Last week I assembled a group of nature "do-gooders" at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis MD. And I asked them what difference their well-intended actions really make.
All of this history is set in Portugal's Centro region that's barely a one-hour drive from the airport in Lisbon. And yet, it couldn't be more distinct from the capital.
Climate change is a problem with a natural system so no wonder that climate change is generally still viewed as a problem which affects other people but rarely yourself when we live so disconnected from nature.
The Carpet Garden is an exquisite, exotic site, and becomes heavy with scent and bright colors in July. The idea for this otherworldly garden came from one of the carpets at Highgrove.
What's the point of all that tough, dirty garden work if you never get to enjoy the benefits? Maybe, you think, you're just not cut out for gardening. Well, that's where you're wrong.
To grow aromatics, strawberries, or radishes you only need a window and a window box. If you have a balcony, a yard, or, even better, a terrace or a piece of land, you can grow any of the 16,000 marketed varieties of these plants.
For the last several years I've been on a journey toward conscious living, particularly conscious eating and community well-being. This is not an easy endeavor in an urban setting.
It all stems from a fascination with our relationship to movement. When Siobhan 'Sue' Davies CBE took her first steps on the dance stage at 17, no one assumed that the art student had never danced before. But the lack of a classical education was more freeing than restrictive, allowing her to perform and choreograph however she saw fit.
The identification card, available to all New York City residents, was launched in January as an effort to allow vulnerable populations such as the homeless and undocumented immigrants to take advantage of city services that require a government-issued ID.
In the modern city, space, as any over zealous estate agent will gleefully tell you, is at a premium.
There's no need to make this transformation a conflict of cultures, when it's really about safe and healthy food for everyone -- no matter your location, your religion, your intellectual proclivities, or your taste in farm show fashions.
One day, I'll have my dream garden. It will be lush with edible flowers, a tea garden, perfectly staked tomatoes flanked by hearty-stemmed peppers, endless grids of greens, berry bushes tucked in the peripheries, and an orchard in the background (after all, if we're dreaming here, let's dream big).
One of my favorite adventures is visiting Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden when Chihuly's work is featured. The gardens and the glass art work hand-in-hand.
No question, France is more expensive than Italy. Italy could be the cheapest destination in Western Europe right now. Something else that's arguably better in Italy than in France is the olive oil, a thing that folks in this part of the world take seriously.
Cities are often defined by their urban parks - think Central Park in New York, Hyde Park in London, the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco - and Paris is no exception.
The Musee D'Orsay and Jeu de Paume in Paris have many masterpieces of impressionism on their walls. Claude Monet's gardens in Giverny, just outside Paris have his masterpieces growing and living year round. This is why I travel.