July 26, 2012 • in Environment
The Secret Is in the Soil
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by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. The headlines are extreme: “Broiling Heat,” “Punishing Drought,” “Worst in 50 Years.” And the images are even worse. Miles of dry, cracked fields, crispy cornstalks, and stoic farmers holding tiny ears of kernel-less corn. More than half of the country is experiencing drought conditions, and counties in more than 25 states have been declared crop disasters by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
July 23, 2012 • in Environment
Ten Ways I Embrace the Reality
of Global Warming
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I don’t know if you all noticed, but a) it’s summer, b) there’s a heat wave, and c) there’s a drought. I saw a headline that said all this extreme weather is making people finally believe in global warming. I’m not sure if that’s true, but I am doing what I can to do my part in keeping the planet healthy. Here is my list of 10 things I do to help the planet.
July 17, 2012 • in Maria Recommends
How To Green a Restaurant
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by guest blogger Alberto Gonzalez. Restaurants are, without a doubt, big contributors to environmental degradation. However, things are changing in a very positive way. As more people become aware of how our everyday actions affect the planet, the demand for sustainability is rapidly growing, and now the question is not “Should we go green?” but rather, “How should we go green?”
July 16, 2012 • in Health
10 Things I Always Knew
Were Good for Me*
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Growing up as I did around the world’s leading health experts, it’s hard not to get swept up in the latest fads. I had to develop an expert sense of my own. It’s called common sense. And it turns out my common sense has been proven to be correct over time by lots of scientific and medical research.
July 13, 2012 • in Maria Recommends
In Praise of Room Service
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by guest blogger Maya Rodale. Recently, I found myself in a hotel room, alone for a two-night stay. While I was there, I indulged in an epic writing binge, cranking out 11,000 words in one day. For a frame of reference, that’s what I’d normally write in a week… My husband asked what needed to happen for me to write that much every day. The answer is room service.
July 12, 2012 • in Environment
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by Marcia Ishii-Eiteman. Imagine an invisible cloud of a cancer-causing 2,4-D weedkiller drifting slowly across your state. Well, one just blew 100 miles across California. How much of that drifting cloud settled on play structures, parks, schoolyards, and clothes drying on the line on the hot summer day? It’s hard to tell, but this invisible threat puts us all at risk.
July 11, 2012 • in Maria Recommends
Can a Woman Have It All?
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Lately, there has been a flurry of op-eds and articles on this penetrating question. Yes, I read the piece in The Atlantic and I watched a few network TV ladies trying to assuage their guilt and figure it out, and I, as a working woman and mother, have this to say: Y’all are asking the wrong damn question!!!!!