Yes, the bracelets made of delicately rounded glass beads that look like raindrops dripping around the wrist are stunning. I’m like a squirrel with shiny things- I’m just drawn to them and I just want to run my fingers up and down all of them. But then I learned more about these bracelets and how […]
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“Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore.” These are the first two phrases that Tosca sings in her famous Act 2 aria, “Vissi d’arte.” The English translation means, “I lived for art, I lived for love.” Puccini’s Tosca was one of Maria Callas’ most infamous operatic roles and the prime example of life imitating art. Callas’ life ended on September 16, 1977 in a Paris apartment. It is said that she died of a broken heart as did opera singer Floria Tosca at the end of the opera. Callas had an extra special gift which was reflected in the art form of opera. Transforming passion through music for the world to hear was what she sacrificed her life for.
1) “Green” Light: is to give permission or a go ahead to move forward with a project. 2) Effect: A result or change of something 3) Festival: an event staged by a local community that celebrates some unique aspect of that community On May 1st 2011, LuxEco Living will be debuting their monthly “Fete” that brings […]
Corporate guru, David H. Murdock, advocates disease prevention through wellness with a lifestyle makeover for longer, healthier lives. By: Bethany Colson, Managing Editor of LuxEcoLiving.com Son of a Kansas City traveling salesman who grew bored with school in the 9th grade, David H. Murdock was determined to live life and conduct business creatively, driven by […]
By: Bethany Colson, Managing Editor of LuxEcoLiving.com
What sounds better than clean, green, eco-conscious energy produced from the natural power of ocean currents in a way that protects the environment, promotes energy independence and sustains a local economy with jobs? Harnessing the power of the ocean to generate abundant renewable and sustainable energy sounds pretty good to me. Sign me up!
Ocean Renewable Power Company is one company that is looking to do just that. Using the same science and technology as wind turbines, ORPC has developed a modular system of Turbine Generator Units, or TGUs, that use rotating foils to power a central permanent magnet generator. While similar to wind turbines, this promising new technology offers exponential benefits as water is 800 times as dense and tides are much more consistent.
By: Janelle Sorensen, courtesy of Healthy Child Healthy World
Looking for a pediatrician is no easy task, especially if your concerns and parenting methods aren’t exactly the same as mainstream America. My husband and I scoured the city for a full year before finding the right one for our daughters. But, it totally paid off.
We found an amazingly supportive and brilliant pediatrician whose philosophy was to tell us everything she knew and then let us choose what to do. She had only one provision; if she ever thought the results of a treatment were sub-par, then she would intervene with an alternate recommendation. That never happened and I was always overwhelmed with how much she knew. She could rattle off statistics about best practices in the EU, pertinent studies regarding alternative remedies, and recent outbreaks that could put my children at risk. She was a dream come true. But, alas, we moved. Now we are on the hunt again.
By Bethany Colson, Managing Editor of LuxEcoLiving.com
I have often heard from environmentalists and natural health experts that you can chart the introduction of chemicals (particularly petrochemicals) to our society and see the graph begin to sharply incline after WWII and reach epic proportions from the 1980’s. Likewise, you could chart the increase in cancers, diabetes, obesity, autism, heart disease and asthma and see the same stratospheric rise. In fact, you could put the two charts on top of each and see the obvious correlation.
By Bethany Colson, Managing Editor of LuxEcoLiving.com
According to the US government, One third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. A recent study put the health care costs of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion per year. With rates having tripled over the last three decades and with millions effected and the percentage of obese or overweight children at or above 30% in 30 states, the childhood obesity epidemic shows no slowing in site… YET.
Enter First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Goal: Through nutrition education, healthy food alternatives, physical fitness and a coordinated effort between public, private and non-private sector, the challenge of childhood obesity will be solved within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.
