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I Like Your Ponytail, A Story About CommitmentI Like Your Ponytail, A Story About Commitment

“I like your ponytail.” I said in a playful manner. “Ponytail?” he repeated in a thick French accent. There and then began the most extraordinary odyssey of my life.…

Avoid 90% of the Pesticides in Food, by Avoiding 12 Foods

Why should you care about pesticides in your food?For starters there may be as many as twenty pesticides on a single piece of fruit you eat.…

My HeroMy Hero

Dear Mrs. Black,It was January 1967 when this 11 year-old, frightened, little Israeli girl walked into your classroom for the first time. I had only arrived in the country two weeks before.…

We Are Sexual BeingsWe Are Sexual Beings

With sex all around us, oozing out of our televisions, theaters, magazines, fashion, on the streets, one would think we are the most sexually informed, open and comfortable nation on the planet.”…

The Banking ImplosionThe Banking Implosion

I’m sure by now you all have noticed the ongoing meltdown in the mortgage industry. The cause of this whole mess is a little bit complicated, rooted in both the structure of the mortgage industry, and human nature. I’ll try to explain both factors here in layman’s terms.…

Breaking old habits; Creating new Ones

We are mostly habitual beings. Webster defines habit as an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary.…

Life is Poetry

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  • Life is Poetry
  • Life is Poetry



Green Color jobs

One of the louder voices pushing green practice from fad to economically sustainable practice and viable ongoing lifestyle is Oakland environmental activist Van Jones.

Seeing a shortage of skilled labor in meeting the demands of eco-conscious alternatives such as the installation of solar panels and working with bamboo, Van Jones has a vision of bringing green change to a broader market while lifting up unskilled laborers by training them meet the needs of this expanding market.  read more »

From globalization to localization

As the world has gotten smaller and the fates of the myriad economics of the world have become inextricably entwined another trend has arisen. More recently we have seen "heightened demands for global corporations to make purchasing, employment, and investment decisions that benefit local communities."

While the views of this article may be naively dialectic and overdrawn (e.g. the arguments for localization are not counter to outsourcing which is one of the more publicized aspects of globalization), the trend towards localization is real nevertheless deserves a closer look.  read more »

Another study shows good guys don't finish last

A recent study of over 1200 executives, over a quarter of whom were CEO's, concluded that companies "that have delivered strong share price growth over the past three years are more proactive on corporate sustainability issues than those that have seen their share price stagnate or decline."

While clearly sustainable practice cannot be deemed the cause of share price growth it demonstrates a correlation between responsible corporate stewardship and companies' actual performance performance.  read more »

Research agrees, it is better to give than recieve

In a recent study people who gave money away or purchased gifts for others reported more happiness.

Previous research has shown that money does increase happiness. Wealthier people are somewhat happier than poor. Elizabeth Dunn of the University of British Columbia took it one step further and looked at what people did with that money.  read more »

Bonuses and Raises May be Far from Equal

As year end bonuses and raises make their rounds it may be worth taking a look at this study which showed bonuses had a much stronger effect than raises. A 1 percent raise boosts performance about 2 percent while the same amount as a bonus could improve performance by up to 19 percent.  read more »