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Learning By Doing: How to Teach Kids Respect for the Environment

Chances are you are environmentally responsible to one degree or another. You recycle your trash, purchase energy efficient light bulbs, buy natural cleaning supplies, all with the goal of leaving the world a better place for our children. But one way to make a big impact that you might have overlooked is by encouraging your children to lead eco-friendly lives. By leading the next generation to understand and care about the environment as much as we do, you can help your children to grow up into environmentally conscious adults.

August 29th

Why You Need to Experience Nature to Be a True Conservationist

Going green is the latest fad.  Environmental conservation is at the heart of a more eco-friendly lifestyle.  Whether you are motivated by health, environmental concerns or current trends, there’s a lot of advice out there to help you live a greener lifestyle.  Using your wallet to support ethical companies and products is effective; however, I […]

September 8th

Working for Change in a Perfect World

In my last post, I explored the truly radical (and yet ancient) notion that, as Lao Tzu puts it, the world is perfect and “can’t be improved.” That is, the world is perfect with all of its beauty and its ugliness, its joy and its sorrow. When we see the world from this perspective outside […]

September 29th

Finding Perfection in Change

In chapter 29 of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu writes on the world and our relationship to it: Do you want to improve the world? I don’t think it can be done. The world is perfect. It can’t be improved. If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it. If you treat it like an […]

September 20th

The Story of Sustainability

We’ve all heard of The Story of Stuff. But The Story of Sustainability? This past weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting Dennis Paige, founder of Swiftdeer-Paige, at Inn Serendipity to share a program on storytelling with our community of friends and family. Awarded the 2008 Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award from the Audubon-Chicago Region and […]

August 5th

Soaring Migrations: Monarch Butterfly Hotspots

It’s something everyone should witness, at least once.  The Monarch butterfly migration, the longest of any butterfly.  The Monarch butterflies cover as much as 1,500 miles; their trip spans four generations of butterflies, mystifying the scientists not certain as to how, exactly, they return to the same spots to over-winter. To accomplish such aeronautical feat, […]

February 4th

Book Review: Nature’s Second Chance

Have you ever wondered about Mother Nature’s counterpart, Father Nature? Look no further than ecologist and artist of nature, Steven Apfelbaum. You could even call him Father Nature. His book, Nature’s Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm (Beacon, 2009), offers an engaging and refreshingly personal narrative of how, as humans, we can […]

January 14th