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Running with Mariel Hemingway Part 1: Fun In the Green Divas Studio

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
May 9, 2013
File under: Books, Culture, Lifestyle

Mariel Hemingway

The title of this article is metaphoric only, because I assure you there is no way I could physically keep up with Mariel Hemingway, if I ever had the opportunity or notion to run with her! And yes, it is my clever way of trying to weave in her two current projects — a documentary film about her family,Running from Crazy; and her new book with Bobby Williams, Running with Nature. And  to continue the running silliness, she did say during our a recent interview in the GD studio that now that she is with Bobby, she is running WITH crazy, and we all laughed heartily. The atmosphere in the studio was light, refreshing, definitely fun and funny and sparkled with great energy.

Wish you could hear it? well, me too. Everything was brilliant, but the technology fairy was asleep at the wheel, and the green diva at the control board missed one tiny setting, and as it happens, it was a critical one. I own it. I was blinded by the natural light of Mariel and mixed my input with my output and well, you’ll get to read the highlights instead, and I’ll do my best to be descriptive and thorough.

During our last call-in interview with Mariel, Mizar brazenly invited Mariel to visit us in the studio when she came to New York, and as it turned out, her next visit to New York ended with a weekend of business in northern New Jersey, 5 miles from the GD HQ. We were the fortunate beneficiaries of Mariel’s ongoing whirlwind book and film tour.

I retrieved Mariel and her assistant, Heather from New York and from the moment I saw her, she hugged me and put my nerves at ease and we talked like great friends separated for years, trying to catch up. Without our even knowing it had occurred, we lapsed into a comfortable cadence of fun and familiarity.

When we finally settled in front of our mics in the studio, the conversation went quickly to the film featuring her and the Hemingway legacy called Running From Crazy, which was done by Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Barbara Kopple and executive producer Oprah Winfrey.

Early in the interview Mariel said, “A lot of people say the word crazy has such a bad connotation, but my feeling is that Running from Crazy is about me and my family, literally my feeling like I was running from this genetic or inherited thing. I was scared. But I think by speaking the word, it loses its power.”

For her, nature had always been a sanctuary, and her latest book, Running with Nature is a healing progression from the revelation and healing that is evident in the documentary to her experiences with her life partner, Bobby Williams. Mariel said, “Running with nature has always been my saving grace.”

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One thing we all agreed about the book, was that it doesn’t scream, “this is THE way!” As Mariel put it, “It is about finding you. We are not gurus. We’re not trying to get you to follow us. We want you to find you.”

I noted that early in the book it says, “All it takes is a little willingness.” We laughed about how hard that willingness can be to come by and GD Mizar asked a great question about taking that first step, which can seem so overwhelming. Mariel’s response was, “I say to people, keep it simple. If you want to change your food, change your breakfast.” We went on to talk about how vital it is to start the day more slowly and intentionally, with a few solid minutes of quiet, creating a routine that includes gratitude.

The book offers a low-stress way to reconnect with nature and reconnect with yourself. There is a point system after each chapter, which at first made me bristle, but instead of being about gathering points to ‘win’, it offers encouraging ideas on a spectrum that allowed me to feel better than I thought I would about the chapter on adventure, where I thought I would be intimidated.

I mentioned that reading the book was like a stream of reminders of so many of the healthier habits I already know, but allow myself to get distracted from engaging in. Other than the rock climbing, real running and seriously advanced yoga, I related to the book more than I thought I would. It is a refreshing reminder of the many ways we need to re-engage in what we know is our own healthy nature, and of course nature is the key.

Green Dude, Eco Ed Schwartz was patient and waited his turn to do a separate Green Dude segment with Mariel, which of course was also lost in the technical vortex that was my great misfortune that day. I’m thinking he still enjoyed being in the studio that day, basking in the wonderful green diva energy (Heather included in this awesome feminine overload).

After an unusually uplifting session in the studio, Mariel graciously signed a couple of books for us, and we unanimously decided that after all this talk of nature, we needed to get outside in the sunshine and take a group shot near a tree.

Mariel Hemingway, Green Divas & Green Dude

Part 2 coming soon: Somewhere in the first part of our ride to New Jersey, we got on the subject of food and my recent healthy detox and my desire to lose weight and feel better. She immediately volunteered to help me and encouraged me to keep a detailed daily food journal and confidently offered to look at it and give me insight. She did, stay tuned to find out what I learned . . .

 
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Mariel Hemingway on The Willing Way (Podcast)

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
March 8, 2013
File under: Books, Culture, Lifestyle

Mariel HemingwayWe finally got to talk to the inspiring Mariel Hemingway!

But first, a big thank you to  Green Diva Correspondent  Sandy Holtzman for telling us about Bixby Bars and to Bixby Bars for sending us samples of their unusual, delicious, and seriously sustainable chocolate bars. Bixby Bars are organic, fair trade, GMO-free, and blend in varying combinations fine chocolate, dried fruit and spices to create a drool-worthy treat.

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Listen to the podcast of this awesome Green Divas Radio Show featuring Mariel Hemingway

WILSONGreen Diva Correspondent: Marie Wilson on Eco-Fashion at the Oscars

Our GD Correspondent report was from Marie Wilson, actress and model, who is well-known as Meg from As the World Turns. GD Marie dished on all the awesome eco-fashion on the red carpet at this years Oscars this year.

Many celebrities stepped up to the challenge after the original Green Carpet Challenge in 2009. (Did you know at last year’s Oscars, Meryl Streep wore an eco-gown made from Eco Certified Fabric?)

Here are some of this year’s eco-fashion bests:

The Les Miserables Best Supporting Actress winner, Anne Hathaway is a well-known vegan she sported some gorgeous vegan heels.

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Helen Hunt wore an eco-gown designed by H&M, who just launched an eco-friendly initiative with the environmental group Global Green.

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Skyfall actress Naomie Harris wore a gorgeous gown made with Global Organic Textile Standard-certified silk crepe de chine, recycled zippers, vintage glass beads, hand embroidered chocolate candy-wrapper embellishments (Yes, you read right — chocolate wrappers!). The pale mustard hue was derived from a natural dye bath of goldenrod and chamomile seeds. wow!

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Green Dude Segment: Eco Ed Schwartz – Residential Solar Energy 201

Green Dude Eco-Ed joined us once again and did the second in his series on residential solar energy. He talked in more detail about how important it is to invest in solar energy and the different ways to do it.

  1. State & Federal Incentives: There are many federal and state rebates offered to homeowners who invest in solar panels. Who knew? New Jersey is the second best state for refunds right behind California. It is very possible to earn your initial investment back quicker than you think. Go to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Energyto find out about incentives where you live.
  2. Lease: If it is too expensive to purchase solar panels, you can always lease for a more budget friendly monthly charge.
  3. PPAs Power Purchase Agreements: PPAs are financial agreements in which the solar panel developer owns, operates, and maintains the panels, and the customer agrees to let the developer to essentially rent their roof.
  4. New Construction: Green Dude Eco-Ed also had a tip for architects building new homes-Design a house so if the owner doesn’t want solar panels on it now, another owner can easily install them in the future.

Listen to this informative Green Dude Segment: Solar 201

GD Mizar DIY: Keys to Being GreenIMG_4137

Most people have a bunch of keys lying around that they have no idea where they go and what they unlock. GD Mizar has some great ideas for how we can turn those random keys into something more useful.

Listen to the fun 5-minute podcast on GD Mizar’s DIY: Keys to being green

Read GD Mizar’s post on for detailed instructions and ideas on getting creative with those old keys

Feature Interview: Mariel Hemingway

Mariel Hemingway

We finally got to talk to one of our Green Diva heroes, the beautiful and inspiring actress, author and activist, Mariel Hemingway. She is one busy lady these days with a documentary about her life as a Hemingway, Running From Crazy, and her new book, The Willing Wayand many worthy projects in between.

The Willing Way is born from Mariel and partner Bobby Williams’ passion for healthy, conscious living. Her passion came through the airwaves and we were all feeling it. We loved hearing that it wasn’t another ‘self-help’ book touting “this is THE way to happiness . . . ” Mariel quickly described that The Willing Way is all about helping people find their OWN path to passionate, conscious, healthy living.

Mariel is an awesome Green Diva, and we are all in love her. She said she will come to the studio and do the whole hour show with us when she is in New York promoting the book in April. Let’s hope we can get into her busy schedule in April!

Listen to the podcast of this awesome Green Divas Radio Show featuring Mariel Hemingway

 

 
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5 Super Nutritious Foods to Keep in the Green Diva Pantry

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
April 13, 2012
File under: Books, Diet, Food, Health

Why Should We Care? by Green Diva Meg
These posts explore a myriad of topics relating to green, sustainable and healthy living and offer simple and clear information from the fun and quirky point of view of the Green Divas. Each post provides practical, no nonsense information on What Can We Do to make a difference.

I’ll admit it. I’m a foodie. This post doesn’t exactly fit our normal ‘Why Should We Care’ format. I’m doing my part for a more sustainable world by repurposing this great article Green Diva Lisa wrote last week. We are always playing with food in the Green Diva test kitchen here at GDHQ.

Since my husband’s open-heart surgery, we’ve gotten back to being seriously vegan and he has been an awesome guinea pig for some newly inspired foodie experiments. Here are some items I always keep in the pantry and seem to use more and more these days. GD Lisa also did some homework to offer recipes too . . . yum.

Turmeric – I first started stocking turmeric in my cupboard to help with allergies. Living is Austin, TX can be allergy-challenging and it certainly is for me. But I’ve since learned that there are many other benefits. Check out this fabulous list of benefits of turmeric. This spice is a main ingredient in curry which we both like to use often and it’s what makes yellow mustard so very yellow. It can be added to many other things. I add it to my egg salad, my morning smoothies, soups and salad dressing. Oh and it makes a great natural dye for yellow Easter eggs.  This Care2.com article has great curry recipes that we recommend.

Dr. Andrew Weil offers this recipe for turmeric tea from his article praising the research and benefits of turmeric:
…read more of 5 Super Nutritious Foods to Keep in the Green Diva Pantry here

 
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What is a CSA and Why Should I Join One?

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
April 4, 2012
File under: Books, Diet, Eco-Friendly Activities, Environmental Concerns, Food, Lifestyle, Sustainable Practices

Why Should We Care? by Green Diva Meg
These posts explore a myriad of topics relating to green, sustainable and healthy living and offer simple and clear information from the fun and quirky point of view of the Green Divas. Each post provides practical, no nonsense information on What Can We Do to make a difference.

Why Should We Care About CSAs?

Join the growing (pun intended) number of people who are discovering CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). A CSA, also known as “subscription farming,” is a way for people to buy super fresh, in-season produce like fruits and vegetables and even meat directly from local farmers. It helps the farmers when they need funds in the beginning of the growing season, while offering members great fresh-from-the-dirt produce.  Generally, you buy a ‘share’, and then you get a regular delivery of fresh goodies (usually weekly) throughout the growing season.

There are so many reasons to join a local CSA. Here are 5 good ones:

1. Supporting local businesses: Being a member of a CSA directly supports a local farmer. Our friend Woody Tasch, the author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered, is part of a growing (again pun intended) community of investors that believe in the benefits of investing in local farmers is a great way to create healthier more sustainable local economies.
…read more of What is a CSA and Why Should I Join One? here

 
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What is Green Burial & Why Should We Consider it?

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
February 15, 2012
File under: Books, Environmental Concerns, Family, Lifestyle, Personal Care, Sustainable Practices, Waste Reduction

Why Should We Care? by Green Diva Meg
These posts explore a myriad of topics relating to green, sustainable and healthy living and offer simple and clear information from the fun and quirky point of view of the Green Divas. Each post provides practical, no nonsense information on What Can We Do to make a difference.

WHY SHOULD WE CARE . . .  ABOUT A GREEN BURIAL?

I know. It seems like a dreary topic on the heels of Valentine’s Day. It’s probably never a wonderful time to hit you up with this subject, but we’re all going to face it one way or another, and for reasons you are about to catch a glimpse of, we should be making more informed decisions that can help us and those we love leave this earth with a much lighter carbon footprint.

Our audience seems to be fascinated by this topic and every time we have the Green Reaper, Elizabeth Fournier on the radio show, the numbers skyrocket. So, whether we admit it publicly or not, we DO want to know more about this topic.

What we are learning is that more people not only want to have a greener goodbye, but a more meaningful and personalized one. We are astounded at some of the ways that both of these can be achieved. But first, some crazy statistics on why we should care . . .

…read more of What is Green Burial & Why Should We Consider it? here

 
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