Category Archives: Garden

Oranges, Onions, and a Margin of Lust: Michelle’s Memorial Saturday Retreat

When overwhelm turned into a noun, I took notice. It no longer modified my life, but had become a thing in my life. As an unrepentant adrenaline junky, I continued on till overwhelm became a verb. Yes, I actually used it as … Continue reading

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Jacarandas in May: An Unforgettable Californian Sight With Tips

The sight of those flaming lavender flowers on the Jacaranda trees in May will freeze one in midstep, but the bloom is so fleeting that I forget all about them till the trees are ablaze again. I’m sure the tree owners don’t forget. Signs … Continue reading

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Doing Something Positive on Earth Day 2017

Earth Day 2017 Forget the hype, the litter left after the fundraiser marches, and the flood of sometimes dicey statistics, graphs, and theories of pseudoscientists. Let’s get real. Stop talking, protesting, and Facebooking about what everyone else is NOT doing. Take … Continue reading

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Saving the Planet: A Day of Meals Part Two

BACKGROUND If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains … the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off the US roads. Environmental Defense Fund … Continue reading

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Saving My Life: A Day of Meals Part One

BACKGROUND Since 2004, I’ve been experimenting with healthier and more mindful attitudes about health, the environment, climate change, God, compassion for animals and other cultures. To quiet irritated friends, my nutritionist, family and waitresses, I transitioned from Whole Foods, plant-based … Continue reading

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Interleaving II: Doing Charity the Easy Way

Last time I talked about interleaving, it was in relation to exercise. We all would do better helping others if done within our limited time, finances, and resources, right? Here’s some ideas I’ve tried. I’d love to hear yours. First: … Continue reading

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Interleaving: 21,110 push-ups and increasing productivity

Another departure from my First Friday Breakfast with an Author. After a few writing marathons and working on increasing productivity over diverse endeavors, I wanted to share my game plan and results. I’d love to hear your ideas too. But … Continue reading

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