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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

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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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Rescued by Grace: Turning 50 Like a Green Diva

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
February 27, 2013
File under: Culture, Gifts, Health, Lifestyle, Pets

I was the youngest in my family – by 8 years – and thusly spent most of my life trying to catch up. I never loved being the baby all the time, yet always found myself attracted to older people and perpetuating my role as the baby. But this week, the delusion that I was still the baby was finally crushed beneath that mother of all birthdays (at least in my current limited perspective) – 50.

I hadn’t really paid much attention to this as a big deal, but EVERYONE around me keeps saying, “oh, no – 50 is a BIG deal.” Oh. Ok. So, I should take this thing seriously?

Growing up hasn’t been my strongest attribute, but perhaps here at the half-century mark, I will consider it more carefully . . . nah . . . that hurts my wee brain. In fact, the phrase ‘half-century’ makes me want to dig in my heels and consider how awesome being a kid at 50 might be.

50 tried to kick my butt with a big dose of phlegm and bronchitis – my big event on my actual 50th birthday was to get carted off to the doctor by my oldest daughter. My potential future as an old woman flashed before my eyes as I sat in her passenger seat and felt like a pain in her @ss. This just boosted my resolve to be healthy, stay healthy and kick some middle-aged booty, because no doubt the next 50 years will bring this scene in sincerity all too quickly – must enjoy the time between as much as possible!

I’m not big on birthdays and gifts and all that hooha (at least for myself), but the universe gave me one of the most awesome unexpected gifts I could imagine – our new furry girl, Gracie Mae. We have always had dogs and at one point in the last 10 years, we had 3 big ones – 2 newfies and 1 very large golden (over 300 pounds of serious woof love).

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The last one passed 2 years ago and we have been looking to rescue another furry family member for over a year. It isn’t easy to find a large breed puppy, but my husband and I felt strongly that because of our awesome grand babies, it was important to get a young dog that could socialize with the wee g-babes and they could all grow up together. We really never considered getting an adult dog, so as the months passed, we tried to trust that we would find our new baby, and we would know her/him when we found her/him. We fell in love a million times via internet, met a few dogs (not pups) that just weren’t right and almost gave up.

But, about 10 days before I crossed the invisible boundary into the second half of my life, we stumbled (literally) into our Grace. We had seen some pics online of some newfie mix pups and were running around trying to find them and the kind folks at Eleventh Hour Rescue said we had to go to their adoption center and sign up to be first on the list when the pups came up from wherever they were coming from. So, slightly discouraged from yet another future, maybe, hopeful excursion, we showed up to sign up in person (rather than online) for these puppies, but before we got to the desk, there was Gracie Mae (whose name was Mae) sitting with a volunteer. We stopped, stood, stared, gawked and I think we both cried before we spoke because we knew she was our girl. She came right over to us, kissed us both and offered her paw politely and we were smitten. There was no question, we barely uttered words, but we all knew what had happened and within minutes, there were papers and we were shopping for supplies for our new girl.

Gracie Mae

She is 5 years old and not what we were looking for, but she was patient – unlike us – and we finally caught up. Wow! We all bonded as if we had been together for 5 years. Grace found us and her exuberant energy is exactly what this green diva needs. She is amazing. May I gush just a wee bit? Of all the dogs I’ve loved, she is probably the smartest. She embodies many of the various favorite attributes of our best dogs in one miraculous package behind those soulful, sweet brown eyes.

So, I trudge this Road of Happy Destiny* with my husband on one side, my best furry girl on the other and the rest of my awesome family all around us. What a party! If I had any thoughts of being bummed out about turning 50, they are gone. I have been salvaged – yet again – I have been recycled and repurposed. I have been rescued by Grace (Gracie Mae that is).

*pg. 164 of the Big Book (if you don’t know what this is, don’t worry about it)

 

 
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Obomney: Obama v Romney on Environment & Energy

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
September 12, 2012
File under: Culture, Environmental Concerns

 

WARNING: this is an opinion piece. I will try to present facts, but I’m not an unbiased news source.

Oh boy. Whether you are rooting for the guy who got Clint Eastwood to babble to an empty chair (Mitt Romney), or the guy who is tap dancing as fast as he can in the White House to the “be patient. hope is on the way” song (President Barack Obama), you know this is a critical crossroad in our country’s history. The ideologies of the two main political parties have gotten so strange that by 50-year-old standards Obama would be considered conservative and Romney wouldn’t be taken seriously at all.

I was always a Hillary gal, but in 2008, I rallied behind the man of hope and was surprisingly inspired when he indeed took office. The country was hitting some harsh realities and the mere whiff of hope and change created a magical sense that we could suck it up and go through our growing pains and band together to become a stronger nation again. Lots of airy rhetoric and it worked . . . for like 5 minutes. Then the backlash of opposition turned the beltway into crazy town with all kinds of crazy talk about demolishing access to women’s healthcare; getting rid of the EPA; and giving personal rights to corporations. Ok. I’m probably exaggerating on these things, but that’s how it felt.

