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Marita Prandoni

Marita Prandoni photo courtesy of Marita PrandoniMarita Prandoni has a passion for exploring different cultures and worldviews. She draws inspiration from her family, tutoring extraordinary youth, meeting unexpected heroes and from the stunning natural beauty of her home turf in and around Santa Fe, NM.

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Reflections on universal issues from around our small earth, all of them interconnected, complex and evolving.
Debunking Soy’s Superfood Image
Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

Soy Recipes Book photo by Ben OstrowskyI have a beef with soy. The Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Dow Chemical, DuPont, Cargill and Monsanto corporations don’t want me to tell you this, but soy could be hazardous to your health—and it is certainly brutalizing the Earth’s ecosystems.

Many vegetarians and vegans are under the impression that soy-based foods provide a beeline to a high-protein longevity Mecca. Though I don’t argue that there are excellent plant foods that can supply our bodies with sufficient protein, soy is at the bottom of my list. Read on…

 
Parallel Teachings from Youth and Nature: Sharing, Reciprocity and Accepting Limits
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

Parallel Teaching of Teen Girls photo by EmdotOnce weekly, I tutor Spanish to a 15-year-old girl from Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico. The extra hour is aimed at boosting her competence in grammar, vocabulary and listening comprehension. But this spirited young lady—I’ll call her Leticia—prefers not to jump right into the lessons at hand. She likes to shoot the breeze, chew gum, doodle—anything to delay studying Spanish. Then, in the last 15 minutes or so, she launches into the homework, probably hoping I’ll give her the maximum amount of help to finish up, having already extracted the maximum amount of fun. Read on…

 
Welcome to the Anthropocene Era
Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

Smokestack Toxicity photo by Sean McGrathSince the advent of the industrial revolution, human activity has significantly altered natural environments—to the extent that the time dating from the steam engine’s invention in 1784 to the present is considered a new geologic period. It is known as the Anthropocene Era, a moniker coined by 2000 Nobel Laureate and atmospheric chemist, Paul Crutzen. Read on...

 
Earth Day: Not Just for ‘Greener Than Thous’
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

Earth Day view of the Andes photo by Flying Singer"If we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force the issue onto the national political agenda.”
- Sen. Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day Founder

When Gaylord Nelson launched Earth Day 42 years ago, he envisioned it as a grassroots teach-in to make Washington aware of growing public concern over the state of the environment. Historically, our lawmakers have been more concerned with the Gross National Product—maintaining economic growth at any cost—than the ecology. It’s odd that the environment should take a back seat to the economy. The environment is the economy. Read on…

 
Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil’s Cousins May Be Forecasting a Fate Worse Than a Long Winter
Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

Prairie dogs photo by Lawrence in HoustonPrairie dogs are the eyes of the community.
- Terry Tempest Williams

Groundhog Day is most famously celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where almost always, Phil retreats, forecasting six more weeks of winter. But it is west of the Mississippi where Phil’s cousins, the prairie dogs, may well be offering a more dire prediction—about the fate of humanity. This is why there have been efforts to establish Prairie-Dog Day to bring attention to the plight of these creatures, under attack by ranchers and developers who consider them pests. Read on…

 
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Eco Tip

Unplug appliances when not in use. Your electronics—computers, TVs, phone chargers—use energy even when they're turned off. Stand-by power can account for as much as 20% of home energy use. Save both energy and money by unplugging your devices, or put them on a power strip that you can turn off when they are not in use.  More tips...

Eco Quote

He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Essays, Second Series, 1844   More quotes...