CUESA’s Sunday Supper: A Farm to City Feast
DEAR NATURE LOVERS,
Diane is a great nature- biology teacher, specializing in our local bay area. She is so good at adding the why /how into a discussion that you will learn What Matters about our ecosystem and environment! Highly recommended!
We have posted several articles about sleep and relaxation in this blog. But WHAT IS AN ORGANIC mattress? I didn’t know, really, I was thinking about using materials that were not sprayed, dipped or dried with toxic chemicals or pesticides. However there is more than that …. to learn more here is a great resource.
Great recycled and inventive sculptures. You’ll love these events, the whimsy and the artwork collides and turns into something that will make you smile, especially if you bring one home. Hound dogs, wild women, wizards their themes are varied and unique! Look at their website to get an idea!
Glashoff Sculpture Ranch
5402 Williams Road
Fairfield, CA 94534
Flipsy.com with a quick reminder that a lot of people will sell their old phones after this week’s Galaxy Note 9 release – and our free service is an excellent alternative to eBay, Swappa, Craigslist and carrier trade-ins.
Why Flipsy.com? Three reasons:
- You can get an average of 30% more – in cash – than carriers will pay
- You can sell faster and easier with less work than eBay, Swappa and Craigslist – there’s no need to create a listing, and payouts are sent within 2 days
- You can eliminate risk – all Flipsy buyers are fully vetted, so there’s no risk of scams, delayed payments or other shady practices
Flipsy.com doesn’t buy phones. Instead, trust verified buyers compete to pay top dollar for used phones (even broken phones). It’s a good alternative for anyone who wants more money than carriers will pay, guaranteed payments and fast, easy cash.
William Powers on his new book, DISPATCHES FROM THE SWEET LIFE: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community’s Quest to Reinvent the World. In it, this gifted writer and expert on sustainable development shares the trials and joys of a family striving to live sustainably off the work-and-spend treadmill in South America. it is a story of both hope and how-to for a world in desperate need.
In addition to his storytelling prowess and expertise, Bill has worked for more than a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, and North America. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.
the community table:
In his first book, Twelve by Twelve, Bill lived in an off-grid tiny house in rural North Carolina. In New Slow City, he and his wife, Melissa, inhabited a Manhattan micro-apartment in search of slow in the fastest city in the world. In Dispatches from the Sweet Life, the couple, with baby in tow, search for balance, humanity, and happiness in Suraqueta, Bolivia, a subtropical town where the Andes meets the Amazon. Surequeta is also a Transition Town — a model community that aims to increase self-sufficiency to reduce the potential effects of peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability.
Worldwide, about sixteen hundred Transition initiatives currently exist, part of a global Transition Network, in which local communities foster “glocal” low-carbon economies through alternative energy, local consumption, organic agriculture, and more.
Leaving behind America’s work-and-spend treadmill La Familia Powers embrace the potential of the Sweet Life (vivir bien) — the Bolivian idea that happiness is best achieved in deep community in balance with nature.
Oh you’ll love this book! A great real-life drama, rather than just talk, this is DOING!
Pinto! A new free food app. Ever wonder WHAT is healthy? Reading labels in tiny print doesn’t help much. It is hard to track what ingredients are in which categories like sugar, starch, vitamin.
Read on about Pinto:
WHY PINTO? The concept aims to deal a blow to food companies’ sleight of hand, which has to date brought Cheerios cereal dangerously close to being regulated as a cholesterol drug, led Vitaminwater’s lawyers to argue that “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage,” and seen Kind Bars scolded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for calling themselves “healthy” (the company argued it was its corporate philosophy that was healthy, ( WHAT? Read that twice!) …not the product).
Pinto means to offer a rare brutal honesty in nutrition that favors the honesty over the brutality—not a Yelp for food, but rather a Snopes, backed by roughly 120 dietitians and nutritionists who have been consulting and field-testing for Pinto.
It’s easy to set up your profile & goals. Pick the items you eat- to learn more and you can also get the results for the content/vitamins/ingredients you are tracking.
While the app is free to consumers, Pinto makes money, strangely enough, by telling food retailers exactly what they’re selling. “Obviously they know what they’re selling in terms of ingredients,” says Slover. “But they don’t know how customers are seeing that inventory. A restaurant can learn how much of its menu is Whole30-compliant and shift marketing around that. We offer that data automatically, programmatically, across the board. The share of Americans with specific dietary needs and wants isn’t going anywhere. It’s only going to grow. What we sell is a way to lock in a relationship with them.”
An Evening with Stanford’s Dr. Samuel So
Tuesday, July 24 from 5:30-7:30 PM in SF
Asia Society Northern California for a conversation on the latest on health with Dr. Samuel So who heads the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University and is an internationally recognized expert on hepatitis b, which affects 260 million people in the world (up to 100 million people in China alone) and is the major cause of liver cancer.
Stanford’s Asian Liver Center conducts translational research by which scientific research is translated into practical applications and policies to improve human health. The Asian Liver Center established a Center at Peking University in March 2012 to expand Stanford’s teaching and research opportunities in China.
Asia Society has many interesting and insightful talks, demonstrations, and discussions every month on a wide range of subjects: food, history, dance, health, trade and many more.
Northern California | Asia Society
If GRID ever needed a racing team, students from Perry Technical Institute would be the best pit crew around. Racking, microinverters and modules went up on the Sacramento-area roof in an organized and efficient manner while the future electricians of the group skillfully wired the 5.6 kilowatt solar electric system. Their second installation of the week may have come together in lightning speed, but efficiency and safety weren’t this team’s only notable characteristics.
The Perry Tech students were participating in GRID’s Solar Spring Break, an alternative break and service learning opportunity for college students. This particular team was unique because all of its members were veterans from different branches of the military. They are all currently studying at a trades school in Washington and connected with this opportunity through the Veterans Conservation Corps.