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Linda Buzzell
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

In Praise of Slow Reading

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 4:49 PM

Lately I've begun to really experience the deep visceral and intellectual differences between fast and slow reading.

The absorption, comprehension and contemplative levels reached by unrushed and careful reading in a comfortable chair (indoors or out) or in bed seems worlds away from skimming or even conscientious reading at...

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Just Found Out on Facebook That I'm an SJW!

(22) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 10:35 AM

In a heated dialogue on Facebook about racism and sexism in the green community, I found myself being called an SJW - and not in a nice way! Looking it up on Wikipedia I discovered that SJW is "an internet pejorative for someone who discusses social justice issues...

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Shut Up and Fish!

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 8:15 PM

I don't usually consider fishing a form of nature therapy -- perhaps because it's anything but therapeutic for the fish -- but an episode of Grey's Anatomy made me reconsider.

In episodes 10 and 11 of Season 7 the surgeons and interns at the fictional Mercy Grace Hospital in Seattle...

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Why Is It Taking So Long For Psychology To Go Green?

(19) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 12:09 AM

I'm re-reading Ralph Metzner's 1999 ecopsychology classic Green Psychology and am amazed how little has changed in the field of psychology since it was written. The foreword is by legendary cultural historian Theodore Roszak (1933-2011) -- he coined the term "counterculture" -- who also wrote an essay for Craig Chalquist's...

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7 Things You Can Do to Stay Sane as the World Self-Destructs

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 8:08 AM

The news is enough to drive you crazy. So much stupidity and life-destructive behavior. So many mind-blowing challenges and just bits and pieces of solutions here and there. How to make sense of it all? How to live your life in the face of the insanity that surrounds us?


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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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