Power and Corruption: Can We Skip That Step?

In light of Mark Hurd’s resignation from Hewlett-Packard due to ethics violations, author Jonah Lehrer wrote an interesting analysis for the Wall Street Journal on the abuse of power. Although he was quick to point out that psychological research indicates it is people who are most likable that get put in positions of power, that’s only half of the story. “The very traits that helped leaders accumulate control in the first place all but disappear once they rise to power,” Lehrer wrote. [Read more…]

Unplugged (Or: How Not to Turn into a Computer)

I’ve become what I hate. Infested by wires and clicks, whirs and buzzes, chimes and beeps letting me know that (oh my God!) a message has come. What’s that? Did you say something? Sorry, I was just lost in thought staring at my phone. Or computer. Or something else that isn’t exactly human. It’s obviously more important.

Perhaps I’m not being entirely fair in that description. Being available–immediately–makes me more competitive in my job. When the editors come calling [Read more…]

Accessible, Affordable Acupuncture

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I love acupuncture.

I was reminded of this fact after visiting Little Needles yesterday afternoon. I don’t know exactly how acupuncture works, only that it does. Somehow getting stuck with little needles and just vegging out for a bit helps shift things energetically. I don’t usually think about acupuncture that much–unless something is wrong. Stress from work? Acupuncture. Nursing a weightlifting or Brazilian jiu jitsu injury? Acupuncture. Cramps? Acupuncture. Insomnia? Acupuncture. I’m sure you get the drift. [Read more…]

Eat This: The Ultimate Food Resource Guide

Local. Sustainable. Ethical. Delicious. Nutritious, Organic Foods. . These adjectives describe the real foods we’re after. And after attending the Real Food Minnesota gathering in St. Paul on July 17th, I was struck with the idea of creating a resource guide that would allow me to share some local blogs I’d just discovered with my non-local foodie friends, and non-local food blogs and resources with my newfound local friends.

I’ve divided this list of 52 food blogs, sites and resources into several categories. [Read more…]

Virtual Living (Let’s Not)

I happened across some old journals while clearing out some boxes. In one, I’d inscribed a beautiful quote by Scott Russell Sanders. Although I’d copied it a decade ago, it rings true more now than ever.

โ€Ž”No one who has been thoroughly awake to the real universe would swap it for a ‘virtual’ one. Our deepest urge is to bring our lives into direct contact with elemental life. No matter how clever our works, they will never satisfy our hunger. The likeliest way to achieve contact with life, the likeliest way to recover our senses is by shutting off our machines, climbing out of our cars, our electrified boxes, walking beyond the pavement to actual dirt or rock, and opening ourselves to the world we have not made.”

Ironically, reading the quote did not inspire a jaunt in the forest. Instead, I immediately posted it on Facebook. [Read more…]

My Vibram FiveFingers

I recently bought a pair of Vibram FiveFingers. I just couldn’t help it. After reading books like Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, I was pretty intrigued with the idea of allowing the foot to flex to better absorb shock. And I’ve been interested in barefoot technology ever since I picked up my first pair of Nike Frees years ago. I don’t have running injuries, as McDougall did (his plantar fascitis disappeared completely when he started running in FiveFingers). In fact, I’m not even a runner. But who wouldn’t want to buy a shoe that would encourage toe wiggling (great stress relief) or that you can wear toe socks with? Anyway, I promised to report back, so here we go. [Read more…]


When my boyfriend and I went to Parque Nacional de Cahuita, we were hoping to see wildlife. But we never dreamed we’d get to see two species of monkeys so up close. Perhaps the cutest was seeing a monkey carrying a baby on her back. And here’s a capuchin monkey I caught on video.