When A Trip To The Bronx Zoo Takes An Unusual Turn

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Years ago my older sister Natalie thought it would be a good idea to take a young relative to The Bronx Zoo. It’s the largest metropolitan zoo in the U.S. and among the largest in the world. We met up with our cousin’s then-fiancee, Kim, and took a very long bus ride from the edge of Queens, NY all the way up to The Bronx.
 
We had snacks and games but the little boy, who may be on the autism spectrum, got irritable on the long bus ride. When we finally arrived at the zoo of all zoos as promised we thought he would calm down. And he did. He was so calm he was bored.

The Best Time To Plant A Tree Was Before You Were Born

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“[E]verybody has a tree they remember from being a child. It’s very common I meet somebody who remembers looking carefully at a tree, and being near it, and what it meant to them, et cetera. And I think one of the only interesting things about me is that I never lost that.” –Hope Jahren

When I heard geobiologist and author of “Lab Girl”, Dr. Jahren, say that in a PBS interview about her memoir and investigation into the lives of plants I thought challenge accepted! I asked myself what do I remember from childhood? I came up with three. Continue reading

Going Organic with Ultra Spiritual Life Guru JP Sears

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There are plenty of great reasons to eat organic food, like the fact that it is better for our environment and it has more nutrients than conventionally grown food. Besides, it’s what everyone used to eat anyway. What it won’t do is make you superior to others or a saint even though some still think it will. So how do we get people to break those associations? It starts by acknowledging them. Continue reading

VIDEO: The Process of Minimalism

I like the idea of minimalism as being a process. In the end I think it makes minimalism easier to understand and even adopt. It’s easy to balk at a Picasso (or any minimalist art) but it’s another entirely to understand the process and respect the challenge it presents. Anyone can have a lot but do you have what it takes to only have a little? Do you know what it means for the little that you have to be only what’s most important? The priority? The essence?