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Do you research how much water certain produce requires to grow?

on March 31, 2020 in Awareness, Nature

Someone asked on a message board, “Do you research how much water certain produce requires to grow?” I responded: Yes. At the beginning, when I felt obligated to act and it felt a burden, I avoided learning new things, feeling if I kept learning, there’d be nothing left and I’d feel guilty eating anything. As I practiced more, met the farmers behind my CSAs and farmers markets, and learned how[…] Keep reading →

Would you take piano lessons from someone who breaks pianos with a sledgehammer but doesn’t play?

on March 30, 2020 in Nature

Would you take piano lessons from someone who breaks pianos with a sledgehammer but doesn’t play? Does it matter how many books on music theory that person read? If they don’t play but only break pianos, you probably are going to learn more how to break pianos than to play them. If you learn anything about the piano, it will probably be theory at best. Then don’t take advice on[…] Keep reading →

316: Dr. Joel Fuhrman MD, part 2: Eat for Life

on March 29, 2020 in Podcast

Joel talked so passionately about everything I look to bring out in other guests, I hardly spoke about his commitment with bringing bags. No problem, I loved hearing his views, history, and approach. I went with it. He also approaches the environment from food, though from a medical background. I just kept learning from him. Sadly, we as a culture keep moving toward disease and pollution, however much we want[…] Keep reading →

The Joshua Spodek Show

on March 28, 2020 in Art, Creativity, Freedom

Growing up in Philadelphia in the 70s meant Bruce Springsteen was a part of my life. I’ll always remember a fan in a promotional radio b-roll clip from one of the classic rock stations saying excitedly, definitively, “He’s the best, he’s Bruce. . . He’s the Boss!” One of the earliest albums I bought was Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ. My high school girlfriend’s older brother saw every show of[…] Keep reading →

315: Diversity: Where are female deliverypeople? Or research on them?

on March 27, 2020 in Podcast

An article I read about research into diversity asked about levels where different groups felt occupations became “sufficiently diverse.” It looked at positions at tech companies, for example. I support diversity. I came across the article from the newsletter from Heterodox Academy, started by previous guest Jonathan Haidt, which promotes diversity, particularly of viewpoints. I would promote diversity in many places, yet there are many places I don’t see diversity[…] Keep reading →

My Bronx cooking demonstration video

on March 26, 2020 in Fitness, Nature

Did I mention before the virus that I accepted an invitation to show how I cook my famous no-packaging vegetable stews in the Bronx? I believe cooking this way is simple and accessible to anyone. I brought the ingredients, my pressure cooker, and my knife and chopping board by subway to this community group’s potluck dinner. We met in a church, where I showed how I make the stews. I[…] Keep reading →

314: Brent Suter part 2: A Major League pitcher and his farmers markets

on March 25, 2020 in Podcast

If you love hearing people at the peak of the human condition behind the scenes, you’ll love this episode with Major League Baseball pitcher Brent Suter. I think you’ll also hear the subtext of food connecting his family already and his teammates soon. Sports and food I love sports, competition, and athletics. I love food, meaning fresh vegetables and fruit. This conversation with Brent, I felt like a kid in[…] Keep reading →

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