Random Thoughts

Climate Change, Fracking, and
Our Children’s Health and Future

by guest blogger Harriet Shugarman, executive director and founder of ClimateMama and a mentor and climate leader for the Climate Reality Project I feel like I live in a parallel universe. The much-anticipated United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report came out on September 27th, with dire warnings about our current […]

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October Surprise

by Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund In politics, an October surprise is when a candidate has dirt on his or her opponent that they save for the last few weeks before the election, so that the opponent’s media coverage will be negative just as people are deciding about their […]

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Marion Nestle’s Green Bean Moment

  Last week, I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing professor and author Marion Nestle about her new book Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics (Rodale, 2013). We actually did a video interview in my New York office, fulfilling one of my youthful dreams of being a talk-show host just like […]

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Anxiety as Entertainment

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger A few years ago, my husband and I watched the Ryan Gosling movie Drive. I don’t remember the plot, and even if I did, I guarantee you I wouldn’t be able to explain it. I can’t tell you why people did what they did in Drive, nor […]

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10 Books That Changed
the Way I See the World

1.    John Adams, by David McCullough. This biography of Adams erases any fantasies we might have about our American Revolution being easy, short, or something to take for granted. It gives a deep insight into what it takes for a revolution to succeed, which is strong, intelligent, and dedicated leadership from within the country and […]

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The Luxury of Knowing

The following appears in the October/November edition of Organic Gardening magazine. For great gardening, cooking, and living tips, pick the issue up today! What if you had infinite power to change the world for the better? What if I told you that you did? Would you believe it? Well, we are headed toward the holiday […]

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The Year Reality Knocked

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger For every mother (and father) out there who has just wrapped up the back-to-school ritual, I offer the following, with great affection. It took me many, many years, but somewhere along the line, I think I finally figured out this whole “start the school year right” thing. […]

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5 Cruel Signs Summer Is Over

I promise I won’t complain too much about the fall or winter, but this morning I was freezing and the signs were all around that summer is over, so I just had to share a few of them: 1. My coconut oil gets hard. I use organic coconut oil as my only moisturizer and keep […]

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