Winter 2017/18 Almanac

Welcome to the Winter Issue 2017-2018!

My inspiration for health and happiness centers on all of us living a life that is beneficial to Earth, our communities, and ourselves. That includes all animals, plants, and each of the seven billion humans. My work continues to focus on concepts that apply to all beings, food, water, waste, clean energy, nature, and our health and well-being. In my own life, I continue to learn how to live a simpler and more conscious life, wasting less, working for something I believe in, and living a life that benefits others.

I have to confess, that when I read the project, it brought tears to my eyes. is a digital and archive project where people share letters, photos and videos to their children, family or future self about their promise to take action on climate change. Join me in supporting this crowdfunded project Thank you Star Childs of for sharing this very special project with me.

It’s hard reading awful stories about potentially catastrophic environmental issues. But, increasingly, good humans are getting involved and reversing the damage we have done. We need to support the important work they are doing, even if it’s not happening next door, it still affects all of us. Like this story, from Mexico’s Baja California and then there is a Q-tip work in progress.

Paul McCartney narrates a video about an issue that involves a lifestyle change we all can make, directed by a favorite director of mine, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and after you have watched it, I hope that you’ll find the 3 plant based recipes I posted very tempting!

I’m so excited about all the Zero Waste stores opening up all over Europe! Read about what’s happening. You’ll also learn about a great resource on how to find a store near you. I also found out about a fantastic way to recycle the shipping boxes from Amazon and other online retailers.

In case you have ever wondered about alternatives to traditional burial, there is a growing support and interest for a greener choice-I hope that this environmentally friendly choice will grow and become the norm rather than the exception.

Dear bird lovers: Do you know when is the best time to trim your trees and bushes, which in turn benefits birds? Also, in NYC, there is an Audubon Mural Project. ePost link –which is raising awareness about endangered bird species.

The three latest additions to The Cabinet of Green Curiosities are super cool: silk thread made from a mussel; an unusual source for leather and scallions used as photo paper. If you have been following my instagram feed, occasionally I’ll post an image I took in Druid’s Corner. Find out what it is…

Did you know that the artists profiled in this issue, raises bees and grows his own food? He is amazing! He even makes a homemade recipe for the bees, which he adds to the hives in the winter, so that the bees don’t starve. And since I love art so much, and not just the artists that I profile in each issue, sometimes I even get to visit their studios-,

I posted two very different blogs, the first about the health benefits of wearing gloves while driving or outdoors and the second one is about a man who went to extremes to raise awareness about waste, like wearing his trash.

Three resources you should know about if you don’t already: Raisin, Happy Cow and Local Harvest, are profiled in PW Tipsand since it’s ‘Tis The Season time of year, learn about where to find a pesticide-free Christmas tree, where to rent a live tree and where to recycle your conventional holiday lights.

Please take a few minutes to watch these 2 short films that I chose for this issue. They are very different from each other but both wonderful! and if you prefer to read, the books profiled in this issue are great reads for you or for a loved one or a loved little one.

When you read my garden calendar for the months of December, January and February, you’ll notice that I have changed how I’m posting photos. I want to focus on what produce is in season that month, so that we all make an effort to buy it. Why? Fruits and vegetables eaten in season have a much higher nutrient value- link to dec garden calendar

We know that lighting a candle won’t pay the bills, put food on the table but it can help us keep perspective and remember to celebrate the light in each other through the year to come.

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season and best wishes for the New Year!

See you again in March, for the Spring Issue!


  • Eco Garden, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    February Eco Garden

    Moon Gardening by Priscilla Woolworth

  • Artist, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Andrew Wyeth home and Studio

    Wyeth built his home and studio overlooking the valley. Here he set down roots, which have nourished a family of extraordinary creativity for more than a century.

  • Eco News, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Gaga’s Gloves

    There was a time, up to the 1960’s, when women wore gloves every time they left the house.

