A Pulse Epilogue

I wrote this essay in the days following the Pulse Tragedy, which struck the heart of my community a year ago. I was unable to post it until a year had passed, on the heels of the attack in London. It was just too soon.  Bloody Sunday. Shout the headlines. Blood Donors. Snake around the … More A Pulse Epilogue

Everyday Apothecary: Remedy Recipes for Everybody

{This article written for Velocity Magazine July/August 2013. Pick one up on our front porch today or read the magazine online.} In college I had an excessive soda habit, consuming almost a liter a day. The processed sugar and caffeine had me hooked but left me dehydrated and fatigued when the rush wore off, so … More Everyday Apothecary: Remedy Recipes for Everybody

REVIEW “Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer” by Judy Wicks

I was a kindergartener when White Dog Cafe opened in Philadelphia. I wouldn’t know about the cafe until after I opened my own cafe 22 years later. My business was founded on a Triple P bottom line – people, planet & profit – and about a year after we were opened, I came to the … More REVIEW “Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer” by Judy Wicks

Towards flexibility

[A modified version of this article is in the March/April 2013 Edition of Velocity Magazine] March marks the seventh anniversary of my little cafe. Our desire was to offer our neighbors a place to enjoy wholesome food that was better for the environment and optimal for our bodies. Data abounds about the benefits of eating … More Towards flexibility

A lover’s plea for the worn out, burnt out, shook up, pissed off, and stressed out change makers

>>>An edited version of this appeared in the Jan/Feb 2013 Edition of Velocity Magazine. <<< I just unearthed this long forgotten (and unsent) letter that could be written to any number of people who are in a moment of imbalance. Many well-intentioned and big-hearted people  work so damn hard in the field of activism, sustainability, … More A lover’s plea for the worn out, burnt out, shook up, pissed off, and stressed out change makers

Is Local or Organic More Important?

[This article originally appeared in the March/April 2012 edition of Velocity Magazine. Read it in it’s original format here.] It depends… first on what your definitions of “local” & “organic” include. These words used to imply small scale, independent, sustainable, fair, artisan crafted, heirloom varieties. Nowadays, these words have been stripped of their soul. The term “Local” … More Is Local or Organic More Important?

Local Food Roundup

[This article originally appeared in the September/October 2011 edition of Velocity Magazine. Read it in it’s original format here.] Highlights from the Central Florida Good Food Movement Look no further than Central Florida local food movement to see proof of what happens when a group of dedicated individuals sets out to revolutionize a town. Five years ago, … More Local Food Roundup