So Now I’m A Kindle Kid

I don’t shop. I hate shopping, especially for clothes. I force myself to shop for clothes once every two years whether I need it or not. But I confine myself to no more than three stores and no more than three hours. (Usually Talbots, REI and Target can fill all my needs.) But I do buy books. Lots of books. I buy books on-line. I never pass up a used book store. I’ll buy books at yard sales if I happen to be passing one....

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The Time Whole Foods Got It Right

Whole Foods has taken a lot of heat recently — mostly due to CEO John MacKey’s Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece on the Health Care debate. What sparked a lot of criticism was his somewhat clueless opinion that if people would only eat organic food, they wouldn’t need expensive health care. Aside from the fact that this doesn’t take into account accidents, hereditary diseases or the unluck of the draw that is...

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The Other Road from Sanity Cruz
Apr17

The Other Road from Sanity Cruz

It’s always when you veer off on an alternate route that roadtrip adventures happen. This one started with another trip to Santa Cruz Hydroponics, which I’ve now decided is the BEST source for vegetable starts, seeds and organic growing materials in the Bay Area. Last month, I chronicled my last trip down and up the Cabrillo Highway. This time, I decided, at least on the way back, I’d strike out to uncharted...

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Earth Hour, Sonoma Style

You’ve heard that today is Earth Hour. All across the world, from Antarctica to Egypt, cities and people committed to turning off their lights for one hour starting at 8:30PM their time. I watched on the Internet as Big Ben dimmed. But things are very different in the big city. All those people with flashlights and battery powered lanterns and candles actually light up a lot. Here in Sonoma, out in the country, when you turn out...

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Buy Organic and Make an Arab Smile

Boy, that sounds like something a Republican would say. But I’m getting madder and madder at the retailers who are hopping on the organic bandwagon without a true social conscience. (Whole Foods, I’m talking to you.) Then there are the Food Nazis who are all holier-than-thou about buying organic, but are missing the big picture. Both these groups are what put a big smile on the face of the guy above (find out more about...

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So You Are All Complaining About the Snow. Well, The Flip Side Ain’t Pretty Either.
Jan30

So You Are All Complaining About the Snow. Well, The Flip Side Ain’t Pretty Either.

Our weather in Northern California is possibly even scarier. We’re now in our second extended period of record high, sunny weather since mid-December. It wasn’t much different than sunny and dry last month either. The Sierra snowpack that is our water lifeline is barely 60% of normal. This has been a long time coming. I remember when I moved here over 20 years ago, it was routine to ski over Thanksgiving break. Now...

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Here’s a Great Green Christmas Present: The Penguin Water Carbonator
Dec15

Here’s a Great Green Christmas Present: The Penguin Water Carbonator

Every now and then, I come across an idea or a product that makes being all virtuous and green so easy and painless that you feel like you’ve cheated.  A perfect example is the Amazing Penguin Water Carbonator. Seriously, this is the most incredible gadget I’ve bought since. . .oh, the iPod. Except that everyone and his brother has an iPod, maybe two, and the iPod doesn’t have the added advantage of making you feel marvelously...

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Hydrate & Save the Earth. Get a Penguin.
Jul22

Hydrate & Save the Earth. Get a Penguin.

Okay, BlogHer recaps and reflections all done now. Time to get back to stuff. And my favorite stuff these days is Green. But Easy Green. Like the Amazing Penguin Water Carbonator. Seriously, this is the most incredible gadget I’ve bought since. . .oh, the iPod. Except that everyone and his brother has an iPod, maybe two, and the iPod doesn’t have the added advantage of making you feel virtuous and Greener-Than-Thou. I’m serious,...

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