A Warm Sunday at Ekar Farm

From the moment I walked through the gate at Ekar Farm and joined the small group at the arbor, I felt comfortable. Executive Director Aaron Ney welcomed me, and after a few more volunteers of all...

Restoration: Invigorating Our Surroundings

I love environmental restoration the way some people love sports or their pets, and on this site I will write about restoration wherever I happen to find it. Why do I care? I believe restoration of...

12 Cities, 1 Year

In June 2011, my husband and I sold our house and most of our belongings and set out for the West Coast. We packed what we thought we needed in our red Prius. We planned to begin in Missoula, head...

Rituals for Restoration

I was inspired by this quote, especially the part I set in boldface. It’s taken from a report in Cultural Survival magazine (December 2014) about the People’s Climate March in Manhattan...

Kansas: Why I Hate It and Love It

Sometimes when I drive from Denver to Kansas City, I wonder if I will be doing this drive when I’m eighty. The high, flat plains of eastern Colorado and western Kansas tend to bring out the...

Why Do You Want to Go to Pakistan?

I had an interesting conversation the other day with a woman who went to Pakistan in the mid-2000s to do research for a novel she was writing. Her advice to me was, “Don’t go. It’s...

Fun at the Urban Farming Symposium

During her keynote speech at the Grow Food Symposium, Oakland farmer Novella Carpenter made a joke about living next to vegans while raising “edible pets.” It was one of many laugh-out...

Recycling on the North Shore, Louisiana

Todd and I recently went to Louisiana for a second surgery on his left ear. As always, I was amazed by the amount of trash along the highways and was determined to keep my trash off the side of the...

Folk Art at Atlanta’s High Museum

One thing I love to do when traveling is visit art museums. It tells me something about a city I can’t figure out any other way. I find that public art, which tends to be large and blocky or...

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Vaccines for Asia Travel

Even though the start date has been pushed back to October (or even later, though I hope not), we are still forging ahead with planning our trip to Asia. (We are starting in New Zealand, or NOT ASIA...