Growing Tropical Fruit Indoors

I LOVE the smell of citrus blossoms, especially in my house, in the winter. And I love tropical fruit. When I lived in South Florida I had three kinds of Brazilian cherries growing in my yard- the Grumichama (my favorite), the Cherry of the Rio Grande, and a Jabuticaba. I also had a Barbados Cherry. Did I mention, I love cherries?

Lessons Learned from Hurricanes & Connecting Climate Dots

 

When I left Florida five years ago, hurricanes weren’t high on my list of reasons why. It was more the rat race; the traffic, the cost of living, the apathy, and oh yeah, no more hurricanes.

Living in South Florida for over twenty years, I’d seen a lot of hurricanes. Most notably was Hurricane Andrew, a cat… Continue reading

Are Catastrophic Weather Events the New Normal?

 

There are a lot of words being used to describe Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath; unprecedented, historic, catastrophic, one-in-500, one-in-1000, costliest natural disaster in US history. You get the idea; Harvey’s devastation was massive and on a scale that is hard to wrap our brains around.

I even heard one stat that said we’ve had 10 1/1000… Continue reading

Before the Flood, Getting Out of Florida

 

I spoke with my friend Robin this week. Robin lives in Miami Shores, a mostly upper-middle class neighborhood located in Miami Dade county. It’s near the causeway that takes you to the beach. Robin was born on Miami Beach; she’s a native.

On our call, Robin recounted a conversation she recently had with a friend who lives on… Continue reading

My Grandfather was a Coal Miner

My Grandfather Was a Coal Miner

My grandfather, “Sam”, immigrated to America from southern Italy in the early 1900s. He served in the US Army during the first world war. My mom remembers him putting on his best suit and walking for miles to cast his vote on election day. He loved his adopted homeland.

Back in his mountain origin of Bocchigliero, he was a… Continue reading

A Fool with a Plan Can Beat a Genius with No Plan

A Fool With A Plan

It was late 2008 and everyone in the room laughed as billionaire T. Boone Pickens retold this story from his college years. His father, concerned with Boone’s lack of direction in choosing a major told him;
“Listen son, a fool with a plan can beat a genius with no plan. And your mother and I have a concern that

The Anthropocene and the Fierce Urgency of Now

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”   — Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s About Saving Ourselves

change“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo

Lately, people have been emphasizing that the climate movement is really about saving ourselves.

Yes, I agree.  The problem is with humanity; it’s a crisis of consciousness.

The symptoms  of this problem are… Continue reading

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