Archive for the ‘Editor’s Note’ Category
“Always walk through life as if
you have something new to learn
and you will.”
~ Vernon Howard
by Cheryl Hurd
On your mark, get set, learn! Oh, wait a minute. Learning is not a sprint, or a race to the finish. Learning is a lifelong endeavor. With school back in session, we are reminded that the educational journey continues. From kindergarten to college, students are readying their brains to be fattened with knowledge. They are filled with hopes and dreams, and anticipation of what the future might hold. It’s an exciting time in classrooms and on campuses, and we are sharing some of that excitement in the following pages.
Green Living is filled with stories about education, innovation and inspiration. Children from an impoverished village in South America will travel to Phoenix this month to perform a classical concert – their instruments crafted from trash plucked from the landfill on which they live.
I have a confession to make. While we’ve been featuring Arizona staycations in the past few issues, and continue to do so this month with a fabulous eco-travel piece highlighting Phoenix, I stepped a bit out of our state’s borders last month. I ran as far from the 110-degree heat as I could to the northeastern part of our great country. Rhode Island to be exact—and Connecticut and Massachusetts. It was a working vacation, really. An educational excursion, if you will, and a much-needed visit with family.
The New England communities, and my family, are rich with examples of living green. The way of life there reinforces the idea that green living is not just a fad celebrated by a few, but a lifestyle embraced in varying degrees by many, some as newly adopted habits and some as practices that span generations.
The stories in this issue make my heart soar. I am inspired and I hope you will be too. After meeting some phenomenal women in the May issue, I thought it might be difficult for the men to measure up. Boy, was I wrong! So who are these amazing men who promote sustainability? You can meet a few of them in the following pages.
This issue is dedicated to men, and celebrates the stories of some who are championing sustainable living way beyond their own lives. You will meet two Swiss innovators who are traveling across America in an aircraft powered by the sun.
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are on a mission to increase awareness and get people excited about renewable energy. They are carrying their message through the clouds, some 27,000 feet above land, in a silent fixed-wing solar airplane that is in the middle of a record-breaking cross-country tour. The duo stopped in Phoenix by way of San Francisco and will continue soaring across the nation to a final destination in New York.
Back on the ground in Phoenix, we meet Derrick Hall, CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and champion for the environment. He strives to influence the players, fans, employees and corporate partners, through a variety of sustainability initiatives and by giving back to the community.
Phenomenal women. They are all around us. And since I started working on our May issue, which is our women’s issue, I have met even more. Before I even had a chance to consider how to frame an issue around women, some amazing ladies caught my attention. There seems to be no shortage of women who, driven by passion, excel at what they do. In the following pages you will meet a few of these incredible women—they impact our communities, our world and, by extension, our own lives.
You will hear from actress and surfer Veronica Grey, who is passionate about decreasing the amount of plastic that is threatening our oceans,
Women’s health is discussed by Ayurvedic practitioner Anita Rangaswami, who addresses holistic well-being during pregnancy, and by Dr. Shana Wingo, a leading gynecological oncologist who educates us about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. We also hear from gold medalist Shannon Miller, an ovarian cancer survivor who is now pregnant with her second child.
Happy Earth Month! Change is something that makes many of us uncomfortable. We like familiarity, established routines, and comfortable habits—good or bad. I am guilty of that too, sometimes, but I also like getting out of my comfort zone. I enjoy the squeeze of anxiety that grips my chest when facing the unknown, and the rush that comes from conquering it. So I am very excited about my new role as Editor-in-Chief of Green Living magazine. It is a big change and a challenge that I wholeheartedly embrace. In my first weeks here, I have learned so much. I have been inspired, and I have been motivated to change. Now I encourage you to do the same. Embrace the change that comes from living green. April is Earth Month—an entire month dedicated to our planet. It is a time to remind ourselves just how beautiful and fragile our world is and to realize that we have the power to influence its future, and our own.
I am very excited for our March issue. Spring is the time of renewal, new growth and fresh starts. It is time to get outside, enjoy nature and appreciate the many precious moments that fl y by us in an instant. For more than three years our EIC, Tishin Donkersley, M.A., has worked hard to develop vibrant content for our readers. I express gratitude to Tishin for her creative vision that she has brought to Green Living Magazine. She has left a large footprint within the community. I will miss her and wish her great success on her new ventures. In this edition we feature eco-fashion and beauty, food sensitivities, raw food for your pets, growing citrus, green home products, cloud computing, traveling vixens and Give Back Day.
Happy holidays to all! Ah, December, I do miss you. I love this time of year, not just because of the holidays and the festive attitudes, but also because of the opportunity to wear layers, to make s’mores and drink hot cocoa, and to go crazy with the holiday lights.
This month we are focused on reducing stress, fighting holiday weight gain, and having fun. I encourage you to read the article from the Chopra Center for Wellbeing that discusses reducing your stress at family events — good advice to take with you. On the weight gain, contributing author Barbi Walker talks about how too much sugar can decrease your brain function, and how to be mindful of all of the holiday sweets at work — use our tips to manage calories when faced with delicious temptations. For the fun section, I sat down with celebrity chef Brian Malarkey of the newly opened Searsucker in Scottsdale — the first expansion of the wildly popular restaurant concepts based in San Diego. (Others include Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine and Herringbone — names inspired by fabric styles worn at the Kentucky Derby on opening day.) This guy has so much positive energy and awesome vibe that it was hard not to high-five him during the interview. His Executive Chef Steven “Chops” Smith was just as amped to bring his patrons some delicious food and create an environment where you can come-eat-stay-and hang out with friends. It’s a must-do.