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Quote of the day / 03.08.2009

"Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere." Barack Obama ~ 44th President of the United States (1961-)...

Mountain Film, Podcast / 03.08.2009

[caption id="attachment_590" align="alignleft" width="279" caption="Soil scientist/agro ecologist Jerry Glover"]Jerry Glover[/caption] Out here on the Midwestern prairies of Wisconsin were surrounded by acres of farmland. This time of year as we ride road bikes along the creamy smooth highways of Dane County. From one township to the next it’s vast fields of tall green corn plants as far as the eye can see. [caption id="attachment_616" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Photo by Michael Leland "]Photo by Michael Leland [/caption] [caption id="attachment_589" align="alignright" width="300" caption="photo by Jim Richardson National Geographic"]photo by Jim Richardson National Geographic[/caption] Averaging between 14 and 17 mile per hour, we whiz past one corn field after the next. With ours heads tucked in the draft stream keeping pace with the summer training schedule the last thing anyone’s thinking about is the soil beneath our spinning tires. It’s not just dirt you know. Earlier this summer during the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride Colorado I met a guy, a scientist who succeeded in changing how I’ll think about soil forever.
Quote of the day / 01.08.2009

“The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve others.” Albert Schweitzer~ theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician (1875-1965) -- Even when your own need is great there will always be others who need more than you do. There’s great comfort to found in giving of yourself in the service of those less fortunate because it inspires a sense of abundance from which true prosperity can be manifest. (illustration from the stetchbook of the artist and climber Jeremy Collins)...

Quote of the day / 31.07.2009

"Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go." [caption id="attachment_554" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Natalie Goldberg"][/caption] Natalie Goldberg: American author (1948-) There’s joy in not knowing what the future holds. It's scary but follow your dreams. Guided by your heart, pursuing those things in life you love most will lead you somewhere. You might be surprised to find when you arrive that there is exactly where you’re supposed be....

Diversity, Environmental Justice, Interview / 30.07.2009

[caption id="attachment_543" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Tanya Fields"]Tanya Fields[/caption] Too many of us presume that nature is out there, far away in a National Park or in some distant foreign land. Many of us who live in cities especially never truly realize that nature is all around us every day of our lives. We probably take for granted the importance of fresh drinking water, clean air and access to nutritious sustainably produced food. Tanya Fields aims to change that. -- Formerly a hip-hop artist and spoken word poet, Fields now works as the operations manager of the Majora Carter Group, a green-economic development organization in New York City. In her Bronx neighborhood Fields has started a community garden to provide healthy dietary choices for her community and give her family a natural setting to engage in an active lifestyle outdoors.  She’s also fighting for social justice in an effort to claim the environmental rights of people disenfranchised by a legacy of racial discrimination and urban poverty. Introduced to the Joy Trip Project by Chagents, an online social network sponsored by the outdoor footwear and apparel brand Timberland, Fields tells her story in this interview.