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Exchange Your Rush for Hush

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | March 15th, 2013 | No Comments
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Recently, my husband Andy and I were jolted out of deep sleep at 5 am by a huge CRASH. We jumped out of bed to investigate (with me grabbing slippers and a flashlight). I assumed a bear had climbed onto the front porch table to get at the bird suet (not the first time).

As the only humans living on a two-thousand-acre estate, we are surrounded by wildlife and are accustomed to myriad nature sounds. Many nights we listen to the primal howls of coyotes, which I love. (Sometimes I even howl along with them!) We know our seasonal birds by their calls and occasionally hear an owl in the night whoo-whoo-whooing.

As an auditory person and lifelong environmentalist, this is heaven for me. It was just a short time ago I needed a sound machine (of nature!) to help me sleep in New York City, with all of its jarring, man-made sounds. (I swear the garbage trucks have amplifier speakers.)

It’s no wonder the number-one complaint of city dwellers is noise. Chronic, debilitating noise is more than just an annoyance — it plays a huge factor in our quality of life. Studies confirm that noise and stress are closely related to our health, and I am always surprised that more people don’t plug their ears (like I do) when a subway car rambles by.

What we hear transforms our brains and our lives. That’s why it’s critical to take control over your ‘personal soundscape.’ Customize your home environment as you would a beautiful soundtrack to create a haven of soothing sounds (and sights and smells). Here are a few tips to do that:

8 Nature Outings to Celebrate the Solstice Full Moon

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | December 17th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Arkansas, boulder, calendar, California, Colorado Springs, Cropseyville, cruise, flashlight, Frog Bayou, full moon, Garden of the Gods, Laguna Beach, Lake Fort Smith, Lake Tahoe, Long Island, lunar event, Mountainburg, nature, New York, night hike, Oklahoma, Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Sawhill Ponds, skiing, snowshoeing, Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, state park, The Old Farmer's Almanac, Winter-Solstice

Full moon over the lake

‘Tis the season when many cultures and traditions herald the return of the light into the dark winter world — and this year’s winter solstice promises to do that in a big way, with a full moon on Dec. 21.

Since 1793, when The Old Farmer’s Almanac began tracking heavenly events and seasonal changes, the moon has been full on the first day of winter just nine times.

Eco-Accessories for Weekend Getaways

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | May 21st, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: flashlight, no-BPA-water-bottles, solar-powered, water-purifier

Nothing heralds the start of summer like the long Memorial Day weekend. If you’re headed for the mountains or desert, to camp or hike or otherwise soak up late spring’s backcountry beauty, take a look at a few eco-minded travel gadgets to make your nature escape simpler and less impactful on whatever corner of the planet you’re off to. For that matter, some of these will serve you equally well in urban environments, too.