Random Thoughts

An Ugly Index

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger I thought I had reached my limit when I saw (and ignored) ads in my Facebook feed promoting “sexy eyebrows.” But then I read this: a headline for an article promising insight into what my belly button said about me. That may have actually pushed me to […]

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Celebrate Non-GMO Month! 8 Tips for Shopping & Cooking Non-GMO

by guest blogger Caroline Kinsman, communications manager for the Non-GMO Project With the fall season comes a celebration of the harvest. It’s a perfect time to appreciate traditional, nourishing foods. But nowadays, that means thinking about some things our grandparents never had to—such as whether or not an ingredient has been genetically engineered. GMOs (genetically […]

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Where Is the Love?

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure Someone wrote to me recently with a really excellent question: What is the appeal of books like 50 Shades of Grey, and why do so many women want to be treated that way—with violence and domination instead of passion, tenderness, and freedom? […]

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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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