Action For Healthy Kids Remember the watershed moment when you first learned about the dangers of pesticides in your food or the toxic chemicals in your cleaners? Maybe it was when you learned about parabens and petrochemicals in your personal care products or bisphenol-A leaching from plastics and into your food and into your body. […]
By Bethany Colson, Managing Editor of LuxEcoLiving.com
America today is seeing more people being isolated into a world of junk food and unhealthy foods. The U.S is rapidly turning into an unhealthy America with something called a “food desert”. What’s a food desert? According to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, a food desert is a “place where there is not easy access, affordable access, reasonable access to fresh fruits and vegetables — to a grocery store.”
It could be an inner city or a rural town but what they both have in common, besides the low income economy, is their lack of access to fresh produce and to healthy food alternatives. Instead, convenience stores and fast foods with their highly processed foods, packed with refined sugars, trans fats and preservatives are ubiquitous and commonplace. As a result, families are left with few options to serving nutritious foods and their children suffer the consequences. With new generations being fed these types of foods, it is only a matter of time before this growing unhealthy America can see any change whatsoever.
By Bethany Colson, Managing Editor of LuxEco Living and Beauty Expert
In 2006, James and Nancy Chuda completed their labor of love: their Green Home under the “H” of the iconic Hollywood sign. Drawing from the couple’s environmental activism and Jame’s prolific career as a nationally board-certified architect specializing in the creation of non-toxic living and working environments, the Green Home is a culmination of many years of the Chuda’s dedication to learning, living and advocating for a natural, environmentally-safe and sustainable lifestyle.
However, going green didn’t mean that their classic good taste would be sacrificed; their modern design would meet green architecture.
“The sound of water is so relaxing,” says Peter Logan of Peter Logan Designs in Tujunga California. “And the water garden is a low maintenance, ecologically balanced system requiring no toxic chemicals. It let’s Mother Nature do the work.” Working with nature, in all her innate balance and glory, was the spirit in which Peter […]
…I Wish For Safe Toys Tonight! My last trip to Toys R’ Us was disturbing on several levels. Not having kids of my own, I rarely go but it was Christmastime… the perfect opportunity to spoil my 5 year old niece. Toys R’ Us, like so many mass retailers, is a cacophony of noise and […]
By Mary Elizabeth Williams-Villano, LuxEcoLiving Editorial Assistant
“In donning this well-preserved classic dress, I believe the First Lady is not merely paying homage to a long-forgotten American designer. She’s accessorized this exquisite black lace cocktail dress with an understated Green brooch.”
By Bethany Colson, Managing Editor Stripped down, the twelve apostles appear very different to us than the way that we conventionally imagine them. In her most recent and widely acclaimed show XII Apostles Artist, Getty educator and LuxEco Advocate, Zhenya Gershman humanizes each of the apostles in majestic life-size canvases. With broad brush strokes and […]
By Elizabeth Grossman, Author of Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry, High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health via by The Pump Handle “I’ve never seen anything like it,” says David Willman, who has nearly 15 years’ experience captaining supply boats that support oil rigs and […]
By: Bethany Colson, Managing Editor of LuxEco Living. In Part I of my interview with Lisa Gautier, Founder of Matter of Trust, she helped us understand that the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico didn’t have to depend upon clean-up efforts that only further exacerbated the environmental damage. Hair booms, a natural […]
By Bethany Colson, Managing Editor of LuxEcoLiving.com We are in a hairy situation indeed!!! Tens of millions of gallons of oil have gushed into the Gulf of Mexico since the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew out on April 20, 2010, killing 11 people. After over 57 days, there seems to be no respite […]
In a rare look at the Deepwater Horizon rig, Kerry Sanders from The Today Show flew over the oil-soaked Gulf of Mexico. As far as the eye could see, oil reflected the sunlight off their shiny slicks. Shockingly, Sanders noted the noxious smell of the oil as the Coast Guard helicopter hovered 500 feet over […]
By: Bethany Colson, Managing Editor of LuxEco Living. Walking around plush suburban America in Hazmat suits because the environment is saturated with toxic chemicals? Well, maybe we aren’t too far away from such a scenario- at least Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN think we may be closer than we realize. On June 2nd and 3rd, […]
