What's Intresting

Pure Green Plaid

There’s nothing more fetching than a ruggedly handsome man in a little tartan kilt. The original 007, Sean Connery, is a grand example. Great Scot! May I fasten that giant safety pin for you, Mr. Bond? I’m personally mad about plaid, probably because I wore so many wool jumpers as […]

Being Bike-Curious

Do you have romantic daydreams of transporting your farm-fresh groceries home in a wicker basket attached to your bike’s handlebars? How about laughing at the stressed-out commuters as you whiz past them on your speedy road bike? If you answered yes, you might be bike-curious. There are plenty of excuses […]

The Key to My Eco-Heart

Last Sunday after brunch, my friend and I hit Melrose for window shopping, and there it was: a white porcelain key hanging from the neck of a very hip woman. There it swung, elegantly and simply by a thin, black leather cord. Now, I’ve done my eco-homework. Porcelain falls into […]

The Tuscan Table and Magnificent Morocco with Peggy Markel

Are you yearning to get on a plane to a beautiful, exotic place where you can learn to cook – and properly indulge in – slow, delicious, authentic local food? Peggy Markel is a peripatetic artisan goddess and Slow Food leader who hosts cooking tours to Morocco and Italy. She’s […]

Green Consumers Impressed by Results, not Promises

The Greenwashers are scrambling. That’s the conclusion reached by the State Of Green Business Report 2008 (pdf), produced by Greener World Media (edited by Joel Makower). The report surveyed the so-called greening up of the top corporations in the U.S. We have a long way to go, and despite progress […]

An Eco Tweet

I love birds. (Quite a bit.) I don’t mean to have and to hold. I don’t enjoy poultry and the only pet bird I’ve ever known was my aunt’s cockatiel, Rosie, and it’s fair to say we despised each other with a loathing usually reserved for siblings. But I love […]

The New Hunter Gatherers: Urban Foragers

My heart was nearly broken last summer when I noticed that a family member’s plum tree was so heavily laden with fruit that hundreds of beautiful plums were rotting on the ground. I decided to harvest the entire tree. Since one person can only make so much jam and I […]

Tribal Style Treasures

I’m not entirely sure what to make of Mayan mythology that has the cosmic calendar coming to an end in 2012, but in the meantime, there’s work to be done. Poverty and lack of education and opportunity are probably greater threats to the people of Guatemala. You can help by […]

Dream a Little Dress

Week of the Dress This time of year brings about daydreams of sunny vacations – sipping a margarita poolside in Mexico or strolling the clean, quiet streets of Bermuda. These fantasies conjure up images of light, flowing dresses. And then it begins: your real-life hunt for the perfect sundress. This […]

Rockin' It Manly

Menswear inspired eco suit jackets? Heck yeah! But I’m not talking Miami Vice pastels, I’m talking the tailored and the rocker – definitely a worthy wardrobe staple you should be considering. Why? Because it’s a versatile piece that will always be there for you at the office, for cocktail parties […]

Foodie Underground: Give ‘Em Something to Tweet About

The fact that Twitter changed the food cart movement is no news; foodies consume deals and specials from dining entrepreneurs like they’re candy. But the micro-blogging site hasn’t just become a guerrilla marketing tool to get the word out about tacos and tempeh, it’s becoming a source of foodie inspiration. […]

The Dish on Handcrafted Functional Pottery

Collecting functional pottery is one of the most charming ways to indulge your artisan sensibilities, and it’s a full-on trend these days. Start with this great article by journalist Mary Chao in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle for ideas on starting your collection of handcrafted dishes and serving pieces. Mixing […]

Signs You Suffer from Cyberaddiction

My name is Luanne and I’m a webaholic. Okay, now you say “Hi, Luanne” cause you should probably be in a meeting, too. If you’re like me, you’d wear a cyber patch if there was one on the market. For instance, right now the old cat is howling cause she’s […]

Don't Let the Muumuus Get You Down

One of the hottest fashion trends this spring is the so-called tunic. Unfortunately, when I hear that word my eyes roll back in my head and all I can visualize is the floral muumuu my mom wore on our trip to Hawaii in 1973. Despite that, I decided I wouldn’t […]

What's New

Foodie Underground: From Trendy to Tradition

ColumnWhy we have to stop thinking of the “foodie” movement as a trend. Luxury continues to inspire the culinary world, and its eager diners. From $3,000 dinner reservations to a select list of the world’s 50 best restaurants, the top tier of the food chain is elevating the art of […]

The Rise of Geoengineering: Smart? Safe? Too Easy?

Though the it’s-too-late set seems to be growing, most scientists agree that when it comes to human-induced climate change, there are solutions. Most of these solutions are ambitious. Some, in fact, might be too ambitious – and perhaps too dangerous on a number of fronts. Geoengineering is exactly what it […]

Foodie Underground: Give ‘Em Something to Tweet About

The fact that Twitter changed the food cart movement is no news; foodies consume deals and specials from dining entrepreneurs like they’re candy. But the micro-blogging site hasn’t just become a guerrilla marketing tool to get the word out about tacos and tempeh, it’s becoming a source of foodie inspiration. […]

Checking in With the Home Team: You Still Down With Science?

One of my favorite Charles Darwin quotes is from The Descent of Man: “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” Sadly, it appears that lately there are a lot of confident people out there when it comes to knowing what’s real in this universe and what’s not. And science and […]

Hot Right Now