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.
"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." -- Miriam Beard How To Do Except...
At day's beginning and end, it's black along the patch of 24th Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets. The scarce shops, shuttered, are slumbering. Luludi Living Art serves as a grow-light.
"What really resonates are the statistics that show this program is changing eating habits. Other statistics show what an incredible change we can make by changing eating habits. That wonky part is what I love; remember, that is how and why I got into this."
Nature gives us lessons all year long, through each season. It totally amazes me. So as you huddle around the bonfire, kick around the leaves, and enjoy the crisp fall air, reflect on the lessons from the harvest and embrace the necessary renewal of winter.
I'm done fighting with Mother Nature. Someday I hope to afford professional landscapers who are more equipped to fight off vermin and don't take it personally.
In my writing practice, I often write poems that have been sparked by an image. Last summer, I came across Rebecca Chaperon's work, and was stunned by its weird beauty.
Although a rake may be the cheapest tool for the job, the time-consuming and back-straining work drives some homeowners toward a more powerful alternative.
A struggle I have with trying to learn science as an adult is that it's often a solitary activity. Working in a children's museum, I'm constantly trying to promote interactive science experiences for kids, but outside museums I haven't found consistent hands-on opportunities for adults to deepen my understanding of science.
Strategically place window boxes on different sides of the house to grow sun-tolerant and shade-tolerant plants. Window planters are ideal for herb gardens. Consider using a kitchen window if possible, so you can grab a bunch of cilantro, basil or rosemary while cooking.
Fall doesn't have to be all about leaves and pumpkins. It can be that last breath of summer color you need before holing away for the long gray winter ahead.