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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.
Welcome to the Anthropocene Era
Thursday, 26 February 2015 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...

An Achievable New Year’s Eco Resolution: 'Not-Doing'
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

'Relax' on a To-Do List photo by Sasha WolffI’ve never made New Year’s resolutions. They can end in feelings of guilt and drudgery. Sometimes they lead to consuming more, like buying exercise equipment—when getting outdoors for regular walks might have a more lasting effect.

I propose a different strategy for next year: Be less ambitious and, in Carlos Castaneda lingo, practice “not-doing.” This will shrink our impact on the resources and ecosystems that make it possible for us to survive. Read on…

Hyper-Individualism: Bad for Children, Bad for the Earth
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry

Girl Looking Out Window photo by D. Sharon PruittA recent BBC story by Mark Easton called “Selfish Adults ‘Damage Childhood’” piqued my interest, especially when it cited too much competition in education as a key reason. Easton summarized a three-year study by the Children’s Society called “The Good Childhood Inquiry” in which the panel concluded that children’s lives in Britain have become “more difficult than in the past.” It cited “family break-up, unprincipled advertising, too much competition in education and income inequality” as key reasons. The report also says that individual freedom and self-determination have been good for society, but that too much of this can lead to the decline of emotional health in children. Read on...

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…

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Take a “stay-cation” or vacation closer to home. Reduce your carbon footprint by staying home for vacation. If you do travel, stay as close to home as possible and use public transportation to reach your destination.  >More tips...

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Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.  - Chief Seattle, leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes, 1855   More quotes...