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California Dreaming: Why I Heart the Ocean

The west coast of the United States is truly a venerable landscape. So often, I travel by plane and forget at times what I miss when flying over the country, rather than driving across it. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’m currently on a month long road trip […]

Tons of Trash: Tour America’s Largest Landfills

Beyond the smell and decay, landfills are considered modern archeology sites, collections of discarded items that give clues to the lifestyles of those who used them. In fact, Harvard-trained archeologist Bill Rathje recently told the LA Times, “The best time capsule in the world is a landfill.” But that time […]

Get Your Goat!

Got goats? If not, there’s a family-owned and operated grazing service in Orinda, California that will deliver to you a South American shepherd, Border Collie and trained herd to graze your ranch or yard. Used primarily for fuel mitigation, star thistle eradication and reducing pesky hillside brush, the livestock comes […]

Roadtripping Across America: Nebraska to California

Fashion writer Johanna Björk continues her drive from New York City to Ojai, California, eating good food the entire way. During the first part of my six day roadtrip across America, I made it through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and about half of Nebraska, all […]

Health Care Reform – For Our Pets?

California’s Democratic state Assemblyman Dave Jones recently introduced a health care reform bill. Nothing surprising about that, right? Health care reform is all the rage these days. But this bill targets the insurers who sell policies that cover our furry friends. According to The North American Pet Health Insurance Association, […]

Health Care Reform – For Our Pets?

California’s Democratic state Assemblyman Dave Jones recently introduced a health care reform bill. Nothing surprising about that, right? Health care reform is all the rage these days. But this bill targets the insurers who sell policies that cover our furry friends. According to The North American Pet Health Insurance Association, […]

Hall of Fame

Is it possible to make great California wine in an unfriendly environment? Not according to Hall St. Helena, the first winery in California to achieve Gold LEED Certification. LEED is an internationally-recognized green rating system that measures how well a building or community does in its efforts to save energy […]

California Water Issues Divide Farmers, Fishers, and Urban Dwellers

If you’ve ever seen the movie Chinatown, in which private investigator Jake Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson) stumbles upon a gigantic water scandal in the course of investigating an adultery case in Los Angeles, then you know that California’s water issues go way back. Water is contentious here because we […]

Health Care Reform – For Our Pets?

California’s Democratic state Assemblyman Dave Jones recently introduced a health care reform bill. Nothing surprising about that, right? Health care reform is all the rage these days. But this bill targets the insurers who sell policies that cover our furry friends. According to The North American Pet Health Insurance Association, […]

EcoMeme: The New ‘Niners & Gold Rush

First Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, now gold diggers have upset environmentalists and economists. It’s been like 1849 online with blogs abuzz over gold prices, prospectors and water use in California. The precious metal is priced at a record dollar high now, thanks in part to China and India snapping […]

Get Your Goat!

Got goats? If not, there’s a family-owned and operated grazing service in Orinda, California that will deliver to you a South American shepherd, Border Collie and trained herd to graze your ranch or yard. Used primarily for fuel mitigation, star thistle eradication and reducing pesky hillside brush, the livestock comes […]

California Water Issues Divide Farmers, Fishers, and Urban Dwellers

If you’ve ever seen the movie Chinatown, in which private investigator Jake Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson) stumbles upon a gigantic water scandal in the course of investigating an adultery case in Los Angeles, then you know that California’s water issues go way back. Water is contentious here because we […]

EcoMeme: The New ‘Niners & Gold Rush

First Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, now gold diggers have upset environmentalists and economists. It’s been like 1849 online with blogs abuzz over gold prices, prospectors and water use in California. The precious metal is priced at a record dollar high now, thanks in part to China and India snapping […]

Roadtripping Across America: Nebraska to California

Fashion writer Johanna Björk continues her drive from New York City to Ojai, California, eating good food the entire way. During the first part of my six day roadtrip across America, I made it through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and about half of Nebraska, all […]

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Cell Phones and Cancer: Berkeley Wants Warning Labels

Cell phones have been worrisome for quite some time now because of fears that they cause brain cancer. As a result, Berkeley is attempting to be the first city in the nation to require cell phone packaging carry a warning label. Are cell phones and cancer a real risk? “Cell […]

Myrrhia Knitwear Sustainably Made in California

Designer Myrrhia Resneck’s Spring 2013 collection features elegant, flattering, edgy knitwear, sustainably made in California. One important part of sustainable fashion is local manufacturing, and it can still be challenging to have a fully “Made in the U.S.” fashion line. Oakland-based knitwear designer Myrrhia Resneck of Myrrhia Fine Knitwear has […]

6 of America’s Coolest Trees

Explore a forest. Remember the Lorax who spoke for the trees? As colorful as they may be,Truffula Trees have nothing on the ones in our own backyard. These six magnificent trees would leave even the Lorax speechless — and you don’t have to venture into a Dr. Suess book to find […]

Cinco de Mayo: More Nachos than Nostalgia

We’re celebrating what? Leslie and Steven Ticktin are gearing up for their annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta in San Francisco, ordering the taco truck and buying the beer and tequila to entertain their social circle – parents clad in peasant shirts  and sombreros and munching on cheesy nachos as they […]

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