Sustainability Challenge – Week 7

Can you guess the biggest hurdle for people who flirt with the idea of minimalism? The potential loss of social status and fear of what others might think when they give up their status symbols. A minimalistic way of life is not for everyone. De-cluttering and simplifying our lives, on the other hand, is good for every person. As in the first 6 weeks, we will look at simple action steps that can easily be implemented in your daily life. Less is more Basic exercise New season, new cloth? The newest smartphone? A better TV? There are so many material things we would like to have. Take a minute this… Read More

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Plastic Waste found in Deep Sea Creatures

No place on earth is safe from our plastic garbage. As reported by the Independent, scientists could document remainders of plastic waste in deep sea creatures. Both, macro- and micro-plastics were found in creatures living in the deepest part of the sea. Plastic waste in deep sea Deep sea means nearly 7 miles depth. Scientists of the University of Newcastle collected deep-sea organisms in six of the deepest parts of the sea. They examined 90 creatures and found plastic particles in nearly all of them. Including nylon, polyamide, parts of plastic bottles, packing material, semi-synthetic cellulose fiber.   Contamination of the last untouched place on earth We know less about… Read More

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Texas Shooting: Division or Bridges?

These days I am often shocked by what I see on my timelines. Mainly Twitter, the site I am most active. Hate speech. One camp adores a guy who makes fun of a disabled reporter and calls unattractive women “pigs” while the other camp makes as spiteful “fun” about a president who cannot think very well and possesses a fair amount of potential for jokes about his looks himself. “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.”–Albert Camus A country divided What I want to share with you today is a commentary I just came across on my go-to site: Der Spiegel The commentary is not… Read More

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How Monsanto Lies About Cancer Risk

Yesterday, I told someone that in order to be able to help people and fight unfairness, we have to conserve our energy, pick our fights carefully and push away “heavy thoughts” at times. And that is true. As you all know, Monsanto is a company with such horrible business ethics that they are one of my top “picks”. There are companies so rotten that you’d think nothing could further tarnish their reputation. In the case of Monsanto, no matter how low your expectations already were, emails that were made public by court order will shock you. Internal memos reveal Monsanto’s Glyphosate tactics The emails and more are available at (scroll down… Read More

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This Present Moment, Frankly, Sucks!

Guest Post by Nicole Chardenet Nicole caught my eye after reading some of her outspoken, thought-provoking yet entertaining pieces. I know you’ll love her just as I do. I am happy and proud to present: Mindfulness teaches us to live in this present moment which is the only moment we have. Unfortunately, what I was mostly mindful of this summer is how much this present moment really annoys the crap out of me! We had a lot of rain in Toronto. The jet stream decided to summer over southern Ontario this year which led to a cooler, greyer season preceded by a boatload of rain in the spring that shut… Read More

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Why am I so angry?

Why am I so angry? I am very angry. The world is becoming a snakepit full of violence and hate. Are you angry too? Deplorable Mitch Mitch is getting ready. He puts on his Lakers shirt, a pair of baggy Jeans and his “Make America great again” cap. He’ll meet with friends to have a few beers (local brew!) and some “real talk.” MAGA. That slogan resonates with him. Like many generation X people, he has less than his elders. Threats everywhere. Illegals, gays, black people, Islam, terrorists, feminists. Threats everywhere. His house is under foreclosure. The house where he saw his two kids grow up. Where he spent many… Read More

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How social media makes lonely

Is it true? Social media makes lonely? But, perhaps not? John joined Facebook in 2011. He was a guy who never had a ton of friends but Facebook changed that. John now has over 700 friends. Every time he posts something many people like and share his posts. So much love for John. Patricia lives on Instagram. People love her travel pictures. Each of her posts receives between 300 and 900 likes. Sometimes people ask her how they can become as popular. Andrew has been single ever since his beloved wife died back in 2012. He is a shy guy and never got back into the dating game. That has… Read More

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War of Wrists – Apple vs Fashion World

The war of wrists has just begun At first, the fashion industry was not interested in getting into the smart watch market. But now they want a piece of the pie. Especially brand names who serve the mass market are pushing and they are not willing to leave the field to Apple.   Apple vs Fashion world Smart watches have been celebrated as the next big thing, a winner. When sales numbers failed to live up to expectations, they were considered a flop. As often, the truth is somewhere in between. Consumers were not as willing to let go of their classic wrist watches as expected. Yet, smart watches are… Read More

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Sustainability Challenge – Week 6

The Carnivore Challenge This 10-week sustainability training focuses on changes that are easy to implement into everyday life. They neither require a lot of time or other investments. At the same time, you will help the environment. This is the 6th challenge. I stopped eating meat many years ago. There are several reasons to reduce meat consumption or switch to a vegetarian, vegan, or pescatarian lifestyle. As part of our sustainability challenge, we will only look at the impact of meat consumption on our environment. Meat is a polarizing topic: for a lot of people, it’s easy to eat less. Because they don’t like it. Or because they are grossed… Read More

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