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456: Jonathan Hardesty, part 2: How to Start a Sustainability Podcast

on May 6, 2021 in Podcast

This episode is really two. Remember that he started art late in life, so the first two-thirds talks about art. Also his experience with his kids and family picking up trash. You’ll enjoy hearing his and his family’s joy doing it. I imagine you’ll also feel sober about his unpleasant surprise at how much trash there was to pick up. I hope you’ll feel inspired to pick up trash too.[…] Keep reading →

I Saw A Guy Eating Ice Cream With Zero Joy

on May 5, 2021 in Fitness, Habits, Nonjudgment

Over the weekend I went to Washington Square Park to read, so I was there for a couple hours. It was a beautiful, sunny day. Bright and just hot enough that you’d want to avoid the sun but not so hot that you couldn’t stand it. A guy sat on a bench diagonally across from me with a cup of ice cream from a nearby store. Besides him, I would[…] Keep reading →

At a loss for words at people playing with their fat

on May 4, 2021 in Fitness, Nonjudgment, Visualization

I’m no Shakespeare, but I think I express myself well with words. Despite everyone telling me to use it more, I don’t use social media that much. Someone shared the video below. I tried to describe it to someone. I said, “These two women were showing off their fat and it looked like. . .” And I found myself unable to find anything else in nature or my experience that[…] Keep reading →

What was it like to watch Mandela, Gandhi, and Dr. King and not help?

on May 3, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

Imagine yourself back in the 1950s and 60s during the civil rights movement. People traveled across the country to sit at lunch counters with people of different skin colors, walk for a year to avoid segregated buses, and so on. Most people didn’t do anything. They must have talked about it since it made the news, but most people watched from the outside without acting. Not everyone can do anything.[…] Keep reading →

Should streams have rights? Should corporations?

on May 2, 2021 in Models, Nature, Nonjudgment

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love spending time in nature and want to conserve it so it can regenerate. Still, even I considered the idea of giving rights to animals and nature weird and possibly counter productive. This article’s headline made me cringe at first, Streams and lakes have rights, a US county decided. Now they’re suing Florida: How can streams have rights? How can they sue?[…] Keep reading →

We Can’t Change the Past But We Can Choose Our Values

on May 1, 2021 in Leadership

I uttered these words in regular conversation with a friend about living in a polluted world. I didn’t ask to be born into so polluted a world, nor a culture so ignorant about what’s happening and what they can do about it. I’d rather people took more responsibility and acted in stewardship more. But the world is polluted and nearly everyone is polluting it more. Most of my life, I[…] Keep reading →

455: J. B. MacKinnon, part 2: What happens when you pay for quality?

on April 30, 2021 in Podcast

Our world values cheap and disposable—in food and doof packaging, furniture, cars, and near the top of the list, clothes, especially fast fashion. The world is paying for it in the sense of overfilled landfills, plastic disrupting endocrine systems of animals including us, oil wells everywhere, garbage patches in the ocean, and so on. I see us paying the price. We’re always craving. Stuff always breaks. We feel compelled to[…] Keep reading →

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