The Healthy Voyager's Guide to Burning Man

First of all, what is Burning Man?Burning Man is an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.Ok, what does that mean?...more

New Year, New Start

It's January and a new year.  Most people are happy to say goodbye to 2011.  It didn't work out well for lots of people.  In January people look forward to a new start, a new look, a new job, a new life.  How you look at this new year that we have all laid out fresh before us stretching a long bright way into the future is what matters....more

Before the Power Goes Out

It seems that Long Island and NYC are no longer immune to the capriciousness of Mother Nature. Earlier this week as my chandelier swayed above me and the floor shook beneath, I somehow correctly guessed I was experiencing an earthquake. Remembering past advisories, I calmly stood in the doorway of my bedroom thinking it was safe. My only fear was that the quake’s epicenter was beneath my feet. The shaking lasted less than a minute so I didn’t have time to panic. Later on I found out that the safety of the doorway was a myth. I should have ducked under my kitchen table instead....more

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Editor's note: It looks like the so-called "Frankenstorm" -- aka Hurricane Sandy will make landfall on the East Coast, possibly early next week. Are you prepared? Take today to stay safe, with these guidelines Karen shared with BlogHer last year, and tell us how you're doing in the comments. -- Julie...more
We're getting there. Gathering supplies today, as we have a busy weekend, and just watching the ...more

Are You Earthquake Ready?

How protected from terrorism are we?

The security/intelligence system is "so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work," The Washington Post says after a two-year investigation of the national security buildup following 9/11. What does that mean for us citizens?...more

Laugh at the Days to Come

Do you remember the Y2k panic in the months before January 1, 2000? People were stockpiling everything from toilet paper to beans ( do you really want to eat 100 pounds of dried beans? ). Uneasiness was everywhere because nobody knew exactly what might happen. Well, nothing much happened, and life went on as normal -except that nobody had to buy toilet paper for a while. I know some overly-prepared folks who are still eating up the buckets of extra grain they stored away, but for most of us those days ...more