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 before now. It was just too soon. Bloody Sunday. Shout the headlines. Blood Donors. Snake around the block throughout town. Blood Everywhere. Survivors repeat, over and over. Pulse. … 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