Belated Birthday Love for Lee Bun Taek’s Life Lessons

99-years-young, and still going strong.

By Jamilah King Apr 26, 2011

We’ve been known to celebrate a few birthdays here and there, and the joy of course also extends to our readers, and the people they love. Recently reader Julia Rhee reached out to us with a moving essay in honor of her grandmother Lee Bun Taek, who turned 99-years-young last week. Rhee writes that her grandmother taught her everything she knows about conservation and sustainability. Here’s more from Rhee, in her account on "How Eating Around Mold Taught Me to Be Green:"

My maternal grandmother has been unplugging electric appliances, ripping paper towels in quarter pieces, and using recycled goods since the mid 20th century. She told me to never leave the house with big bills (tuck some in your socks and in your inside pockets) and taught me to eat around the mold. "Makes you stronger" she even added.

So here’s to Lee Bun Taek, and many more years of smart and sustainable living on the edge. We’re ending the day as often as possible by celebrating love. We welcome your ideas for posts. Send suggestions to, and be sure to put Celebrate Love in the subject line. You can send links to videos, graphics, photos, quotes, whatever. Or just chime in to the comments below and we’ll find you. Be sure to let us know you’ve got the rights to share any media you send.

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