education

Improving Health for Communities in Need

I recently came across the organization NextCourse in my travels on the web. As they say, San Francisco is indeed at the forefront of improvement and ever since Alice Waters started the Edible Schoolyards project in 1995, I have been very excited with what is going on down there. Next Course includes a project for teaching women in prisons and half-way houses basic skills in identifying good food, helping them shop at local farmers markets, as well as training them in the variety of ways to prepare foods.

I was born in Berkeley so I confess to getting a bit of patriotic-type pride going when I think about Alice Waters. She is my original chef hero and if it hadn’t been for her ideals and the things she has created to help and improve the situation of the people around her, first locally and then onto the National and International scale, I would have had a lot less faith in humanity and our ability to get past this stupid economy and world we have greedily created to the happy existence for everybody that many of us are currently creating, (or at least thinking about creating).

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Training

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Training

In 2003, I began a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training in New Zealand. I was a chef at the time, so this was entirely new for me. Prior to starting the training I spent about 3 years researching various healing modalities to make sure I put my hard-earned money into the right one for me. I kn ...

Kitchen Education Manifesto

Kitchen Education Manifesto

I discovered this, written by a Shaker while I was studying at the Culinary Institute of America. One of the most fantastic aspects of that school is the huge library they have of culinary works from across the centuries. I was writing a paper on the Shakers. When I first read this I got goose bum ...

Ubuntu = No More Student Debt?

Ubuntu = No More Student Debt?

I consider myself extremely fortunate to be living in Vancouver, BC for many reasons, but one of the main ones is the extremely active Ubuntu group here. Some of you may have noticed in my last post about Ubuntu that after I installed the latest release called Karmic Koala, I immediately got a warni ...

A Language Older Than Words

A Language Older Than Words

A Language Older Than Words by Derrick Jensen (2000) Chelsea Green Publishing This was a GREAT book (size-wise and content-wise), but every word was worth it. It is written from the heart and shows a different way to look at our world. A book from someone who has looked deep into his own soul an ...

Ethical Markets

Ethical Markets

Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy by Hazel Henderson (Dec, 2006 Chelsea Green Publishing Company) www.ethicalMarkets.com I found this book to be a very comprehensive and interesting reading. The amount of information and the way it was all set out is very helpful. It includes web ...