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Are Your Kids Addicted to Technology?

Susan Stiffelman by Susan Stiffelman | January 13th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: advice, cell phone, children, family, family life, iPad, tablets, technology, unplugging

boy and computer

Does this sound familiar? A reader wrote:

Once my sons are on the computer or playing video games, I can’t get them to come to dinner or practice piano. They say they aren’t hungry, or that they have to use the computer to do their homework. What can I do?

Signed,

Tech’s Taken Over

Bringing Back Departed Species: Is De-Extinction a Good Idea?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | April 19th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Arabian Oryx Sanctuary, burcado, Chinese river dolphins, climate change, clone, cloning, de-extinction, dinosaurs, DNA, Eco Travel, environment, ethics, extinct, extinction, frogs, gastric brooding frog, genetics, habitat, habitat destruction, harm to wildlife, Jurassic Park, loss of habitat, natural habitats, nature, oryx, passsenger pigeon, poaching, Pyrenean ibex, reintroduction of wildlife, science, species extinction, Tasmanian tiger, technology, wildlife poaching, woolly mammoth

Frog on a leaf

The image of the woolly mammoth, saber-toothed cat and dodo bird stepping out of a beaker on the cover of National Geographic’s April issue says it all. Science has found a way to bring back some long-extinct species — or at least, facsimiles of them.

In truth, the goat-like bucardo, or Pyrenean ibex, is the only extinct animal scientists have actually revived. In 2003, biologists managed to clone an offspring from frozen skin cells from the last survivor, which died in 2000. The clone, however, lived for only a few minutes after its birth. Since then, advances in cloning technology have made it possible to bring back any species if there is a remnant of DNA.

But with so many habitat pressures on the wild species that are already here and with so many on the brink of extinction, is bringing back those we’ve already lost a good idea?

The Hunger Games: Landmark for Millennials

Stephen Simon by Stephen Simon | March 29th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: apocalyptic, critic, death, Film, Gary Ross, generation, Hollywood, HOPE, hopeful, Jennifer Lawrence, millennials, movie, reality television, reality TV, Spiritual Cinema Circle, Suzanne Collins, technology, The Hunger Games, video games, violence, violent

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games is certainly the most frightening movie that I have ever seen … and, in a bizarre way, one of the most hopeful.

Even though it contains echoes of films such as 1984, Network and The Lord of The Flies, The Hunger Games is singularly unique in that it represents a very “right now” look at our celebrity-worshiping, violence-laden, reality-television culture, and it throws in some chilling warnings about the dangers of all-powerful government.

Having not read any of Suzanne Collins’ three books from which this film springs, my first impression upon hearing about the film’s central theme of a nationwide contest that pits 24 teenagers against each other in a fight to the death was ”Uh-oh, here we go again with the mindless violence…”

Computing with a Side of Green

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 21st, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: computer takeback program, computers, electronics, energy efficiency, EPEAT, green computers, green computing, green technology, how to recycle, laptops, phamtom load, phantom energy, phantom load, power strips, recycling, Smart Power Strip, technology

Green ComputersBy now, most greenies know that computers and their accessories are some of the biggest energy hogs in the home — and that improperly recycled electronics can easily end up in toxic dumps in developing countries.

Want to make sure you’re doing right by Mother Earth when it comes to computers? Follow these three steps to green computing:

Unplugged: How to Justify a Totally Offline Vacation

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | August 3rd, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: cell phones, e-mail, Eco Travel, facebook, family vacation, Internet, iPods, leave your technology behind, live in the moment, natural beauty, natural world, nature, offline, technology, vacation, wi-fi, wireless

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I knew I had a problem with my Facebook addiction when I kept thinking of last weekend’s camping trip as a series of status reports:

Wendy Worrall Redal

… swore she would not camp in a tent in the rain again, and here she is.

… can’t believe she spent the last two hours trying to get flames out of a smoking fire made with wet wood.

… thinks the finest aroma in the world is the scent of alpine firs.

… is amazed at the lush profusion of wildflowers in the meadow next to Long Lake.

Actually, by the time I went hiking to Long Lake, I had been away from digital technology altogether for 24 hours, and I wasn’t thinking in terms of my Facebook status by that point. But all those moments offered a telling realization: My daily life — my very psyche — is tethered to mobile digital technology.

Yoga Nidra for Kids: How to Help Your Kids Experience Bliss

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | September 29th, 2010 | 12 Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: ADD, ADHD, anxiety, calm, children, concentration, focus, kids, meditation, Michael Phelps, parenting, relaxation, sleep, stress-reducing, technology, visualization, yoga nidra

Little boy doing yogaMichael Phelps’ Olympic swimming success has made him the supernova of the swim world. Part of his winning came not just from his supremely fine-tuned physique, but also from a wise coach who taught Phelps as a child to fine-tune his mind through relaxation, meditation and visualization.

Should You Bring Your Cell Phone on My Nature Trip?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | November 18th, 2009 | 19 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: cell phone, Eco Travel, facebook, Internet, iPod, laptop, nature, nature travel, Out There in the Wild in a Wired Age, solitude, technology, Ted Kerosote, travel, unplugged, vacation, wilderness, wired world

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I won’t have a computer, an iPod or even a cell phone on my nature trip. So don’t e-mail, voicemail, Facebook or even try to call me. Don’t even phone me on a landline. I can’t be reached. When I travel, I purposely sever all lines of communication with my everyday life. I think you should, too. Because when you don’t, I get annoyed.

The “Gas” Station of the Future

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | September 9th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living, Green Tech | tags: cars, electric cars, electric vehicles, future, technology

Ford, Chevy, Nissan, and Mitsubishi have all announced plans to release fully electric cars in the coming years, which means we’re going to have to have charging stations available for about a million all-electric cars by 2014. So, how’s that going to work?

Good question. Here’s your cheat sheet on what they’re calling electric vehicle “smart charging.”

That Apple Could Power Your Home

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | July 21st, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Green Tech, Healthy Home | tags: apple, compost, energy, food scraps, Green Living, home, technology

Take a look at a pile of food scraps, and most eco-minded folks think “compost.” And sure enough, that’s a great way to recycle. (Or is it “reuse”?)

In any case, there’s another use for your rotting apple cores and moldering orange peels: Energy. A few municipalities have started setting up facilities to capture the biogas that escapes as organic matter decomposes and turn that gas into energy.

Technology in the Kitchen

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | February 17th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: food, kitchen tools, technology, utensils

A few weeks ago, the New York Times published an article about how cell phones have become an integral part of the cooking process — the modern day chef’s tool.