Culture Shock in the Produce Aisle

Now what?

Culture shock when I was younger was laying in a sleeping bag in the mountains of Nepal stuffing Kit Kats into my face. It was the big, hard differences that brought on equally big and hard coping methods.

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Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
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Grief and Geckos in Malawi

In February of last year I lost my best friend: Julia.

It was awful for all of us. We saw it coming (cancer) but it also caught us off guard (people who are larger than life aren’t supposed to die). I spent the better part of the year trying to figure out WTF had happened. I tried to do self care and sort out life with a massive hole in it.

Would things be changed forever? Certainly.

Would I ever feel completely normal? The jury still seems out on that one.

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Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
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https://twitter.com/animal_intl
http://instagram.com/animalinternational/
https://www.facebook.com/animalexperienceinternational
 

Cuba: An Island Slowly Evolving While We Watch

Past, Present, and Future

Socialism or Death!

That is what a wall mural outside Havana said as I was being dropped off at the Jose Marti Airport of Havana in a 1941 Chevy. But in experiencing the island country for five days, I too related to the statement of our host and Cuban filmmaker, Pedro Navarro, who believes that Cuba is rediscovering itself and at the edge of its best possible progress in over 50 years.

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

Picking a Green Hotel and More Eco-Travel Tips

Eco travel has always been in my blood.

I grew up in the woods of New Hampshire and have always had a love for nature, animals, and adventure. From a very young age I had the joy of experiencing some of North America's most special and beautiful places.

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

Ancient Sacred Sites - Magnificent and Mysterious

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Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. www.pachamama.org
 

How Conscious Travel Can Be a Catalyst for Change

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Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. www.pachamama.org
 

Kickapoo to K Street - An Organic Odyssey

On the Organic Trail

I have taken many a circuitous journey not the least of which was a mid-May tour dedicated to organic food and agriculture. Varied in scenery and scape, it offered resolutions of grandeur and revelations of growth. On this excursion, I discovered new evidence of organic vitality and vigor while sampling many of its succulent edible delights, all in the company of friends and heart family.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

Traveling Smart...From the Road

Getting Organized for Travel

Air travel these days is almost always stressful. Extended comforts or luxury are gone as airlines struggle to stay afloat financially. And staff seems to reserve what little courtesy remains for first/business class passengers and frequent flyers. For everyone else, being herded onto the plane and talked down to is the best we can expect.

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

Mother-Daughter Bonding, and Rampaging Animals, in Kenya

I thought bringing my mother to Kenya would help us grow our relationship and friendship, and improve our mother-daughter bonding. I was right, but it was in a way I didn’t really plan… because really, life is never how you plan.

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Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
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https://twitter.com/animal_intl
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The Brightness of a Greyhound Journey

by Maria Jain | Daily Good

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. --Isaac Asimov

"Only crack sellers, loonies and ex-convicts travel on the bus."

This summed up the main message I read on the internet while researching bus travel in the United States, in preparation for a road trip that I was embarking on with a friend.

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DailyGood was born in 1998, when one college student started sharing inspiration with a half a dozen of his friends by sending them an enriching quote every day.

Today, DailyGood leverages the internet to promote positive and uplifting news around the world to more than 100,000 subscribers through the daily and weekly newsletters. Readers receive a news story, an inspiring quote, and a suggested action that each person can take to make a difference in their own lives and the world around them.

Often times, watching the nightly news and reading mainstream newspapers it's hard to remember the presence of good in the world. And yet it is constantly around us. The world is full of everyday heroes and true stories of transformation. They have helped sustain life down the ages in a multitude of ways, small, simple, and profound. DailyGood aims to shine a light on these stories and in doing so to change the nature of our conversations. If it can spread a few smiles along the way it's purpose is served.

Our philosophy is quite simple: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." The entire project is fully run by dedicated volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours finding the right stories and quotes. All of our content is distributed and syndicated for free. We don't advertise or promote any products. We don't ask for anything with the trust that whatever is needed will come.

