By Maria

The LUX Life

The LUX Life

One of my longtime dreams finally came true this month. I have yearned to go get a simple (nonpolish) manicure and pedicure in a place that didn’t stink like a hair salon. I mean, I don’t put those sprays and chemicals on my hair, why would I want to breathe them in when I am […]

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1% for the Planet, a Giant Leap for Mankind

1% for the Planet, a Giant Leap for Mankind

Last night I attended a party for 1% For The Planet, an organization whose business members donate 1% of their gross revenues to nonprofit environmental groups. They were celebrating that more than 1,000 members have joined. The group was started by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia clothing, and his friend Craig Mathews, owner of Blue […]

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Our Hero's Journey?

Our Hero’s Journey?

I consider myself a navigator. I love to study maps, figure out where I am going, find the most interesting route to get there, and then sync up the memorized map in my head with the terrain unfolding before my eyes. Figuring out where I am in space grounds me, and orients me for my […]

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Blogging from the Trail, Day 4

Blogging from the Trail, Day 4

1-21-09 5:17 pm Well, it’s good to be home. Here is what I missed most, in order of priority: my kids, my own organic coffee, my own shower, and my own bed. But even though it was an epic challenge of a trip, I am glad I went…not so much for the big moments but […]

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Blogging from the Trail, Day 3

Blogging from the Trail, Day 3

1-20-09 2:55 pm Be glad… If you are safe and warm and on your couch watching it on TV–preferably high def. Here it’s cold, crowded, and total chaos…yet eerily quiet. 3:11 pm I said to Lou on the long walk back to the hotel that this is the kind of experience that gets better the […]

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Blogging from the Trail, Day 2

Blogging from the Trail, Day 2

1-19-09 1:17 pm We breezed into DC realizing right away it would be a T-shirt festivus. It was too early to check into the hotel; besides, the lobby was in a veritable frenzy from a gay leather convention checking out all at once. We parked our Prius and hit the streets. In front of the […]

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Blogging from the Trail

Blogging from the Trail

1-18-09 5:45 pm I’m going to washington!! I have to admit I was reluctant to go—the cold, the crowds, the chaos. But now that we are on the road I’m getting excited. We listened to the big concert on the radio. Most important, we stopped at a Popeyes and I got a large red beans […]

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Farm Show Freak-Out

Farm Show Freak-Out

It’s crazy. It’s wild. It’s out of control. It’s the Pennsylvania Farm Show.This is my favorite time of the year for keeping the TV on all day, tuned to the PCN (Pennsylvania Community Network) Channel. Because from now until January 17, the country’s largest indoor agricultural expo is taking place in Harrisburg, PA, at the […]

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