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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.

Coming Out of the Closet: Confessions of a Fashion Junkie

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | December 15th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living

fashionjunkie

Composting with worms? Bring it on. Leaving the car and taking my bike? My pleasure. Eating hormone-free, antibiotic-less, locally-raised meat? Yum, yum.

But forsake fashion? Toss my trend-addiction? Lighten my carbon footprint by giving up shoes? I’d sooner give up exhaling.