Summer 2020 Almanac

Hello Friends and welcome all new subscribers!

How the world has changed since I published the Spring Issue last March 1st. The current global pandemic has changed the way we live, at least temporarily. This past week, a violent act has brought to the forefront the violence and systemic oppression that is unacceptable in our communities. We all need to support the call for equity and justice, and deplore all forms of violence. This month, there are elections in several states, where each of us will be able to make positive change happen by who we vote for. Be informed beforehand about the policies of the candidates and that they are as committed to antiracism as they are to bettering the environment.

This is a great time to not only clean out your closets, but to put some time aside to delve into a cookbook full of delicious looking and healthy recipes, and have some fun cooking. Or take time to learn more about the animal kingdom, or about gardening. I used to read many books to my children, and the one I feature in this issue would have been one of them, if it had been published way back then.

Apart from reading, there are so many movies to catch up on, like the one I recommend in this issue. Also, don’t miss the short film that takes place in Ethiopia. It’s absolutely wonderful and beautiful.

The two new additions to the Cabinet of Green Curiosities are familiar, yet you may not know how the prickly one inspired a useful product and the second one, has been turned into something I never would have imagined possible.

You will definitely have heard of the Gamechanger. Learn more about why she is such an inspiring and positive voice during these challenging times.

Who doesn’t love reading stories that lift our spirits. I came across one from Switzerland about a giant bird feeder. Others that I enjoy are the posts and YouTube videos of this entertaining and highly informed world forager. And lastly, in Scotland, they are printing new bills inspired by nature. It’s lovely.

The recipes are: a fantastic crepe recipe (not hugely healthy but so satisfying nonetheless), a second one is from my dear friend Caroline Gladstone that looks delicious & healthy and which she just sent me 2 days ago and which I can’t wait to make. The third recipe will happen when the tomatoes I’m growing are ready!

Have you heard of the Transition Network? I only learned about it last year, and found out that there are communities around the world, reimagining how to live and create a better life/world/community.

Another new discovery is an online magazine that is about ecology, culture and spirituality. It’s a beautiful magazine full of gorgeous images, great reading material and videos as well. In fact, one of the films I recommend in this issue, I found in the magazine.

The artist this month is someone close to my heart as I grew up with him and his wonderful family when I lived in France. His younger daughter Anna was my best friend when I was little, and I got to see him at work on his magical pieces. I remember how much he loved nature and how it inspired his work and his life. I hope that you take the time to explore his website, and get to know him and his work.

Being around trees has always been a source of comfort for me. During these past few months on lockdown, I have had the time to witness their metamorphosis from their bare winter coats to their glorious spring wear on my daily walks. Don’t underestimate the well-being you will experience by a walk in the woods.

From France, a letter by 200 artists and scientists was issued, demanding that world leaders envision a different post-covid future.

I interviewed a charming award-winning gardener for one of my favorite magazines, Upstate Diary.

In case you missed it, my favorite and most trusted resource for anything to do with personal care or cleaning products and whether they are safe to use, is the brilliant They have released their latest safe sunscreen guide on their site, just in time for summer.

The last post is about how much WE NEED YOU and we need each other to create a better world post-covid. I’ve included some tools on how we can make a difference.

Hoping that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during these challenging times and may we all come out of this with a greater determination to do good in our communities and in the world at large.

As always, I hope you enjoy the almanac and I love getting your feedback.


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  • Artist, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Almanac Cover Art by Kathy Klein


  • Eco News, Summer 2020 Almanac


    We need your support whether it’s your voice, your social media presence or financially, to help environmental non-profits that are working to stop the next pandemic, protect wildlife and prevent more destruction of the natural environment.

  • Artist, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Brian Wildsmith

    Brian Wildsmith was a British painter, an award winning children’s book illustrator and lifelong nature lover.

  • Eco Tip, Summer 2020 Almanac


    The EWG is a trusted source and the one I go to for reliable information about personal care and cleaning products.

  • Recipe, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Roasted Tomatoes and Herbs

    From Botanica Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA

  • Animal News, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Fabric of Nature

    Vibrant new Scottish currency is illustrated with influential women and native wildlife.

  • Eco News, Summer 2020 Almanac

    The Time Has Come: Adjustments are not enough

    Please, let’s not go back to normal.

  • Eco News, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Emergence Magazine

    Emergence Magazine is an online publication with an annual print edition, featuring innovative stories that explore the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality.

  • Nature News, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Upstate Diary Interview with Charlie McCormick by Priscilla Woolworth

    Priscilla’s interview with the award-winning gardener Charlie McCormick in Upstate Diary. Follow on Instagram @upstate_diary and @mccormickcharlie

  • Blog, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Transition Network

    The Transition Movement are communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.

  • Almanac, Recipe, Summer 2020 Almanac

    The Best Crepe Recipe

  • Book, Summer 2020 Almanac

    The Earth in Her Hands

    75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants By Jennifer Jewell

  • Book, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Whole Food Cooking Everyday

    Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar By Amy Chaplin

  • Summer 2020 Almanac, Tree News

    Tree Time

    To skeptics, forest bathing looks merely like a slow walk in the woods.

  • Recipe, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Green Summer Grain Bowl

  • Summer 2020 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities


    Examining burs plucked from his pants and dog’s coat after a hike in 1948…

  • Bird News, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Giant Bird Feeder

  • Gamechanger, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Jacinda Arden

    Jacinda Arden is the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand, and she has declared war on climate change.

  • Eco Cinema, Summer 2020 Almanac

    The Church Forests Of Ethiopia : A Mystical Geography A film by Jeremy Seifert

    Nearly all of Ethiopia’s original trees have disappeared, but small pockets of old-growth forest still surround Ethiopia’s churches, living arks of biodiversity amongst the brown grazing fields.

  • Eco Cinema, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Call of the Forest

    In a theatrical feature and 1-hour television documentary, we follow visionary scientist, conservationist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, on her journey to the most beautiful forests of the northern hemisphere.

  • Book, Summer 2020 Almanac

    Becoming Wild

    Some people insist that culture is strictly a human feat. What are they afraid of? This book looks into three cultures of other-than-human beings in some of Earth’s remaining wild places.

  • Book, Summer 2020 Almanac

    The Lost Words

    In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary ― widely used in schools around the world ― was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped.