Hold Your Breathe

Today we went through Lake Charles La, and to most it is probably just another swamp city, but to me it is the scene from one of my favorite documentaries - Blue Vinyl.

Blue Vinyl is a "Toxic Comedy Domentary" about the life of vinyl and how horrible vinyl is on our enviroment. After watching the film about 10 years ago, I started making my students watch it and write a personal essay based on the ideas in it. The movie is a great way to get them thinking critically about how the products they buy effect their lives, the lives of others, and future lives.

As we drove through town, we came up on the factory. Using the walkie talkies, I radioed ahead for everyone to hold their breathe, so no one breathed in the toxic fumes as we drove through the smog. As a second thought, I got out the camera and tried to photograph the plant but I was too late.

On this cold Jan. afternoon I am reminded about the message from the movie, and remember that big business isn't looking out for anyone. It is up to us to be vigillant about consuming ethical products.


"Blue Vinyl is a 2002 documentary film directed by Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand. With a lighthearted tone, the film follows one woman's quest for an environmentally soundcladding for her parents' house in Merrick, Long Island, New York. It also investigates the many negative health effects of polyvinyl chloride in its production, use and disposal, focusing on the communities of Lake Charles and Mossville, Louisiana, and Venice, Italy. Filming for Blue Vinyl began in 1994" (Wiki).



  1. Hi. I would like to know how do you live in a moterhome with 7 kids. I feel cramped in my family moterhome with just 5 people and 1 dog! I am interested in your blog. PLease get back to me when you can. Thanks!

    1. Hi Sarah, and thanks so much for reading the blog - We actually have a 24 foot trailer, so it is probably smaller than even you have. The big plus we have right now is that the kids are still young, so the space doesn't seem cramped yet. We also spend a LOT of time outside. We try to eat, play and nap outside whenever possible.
      And there are those days when we just plain wonder - what have we got our selves into. I think it is definately harder for John than me. I like having the little ones underfoot to keep track of them and monitor what is going on, while John fequently needs his space. John and I also take turns going "out" for the most part and respect that there are some days when one of us just needs to take a trip to town for a few hours.
      As the kids get older, we do plan on getting a bigger space but for now we are enjoying the places we can get into with our smaller trailer that we won't be able to when we get the bigger one.
      How long have you been on the road? How old are the kids? Do you have a blog?
      Thanks for stopping by.