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Raising My (Almost) Teen to Be Green

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | May 21st, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Healthy Eating

Teen Going GreenMy daughter loves anything that comes individually wrapped. She adores new clothes. She’s mad about electronics. And has never met a nail polish she doesn’t crave.

She takes 40-minute showers. Hot.

She groans at the prospect of riding her bike to school. Begs to go to the mall with her friends.

These Feet Were Made for Walking

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 30th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living, Personal Growth

A woman's feet walking on grass

My feet have served me well.

Although I wasn’t an early walker, I have always been an enthusiastic one. Family lore has it that I was tied like a dog to a stake in the backyard because I was such a dedicated wanderer. Living close to a river meant that my trailblazing could lead me to trouble, so my mother kept me tethered. I maintain that she could have simply kept an eye on me but, it being the ’60s and all, perhaps that would have cut into her cigarettes and activism.

Planting a Seed of Eco-Change

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 12th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living

A friend recently confided in me that she, too, was increasingly alarmed by news of climate change, water shortages, chemicals in our kids’ toys — letting me know she was prepared to take action. From now on, she announced triumphantly, she planned to reuse gift bags. “And if people think that means I can’t afford new ones, well … that’s fine.”

Kick the Calendar Campaigns to the Curb

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | March 29th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Green Living

CalendarI love a party. No matter my advancing age, a birthday is cause for celebration. Though I officially celebrate Christmas, count me in for Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa or Chinese New Year or, heck, pretty much anything that involves food and merriment.

3 Tips for an Eco Family Vacation

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | March 12th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

Family on an Eco-vacationMy main goal at 12 years of age was to own a pair of plastic mouse ears, a salute to Mickey Mouse. Of course, this would require a vacation to Disney World, something every kid in my neighborhood had achieved. Getting there was possible … but sure looked unlikely. My parents, you see, saw no point in traveling to a fantasy world when the real world was so fantastical. I never did acquire that mouse-ear crown.

Making Everyday Moments Zen Moments

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | March 10th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

Woman at PeaceI dream of a meditation retreat. But, with three high-energy children, three dogs, three cats, a rabbit, an absent-minded husband and a career guiding others to mindful living and travel, that dream remains a long way off. Peace, for now, often comes in the form of clean sheets and a soft pillow each night. I’ve learned, however, that in order to be my best, I need to seek out those Zen moments. Those all-too-fleeting times in my busy day when I get filled from within. When all else falls away and there’s only me. In the moment.

Put Mother Nature to Work Feeding Your Family

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 19th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Healthy Eating

My grandfather, not one given to understatement, frequently declared many modern-day foods to be “poison” and dismissed them with a wave of his hand. Among the offenders? Margarine (“anything that doesn’t freeze at freezing temperatures isn’t right…”). Pam cooking spray (“work of the devil!”). Whipped cream in an aerosol (“Unnatural!”).

I can only imagine his response to today’s offerings.

Should You Use Fruit and Veggie Wash?

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 4th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating

Get good-looking strawberries like this with a homemade fruit and veggie wash

It’s not that my mind isn’t teeming with important thoughts. It is. I read literature. I watch documentaries. I bandy about intellectual ideas with my Ph.D.-waving friends.

But that doesn’t seem to stop my mind from obsessing about the little things.

For example, just this morning I was picking up a few things at the market. I noticed a bottle – from an eco-conscious company – of fruit and veggie wash.

Learning to Be Me

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | January 25th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships

BeingMeWeb

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. —Joseph Campbell
Just be yourself. —Mom

Advice like this always baffled me. Who was I being if not myself? After all, what choice did I have? All the good personalities – Joan of Arc, Jane Austen, Wonder Woman – were already gone. I was stuck being me, like it or not.

6 Simple Pearls of Wisdom to Learn from a Yoga Instructor

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | January 19th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

beautiful brunette yoga instructor

Karen, my yoga instructor, doesn’t claim to offer answers. Actually, she’s more of an “ask a question” type of instructor, consistently encouraging each of us to look within for wisdom.