This is an update of information on where to donate old eyeglasses from this previous post as the original Give the Gift of Sight link is no longer relevant.

One Sight Logo

Since the original post, Give the Gift of Sight has been renamed to One Sight with an expanded donation sites to include any LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical or Sunglass Hut store to drop off your old eyeglasses or sunglasses. Once a year, these sites also offer free eye care to those in need domestically, in addition to an extensive program overseas. Other donation sites include national and international 18 eyeglass recycling centers through the Lions Club and local donation sites organized by local Lions clubs.

Lions Club Donation Sites in Massachusetts

Boston: Boston Public Library branches – Copley, North End, South End, and Kirstein Business Library
Cambridge & Somerville
Lexington, Bedford (single locations in Arlington, Burlington, and Lincoln)
Western Mass towns

Massachusetts Lions, with links to regional districts
Contact a Boston or Greater Boston club.

Please include any additional local donation sites you may be aware of in the comments section.


This is an update to this post on unsubscribing from Globe Direct.

They’re baaack.
The Globe Direct flyer landed on my doorstep today. . .in a red plastic bag.

Globe Direct has changed their delivery service from mailbox delivery to a doorstop one; therefore, ignoring “stop delivery” requests AND increasing the amount of waste produced.

What does this mean for suspending delivery again? Will it be even possible? One thing for certain is they will continue making it as difficult as possible. They have no incentive to do otherwise, because the higher their delivery numbers, the better their sell to potential paying advertisers.

In the meanwhile, here are some tips for reusing those pesky red plastic bags.

  • Reuse as an umbrella bag. Keep some in your bag or car.
  • Reuse as packing material for shipping or moving. Fill them with air and seal or tie them off.
  • When traveling, store shoes to keep other items clean.
  • Contain foul odor items such as non-compostable kitchen wastes and dirty diapers before disposing of them in the trash.
  • For messy jobs or yardwork, use them as disposable “gloves” such as to protect yourself from poisonous plants or to get coal from the bag.
  • Reuse as yard ties to tie up yard trimmings, as a soft tie for staking plants, etc.
  • For pet owners, use as a dog poop disposal bag or to clean the cat litter box.
  • For crafters, make plarn (plastic yarn) to knit or crochet or plastic fabric by melting layers together with an iron.
  • When camping, keep your toilet paper rolls dry by storing them in these bags sealed shut with an old bread twist tie.
  • Use as a protective cover for an arm cast when taking a shower. Tape a couple together when needed.
  • When setting fence posts, extend the lifetime of the fence post by slipping the sleeve over the end of the post that goes in the ground.

See more ideas here.

Cambridge is ranked 1st in the state for pedestrians by WalkScore.com with a rating of 89. Somerville was ranked 2nd with a rating of 84. A community’s accessibility for pedestrians is rated by calculating how far each block is from schools, parks, and shopping, and averaging the distances.

My residence rated at 85. Not bad, but I prefer getting around by bike anyhow.

Source: Boston..com

My sister and I visited the deCodova Museum last week and we both enjoyed the exhibit Rachel Perry Welty 24/7.

Rachel Perry Welty has been creating obsessive, repetitive, and process-based works about aspects of her own life for over a decade. . .Welty takes daily life as her subject, incorporating the mundane and the extraordinary in equal measure.

Lost in my Life (twist ties), 2009

One of those mundane objects are twist ties. You know, those twist ties found around fresh lettuce and other vegetables. You can help turn those twist ties into art by collecting them and submitting them to:

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
attn: Curatorial Department
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA

In a previous post, I worked on reducing the amount of paper spam coming through our snail-mailbox, particularly Valpack and Globe Direct. We’ve since moved and now are in the same dilemma.

Previously, I made a couple calls to the general number listed on the Globe Direct (now: 508-871-1910) and left a message with Jennifer Larson (617-871-1980) who I was referred to as the person in responsible for mail list removals. I never heard back from them, but it seemed to work as we stopped receiving them in the mail.

According to a couple posts on this thread:

Simply an e-mail to gddirect@globe.com will stop them.
Allow three weeks for the fliers to stop after sending your e-mail.
If you are a subscriber to the Boston Globe, you should be getting them with your newspaper. If you don’t subscribe, you will get them in the mail.
Please leave your complete address including ZIPCODE, and simply write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Be brief and be nice! Rude comments will not be processed.

Another option is to contact (posted 2010/10):

Rich Dempsey (at the Boston Globe Direct) at 508-871-1929 (email is rdempsey@bostonglobe.com) to be removed.

The constant inserts in the Globe Direct mailings are supermarket circulars (Shaws, Stop & Shop, Johnny’s Foodmaster and Market Basket) and Rite-Aid. One can easily pick up a circular at whichever supermarket you shop (surely not all of them) or if you prefer reviewing them before you head to the market, you can easily find them online.


Stop & Shop

Johnny’s Foodmaster

Market Basket

I recently stumbled across a benefit program for bikers (bicyclists, that is). For $5, members get a sticker to place on their bike helmet to receive discounts or rewards at local businesses.

Stickers can be purchased through participating businesses or through the Bicycle Benefits website.


In MA, the following towns have participating businesses: Boston (JP), Cambridge, Somerville, Allston/Brighton Brookline, and Watertown. Currently, the other states and Canadian provinces covered by this program include VT, NY, UT, CO, MT, WI, PA, KS, NH, OH, OR, WA, District of Columbia and British Columbia.

My tennis sneakers are dead. :(
Finding a renewed passion for tennis this summer, I wore a large hole through the sole within a few months. Luckily, I can give a new life by donating them to Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. The program, Nike Grind, takes apart athletic shoes into three parts to integrate them into athletic and playground surfaces:

  • outsole rubber – soccer pitch, running track, playground
  • midsole foam – outdoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis courts, indoor synthetic basketball/volleyball courts
  • upper fabric – indoor wood basketball court


  • Athletic shoes only (any brand ok)
  • No metal (eyelets, cleats or spikes)
  • No dress shoes, thongs, sandals, boots
  • No hiking boots or shoes with lights
  • No wet or muddy shoes

Shoes can be dropped off at various locations or mailed in. In the Boston area, go to the Niketown store at 200 Newbury Street or the Wrentham Factory Outlet store. Surfaces using the recycled shoe material can be found at the Josiah Quincy School’s playground in Chinatown and the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club’s outdoor basketball courts in Dorchester.

For more information about Nike Reuse-A-Shoe, go to nikereuseashoe.com or call 800-344-6453.

If your sneakers are still usable, check out Runner’s World list of organizations that accept shoe donations.