Consider Giving a Gift to the Planet this Holiday Season

by Rachel Feidelman What kinds of things first come to mind when you think of the holiday season? Gift giving? Delicious food? Traveling to see loved ones? Well, if it was any variation or combination of these three things, it is likely that some kind of wasteful behavior is occurring. As the holidays take the forefront in most people’s minds, ... Read More »

Fetch, Stretch, Dance

Make Your Dog an Exercise Buddy by Sandra Murphy Man and woman’s best four-legged friend can activate and energize even the most reluctant couch potato or exhausted owner, making the family dog an excellent exercise buddy. Regardless of how lax we may be, everyone feels better after some kind of workout. A study published in the journal Environmental Science & ... Read More »

Wake up for the Taste of Tea

by Teresa Boardwine Choose the tea, herb, spice or aroma to warm, invigorate and indulge your senses during the holiday season. To enjoy a cup of herbal tea is to imbibe in a beverage that will reinforce well-being. A tea of peppermint can be taken to support respiratory, soothe the stomach or stimulate the psyche. A pot of cold and ... Read More »

Loving Large

Scientists Say We’re All Connected by Linda Sechrist True love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield, that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea ... Read More »

Winter Farm Markets in Bethesda and the Mosaic District

Even in the dead of winter, local farmers and producers are serving the residents of Maryland and Virginia at two Central Farm Markets, each and every Sunday. During the spring, summer and fall, the market’s founders, Debra Moser and Mitch Berliner, operate four different markets. But while most other markets pack up for the winter, the markets in Bethesda and ... Read More »

Year-End Financial Planning

by Barry Wind and Jeremy A. Pearce As the holiday season approaches, many often think of the shopping trips to take, travel plans to make and cookies to bake. Often overlooked in this hectic time of the year are the critical financial tasks we can do before 2016 bows out so that 2017 is indeed a happy new year. Below ... Read More »

A Conscious Collaborative

A Spotlight on Helicon Works Architecture by Sam Hudgins Most people would label Helicon Works Architecture (HWA) collaborative as green or sustainable. However, founder and principle architect Bill Hutchins prefers to think of it simply as architecture with a conscious. He notes, “For me, it should just be good architecture.” Officially opening in 1989, Helicon Works Architecture morphed into a ... Read More »

Edward Humes on the High Cost of Transportation

Small Consumer Choices Have Big Impacts by Randy Kambic  Edward Humes investigates the origins and impacts of the expensive and complex process that brings us everyday products and items in his new book Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation. His latest work, which also covers our love affair with cars, is popularizing the eco-conscious term, “transportation ... Read More »

Money and Influence

by Jeremy A. Pearce and Barry Wind On November 8, voters will go to the polls to elect leaders they hope will represent their own, and the nation’s, best interests. Unfortunately, long before voters have their say, many corporations have already been providing substantial financial support of those candidates and elected officials who will best help company profits. Corporate lobbying ... Read More »

Dance and Become Part of the Climate Solution for Montgomery County

All are invited to 350MoCo’s fall kickoff fundraiser, DANCE2DIVEST starting at 8 p.m. on October 15, in Silver Spring. Admission includes appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks, awesome music and, of course, dancing. 350MoCo ‘s goal is clear and simple: get Montgomery County’s public pension dollars out of fossil fuel companies that continue to work against action needed to stop ... Read More »