Category: Health

Living amid Wireless Devices

Living amid Wireless Devices

When the topic of cellphone safety arises, common responses harken back to grade school – stopping just short of the fingers-over-ears intonation “I can’t HEAR you!” Our addiction to these captivating devices is not...

Eating for a Healthier Earth

Eating for a Healthier Earth

Lose weight. Exercise daily. Save more. It’s that time of year when holiday to-do lists morph into new year’s resolutions. Self-improvement goals are worthy, but it’s time to think bigger. Fortunately, there’s a resolution...

Breaking the Idling Habit

Breaking the Idling Habit

The easiest paths to sustainability offer multiple benefits – helping the environment while benefiting health and finances. Businesses refer to the “triple bottom line” when choosing options that simultaneously enhance people, profits and planet....

Treasures of the Dark

Treasures of the Dark

To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, And find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, And is traveled by dark feet and dark wings. — Wendell Berry In movies, books and...

Time Out: Why Kids Need More–Not Less–Recess

Time Out: Why Kids Need More–Not Less–Recess

Imagine yourself in a workplace, doing a 6.5-hour shift in a room with upwards of 20 other workers. The windows are rarely opened and the HVAC system is subpar. You must ask your supervisor’s...

Chemical Fragrances May Prove Hazardous to Health

Chemical Fragrances May Prove Hazardous to Health

Clean sheets dried in the sun bring all the freshness of the northwest wind billowing into one’s pillowcase. Unfortunately, that’s not what most people breathe in as they slide between freshly washed sheets. Laundry...

A Breath of Fresh Air?

A Breath of Fresh Air?

Every day, we breathe in the legacy of the 1970 Clean Air Act. Thanks in large measure to Maine Senator Edmund Muskie, that far-reaching legislation passed by a vote of 375 to 1 in...

Create a Thriving Backyard Community

Create a Thriving Backyard Community

See your yard as habitat, not lawn. Landscape planners encourage us to visualize the area around our homes in terms of rooms that act as external living spaces. If we extend this idea, going...