Simplify Your Resolutions

During the holidays, advertisers bombarded us with cookie commercials and equally-sweet depictions of joyful get-togethers. Now, they sing a new, more austere tune as they incite us to look inward...and downward at expanding waistlines. Advertisements for weight-loss aids, gyms, and supposedly he...

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Tags: Diet, Fitness, Health, New year's, Resolutions

Regift for charity and other year-end donations

Once the gifts were all opened, right in the middle of holiday thankfulness, you may have experienced a twinge: "Where am I going to put all this stuff?" Or perhaps certain items made you want to say, "You shouldn't have." With more stuff coming in the door during the holidays, it's only natural ...

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Tags: Charity, Holiday, Regifting, Thrift

You are what you eat - but do you change when your diet changes?

Ben Adler's in-depth article: Are Cows Worse Than Cars? also tries to answer another question: Why are many environmentalists reluctant to take on meat-eating as a key climate-changing behavior? "Environmentalists, who know they must change the stereotype that they are all either tree-hugging rad...

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Wishing You a New Year Without the Bubbly?

This is actually a hopeful New Year's post, but don't be deterred by the title of Paul Krugman's op-ed piece that I'm quoting from the New York Times: Life Without Bubbles, sounds so, well, flat. In these economic times at the downward end of the market's curves, flat might be kind of nice. Krugm...

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Cater to the Earth: Tastebud-friendly, Tofu-optional

What's for dinner today and how does it affect our tomorrow? Is it possible to eat conveniently, tastefully, and frugally at the same time? What attitudes about food do we bring to the table, and should all of them (or any of them) be changed? What facets of the food industry can be made more ...

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Can the recession save the rainforests?

There was a great article in the New York Times today, dealing with deforestation in Brazil. It's always mystified me why we are still allowing thousands of acres of irreplaceable rainforest to be cut down every year. Maybe once upon a time it seemed like the forest stretched on forever, but now,...

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Homelessness and the Environment: Squatting on the Edge of a Planet in Crisis

See full size / source Homelessness and the environment are two issues not usually discussed together unless one is enumerating pressing problems of our times. Yet homeless individuals are at the nexus of a number of environmental issues. For example, homeless people are perhaps the most visible...

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Fair Trade and the Environment: The big picture

Source It's less and less defensible for business interests to make decisions resulting in short-term profit for some at the expense of the earth itself (see an earlier post on this topic). While it's important for our thinking to include the environment, we can't stop there. Our current economi...

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The Give List

Now is time of truth. The last few days before the holidays are when simplicity is most likely to be tested. Unexpected last-minute gifts may arrive, forcing us to make fast decisions about expectations for reciprocity from family and friends. Parties that have been planned for are now taking pla...

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Tags: Charity, Community, Generosity, Givelist, Giving, Shopping, Volunteer

Dwight K. Schrute would definitely be a New Dreamer

There is a great blog called Cheap Healthy Good that does an amazing job at providing, well, cheap healthy good recipes and food tips that are eco-friendly and money-conscious. Plus, they writers are pretty witty. Check out the following blog post they wrote a while back: 11 Things Dwight K. Schr...

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Tags: Cater to the earth, Local food

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