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Michael DeJong

Entries by Michael DeJong

The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 11:25 AM

Left to itself -- over time -- nature has had the wherewithal to have created its very own self-sustaining, nurturing, biosphere. And you don't have to be Thoreau to readily recognize a self-contained ecosystem that supports the living organisms that exist within it. The eat-or-be-eaten "food chain" was the original...

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Greensburg: An Eco 9/11

(4) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 11:57 AM

As I walked through the East Village on that bright and otherwise beautiful morning of September 11th, I recall watching in horror as the second plane collided into the World Trade Center tower. Looking back, as I now well know, living though any monumental disaster comes with its psychological consequences....

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Greensburg, Kansas: From Green-town to Clean-town

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 4:12 PM

"There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home"

It seems like natural and man-made disasters have become a common occurrence in the first decade of the new millennium. Of course, the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September...

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Halloween? Bah, Humbug!

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 6:12 PM

Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy festive holidays as much as the next person, but we eco-freaks can't help ourselves from sucking the fun out of things -- particularly when it comes to harming children.

Do you remember growing up and the only thing to worry about on Halloween...

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40 Years Old and All I Get is This Damn Rainbow Flag?

(9) Comments | Posted June 29, 2009 | 4:16 PM

Okay, okay, it's the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall. I have more pride than I know what to do with or where to put it. There are actually gay and lesbian scholars who are parsing every crumbling edition of Daughters of Belitis and The Mattachine Society and then there are even...

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(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 12:00 PM

President Obama recently commended House Democrats for their "extraordinary progress" in their discussions on global warming and energy legislation now at the core of his national environmental plan claiming,

This is a major step forward in building the kind of clean energy economy that will reduce America's dependence on foreign...

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Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 6:55 PM

"It's not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it."
~The Golden Girls

We all get one -- a mother that is -- and it's no surprise that Mother's Day is one of the most commercially successful of U.S. holidays.

What drives it? Is...

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Risky Runoff: From Fish-Roe to Ritalin (My Reaction to "Poisoned Waters," a Recent PBS Frontline Story)

(7) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 4:40 PM

"Like the resource it seeks to protect, wildlife conservation must be dynamic, changing as conditions change, seeking always to become more effective." ~Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

As the recent PBS Frontline story, "Poisoned Waters" so vividly brought home, once pure and pristine, our extraordinary natural treasure of beautiful shorelines,...

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The Hypocrisy of Green

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2009 | 11:36 AM

March is when we welcome the first signs of spring -- fading winter; the sound of songbirds; the once bare, leafless branches hosting buds at the end of every twig; the overhead migration of ducks; and the smell of part rainfall, earth and ozone creating a scent that certainly defines...

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(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2009 | 4:46 PM

"They have enough to deal with
without bearing the humiliation of having to wear last season!"
~A classic Absolutely Fabulous moment, when Edina refuses to give her Vivienne Westwood clothes away to the homeless.

Next to the faded glory of black and white Hollywood 30s and 40s celluloid...

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Water, Water Everywhere

(4) Comments | Posted March 24, 2009 | 1:10 PM

N-e-s-t-l-e-s. Nestlé makes the very best - Green-washing!

In one way or another, I've been an environmentalist my entire life (born of Dutch immigrant parents who found a use and re-use for everything.) I've just completed my third book on 'clean living,' and have been blogging about the environment for...

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The Dirty Word in Clean

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 11:55 AM

Good old "Susie Homemaker," the iconic 1950s All-American housewife. Black and white TV images of her summon up fantasies of freshly baked apple pie and a gentle squeeze when you crawl into bed. She was the Stepford Wife image of perfection and the ideal stay-at-home wife and mother devoted to...

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One Nation Under Democracy

(8) Comments | Posted February 17, 2009 | 1:24 PM

"L'enfer, c'est les autres."
("Hell is other people.")

--Jean-Paul Sartre

Regardless of the doctrine of "Separation between Church and State," faith has always been a guiding force in our nation's tradition. As a part of it, religion, and in particular, prayer is often offered at events -- Elk's...

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A New "Green" Economy

(23) Comments | Posted February 11, 2009 | 1:30 PM

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Michael Bloomberg might each agree that with heightened concerns about drought and warnings of worldwide crop shortages due to rising temperatures, we need to put science first when dealing with climate change.

And to that list we might also include fellow eco-activists equally concerned...

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Shirt of Change

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2009 | 8:51 PM

In any theater or movie production, costume design goes hand-in-hand with good direction and help actors "get into their roles." In dramas, tragedies, comedies or musicals, the costumes communicate subliminally who the actors are supposed to be.

Take for instance Willie Loman's thread-bare suit in Death of a Salesman, Scarlet...

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I Do Solemnly Swear...

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2009 | 1:35 PM

It's said that public speaking is one of the most common fears people have. We've all fumbled through a speech or lecture at some point (even if it was a First Grade book report in front of the class)...myself included. In my case, I consider it part of my heritage....

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In With the New

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 12:09 PM

If our last president -- George Bush -- had said in his farewell speech, "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" we might have thought he was actually having a moment of clarity and remorse. But unfortunately, these words are William Shakespeare's from Macbeth, and...

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Martin Luther King, Jr.- Cleansing the Fabric of Our Nation

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2009 | 5:15 PM

"From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men...

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From Nightmares to Dreams Come True

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2009 | 11:55 AM

At this time of sluggish wages, massive unemployment, home foreclosures, global unrest, mass starvation, multiple genocides, and that ever-looming "Inconvenient Truth" about the state of our planet, is it any wonder that many feel that their personal notion of the American Dream is slowly slipping away? Long gone is the...

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(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2009 | 3:42 PM

In some Christian practices, January 6th is celebrated as "The Epiphany," symbolized by the Three Wise Men delivering gifts to the Christ child 12 days after his birth. It's an opportunity, regardless of your faith, for a greater realization of our Universe and its current need for enlightened insights, increased...

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