Watch a tiny bit of what the Divas do every Thursday morning during their 1-hour radio show on HomeGrownRadioNJ.com
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
although we do everything we can to minimize any negative impact environmentally, printing the magazine is the least 'green' of our outlets. but, we both feel strongly about the need for a tangible product to hold onto and read. maybe we are old-fashioned, but we both still like a good magazine for varying reasons.
the wide variety of ages in our demographic range is one of the reasons we are a multi-media company. we know as well as anyone in this business that there is a huge shift to electronic broadcasting and the younger among us is already there.
this is forcing those of us weaned on print media to start thinking, writing, and editing in smaller bits of information. our editorial attention span is shrinking rapidly. (you can see why i love this blogging thing - don't feel the 300-500 word count constraint here).
jen and i both have a resistance to giving up the print concept, even though it would be soooooooo much easier on us in so many ways. perhaps it represents a loss of some editorial structure or integrity that just don't seem to exist in the same way on the web.
sometimes what we want to say or what needs to be shared can't be said well or distributed effectively through an electronic-only platform.
we were ranting about this friday, when jen came up with a brilliant concept - slow publishing. we are both supporters of the slow food movement and think that in many ways there could be a parellel. the most glaring analogy being slowing down enough to appreciate what is presented and how it nourishes us, where it comes from and how it came into being.
can we really do this when are reading things in 'txt msg' sized bytes of information boiled down to 3-letter initial-cap phrases, like LOL, TTYL, BRB . . . if you want to know what these mean, talk to one of your teenage children or friends. we're eliminating full words, vowels, and of course capital letters in many cases (yes, i'm one of THOSE folks that loves to stream-write casually - guilty.).
not that these things don't have a place and aren't part of an innovate move towards some positive aspects of a new information age, but do we have to let go of everything from the old school? and does it mean i'm old because i still like to read those long, and mostly thought-provoking articles in the New York Times Magazine on sundays (even if it takes me a couple of days to finish them!)?
so much of what we talk about when we share ideas for practical sustainable living is a return to common sense or more traditional ways of doing things, which so often was a simpler and less wasteful way of being. when my grandmother used to carefully and painfully slowly unwrap a gift so that she could fold up the wrapping paper and reuse it, it wasn't becuase she was concerned for trees or the impact of paper production or global warming. it was because she came from a generation that didn't waste because they didn't have the money or these items just weren't as easy to come by as they are today.
okay, enough for now.
how do you feel about 'slow publishing'?
Friday, January 25, 2008
today, i opened a package from West Paw Deisgn, who are creating durable products for pets from environmentally sustainable manufacturing materials and processes.
i've gotten cool pet products before, but as soon as i opened these, i saw that one was for woody (the golden retriever boy), and one was for spooky (cool black cat). it took them all of 30 seconds to get into action . . .
i'm sure there is catnip in this one!
woody was equally enamored with his and grabbed it AND spooky's toy and within 2 minutes had the squeaker out of his and most of the stuffing pulled out. he likes to pull it all apart and sleep with it - almost like a nest. he will carry around the shell for months (if it doesn't get too nasty, in which case we eliminate it when he isn't looking - i know cruel, but hey, he has others, believe me!).
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
i tried to act disinterested, but i got caught up in the frenzy as we screamed, lept from our seats, grumbled and yelled at the coaches about how they should do it.
anyone that knows me, knows that i am as true a peacenik as anyone, but i also come from a father who was a phenomenal athlete and who would've played professional football (he was recruited from Colgate) had he not done his patriotic duty by heading off to WWII instead.
so, being a woman of diverse and complex interests, i can't deny my excitement.
jen and i were quoted several times in a great story about green business in the Daily Record today. while ripping apart the newspaper to find our 'cover' story for their new special business section, i came across a piece about the greening of the superbowl. this intrigued me, so i decided to check it out on the official Superbowl 42 website.
must be some monsterous offsets, and they'll need to plant thousands of trees to offset the carbon output!
glad they are making some effort, but not sure if this might not qualify as an example of 'greenwashing'. especially when it is used for marketing/promotional purposes.
what do you think?
Saturday, January 19, 2008
seems that no matter what time of year or the weather conditions, there is something magical that occurs when i suit up and march out to the nearest wooded path (sans iPod) to get some fresh air and a fresh perspective on things.
despite the cold, muddy/icy conditions, i've been out twice in the last two days - tells you something about my condition!
this morning as i was crunching along on the iced-over mud trying to get into the spirit of this little journey without breaking my neck, i realized how little i have done this since last fall.
as i tried to clear my mind, which seemed a useless effort, i started considering what good medicine this walking in nature has always been for me. sometimes i resist it, but once i get there, i always feel some of the burdens of life lighten up as does my perspective on everything.
i ruminated on the fact that while i felt 'down' or 'sad' or even god-forbid 'depressed' during difficult times in my life, i had somehow found strength through various healthy practices (spiritual connection, good friends, exercise, nature, chocolate . . . ). more than once, well-meaning doctor types have tried to convince me that pharmaceuticals could 'help' me get through these times.
it's been tempting. i've had some serious losses, but i've been fortunate not to encounter anything other than what i consider to be situational or normal depression during these times.
i started to think about how completely depressing our culture really is! no wonder all these anti-depressant drugs are so popular. yes, we have more material things than almost anyone on earth, but our spiritual, emotional, mental state seems to be constantly under threat of broadcasted negativity and fear. i think we are a culture that is so caught up in avoiding the truth about certain things and the pain we'd have to feel to accept it that we just keep running in various ways to push it aside - don't feel, don't think, don't stop. it occurs to me that the boom in the pharmaceutical culture makes sense.
i'm not saying that medicine hasn't saved lives or isn't appropriate for some folks, but i do think we as a society are always looking for the quick and easy way to avoid facing our collective and personal realities. i know i'm guilty of it sometimes, but sometimes i find that going back to basics and good old fashioned common sense helps me get back to some sense of balance in the midst of all the chaos. the woods and nature help me with that. puts me in touch with something more enduring than the fleeting images electronically blasted my way.
the rocks and trees sometimes reflect some sadness from pollution that is affecting them, but other than that, they are a quiet steady reminder that there is life despite the illusion of winter or stockmarkets falling or war or epidemics of obesity and sickness or cancer. somehow nature just keeps chugging along.
i pick up on this and it helps me to realize that i too can keep chugging along.
so, make some time to go out and acknowledge some nature today. good medicine.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Welcome to our crazy, multi-media world. Jen and I are broadcasting a good deal of our personal lives as we strive for sustainability through our professional lives with Relevant Times. Okay, so the bi-monthly print magazine is a production deal that is like giving birth every two months (we can both testify to that as mothers of 5 kids between us!). We've been operating on passion, fumes, and amazing good will on the part of many supporters (incuding our weary and underpaid staff).
We're trying to focus more attention on this very expansive (and more sustainable, less carbon output) electronic world. Have you seen our website? RelevantTimes.com. Our fab interactive team has done an amazing job and even more amazing, they have trained us to do most of this on our own now - watch out world!
So, we're planning on updating the website a few times per week and doing more with stuff like this. Sign up for the eNews Updates and we'll keep you posted about some of our interesting guests for the radio show and our latest TV interviews too!
Jen and I really want to interact with more of you. So . . . Post away! Let us know what you want to talk about and what you care about.
We certainly have stuff to say.