Archive for August, 2007

How High?
August 30, 2007

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Poor Trees
August 28, 2007

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Before I record my meditations on the financial situation of trees, I must clear the air with reference to my cheese selection. Contrary to popular belief, I love all cheeses equally. I love the sharp zest of cheddar. I love the smokey goodness of gouda. I even enjoy the deformed pungency of Swiss. It has been said that I blantantly elevate provolone to king of the cheeses. Though mildly tempting, this accusation is blantantly false. Each cheese possesses qualities that are equally pleasing to my spirit. Ahhh, the power of cheese.

Refocus

Because money does not grow on trees… they live in poverty. But what if Father Earth considers sunlight and rain to be a currency? What if He equates the excrement of the woodpecker with the profile of Alexander Hamilton? Then trees would no longer be poor.

I have a vision that one day the leaves of trees will replace greenbacks – What a delightful day for the tree community! Humans would envy their financial situations. Actually…now that I think about it…they would envy trees so much so that they would attempt to strip all the currency from their limbs. Sucess for the greedy humans would be enivitable because even the might oak cannot defend itself. And posing nude or eternity, the trees would once again slip into poverty.

Dang.

Poor, poor trees.           

I am a Mystic
August 14, 2007

According to dictionary.com… 

Mystic – (n) 1 of obscure or mysterious character or significance 2 a person who claims to attain, or believes in the possibility of attaining, insight into mysteries transcending ordinary human knowledge, as by direct communication with the divine or immediate intuition in a state of spiritual ecstasy 3 a person initiated into religious mysteries

According to Webster… 

Mystic – (n) a believer in mysticism

Mysticism – (n) 1 belief in the possibility of attaining direct communication with God or knowledge of spiritual truths, as by mediation 2 obscure thinking or belief

With regards to practice according to Wikipedia… 

            Mystics hold that there is a deeper, more fundamental state of existence hidden beneath the appearances of day–to–day living (which may become, to the mystic, superficial or epiphenomenal). For the authentic mystic, unity is both the internal and external focus as one seeks the truth about oneself, one’s relationship to others and Reality (both the world at large and the unseen realm). The mystic’s motivation for such an arduous endeavor appears to be unique to the individual and culture, and sometimes a new religion, order, or sect may be the legacy. Generally approached through the purification processes of prayer, meditation, contemplation (communion with Reality) and a wide variety of other means, the mystic seeks to transcend any constraint to his direct experience of the divine. 

How am I not?

Big Day
August 8, 2007

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Hooray!

The Color of Sales
August 7, 2007

The Housing slump notwithstanding, sellers of ecofriendly homes are seeing green. “Our local real-estate market is in the tank, but we’re hiring people left and right to try to keep up with demand,” says David Stitt, an ecofriendly builder in Arkansas. At 340 on the Park, a new green high-rise overlooking Lake Michigan in Chicago, 337 of the building’s 343 units are sold – despite prices from $350,000 to more than $2 million.

“We’re selling expensive real estate in the city of Chicago, and it can’t feel Birkenstockish,” says Kerry Dickson, of the developer Related Midwest. In December, Elaine Cottey and her husband will move into their unit. They like the ecologically correct bamboo floors, the bike room and the 11,000-gallon tank that collects storm water used to irrigate the landscaping. All the right stuff, and it still looks luxe. “It’s a win-win situation,” says Cottey.

Today’s buyers want to save money on energy and breathe air without smelly chemicals in the paint. There’s also the “cool” factor. “There is a uniqueness to a home that has a countertop made out of recycled glass, or flooring made out of salvaged wood, and they know where that wood comes from,” says Jennifer Hattam, green-living editor for the Sierra Club.

The greenest homes embrace native plants, use little water (think low-flow faucets and dual-flush toilets that provide more water for solid waste), require minimal energy and improve indoor air quality. Floors made from rapid-growth eucalyptus trees and countertops made from recycled paper are good for nature – and are “feel-good features,” says Grand Rapids, Michigan builder Arn McIntyre.

There are even green real-estates agencies, such as Green Key Real Estate in S.F. and KJM Real Estate in Beverly Hills, California. “This really isn’t the house of the future. This is the house of today,” says Albuquerque, N.M., home builder Steve Hale. And in this nervous economy, says KJM’s Brian Bradley, “by incorporating green features into your home, you can increase its value and make it stand out in the marketplace.”
*This article taken from the August 6th edition of Newsweek.