Monthly Archives: August 2016

Living With Zest – A Secret to Happiness | Psychology Today

I like this.  The idea that a sustainable life is somehow, limited and miserable is a slander, or maybe a myth.  This life is intensely fun-filled.  This post explains why, and how you can join us. Living With Zest – … Continue reading

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Interview with Yvon Chouinard – YouTube

How to simplify you life.  Words from Yvon Chouinard, how to live an examined life and build a sustainable business. This interview is thoughtful;  the “Key to consumerism is to consume less but consume better.”  But I disagree with him … Continue reading

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Sunrise to sunset: stunning timelapse video of America’s national parks | Environment | The Guardian

I named this blog sustainabilityand beauty because my relationship with beauty is direct and intense.  Personally my motivation is to have fun as well as do some good.  This video reminded me to go outside and look at the sky.  … Continue reading

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What Poetry Does: Adrienne Rich on Poetry’s Political Power and Its Role in the Immigrant Experience

Today is “Poetry Day” here in New Zealand.  I encourage us all to read our favourite poem; out loud to a friend.  Poetry has a way of capturing reality and engaging us with beauty.   That is important as we … Continue reading

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Rethinking Growth § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM

This paper was recently republished in seedmagazine.  It is an interview with Herman Daily.  He is an economist and a founder of the journal Ecological Economics, and an ex-world bank economist.  His thinking is toward steady state economic systems. Among … Continue reading

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Why music is good medicine

There are many reasons to enjoy music and it is clear that music improves quality of life.  This research gives evidence that music helps cancer patients by reducing stress, and, perhaps by reducing pain. “Laughter may not be the best … Continue reading

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There is such a thing as society

I am pleased to see this in one of New Zealand’s larger news papers. An opinion piece by Dame Anne Salmond, one of our foremost writers, academics and environmentalists, saying clearly what many of us understand.  The neo-liberal doctrine of … Continue reading

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Modeling mood swings: New data science research shows how we manage our long-term happiness — ScienceDaily

I fine this absolutely fascinating; that when we feel up, we bring ourselves down; and when we feel down, we bring ourselves up.  Reminds me of a word I learned in high school biology, “homoeostasis” the way systems self regulate.  … Continue reading

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Musings About the “M” Word for Creatives | Psychology Today

Good morning. This week I have spent much of my time reading in the area of creativity and particularly “process”.  And feeling that I suck at creative work, because that is what it is.  Work!  And because I feel stuck.  … Continue reading

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Read Books, Live Longer?

Book readers lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all. This made my day. Read books and live longer. From the New York Times this article reports from Social Science and Medicine … Continue reading

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