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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
  • Life is Poetry
  • Life is Poetry
  • Life is Poetry



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 »

Climate change begins in our own backyard

When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.

Autumn may seem like an odd time of year to consider green landscaping and gardening practices but as tons of leaves are carted away from properties across the country is a reminder of all the dangerous and expensive fertilizers that will take their place. A reminder of the mind set, the culture of waste, that has evolved in the place of many of our ancestors' values.  read more »

A Return to Old Wisdoms

Seek wisdom over knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.

As our cultural trends yearn towards the ideals of "green," "sustainability" and "eco-consciousness," be it out of a sense of necessity or a sense of responsibility. It amuses me the see how much our goals seem to strive towards old wisdoms of the indigenous cultures. I believe, if nothing else, a basic re-introduction to the culture and beliefs of the Native Americans would provide strength to the journey and light to the path we take towards these trendy goals, hopefully helping them to endure.  read more »

Smile hunting makes us happy

Who says playing games at work is unproductive?

Mark Baldwin at McGill University of Montreal had employees at a call center play a game for 5 minutes before work. The game simply required them to find a smiling face among the images of frowning faces. Those who played had a 17% reduction in the stress hormone cortisol compared to those who did not play.  read more »

Do we have to get to give

Beginning November 12 the One Laptop Per Child program will introduce its Give One Get One program where consumers can purchase one of the devices of $399 and a second will be sent to a child in a developing country.  read more »

Cheat Nuetral

For anyone who has felt and ambivalence about the idea of carbon offsetting or for anyone looking for a good analogy to describe their misgivings towrds it, here's a bit of fun I found by way of the Inspired Protagonist this weekend.


People Make it Hard to Build Green

A simple alignment of goals among developers and a commitment to green building is all we would need to change the face of building construction during a time when construction is booming.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development released a survey last week which found that real estate and construction costs of green buildings are overestimated by 300%. The 1400 respondents also understated greenhouse gas emissions from building as 19% of the world's total while the actual number is 40%.  read more »

Junk food and obesity tied to pregant mother's diet

Pregnant mothers-to-be and those breastfeeding who eat junk food may also be passing a craving for junk foods and a tendency towards obesity to their children. Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College in London published the findings in the British Journal of Nutrition showing the rats given access to junk foods when pregnant, and/or while breastfeeding had offspring that overate and favored junk foods such as donuts and potato chips.  read more »

10 Million Trees in One Day

The Forest Department of India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh, along with the help of farmers and students, planted 10.5 million trees in a single day.

"In fact, we have overshot the target," said state forestry chief V.N. Garg. "The sites can also be seen on Google Earth and the detailed reports (on plantation figures) are being sent to the office of the Guinness book of world records."  read more »

Today's Greenest Technologies released its list of the top ten greenest tech products today. The list included laptops, a solar powered charger for cell phones, cameras, IPods and other tech gadgets, and even a green web hosting company.

Nokia made the list with its N95 cell phone which handles WiFi, GPS, email, text-messaging, web browsing, plays video and music, has a 5 megapixel camera that also takes video. The company will even recycle the phone for free. Nokia recently topped Greenpeace's June 2007 Guide to Greener Electronics.  read more »