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Stack of avocados
06/10/2018
Now what? Culture shock when I was younger was laying in a sleeping bag in the mountains of Nepal stuffing Kit Kats into my face. It was the big, hard differences that brought on equally big and... read more
Close up of gecko with deep red filter
05/16/2018
In February of last year I lost my best friend: Julia. It was awful for all of us. We saw it coming (cancer) but it also caught us off guard (people who are larger than life aren’t supposed to die... read more
A street in Havana, Cuba with old car.
04/05/2017
Past, Present, and Future Socialism or Death! That is what a wall mural outside Havana said as I was being dropped off at the Jose Marti Airport of Havana in a 1941 Chevy. But in experiencing... read more
Woman on bike with basket wearing hat.
11/02/2016
Eco travel has always been in my blood. I grew up in the woods of New Hampshire and have always had a love for nature, animals, and adventure. From a very young age I had the joy of... read more
Stonehenge England against stark blue sky.
10/19/2016
by Jocelyn Mercado | Pachamama Alliance The sacred buildings of the ancient world point to the highly developed intelligence of the civilizations that constructed them. Awe-inspiring... read more
U.S. passport with plane ticket behind it.
10/12/2016
by Arielle Anthony | Pachamama Alliance As a frequent traveler, I find joy in interacting with locals and learning about their lives and cultures. Early on, I realized that many international... read more
road map overlay on Swiss chard leaf veins
09/03/2016
On the Organic Trail I have taken many a circuitous journey not the least of which was a mid-May tour dedicated to organic food and agriculture. Varied in scenery and scape, it offered resolutions... read more
Frog statue toting rolling suitcase luggage.
09/01/2016
Getting Organized for Travel Air travel these days is almost always stressful. Extended comforts or luxury are gone as airlines struggle to stay afloat financially. And staff seems to reserve what... read more
Three Cape Buffalo in brown grass
08/10/2016
I thought bringing my mother to Kenya would help us grow our relationship and friendship, and improve our mother-daughter bonding. I was right, but it was in a way I didn’t really plan… because... read more

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Stack of avocados
06/10/2018
Now what? Culture shock when I was younger was laying in a sleeping bag in the mountains of Nepal stuffing Kit Kats into my face. It was the big, hard differences that brought on equally big and... read more
Close up of gecko with deep red filter
05/16/2018
In February of last year I lost my best friend: Julia. It was awful for all of us. We saw it coming (cancer) but it also caught us off guard (people who are larger than life aren’t supposed to die... read more
A street in Havana, Cuba with old car.
04/05/2017
Past, Present, and Future Socialism or Death! That is what a wall mural outside Havana said as I was being dropped off at the Jose Marti Airport of Havana in a 1941 Chevy. But in experiencing... read more
Woman on bike with basket wearing hat.
11/02/2016
Eco travel has always been in my blood. I grew up in the woods of New Hampshire and have always had a love for nature, animals, and adventure. From a very young age I had the joy of... read more
Stonehenge England against stark blue sky.
10/19/2016
by Jocelyn Mercado | Pachamama Alliance The sacred buildings of the ancient world point to the highly developed intelligence of the civilizations that constructed them. Awe-inspiring... read more
U.S. passport with plane ticket behind it.
10/12/2016
by Arielle Anthony | Pachamama Alliance As a frequent traveler, I find joy in interacting with locals and learning about their lives and cultures. Early on, I realized that many international... read more
road map overlay on Swiss chard leaf veins
09/03/2016
On the Organic Trail I have taken many a circuitous journey not the least of which was a mid-May tour dedicated to organic food and agriculture. Varied in scenery and scape, it offered resolutions... read more
Frog statue toting rolling suitcase luggage.
09/01/2016
Getting Organized for Travel Air travel these days is almost always stressful. Extended comforts or luxury are gone as airlines struggle to stay afloat financially. And staff seems to reserve what... read more
Three Cape Buffalo in brown grass
08/10/2016
I thought bringing my mother to Kenya would help us grow our relationship and friendship, and improve our mother-daughter bonding. I was right, but it was in a way I didn’t really plan… because... read more

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