1. Five Ways to Go Fair Trade for Thanksgiving

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    This blog  first appeared at www.greenamerica.org and offers great information about having a Thanksgiving that takes care of humanity and the planet. This Thanksgiving, many of us will take a moment before our meal to consider all the human connections involved in assembling the holiday. Maybe your cranberries, or potatoes, or...
  2. WE DID IT! WE SIZZLE!

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    The day began like many others—rushing out the door to get somewhere with hair casual , no make-up and hoping for the best.  The day ended differently than most—false eyelashes, coats of makeup, an unforgettable experience of being “on air” just like the real TV folks and the exciting feeling...
  3. Smart Consumerism Movement: Ain’t It Grand!

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    Everyone from clergy members to bank customers are getting into the Smart Consumerism Movement. This movement is getting legs—and they are walking  away from Big Business that does not treat people and the planet with care and  respect. I love the recent story in the New York Times about Rev....
  4. Spring: A Time to Celebrate Us

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    Spring is a time for many religious celebrations and festivals.  A sampling includes: Buddhist Theravada New Year — The beginning of a new year is, generally, a time for “taking stock” of one’s karma, cleansing, and well-wishing. Baha’i Ridvan-first day — The start of a 12 day festival to celebrate...
  5. The Earth Charter: A Love Story

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    When I was introduced to the Earth Charter, a Global People’s Declaration of Interdependence, it changed my life. The Earth Charter’s 16 principles for human rights, economic justice, respect for nature and a culture of peace are the ethical framework for the themes for Operation Bon Appétit TV Series and our...
  6. Influencing Sustainable Business–Do Awards Work?

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    Last Friday, I presented 12 businesses in the Tampa Bay Area with Earth Charter US  (ECUS) Sustainable Business Awards for engaging with the triple bottom line—people, planet and profit.  When I created these awards for ECUS, I saw them as a way to recognize and to bring to the public’s...
  7. Vladimir’s Visit

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    The voice on the phone overflows with upbeat energy: “Hi Jan, this is Vladimir.”  Past experiences have  taught me to respond:  “Vladimir, where are you?”  Sometimes he is downstairs in my condo building  and at other times just a few hours away, perhaps,  in the Florida Everglades.  Typically, friends calling...
  8. OBA Co-Hosts Differ

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    We recently did a script re-write for our Sizzle Tape to promote our Operation Bon Appétit TV Series to engage folks in eating, drinking and changing the world one dinner party at a time.  We want to travel the country and while cooking good food and sipping wine, we will...
  9. A Delicious Side Effect of OBA Dinners: Face Time

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    The savvy, 30 year old, architect and community advocate blew my stereotype of the younger generation’s love of social media when he expressed a longing for conversation around the dinner table with friends.  His lament was not about working so much that there was not time for such interactions; it...

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