Category: Ecology & Sustainability

How to Dye Your Clothes With Tea

Summer whites are a nice thought, aren’t they? While crisp white clothing can be a striking statement, pure white has a harsh quality that I tend to steer away from, personally; it feels almost sterile and people have to squint if you’re standing in the sun. For myself and many spill-prone comrades, those reflective whites …continue

Ayahuasca Visions: An Interview and Giveaway!

San Francisco-Bay Area psychedelic enthusiasts are in for a real treat from the spirit vine this month. On May 23, The Marsh Theater in the Mission District will present “Wind in a Mirror…Ayahuasca Visions” with writer/performer Josie Hyde. For one lucky newsletter subscriber, Hyde’s offering a  FREE ticket to see the performance, which is appearing …continue

You Can Recycle That!

On Earth Day, many people are looking for extra ways to go green. Some make resolutions to bike to work, buy local, try a vegetarian diet, plant a tree, or buy a hybrid car. No matter how you choose to celebrate Earth Day, here are some household items that you may not have known you …continue

What’s So Funny About Death?

The following is an excerpt from the anthology, Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death (on sale May 10, 2012)   She Laughed Until She Died by Victoria Zackheim Six weeks before she died, my mother and I were together in her apartment, a rare January sunlight streaming across the living room …continue

Occupy Wall Street: No Demand is Big Enough

The following excerpt was originally featured on Looking out upon the withered American Dream, many of us feel a deep sense of betrayal. Unemployment, financial insecurity, and lifelong enslavement to debt are just the tip of the iceberg. We don’t want to merely fix the growth machine and bring profit and product to every …continue

Do You Live in a Transition Town?

This post previously appeared on, a local news site for Albany, California, featuring a regular blog post on the city’s sustainability efforts from NAB’s associate publisher, Doug Reil. Albany California is a Transition Town. I’ve run into a lot of folks in town who, while interested and supportive of some aspect of the Transition …continue