From Lupines to Life

Mar 14

From Lupines to Life

Watching a NOVA show on the recovery of life after Mount St Helens blew its top. No matter what happens in the second half of the show, (the volcano may win someday) I am encouraged by the ability of life to catch and hold onto the miles of lifeless, rock even after almost all life forms were blasted off the mountain.  And all of this happened in much less time than...

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Bringing ‘em Back

Mar 02

Bringing ‘em Back

SHOULD WE BRING EXTINCT SPECIES back to life?  Do we really want herds of wooly mammoths roaming the streets of New York, or passenger pigeons pooping on our cars? Throw this question into your SATURDAY SALON hat and watch the discussion take off.  A new topic has a way of spurring your guests’ thoughts and takes the discussion into the bigger questions and...

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Pete Seeger

Feb 03

Pete Seeger

WHO ARE YOUR HEROS? Great Saturday Salon question, because it puts a spotlight on what we value.  Pete Seeger’s on my list, ever since I watched a documentary about his life and how he lived it.  Pete Seeger died January 27th, 2014.  He was 94.  I admire him because he lived his life with joy, integrity and loved others and the planet with an active, true...

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Is Older Better?

Feb 02

Is Older Better?

WHAT GETS BETTER WITH AGE? Wine, art, marriage, savings…? It’s a great question to throw in the hat at your next Saturday Salon, because the conversation can take you anywhere and usually down roads you and your guests least expect. A recent study of 403 tree species, spanning 6 continents claims that older is better, at least in trees. Old growth trees may...

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Watcha Doin’?

Jan 26

Watcha Doin’?

THIS MAN IS FUN! When was the last time you had any..fun? I’m talking about doing something purely for the enjoyment you get WHILE DOING IT.  Not the benefits you reap AFTER you do it, like eating healthy and exercising.  Crowbarring yourself off the couch to go to the gym to ride a bike that’s been nailed to the floor, next to 50 other people sweating...

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Go to the Edges of Your Life

Jan 19

Go to the Edges of Your Life

CAN YOU REALLY GET A DOZEN PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT ETHNICITIES, OCCUPATIONS, GENDERS, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL STATUS, health, travel experience, political and religious persuasions, and nationalities to sit down and talk to each other about the most sensitive and volatile topics of our time….without drawing blood? I promise you that you can!  Whether you are new to...

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Inviting 101

Jan 19

Inviting 101

SATURDAY SALON HOSTING TIP # 1….is “Get Out of Your  Comfort Zone!”  When you think of hosting a salon, you will feel comfortable inviting your friends, but not necessarily your boss or people you know may not like each other.  Be Brave!  The whole purpose of a Saturday Salon is to bring people together who don’t normally take the time or...

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