The Tea Party faction became cement in the intestines of our federal government to the point of painful and dangerous legislative constipation. Seems to me it is a miracle ANYTHING happened these last 3.5 years!

Obama proved to be less effective at Presidential governing than he was at campaigning. Most liberals feel that he compromised too much; the conservatives never enough. It’s been a tenuous and rough go for Obama’s first term (and possibly only) inthe oval office.

While lacking luster, did his policies keep us from going deeper into economic disaster? Hard to tell, but I’ve been trying to pay attention to his policies regarding the environment, energy and agriculture (GMOs specifically). He’s got a bit of a track-record regarding these things, where Romney has none. Although if you look to the RNC platform, it is easy to see where Romney draws his environmental and energy planks from.

In my opinion, as a Green Diva, Obama has better environmental and energy plans than Romney overall (and as I stated earlier somewhat of a track-record). It’s an imperfect plan that involves steps towards energy independence via homeland/offshore drilling and tapping into natural gas reserves presumably via fracking. This concerned me deeply and I decided to run a GD poll on the GD Facebook page. Here’s what we got so far (please feel free to weigh in!):

How do you feel about the DNC plank on energy, which includes steps towards greater oil independence, but also includes new drilling and tapping natural gas reserves (which presumably means fracking)?

  • A step in the right direction – I’m voting for Obama: 65%
  • Not acceptable – I’m voting for Romney: 4%
  • Need to learn more about both party’s stance on drilling & fracking: 4%
  • This issue doesn’t affect my decision – I’m for Obama: 17%
  • This issue doesn’t affect my decision – I’m for Romney: 5%
  • This issue doesn’t affect my decision – I’m not voting for either of them: 5%

Here are a few great comments from green divas & dudes that took this GD poll:

“Obama is still the better choice, but he needs to be more informed about fracking and frac-sand mining. A least I know Obama will listen.”
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Obama doesn’t go far enough and Romney is clueless. We need to kick oil and coal decades ago. I’m voting Green, I’m voting for Jill Stein.”
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I’m voting for Obama regardless. BUT, coal is not clean ,and fracking is horrible. More renewable energy sources are necessary.”
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I don’t care, I’m Canadian hahahahah. We have our own idiots.”

To see details, including specific energy and environmental plans and policies, direct quotes from each candidate, Obama’s surprising track-record on GMOs, and of course more green diva analysis, please visit Green Diva Meg’s full Obomney on Energy & Environment post
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A Green Diva Earth Day Experience

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
April 19, 2012
File under: Culture, Eco-Friendly Activities, Environmental Concerns, Family, Holidays, 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.

You would think that being a Green Diva would mean that I celebrated Earth Day every day.  I don’t know whether I celebrate daily, but I do try. The truth is when you’ve been living this lifestyle for as long as I have, this annual Earth Day frenzy can get a little silly. I don’t mean to be all bah humbug on the Earth Day thing.

It is actually rather exciting to see more and more people getting involved in the festivities – especially the kids. They are really the important ones who will likely have the opportunity to take this crazy ball and run with it after we’ve finished doing our best.

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People always ask me about what I am doing for Earth Day with such great anticipation for all the events and activities I must participate in. This will be the first year I’m getting involved in some very public fun as a participant in the awesome Earth Day Experience, which will take place here in Morristown on the very day (Sunday, 4.22).

I usually try to do more private activities that honor momma earth. Here are a few things I’ve done and suggest considering doing for your own Earth Day experience:

  • Get reacquainted with nature – take your shoes off in a field. Lie in the grass. Go into the woods and touch (hugging is allowed) a tree and a rock. Listen to nature. Get connected.
  • With the kids – again, play outside! Take a hike and talk about what you see and hear. Visit a local farm and talk about where food REALLY comes from. Play a family game together (We will be playing a fun new board game called GBO Hawaii that is all about creating sustainable business and community).
  • Don’t be a consumer – I do my best not to shop for anything on Earth Day (except maybe food). Unless you are at an awesome Earth Day event with some must-have eco-friendly products, try not to indulge in our addiction to stuff – just for one day. You’d be amazed if you really stop and think about all the silly stuff we buy that we really DON’T need and all the packaging and carbon that goes into it all!
  • Potluck fun – get together with friends and family and create a wonderful meal. Of course, try to buy locally produced, organic, etc. Nothing like nourishing yourself with friends and delicious food. It’s a great way to share recipes, stories and ideas related to keeping Earth Day a daily event in our consciousness and our communities.

The Green Divas Radio Show, podcasts, audio vignettes and blog posts feature fun and low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green, while maintaining some comfort and style. Green Diva Meg, co-host Green Diva Lisa and sidekick, Green Dude Paul offer tons of easily accessible information and resources to help make the journey to a more sustainable world easier and a little more fun and entertaining. The radio show broadcasts live every Saturday morning from WMTR 1250 AM in Northern, NJ/NY Metro area, streaming live on WMTRam.com, or catch up on the podcast.

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