By Bethany Colson, Managing Editor of LuxEcoLiving.com When fighting cancer, we often think of disease management through any number of Western medical practices. But wellness takes a key role in healing and maintaining the healthy balance in mind, body and spirit – another potent aid in recovery. Through the help with Premier of Victoria John […]
The trend towards low-cost “throw away” fashion has resulted in a stratospheric increase in sales. However, according to Ecouterre the results have not been so flattering to the environment. Using Britain as an example of this worldwide phenomenon, approximately 74% of the 2 million tons of clothes they buy each year find their resting place […]
Photography: Lara Kastner for Metropolis In each of our lives, we are given a unique set of gifts, challenges and even obstacles. They say that the truly happy and successful people are those that can take even the seemingly negative aspects of their lives and find a way to alter their perspective and make them […]
Green interiors are now innovative, elegant and easily available in every pricing category. epOxyGreen, a 5,000-square foot showroom featuring sustainable flooring, carpeting, recycled decorative splashes, tiles, paints, plasters, countertop and cabinets, sinks, decorative panels and plys, window finishes, wallpapers and textiles, offers designers and customers an array of options for creating a healthy and earth-friendly living and work space. […]
By Bethany Colson, Managing Editor of LuxEcoLiving.com After months of rally efforts, raising donations and even conducting neighborhood bake sales, the Hollywood sign has finally been saved from certain doom by real estate developers and urban sprawl. The sign will now and forever sit on top of the Hollywood hillside, with an unobstructed view, to […]
They were thought to have been extinct since the 1980’s but the thumbnail sized Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly (also known as the El Segundo Blue Butterfly) are being brought back from the verge of extinction by the scientists from Moorpark College and a few natural phermones. The federally endangered Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus […]
My new hero, Annie Leonard of the internet phenomenon The Story of Stuff, is at it again. This time, in honor of World Water Day, she has produced a new film called, The Story of Bottled Water. She writes on her site: “Imagine I was trying to sell you a sandwich. It’s shrink wrapped in […]
From the incomparable Seth Godin You rock This is deceptive. You don’t rock all the time. No one does. No one is a rock star, superstar, world-changing artist all the time. In fact, it’s a self-defeating goal. You can’t do it. No, but you might rock five minutes a day. Five minutes to write a […]
Last month James Cameron was invited to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) fundraiser at FOX studios to discuss the meaning, the message and inspiration of his award winning and Oscar nominated film, “Avatar.” After 40 minutes of selected scenes from the film, Elvis Mitchell of KCRW’s show The Treatment joined Mr. Cameron in a […]
The historic passage of last night’s health care reform bill will positively effect millions of American’s with immediate benefits as outlined in the House Democrat’s blog : Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans; Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a […]
Michael Bernard Beckwith, Founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, has galvanized a community of thousands of followers in his trans-denominational movement. Beckwith’s ability to move his congregation toward a more peaceful and loving relationship with each other and our global brothers and sisters is force of nature. In a truly inspirational message to his […]
Masura Emoto says that he thinks “music was meant to bring our vibrations back to our intrinsic state” and that before it is art, it is a tool for healing. Pretty powerful stuff! I have to say that I believe there is some truth to what he says. Have you ever felt the intensity of […]
Yay if you recycle!!! But there is more to the story! Annie Leonard’s “Story of Stuff” is pure genius! Take 20 minutes out and think about the true cost of the stuff you own. Truthfully, I have a much deeper appreciation for all the crap I own now! Watch the trailer below and go here […]
Did you know that: We are losing Earth’s greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years. One and one-half […]
Traveling is a look into culture, tradition and history. Learning about Médici’s Renaissance Florence might give you a more profound appreciation of art, religious history and early finance. The pyramids and ancient structures through Central and South America give in a glimpse into an exciting and mysterious civilizations long lost. And other times, enjoying a […]