Summer 2019 Almanac

Hello friends,

Please forgive the delay in publishing this issue, but it has been a momentous and happy time in my life as my eldest daughter was married this past weekend!

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Summer is almost here, which means that many of you may take time off in July or August, especially students and their parents. Your plans may involve staying closer to home but if you are traveling to other countries, make sure you check the chapter in my book LOLA regarding personal safety, especially when traveling abroad. It’s good to know what to do if you lose your bag or what you should or shouldn’t do when checking into a hotel.

This issue is full of great resources that I hope you will find inspiring and helpful from the June Garden Calendar Chore List, to several healthy and easy to make recipes such as Whole Roasted Cauliflower, Chia Seed Pudding or Wild Green Pesto. I also posted a piece about the Healthiest Whole Grains we should all be eating regularly and why.

If you are looking for a good book to read over the summer, I have a few recommendations for adults and children, such as Some Stories by Yvon Chouinard; Trees of Power by Akiva Silver; The Overstory by Richard Powers and for the kids, We are The Gardeners by Joanna Gaines and Flora Forager ABC by Bridget Beth Collins.

The Eco Film recommendation is about a profound change that is happening at a grassroots level, showing how people are challenging our corporate state; thereby saving nature and themselves and the Artist profiled in this issue created work inspired by the nature inspired work of another artist.

The Summer Gamechanger is one of the most inspiring figures in the green movement, who devoted her life to protecting the public from dangerous industrial practices. You can also learn about another remarkable person who is one of the most compelling medical minds currently working to improve our understanding of both human and environmental health.

The post, Best Frozen Produce to buy, is not only great to know about for the summer, but also applies to the rest of the year. Another tip deals with Sunscreen that you really should know about. Then there is Poison Ivy, the bane of my existence, that I find in the wilder parts of my garden. I’m hoping that the Poison Ivy Salve I posted will help any of you affected by this naughty plant.

You will find 2 new posts in the Cabinet of Green Curiosities. One is about how Spider Silk is being used in medicine and then the second post is of a naturally occurring Miracle Food.

In case you are interested in getting more involved helping Monarch Butterflies, there is an awesome organization that needs support for the work they are doing.

And believe it or not, there is a lot of Good News happening in the eco/green/environmental world, including what is currently going on at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Read all about it!

Wishing you a most wonderful summer!

See you back in the Fall.

All my best,


  • Nature News, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Chamomile’s Natural Goodness

    Did you know that chamomile, which has astringent properties, could be used to tone your skin?

  • Eco Garden, Summer 2019 Almanac

    August Eco Garden

    Moon Gardening with Priscilla Woolworth

  • Blog, Nature News, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Chernobyl: Accidental Wildlife Sanctuary

    Did you know that in the 30+ years since the disaster zone was evacuated, rare and endangered animals are flourishing.

  • Blog, Eco News, Gamechanger, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Zach Bush

    Zach Bush is a triple board certified physician, master healer & consciousness, and is the founder and director of M Clinic, an integrative medicine center in Charlottesville, Virginia…

  • Eco News, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Good News Lately!

    A sample of some recent good news.

  • Book, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Some Stories: Lessons from the Edge of Business and Sport By Yvon Chouinard

    For nearly 80 years, Yvon Chouinard has followed his own advice, pursuing, with equal fervor, sports adventures, business excellence, and environmental activism.

  • Eco News, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Monarch Butterfly News

    In order to protect monarch butterflies from becoming an endangered species in 2019, millions of acres of native milkweed need to be restored to support a larger monarch butterfly population.

  • Eco Tip, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Best Organically Grown Foods to Buy Frozen

    Frozen green beans are half the cost of fresh ones and retain more vitamins A and C than other frozen vegetables…

  • Gamechanger, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Polly Higgins

    Polly Higgins is a pioneer; since stepping down from her legal practice as a court advocate, she devotes her time to one client – the Earth.

  • Artist, Summer 2019 Almanac

    David Hockney & Vincent Van Gogh

    When describing how Van Gogh has inspired him, and whose work Hockney has long admired, “ his paintings are full of movement,” he said. “What people love about Van Gogh’s paintings is that all the brush marks are visible and you can see how they are painted…”

  • Summer 2019 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities

    Cordyceps Sinensis Mushroom: A Miracle Food

    Cordyceps Sinensis mushroom, is also referred to as a symbiant (not a parasite), boosts the immune system of its known host.

  • Summer 2019 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities

    Spider Silk

    Christine Radtke is working to use spider silk to reconnect severed nerve fibers.

  • Blog, Eco Tip, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Best Whole Grains

  • Eco Tip, Summer 2019 Almanac

    PW Tip #2: If you wear sunscreen…

    …you need to read this.

  • Eco Tip, Summer 2019 Almanac

    PW Tip #1: Poison Ivy Salve

    This magic elixir is what her grandmother doused her with when she had gotten into a patch of the dreaded poison ivy.

  • Recipe, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

    This is one of those naturally creamy treats that is actually good for you!

  • Recipe, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Wild Green Pesto

    Versatile and nutritious, wild green pesto is a gourmet delight!

  • Recipe, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Whole Roasted Cauliflower

    In 2018, Food & Wine named this recipe one of their 40 best.

  • Book, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Flora Forager ABC By Bridget Beth Collins

    This adorable alphabet book, features animals from angel fish to zebra, each brilliantly created with flower petals, leaves and other natural materials.

  • Book, Summer 2019 Almanac

    We Are The Gardeners

    This sweet story chronicles the adventures (and misadventures) of the Gaines kids as they grow vegetables and flowers in their garden.

  • Book, Summer 2019 Almanac

    Trees Of Power: The organic grower’s guide to planting, propagation, culture, and ecology By Akiva Silver

    Trees are our allies in healing the world.

  • Book, Summer 2019 Almanac

    The Overstory

    Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance