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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.
Parallel Teachings from Youth and Nature: Sharing, Reciprocity and Working Within 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…

 
An Achievable New Year’s Eco Resolution: 'Not-Doing'
Sunday, 29 December 2013 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…

 
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Away, away, from men and towns, / To the wild wood and the downs, — / To the silent wilderness, / Where the soul need not repress / Its music. - Percy Bysshe Shelley, (1792-1822), "To Jane, The Invitation," c.1820  More quotes...