Category Archives: Nature

7 months of paper and cardboard

on January 20, 2018 in Nature

The last time I took my paper and cardboard to my building’s recycling room in the basement was June 18, 2017. Here’s my paper and cardboard recycling since then: There’s room for more, so I could keep going to last maybe a year between drop-offs, but since I got a delivery with that box that doesn’t fit in the bag I’ve been collecting my paper recycling in, I figured I[…] Keep reading →

Affluence Without Abundance, Part 2: Hunting

on January 19, 2018 in Awareness, Nature, Stories

When I last ate meat in 1990, maybe 1989, I tried to persuade others to stop too. I just ended up in arguments. Since then, I’ve come to appreciate more views on the practice. I don’t see it as right, wrong, good, or bad. In fact, I get annoyed by people who try to impose their values on eating meat on others even if I share those values. (I see[…] Keep reading →

Should New York City Sue Mayor de Blasio? (Inc.)

on January 17, 2018 in Fitness, Inc.com, Leadership, Nature

Should New York City Sue Mayor de Blasio? Will New York City’s mayor stop personally doing what the city is suing tobacco companies for? Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio explained why the city was suing five fossil fuel companies: For decades, Big Oil ravaged our environment. They knew what they were peddling was lethal, but they didn’t care. They used the classical Big Tobacco playbook of denial, denial, denial, and all[…] Keep reading →

Affluence Without Abundance, Part 1: Economics, health, and happiness

on January 15, 2018 in Models, Nature, Relationships

In this country, mentioning any deviation from capitalism flips people’s thoughts to communism and socialism. This black-and-white thinking explains why Reagan and Thatcher opposed Nelson Mandela fighting Apartheid, instead supporting a blatantly racist regime. In fact, they supported a party infused by supporters of Nazis. We throw the term Nazi around today to mean figuratively, but I mean literally. The creators of Apartheid included people who actively and violently supported[…] Keep reading →

014: Joshua Spodek: My friend’s anger and why I’m doing the podcast

on January 13, 2018 in Audio, Nature, Podcast

My friend told me this show angered him — hearing people act as if little changes were significant… not knowing not to get new plastic bags. Listen to the episode. I shared some of my thoughts on people making trivial changes and what motivates me. I expect I’ll share more personal thoughts on leadership and the environment as I develop my voice. Listen to the episode. Listen to the episode.

Wet socks and the environment

on January 12, 2018 in Nature

Most people—actually, nearly everyone I’ve met or heard of—want to pollute less than they do, but don’t stop themselves. They can, but they convince themselves they can’t. But they don’t. Most compartmentalize their pollution, becoming Enron Environmentalists—that is, they act as if the parts of their lives where they pollute don’t exist or don’t count. Sorry to break it to you, but you almost certainly qualify. They say things like, “I[…] Keep reading →

010: Jim Harshaw, Conversation 2

on January 3, 2018 in Leadership, Nature, Podcast

The hero’s journey In conversation 1, Jim shared his values and committed to live by one. In conversation 1.5, he shared problems with the challenge and how he overcame them. In this conversation he shares how it worked. Listen to hear how persevering through challenges to live by your values leads to a better life. Listen to the conversation Judge for yourself what you find from his experience. I heard:[…] Keep reading →