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Elegant and Poetic, Carrie La Seur’s ‘The Weight of an Infinite Sky’ Draws Inspiration from Shakespeare

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The second novel from environmental lawyer Carrie La Seur, The Weight of an Infinite Sky is a stunning story about family, murder, betrayal, and love, drawing in elements of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Set in the unforgiving, open land of Montana, La Seur easily captures the essence of the West in her writing, making each reader feel the soul of the Montana earth around them. Elegant, poignant, and poetic, The Weight of an Infinite Sky is a beautiful addition to La Seur’s works. Anthony Fry rebelled against the family expectations that, as the only son, he would take over the cattle ranch from his father; a business that had been in the family for generations. Instead, Anthony dreamt of leaving Montana for the city, hoping for…

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*NEW* Mayor of NYC Announces #MeatlessMondays at Gracie Mansion! We’ve Got Recipes!

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We love food, whether it’s a recipe that’s been passed down in the family, or updates on classics from our favorite stars. But we also want that food to be pretty healthy (we’re trying to be good, okay?), and when we heard the news that fifteen schools in Brooklyn, NY, are going to be having vegetarian meals every Monday (#meatlessmondays), we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share some of the best vegetarian meals we’ve found with you. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the new meal plan today, and will also be having vegetarian meals on Mondays, alongside Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, and all of Gracie Mansion (the residence of the Mayor of New York…

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Can Mike Bond Save the Beautiful Maine Environment?

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In most thrillers, when a Special Forces vet battles the forces of evil, he fights for his life, his allies and his country, all in a fictional environment. But when Pono Hawkins, the main character of Mike Bond’s new thriller Killing Maine (Mandevilla Press, 2015), takes on the bad guys, he doesn’t just do it in a make-believe world—he’s fighting for you and for the natural beauty of our real-life America. Bond said his first Pono Hawkins novel, Saving Paradise, was written in part to deal with what he called “the approaching tragedy” of an energy project that would have stripped the Hawaiian island, Molokai, of much of its environmental splendor. In Killing Maine, Hawkins leaves his tropical paradise and…

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Interested in cooking real food but don’t know where to start?

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We live in an era of food movements: vegetarian, vegan, slow, gluten-free, paleo, raw, organic, local. While each movement or diet has its own rules or philosophy, one thing many of them share is the recognition that processed foods and the industrial food  complex have been detrimental to our health. The traditional foods movement, which is at the heart of the new cookbook The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther, emphasizes a return to traditional methods of farming, cooking and eating with a focus on whole or minimally processed foods. While eating traditional foods may seem difficult, as farmers’ markets, CSAs, and urban gardening become more popular it is easier than ever to spend your grocery budget on traditional rather than…

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Top 5 children’s books for Earth Day

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This Earth Day, consider the power that the spare prose and arresting illustrations of children’s literature have in delivering a message.  Children’s books have the ability to teach us a thing or two about the delicate dance that happens between us and our planet. Here are five of the most visually stunning children’s books to celebrate Earth Day: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss The Lorax combines intense visuals (think bright pink and yellow truffula trees) and lessons that rhyme—a classic tale about saving Mother Earth. I’ll Follow the Moon written by Stephanie Lisa Tara, illustrated by Lee Edward Fodi Awash in images of sea turtles amidst calm and serene blue waters, this story highlights the strong bond between a mother…

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Why we love adventure

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As a kid I was often late for dinner because I was wandering the forest and didn’t want to come home. It was a huge forest of low rolling hills, stony ridges, valleys and swamps, alive with bear, deer, raccoons, cottonmouths, water moccasins and hundreds of other wild species – an absolute Paradise for a boy of eight. Day after day I’d find new valleys, climb a different rocky outcrop to a new vista and then want to go there, beyond that vista and see what could be seen from there. It’s always been the same – to reach an unknown spot then see the distant rocky horizon and wonder what’s over that mountain range. What undiscovered country lies beyond,…

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Sleeping with elephants on New Year’s Eve

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We were camping near the Tsavo River in southern Kenya. A quiet New Year’s Eve, my wife and I on cots under mosquito nets, our youngest son (nine) stretched out on the jeep’s front seat with the windows closed against mosquitoes, and the two older boys on cots under mosquito nets in a canvas tent. It was one of those soft and lovely Kenya nights – a warm breeze carrying a taste of water and of the surrounding savanna that has heated all day under the sun. We’d had a splendid New Year’s dinner of peanut butter on undercooked banana bread and water purified with iodine. It had been a long day on the savanna and everyone was sleepy. A…

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There’s a Bear in My Sink!

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BEFORE DAWN ONE MORNING there’s a noise in the kitchen, so I get up to see and there’s a bear sitting in the sink. His rump on one side, rear feet in the sink and front paws holding the compost bowl in his lap. Not a huge bear, just a couple hundred pounds of black glistening fur.  Behind him is the window he’s pried open. He looks at me, his expression Who the hell are you? “You’re going to get your little ass in trouble,” I admonish him. He shrugged – What can I do? I’m hungry. I opened the back door. “Out!” Down he flops from the counter, rear feet the size of tennis rackets, and ambles out. Next…

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My arrogant stupidity ended this beautiful life

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My Uncle Ed ran a bar in Ellsworth, and in the early fifties bought a cabin on Toddy Pond. Nine miles long and a mile across, it had only a few cabins at the end of a long road. There was a beach with white pines on both sides, and the fir and balsam forest behind it stretched a hundred miles to Machias and the Canadian border. Blue Hill rose above the far end, and in early mornings every tree and stone and meadow on the mountain lay inverted on the lake’s silver surface. Moose wandering the shallows stood on their own reflections, and trout made perfect circles as they rose for flies. Mallards patrolled the shore dabbling and quacking, their tails…

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