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 showstopping pandemic, cavalcading through a climate emergency 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!
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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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What is Organic

Keep Your Personal Data Safe and Pray for Aliens

photo of code projected over woman
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With the climate crisis biting at our heels, disappearing ecosystems and the great extinction of species at hand, I wonder what in the world can bring us together?  

When will we view this planet as our shared and sacred resource?

To have and to hold one people under a shared biodiversity
for as long as we all shall live.

We this Sapiens Grande, beyond anything the planet has ever seen.

We this species who can change the very atmosphere and biosphere of the planet.

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Environment, well-being

The Overlooked Benefits of Thinking About Rubbish

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This week while taking out the rubbish bins and separating the recyclables, I had an Ah-Ha moment. How did I get to this trashy way of living and throw so much stuff away?

I was brought up by a frugal German grandmother who reused almost everything. From jars, bags and cartons, she fed food scraps to the chickens or composted for the garden—hardly anything went into the rubbish bin.  

But I also grew up in the culture of a “Throwaway Society,” one that encouraged unbridled consumerism and excessive waste. The rise of disposable packaging and single-use items was viewed as modern and convenient.

A 1955 article published in Life Magazine applauded “Throwaway Living” with a photo showing an American Family celebrating the convenience of disposable papers and plastics.  

This pondering has me lead thinking about solutions that will help us build a less trashy future.  

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