  • Tree News, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Ethical Evergreens

    If you are buying a real Christmas tree this month, did you know that you could have one that is pesticide-free and organic?

  • Water News, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Switch the Stick

    Something like millions of Q-tips are flushed down the toilet each year, being so small they pass through sewage filters into rivers and seas.

  • Eco News, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Zero Waste Shops

    ZERO WASTE SHOPS are opening up all over Europe!!

  • Sustainable Design, Winter 2017/18 Almanac


    Pocheco is a paper company in the north of France that produces 2 billion envelopes a year. It also has a very inspiring business model. What is their objective: Zero Waste.

  • Shop, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    PW Products Winter Issue 2017-2018

    Check out all the fantastic new Products in my store!!

  • Recipe, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Potato and Leek Gratin

    You probably know that calcium is key for healthy teeth and bones, but did you know that consuming inulin fiber-rich foods can also assist in the absorption of calcium to help improve your bone mineral mass?

  • Recipe, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Castelluccio Lentils with Tomatoes and Gorgonzola

  • Recipe, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Butternut Squash Minestrone

    I love soup. It’s such a versatile and satisfying dish that can include seasonal vegetables leftover from the week.

  • Eco Tip, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Reduce Shipping-Box Waste

    Do you know what to do with all the individual shipping boxes that Amazon and other retailers send out? There is one solution that seems worth a try.

  • Eco Tip, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Eco Tips

    My Eco Tips Winter 2017/18

  • The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Green Onion Sun Prints

    Vietnamese artist and photographer Binh Danh, used green onions to capture the allusive Buddha.

  • The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Aquatic Recycling

    Based in Delft, Netherlands, Nienke Hoogvliet wishes to call attention to the sustainable aspects of our daily habits. “I would like to raise awareness of the waste issues in our oceans…”

  • The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Sea Silk

    Sea silk is an extremely fine, rare, and valuable fabric that is made from the long silky filaments or byssus secreted by a gland in the foot of pen shells.

  • Artist, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Ernst Gamperl (German b. 1965)

    Winner of the 2016 Loewe Foundation Craft Prize for his work ‘Tree of Life 2.’ Ernst Gamperl is a self-taught artist and master craftsman who, who over many years has achieved an extraordinary understanding of wood.

  • Eco News, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Druid’s Corner

    A druid is a member of a high-ranking professional class in ancient Celtic cultures. Druids revered nature, the wilderness and the earth. These are photos I took in my own Druid’s corner…

  • Nature News, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Stewards of the Ocean

    As fish populations crash elsewhere, communities in Mexico’s Baja California are limiting catches to keep harvests bountiful, boost tourism, and preserve a way of life.

  • Artist, Bird News, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    The Audubon Mural Project: Street Art in Harlem Highlighting Endangered Bird Species

    The Audubon Mural Project is a public art initiative inspired by the legacy of the great American bird artist and pioneering ornithologist John James Audubon…

  • Eco Cinema, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Meat Free Mondays

    This short film tackles an issue related to climate change, the degradation of our earth, and the extinction of species that most media outlets find too taboo to touch upon — animal agriculture.

  • Book, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy

    Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being…

  • Eco Cinema, Eco News, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    The Story of Microfibers

    Most of us wear synthetic fabrics like polyester every day…This is a big problem.

  • Bird News, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Bird Lovers

    Early December is the time to clean your nesting boxes, and remember to always keep your feeders clean for the health of our feathered friends!

  • Eco Cinema, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    My Life As A Turkey

    This documentary, which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming, is the story of one man’s remarkable experience raising a group of wild turkey hatchlings to adulthood.

  • Book, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer

    Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower.

  • Book, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives by Bernd Heinrich

    In his modern classic, One Man’s Owl and Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich has written memorably about his relationships with wild ravens and a great horned owl.

  • Book, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Andy Goldsworthy: Projects

  • Eco News, Winter 2017/18 Almanac

    Green Burials

    Natural or Green burials are environmentally friendly, and more so than conventional burials.