa Parks


“If we squander our fossil fuels, we threaten civilization; but if we squander the capital represented by living nature around us, we threaten life itself.”

p. 17 of Small is Beautiful Economics as if People Mattered


“Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

~ Bruce Lee


“But there is no such thing as monsters in this world. There are only human beings who are wounded. These men had hurt me out of their own suffering.”

Pg. 129 of SeeNo Stranger by Valarie Kaur


“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”

- Louis L’Amour

The Zero Waste Master Plan

Why zero waste? “These overlapping crises present an opportunity to build more resilient cities. By investing in a sustainable, just economy, we can mitigate the impact of future crises and bring much-needed relief to communities.”

Freeways without Futures

The construction of the federal Interstate system did not come without significant human and social cost. Built directly through cities, these highways and others like them displaced roughly one million people and left behind disjointed neighborhoods suffering the negative environmental and social effects.

Safety Benefits: 4-Lane to 3-Lane, Road Diet Conversions 19-47% reduction in total crashes.

"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."

~ Gloria Steinem


"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail." 

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


"The World's on fire and we just climb higher Till we're no longer bothered by the smoke and sound. Good people suffer and the heart gets tougher. Nothing given, nothing found. What've I done to help? What've I done to help? Somebody save me. What've I done to help? What've I done to help? And not myself?"

~ Jason Isbell


"When you're new to something, you bring an ignorance that can be highly innovative."

~ Rick Rubin


“Science is not the truth. Science is finding the truth. When science changes it’s opinion, it didn’t lie to you. It learned more.”

- taken from Brene Brown’s book Atlas of the Heart


“Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.”

— Benjamin Franklin

Residents – You May Be Eligible For Financial Assistance For Your Water Bill

CLICK HERE to read this interesting article!

Maumee's rates have gone up for multiple reasons, please check and see if you qualify for any sort of assistance!

How Six States Could Transform the U.S. Trucking Industry

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This area is right amongst popular trucking routes between New York City and Chicago besides various other locations. How might Ohio benefit from these changes? How might Ohio assist with this step? Infrastructure for the charging of more electric vehicles might be one way.

How Six States Could Transform the U.S. Trucking Industry

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Where do you fall when it comes to climate change? I would most definitely say I am part of the 33% that are ALARMED! I am very worried about my children's future. In fact, I am very worried about everyone's future, no matter age.

“we must not seek to defeat or humiliate the enemy but to win his friendship and understanding.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.


companion planting research:

Collaboration is always better! Check out my spreadsheet here.

Transportation trends and disparities

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Report: Lake Michigan getting saltier

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New California law requires food to be donated, not tossed

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“When We try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

- John Muir


"You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you."

~ Andy Warhol 


"A goal gets us motivated, while a good habit keeps us motivated."

- Aristotle

“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”

~ Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


"Life isn't about finding yourself; it's about creating yourself. So live the life you imagined."

 ~ Henry David Thoreau


“Get in good trouble, necessary trouble…”

~ John Lewis


“We are too much occupied by the means of living to live.”

from the book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs


"It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become."

 ~ Dr. Suess


"If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do."

~ Mahatma Gandhi


"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed."

~ Mahatma Gandhi


"Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere." 

  ~ Erma Bombeck


Minimalism is not anti-consumption; it is instead being more aware of it and questioning it.


Bigger vehicles are directly resulting in more deaths of people walking

Dangerous by Design 2021 chronicles the impact of street design on pedestrian deaths, but the increasing size of the vehicle fleet is also contributing to the growing numbers of people struck and killed while walking. Federal policymakers so far appear to be asleep at the switch. Read more!

Driving Down Emissions

The urgency of the climate crisis demands it. Read more

The myth of pedestrian infrastructure in a world of cars

Big money “pedestrian” projects are often remedial and performative; their real purpose is to serve faster car traffic. Read more

"You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you." 

~ Andy Warhol


“One day in retrospect the years of struggle will be the most beautiful.”

- taken from a Holly Whitaker book

Documents & Articles:

Urban Street trees.

Find out 22 benefits! Read more

Goodbye, old freeways? How subtraction could address climate change

New research suggests we might be ignoring the easiest way to problem-solve. Read more

The Myth and the Truth about Interstate Highways

Read more

“Land ownership is not just about privilege, it’s about responsibility.”

- Roy Dennis



Jaywalking: The crime that isn’t one

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Dangerous by Design: 2021

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Time to make nature studies a compulsory school subject – before it’s too late

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“Everything. Every terrible and great thing I ever did only served to make me into the person I am today.”

- taken from a Holly Whitaker book


“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature."

~ Henry David Thoreau

“When we think we need more discipline, we really need more self-love.”

~ Tara Mohr

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world."

~ Dr. Seuss


"Little things make big things happen."

~ John Wooden


Lying is done with words, and also with silence.”

~ Adrienne Rich


"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.
O divine master, grant that I may not so much
Seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive."

"Prayer of St. Francis" - Sarah McLachlan


"The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything."

  ~ Bill Murray


“it is a testament to the fragility of human creation in the face of nature’s might, and a reminder of the perils of hubris.”

Excerpt from Hardy’s poem talking about the Titanic


"Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will." 

~ Zig Ziglar


"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop."

~ Confucius


“Our culture confuses great attention with great success, assuming they are the same and they are not.”

~ Mark Manson


“When there is no vision, the people perish,”

~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt


"An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." 

  ~ Henry David Thoreau

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