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Linda Buzzell, M.A., MFT is the co-editor with Craig Chalquist of the new
anthology Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, just released by Sierra Club Books (May 2009). She is a psychotherapist and ecotherapist in Santa Barbara, where she specializes in helping clients with career issues, financial challenges and the transition to a simpler, more sustainable and
nature-connected lifestyle.

Entries by Linda Buzzell

Passionate Green: It's Not Just the Temperature That Gets Intense

(4) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:53 PM

In the wake of Earth Day celebrations, this week I've run across a number of environmentally-themed articles that reveal a rising level not only of planetary warmth but also intense passion, despair and desperation about the rapid decline of our collective life support systems.

Wen Stephenson's scatalogical reaction...

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In Praise of Old Restaurant Ware

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 2:35 PM

Picture arriving at a mom and pop café in a small American town in the 1930s - 1950s. You drop in, slide into a booth and order breakfast. The coffee arrives in an instant, steaming in smallish, sturdy cups that can stand up to the tender mercies of ex-con dishwashers....

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Where's the Fire? (Or, Business as Usual)

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 3:05 PM

Disastrous, frigid storms have attacked the East Coast this winter, and in California we have had less rain than the Dead Sea zone in the Middle East, igniting fires in January. Our warming planet now has an open Arctic "freezer door," causing the jet stream to whip wildly north and...

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Nature's Winter Solstice Message

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 12:19 PM

The shortest day of the year is fast approaching in the Northern Hemisphere as we continue to tilt away from the sun. Nights lengthen. Daylight hours shrink. The warming power of the sun is weak. Plants and animals (including us) seek refuge from the cold. For some, the lack of...

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News Flash: Our Bodies Are Part of Nature!

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 12:33 PM

Duh. This sounds so obvious, doesn't it? But thanks to new research reported in The Scientist, we in the industrial West are finally catching up to the age-old wisdom of more earth-connected cultures.

Our doctor, a board-certified internist and osteopath, who also specializes in ayurvedic medicine, shared...

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What's Your Politically-Defining Decade?

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 11:37 AM

A recent article by Peter Beinart on "The Rise of the New Left" explores early-20th-Century sociologist Karl Mannheim's "political generation" theory -- that our political views are laid down in the rough decade when we are between 18 and 25 or so.

And it's a fascinating exercise...

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Green Spirituality

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:45 PM

It's hard to find a meaningful spiritual practice in a world gone mad. A perfect storm of challenges and crises -- most of our own making -- converge on us. How to make sense of it all and find a way not only to admit our part in the escalating...

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Career Opportunities in the Emerging Sustainable Society

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 3:10 PM

You're thinking about your career at a unique point in history. One system is dying as another is being born. We're in the middle of a huge transition as the old, unsustainable ways are collapsing but the new, sustainable economy is just starting up.

We're all part of the Make...

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Why We Still Need Roses

(34) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 6:23 PM

Sadly, roses have fallen out of fashion. Landscape designers now understandably laud sculptural, undemanding succulents, drought-tolerant grasses and thrifty natives that feed local wildlife. Sustainability advocates rightly focus on the need to use our disappearing water to grow our own fresh food close to home (but forget that rose petals...

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Planning a Community Event? Try Local Heroes Instead of Stars From Afar!

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 2:22 PM

A new conference and events model is being born that combines local wisdom and talent with Internet knowledge. It's designed to be place-based, inexpensive, sustainable (including financially sustainable) and cooperative, rather than operating on a more corporate, top-down model of importing celebrity "stars from afar" and charging high fees to...

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Garden Therapy: Creating Your Own Special Retreat From the World

(52) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 10:06 AM

It may be a few pots on a balcony or patio. It may be a small backyard where you lovingly nurture your veggies, fruit trees or flowers. It may be a 10x12 plot in a community garden or the section of a public garden that you tend. But no matter...

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A Recipe for Community

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 3:25 PM

Over the years I've watched people struggle to build community and community organizations in a culture that has become more and more hyper-individualistic. "What's in it for me?" trumps "What's happening with us?"

I've founded organizations from scratch (The International Documentary Association, a professional organization for documentary filmmakers)...

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GOP to Hillary: 'Get a Facelift!'

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 4:06 PM

We already knew that conservatives have some kind of a weird grudge against women, but this latest jab at the CPAC Conference proves they learned absolutely nothing from the last election. (Hint: women are 53 percent of the electorate).

When Paul Begala spoke about what Hillary is...

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Is Daylight Saving Time Unnatural?

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 12:04 PM

Don't you just hate Daylight Saving Time in the spring? Suddenly everything is an hour earlier and you just feel "late" all day for at least a week. Sleep cycles are disrupted, people get grumpy and more accidents happen.

The goal of Daylight Saving Time seems to be about somehow...

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Belated Honor for Veteran Feminists?

(13) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 12:54 PM

2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of Betty Freidan's world-changing book The Feminist Mystique, published in 1963. As we approach Women's History Month this March, will this contribution be celebrated as the contributions of other society-changing leaders of the era have been?

Perhaps no civil rights activists from the 1960s and...

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The War on Reality: News From the Front Lines

(21) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 4:34 PM

We're now officially a post-reality society.

Far too many Americans seem to have become persuaded that what's true is what you say is true -- not what exists in actual reality. Facts are seen as fluid, flexible and adjustable according to one's personal beliefs, political inclinations or business interests....

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Whole Foods CEO: Shooting Himself in the Foot?

(12) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 2:50 PM

Take a minute and picture the kind of folks who shop at Whole Foods: they love organic and free range everything, they're on special diets for their health, they're environmentally conscious and yes, more than a few are crunchy granola types.

So what's the best way to really piss off...

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New Report: "Global Collapse Appears Likely"

(21) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 2:22 AM

Just when you thought you'd survived the fears raised by the end of the Mayan calendar, eminent Stanford University scientists Paul and Anne Ehrlich have issued a report titled "Can a Collapse of Global Civilization be Avoided?" in the Jan. 8, 2013 issue of Proceedings of the Royal...

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Neuroscientist Says Green Consciousness Is in Right Brain

(5) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 10:26 AM

When neuroscientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor had a stroke that put her logical, sequential left brain temporarily out of commission, she experienced a temporary state of peaceful, all-connected consciousness that changed her forever. She described this in her best-selling book My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. At...

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The Times They Are A-Changin'

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 10:13 AM

As Bob Dylan once told us and the TV series Mad Men continues to remind us, things can remain the same for long periods and then... everything changes.

As we watch Mad Men it's hard to believe there was ever a time when doctors smoked as they chatted with...

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