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

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?

Martin Luther King Jr On Materialism And A Revolution In Values #BlackHistoryMonth

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“We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

This Martin Luther King, Jr quote has been a popular one for this site. It’s been an extraordinary gem hidden in one of King’s more famous speeches that isn’t his super famous speech although it still contains a dream. As I explained in QUOTE: Martin Luther King Jr On Environmentalism it’s been difficult to find a quote about the environment from the canon of Civil Rights Movement era heroes and sheroes. You can read about some possible reasons why there. I thought this quote was worth bringing back again on this blog though and here’s why. Continue reading