Sometimes I just want to share some really fun, cool experiences in Mrs. Green’s World – just because…
On the Scene – Because we are never satisfied with the status quo and because our team members are all champions of the planet and committed to combating climate change, we are always coming up with new ideas about how to make an even greater impact. We decided we want to cover more stories happening in real time – stories that our mainstream media is not covering. So, we produced our first On the Scene podcast about an agency called FERC (rhymes with jerk.) It was powerful, important, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It was short, sweet and something that every citizen of the United States should know about and, hopefully, care about. If you have 20 minutes, have a listen. Speaks volumes about what people who really care about our health, our rights as citizens, and the health of the planet are doing for us. We would love to do at least one per week and are working on how to fund it!
Reflections on two show guests – Fortunately, I get to be in the presence of greatness on a regular basis. We only interview guests who have made a difference, taken up a cause, or who work tirelessly to improve our health or that of the planet. I feel called to share my experience in interviewing two of my recent guests, who more than made the cut: Joel Salatin and Dr. Michelle Boyce Ley – two very different people with very different missions in life but who share the art of being simply and utterly delightful on every level. Joel Salatin is smart, hilarious, passionate, down to earth, and I could have let him talk for hours during his interview about Polyface Farms. Their mission is to develop environmentally, economically, and emotionally enhancing agricultural prototypes and facilitate their duplication throughout the world. Did you ever read about or come across a farm that used the phrase “emotionally enhancing” in their mission statement? Or how about the following as one of their guiding principles (along with transparency, community, individuality): “EARTHWORMS: We’re really in the earthworm enhancement business. Stimulating soil biota is our first priority. Soil health creates healthy food.” I rarely visit a website that makes me laugh out loud. Joel is a self-professed Christian Libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer! My interview with Joel will be released later in the month. Do yourself a favor and check back to have a listen. You will learn, and you will laugh – a perfect combination.
Totally switching gears to serious and perhaps lifesaving – meet Dr. Michelle Boyce Ley. She specializes in breast cancer oncology at Tucson Medical Center here in Arizona. She is beyond brilliant, extremely passionate about breast health and patient care, and participated in a Breast Fellowship program which puts her in a very special, extremely important category in the country. She shared with me things I did not know – like how many MEN are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and some of the misconceptions about breast cancer. Dr. Ley is a cancer survivor and is intimately familiar with what it’s like to be diagnosed with the “C” word and what to do when that happens. Perhaps what inspired me to write about her and why I thought she was such an outstanding interview is very simple – she is nice, and I mean nice. When I read her credentials, I was feeling a bit intimidated before the interview. By the time it was over, I wanted to invite her over for dinner. You can listen to her interview here and I am certain you will learn from it and understand why I wanted to do a special shout out. Entertaining, and perhaps lifesaving.
KINDNESS A TO Z
I invite those of you living in Tucson to join me on February 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 at Borderlands Brewery where Mrs. Green will present as part of the Ben’s Bells Kindness A to Z speaker series. I will be talking about kindness, compassion and connection: keys to preserving the planet. You truly matter and the intentional cultivation of these things in your life is the action that sends waves of goodness into the world. Hope to see lots of familiar, smiling faces!
TMC TIP OF THE MONTH
As a Mrs. Green’s World partner, we are happy to share Tucson Medical Center’s February tip: Flu season is difficult and families with small children can be especially hit hard. Be informed and know when to use your local emergency room – talk to your family pediatrician today about symptoms that require a trip to the ER.