Category Archives: Blog

Thoughts on reading my love letters to my high school girlfriend after 30 years

on October 8, 2019 in Blog

Following up my posts Mementos of my high school girlfriend and The Most Romantic Thing I Ever Did, I finally read the letters and cards from her to me and from me to her. We wrote them from around the summer of 1988, after graduating high school, to about a year later, the summer after our first years in college. She went to school outside Boston. I went to school[…] Keep reading →

Your Daily Environment 010, The Once and Future World, August 27, 2019

on August 27, 2019 in Blog

Another reading from J. B. MacKinnon’s Once and Future World — a glimpse of North America before humans arrived. The book blows me away with how nature used to be. I hope you find it as inspirational as I do. Plus the 100-Mile Diet and Ela Bhatt‘s Anubandh. She’s a longtime family friend who grew up nearly interacting with Gandhi, then achieved worldwide recognition for started groundbreaking organizations in India[…] Keep reading →

Overfat and Underfat: New Terms and Definitions Long Overdue and their prevalence.

on August 27, 2019 in Blog

Some researchers have responded to flaws in terms like obesity and measures like body mass index. BMI, for example, doesn’t differentiate between weight from fat versus muscle. They created the term overfat, meaning “excess body fat sufficient to impair health.” Unlike BMI, it doesn’t count very muscular people, who may show high BMIs without being obese. It does count people with excess fat but little enough muscle for their BMI[…] Keep reading →

208: Caspar Craven, part 1.5: Back on Track

on August 15, 2019 in Blog, Podcast

Remember how enthusiastic Caspar sounded at the end of the first episode? He made doing his commitment sound so easy. Well, sometimes it is, but not always. He emailed me to postpone, saying he hadn’t done as much as he expected. I asked him to consider sharing his actual experience, not a romanticized version of it. This podcast isn’t supposed to say changing your beliefs and habits is easy, but[…] Keep reading →

The joy of (not) flying, a poem

on July 3, 2019 in Blog

I don’t remember the last time I wrote a poem. A group I spoke to recently gave me a book of poems on the environment, pictured below, and I didn’t have the presence of mind to decline it, as I try to with most material gifts. Reading it led me to think in poetry, or to try to express myself with it. I’d feel vulnerable sharing with the public something[…] Keep reading →

Diversity doesn’t mean just the diversity you’re thinking of

on June 22, 2019 in Blog

People say they value diversity. Business school leadership classes taught me that diversity of opinions in decision-making processes led to better outcomes, though the diversity introduced into that process produced divisive conflict. I didn’t ask the professors for the research they based their teaching on, but it’s consistent with my experience. But there is a greater issue than that conflict. I suggest to people things like, “If you want diversity,[…] Keep reading →

Here me on Stand Out Get Noticed from Australia

on June 14, 2019 in Blog

Christina Canters of the Stand Out Get Noticed podcast hosted me for the first time in a couple years in “Initiative: How To Bring Your Passions and Ideas To Life with Joshua Spodek.” Listen to the conversation. From the podcast page: Do you want to start a project but don’t have any ideas? Or maybe you have so many ideas you don’t know which one to pick? In this episode,[…] Keep reading →

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