This summer I’ve spent a good deal of time upstate in the Catskills where my boyfriend manages a 2,000-acre estate. (Two and a half times the size of Central Park!) This Gilded Age estate includes a once grand 20,000-sq-ft mansion and riding stables. Needless to say, it’s paradise for me, Nature Gal. The abundant wildlife (including bobcat and bear), fresh air, pure spring water and total lack of light pollution has me ‘blissed out in the boonies.’ I believe nature is our ultimate healer, which is the reason I incorporate all things natural into my design work. And I have never felt healthier or happier in my whole life than I have this summer, enveloped in this magical kingdom.
If it’s late morning or mid-afternoon where you are, chances are that you’ve already had at least one fleeting thought about dinner tonight. You may be picturing a juicy steak, a tender pork roast or a golden, baked chicken. I doubt that many of you dream about a steaming plate of stink beetles, leeches or cave spiders.
I will never forget the day I explained to my then four-year-old son that steak is really cow. First he cried, then he asked why we don’t eat dogs like our lab Lewis, or at least the lost dogs at the pound. I didn’t have a very good answer for that one. Which really got me thinking.
I was a lousy vegetarian.
Though I enjoyed being able to look a cow straight in the eye, the truth is I missed burgers. And steak. And, occasionally, roast beef.
But, hard as it may be to believe, it isn’t our gas-guzzlers that are the biggest climate culprits, it’s the gas emitters. As in cow burps and farts.
It was slightly more than a year ago that a tech-savvy friend convinced me to add a blog function to my website. And a further three months until I could post my entries without him walking me through the process. To call me a Luddite is to be generous.
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