Stories

What’s Earth Day Got To Do With Anything?

What’s Earth Day Got To Do With Anything?

Photo by: University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability The problem with old people is that they act as if they’ve seen it all. I see that, too. Earth Day is upon us and social media fills our screens with calls to action against all sorts of...

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Humans in Our Food Book Press Release

Humans in Our Food Book Press Release

“Robyn Metcalfe—one of the world’s leading experts on food supply chains—shines a bright light on the humanity that is often invisible in our food system. As delicious as it is detailed, Humans in Our Food is a must-read for anyone who cares about the past, present,...

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Stories from Past Invasions

Stories from Past Invasions

Stories From Past Invasions - August 1968. In 1968, I arrived in Prague on the same day as Russian tanks filled the city square. As I watched Russian tanks invade Ukraine, I couldn’t help remembering the faces of the Czech families in the streets the day the Russians...

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Who will tell your story?

Who will tell your story?

My February began in Guatemala, a country I first visited in 1958 when the country was on the verge of civil war. Decades of war and unrest followed and it wasn’t until 1996 that Guatemala returned to a peaceful, civilian government. During my visit, I visited a Mayan...

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Quarantined in Barbados

Quarantined in Barbados

While quarantined in Barbados as the country’s health officials considered the multiple COVID tests we took to pass just one night in transit in the country…I discovered this wall with a dazzling display of lighting options. Flipping those switches must punctuate the...

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Coming Together For Good

Coming Together For Good

Are you familiar with the origins of Parmesan cheese? In the 17th century, Samuel Pepys buried his cheese in the ground surrounding his house, perhaps in his garden, as a way to protect a precious asset. Parmesan cheese was and still is considered a valuable...

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Making Sense of Senses

Making Sense of Senses

After a quick visit back to Maine this month, I felt the seasonal transition through the sights and smells along my morning run. It was cold: 30 degrees feels bitter cold when you arrive from Austin, Texas where the morning temperatures plummet to 50 degrees. The cold...

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The Convergence of Art & Science

The Convergence of Art & Science

This summer while in Maine, I changed my running route to head south instead of north along our rocky coastline. Early morning, just after a short espresso and a skim of news headlines and some spiritual reflection time. Out the door, a mix of walking hills and...

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Owls Head, 100-year birthday party

Owls Head, 100-year birthday party

Country roads can take you home to where you belong and recently, the residents of Owls Head had a homecoming of their own to celebrate 100 years of this town. Locked up in their homes during the pandemic, scattered by the constraints of mask mandates, the partygoers...

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The Art of Cheese

The Art of Cheese

Have you ever done a live cheese tasting through Zoom? 🧀🧐 Since I’ve been working on my upcoming documentary related to cheese, Shelf Life, I’ve had many opportunities to partake in some (tasty) research for the film. And one piece of my research included a live...

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