Long term thinking – Sustainable Living

Oct 04

This video, a clip from the BBC Series Human Planet, is a really interesting example of long term thinking. Can you imagine conceiving and designing a bridge that would require the roots of a tree to grow over many lifetimes to build it? I suppose you might think it isn’t really practical to think that way if a problem can be solved in the short term. ...

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What is Chaos? The middle ground between order and disorder….

Sep 04

A few weeks ago I wrote about the chaos in my garden – my daughter’s description, not necessarily mine.  I find the them of trying to find “order” in my life keeps coming back over and over.  Moving my blog over to this URL I am still missing a few key elements from my other site.  One of them, my oldest, in length of years not in age,...

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Aroma, Scent, Smell – What Fools these children be….

Sep 01

 Yesterday I read a tidbit in Real Simple Magazine. It said that according to research by McCann Worldgroup 53% of 16 to 22-year-olds around the world would rather give up their sense of smell than their favorite personal technology device. It took a minute or two for that to sink it. I could argue about their sample size and what countries they surveyed to argue...

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Zucchini, Zucchini, and more Zucchini

Aug 28

Last night I decided to tackle the countertop of zucchinis that had been accumulating all week.  This time of year you just can’t give them away fast enough.  Well, let’s face it.  You can’t really give them away at all.  My neighbor, Cathy said, “Sure I take some if you put them in zucchini bread”. With that little nudge I decided...

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Be still my mind

Sep 09

It is so much easier to write little snippets here than it is to work on my book. I find every distraction in the world to stop me from making progress. Actually, that’s the problem with the world today. There are SO many distractions – constant media bombardment, options for entertainment, cell phones, handheld email devices. We are always ON and...

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Fresh Produce – Love the Italians

Jul 24

The Italians really know how to enjoy food. Everything we ate for the two weeks we were there was so fresh and amazing. They just don’t serve things that aren’t fresh. Opening a can is an afront to their senses. The tomatoes seemed more flavorful. The wine lighter and less proned to causing a hardcore “buzz”. And I don’t believe I have...

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Where have all the honeybees gone

May 29

I was listening to NPR today to a story about declining honey bee populations and the possible implications on the food supply. There may not be enough bees to pollinate the crops this year. About 30% of the food consumed by US consumers requires bees for pollination. This was an interesting story. But it is a story I recall hearing every spring for at least the...

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Clutter – the theme repeats itself

Mar 29

I am in the process of moving my blog to a new URL.  In doing so, I am going back through my old blog posts and moving some of them to this new blog location.  It struck me as really funny that I wrote this blog entry on clutter in 2007 and now 4 years later (yesterday) I wrote a blog on having too much stuff.  Clearly this is still an issue for me. This Post was...

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Word of the Day

Mar 09

I am taking Pilates classes trying to work on improving my back problems. There are all these exercises where the instructor is always telling me to keep my eyes on my navel. The word for the day last week seemed pretty on point for that. omphaloskepsis (om-fuh-lo-SKEP-sis) noun Contemplation of one's navel.

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