Culinary Delights, Environment, What is Organic

Indian Food Can Spice Up a Climate-Friendly Plate

I have never been to India, but the Indian food has long captivated my curious palate. The allure began when I moved to California from Iowa. Sitting on the floor eating chickpea masala and fried pakoras stupefied my Midwestern senses.

My infatuation became an obsession after visiting Dubai for an organic trade mission in 2020. Indian people make up a large portion of the population in Dubai. They come to work and bring with them a constellation of India’s culinary traditions. I couldn’t stop making different curries for months!

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Environment, What is Organic

When We Throw Something Away, It Must go Somewhere, But Where?

What would Yoda Do?

I remember uncovering treefrogs from folds of outdoor cushions, wet with morning fog. Their long legs ending in flattened thumbs; they croaked like a bullhorn at night. They’ve been long gone for years, along with the summer fog and winter rains.

Climate defines our identity in the landscape we have grown accustomed to. The plants, animals, bacteria and fungi are changing before our eyes. 

My generation was raised believing everything was at our disposal. We thought we would always have plenty – and we did! We have lived better than queens and pashas of empires foretold. But unfortunately, we were and are still wasteful in our opulence, and this waste contributes to the demise of our planet.

Our conspicuous consumption burns fossil fuels, cuts down trees and pollutes our air and water.

The old saying “waste not, want not,” first coined in 1576, means “willful waste makes woeful want,” and it’s particularly relevant today. Wasteful behavior is a monumental contributor to our climate crisis.

Personal changes we make can have a big impact, and they’re the easiest to tackle.

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well-being

Conjuring Up a Positive Future in a Chaotic World

I had the good fortune to have a mother who taught me the future was mine to imagine. She believed that with positive intentions and affirmations one could create anything – and I believed her. 

I went forward and manifested many things –, a home with a view, a business with purpose, and a sense of self-empowerment.

Then the world went sideways a bit. Perhaps it was heading that way already, but a show-stopping pandemic, intensifying climate emergencies, on the heels of political and social unrest has made me ponder.

How can we all stay positive in a world full of chaos? I have a few ideas:       

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Culinary Delights, Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, well-being, What is Organic

True Confessions of a Sometimes Vegan

Great armored bugs once lived in a basement hewn from Iowa bedrock. Amongst fermenting sauerkraut and tangled webs, my father took on the heroic battle of exterminating their presence. I cried every time, begging him to stop.

I was born with an innate belief that all beings have a right to live – they all serve a function in the web of biodiversity. It was a philosophical no-brainer for me to adopt a vegan diet.

My confession then; as the years went by, I slid in and out and became a sometimes-vegan.

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Culinary Delights, Travel, well-being, What is Organic

If You Are Ready to Travel Pack Patience and Intention

Its a brave new world out there!
Photo by Mantas Hesthaven on Unsplash

A family tentatively emerges through a tall door into the world – the light beckons.

That’s the May 24th New Yorker magazine cover, which pretty much sums up where we are after months of isolation.

I’ve become oddly accustomed to this interlude of life, the interruption of my body in motion.

Seduced by foreign lands, exotic foods, and cultures, I traveled with rambunctious determination. When the pandemic took me home, holding me firmly in place, I then realized the very privileged life I led. The world shifted, I gained perspective.

Now we’re all figuring out how to behave as “the normal” unfolds.

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