Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sleeping Giant reawakens to thrill snowboarders and skiers

Check out this Worth the Trip feature first published in print and online editions of the Washington Examiner on Sunday, Dec. 26. Click here.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Georgia's Snow Mountain

Robin's Worth the Trip feature about Stone Mountain, reinvented as Georgia's Snow Mountain in the winter. Appearing first in the Washington Examiner newspapers Sunday Dec. 19. One edition here.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Portland handcrafted spirits: every day a holiday

See the "Worth the Trip" feature on Portland Ore. handcrafted beverages starting in the Dec. 12 editions of the Washington Examiner newspaper. One edition here.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Paris winter fun

Robin's Dec. 5 Worth the Trip feature, appearing first in the Washington Examiner newspapers. Click here for one edition.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Spruce Pine NC sparkles

Spruce Pine, N.C. - Sparkling holiday or anyday trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Robin's Worth the Trip feature, first appearing Sunday Nov 21 in the Washington Examiner newspaper. One edition here.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ghent: Norfolk's cosmopolitan seaside village

Robin's Nov. 14 "Worth the Trip" feature first appearing in the Washington Examiner newspapers. Click here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Forks Over Knives - Movie Trailer

Examines undeniable evidence that degenerative diseases can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting "traditional" diet of animal-based and processed foods. Features Dr. Colin T. Campbell (The China Study) and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who both grew up on dairy and cattle farms but now advocate for a plant-based vegan diet.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gleaming, walkable Dallas Arts District

Robin's latest Worth the Trip feature, first appearing in the Oct. 24 editions of the Washington Examiner Newspapers. One edition here.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Get a Yale education tuition-free

Robin's latest Worth the Trip feature, appearing first in all editions of the Washington Examiner newspaper - in print and online. One edition here.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Open your mind, get facts during World Farm Animal Day

You'll help yourself and your family, in addition to helping reduce animal suffering.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Finger Lakes Wine Trail - tasty NY vino

Robin's latest Worth the Trip feature, first appearing in the Sept 26 editions of the Washington Examiner newspapers here

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Playing in Aruba

Robin's latest Worth the Trip feature, first appearing in the print and online editions of the Washington Examiner newspaper on Sept. 19. Click here.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hike Hovenweep's mystery mountain towers

Robin's Sept 5 "Worth the Trip" column appearing in the Washington, MD and VA Examiner newspapers and elsewere online.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hang glide and lodge on the air field

Hang glide and lodge right on the air field atop Lookout Mountain in Georgia...close to Chattanooga Tenn. Robin's Worth the Trip feature in the Aug. 29 editions of the DC Examiner.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Peak performers, head to Park City

Robin's latest "Worth the Trip" in the Aug. 15 print and online editions of the Washington Examiner newspapers. Here's one edition.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hyperactivity-junk link: more evidence

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Wildlife Ohio!

Gallagher's Travels: Ohio: A Visit to the Wilds

Antibiotics used to fatten farmed animals

One reason antibiotics are losing effectiveness - factory farmers using them to boost profits by fattening up farmed animals

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Denver Beer Festivals - yes, that's plural

Robin's piece on Denver travel – and the city's multiple Beer Festivals in Sept. - in the Aug 1 editions of the Examiner newspapers. One edition is here.

Gasland commentary from a small house/living small maven

Recently I watched, for the second time, "There Will Be Blood." Great film providing a chilling look at greed. Next on my list is Gasland. Small living maven Michael Janzen gave me permission to repost some of his recent cogent comments in reference to the film:

"...the family farm' in northern California, where I'm building my Tiny Free House, is surrounded by new
gas wells now. They just begun fracking up there so the water wells seem fine still. But they 're-frack' gas wells multiple times so the toxins they'll be pouring into the ground could eventually become a major problem.

My larger fear is that this Haliburton process, fracking, may eventually contaminate the Sacramento river which runs right past the farms in the area. If that were to happen thousands of acres of farm land will be toast. .... My mother inlaw says they dump the toxic stuff in waste wells nearby... wells that produced no gas....

If you read my blogs you know I'm an incredibly level-headed person...[but] Major environmental damage is being made to our ground water to squeeze huge profits in natural gas out of the ground. It must be stopped.

As far as our dependence on fossil fuels... yeah we are in some serious trouble. Foreign or domestic we must kick the habit or it's going to kick us to the curb.

Watch the movie, make up your own mind. I have and I will never buy land or move to an area with fossil fuel reserves. I don't want my family anywhere near these greedy bastards.

...Switching from one fossil fuel to another just prolongs the inevitable (the need to switch to renewables) and pollutes the world we live in while we're avoiding dealing with our addiction. I'm voting for getting off gradually now instead of going cold turkey sooner than later.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Polar bears suffer heat and mental anguish in zoos

Free our polar bears - Winnipeg Free Press As for educational value, the only substantive thing a polar bear in captivity teaches kids is that it's okay to ruin an animal's life for our viewing pleasure.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Great thinkers of conscience: George Bernard Shaw

“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.”
“Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends.” Those words were written by super playwright and essayist George Bernard Shaw, whose birthday was July 7, 1856. Yes, 1856.
As noted in a post from the nonprofit, In Defense of Animals, Shaw opposed animal experimentation (done back then, and even more unhumanely) and was a strict vegetarian. The Ireland native considered the bodies of meat-eaters "the living graves of murdered beasts." He became a vegetarian after hearing a lecture at the age of 25 and considered his meat-eating diet before that as one of a “cannibal.” From then on he frequently and passionately advocated for vegetarianism in his lectures and interviews, irritating journalists who wanted to hear more about his plays. Shaw attributed great health benefits to vegetarianism, as well as a more spiritual and moral mindset consistent with his activism in support of social issues. Shaw wrote 49 plays, including Mrs. Warren's Profession, Arms and the Man, Caesar and Cleopatra, Man and Superman, Major Barbara, Androcles and the Lion, Pygmalion (later set to music as My Fair Lady), Heartbreak House and Saint Joan.

Why kill whales?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Oil industry ad blitz to preserve billions in tax subsidies

Not a free market...and not a level playing field. Check recent reports such as this one.
"Oil production tax breaks, many resulting from archaic acts to promote oil exploration, save the industry about $4 billion per year, according to government reports. Capital investments such as oil-field leases and drilling equipment see a levy of 9 percent, while other industries see an overall tax of 25 percent."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Walk for better conditions for farm animals

Locations of the upcoming walks all across North Anerica. Check here for details:

In human bondage II

Read the poem. Good book for young readers...all readers.

Better-looking politicians get more media coverage

The better a politician's looks, the higher the frequency of television news coverage, shows a new study carried out at the University of Haifa's Department of Communication, published in the International Journal of Press/Politics. "Earlier studies have shown that people generally tend to prefer the company of people who are physically attractive and even value them as more worthy people. Our study reveals that journalists probably behave just like the rest," the researchers noted.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Carefree and carfree in Rosemary Beach

Robin's latest "Worth the Trip" in various editions of the EXAMINER newspaper in print and online in e-ditions. Subject: Rosemary Beach, a carefree, carfree time in Florida.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Ann Arbor Blooms, Brews, Bots

Robin's June 6 worth the Trip feature in various print and E-ditions of the Washington Examiner newspapers.

Real reality show: our oil addiction kills animals

Sunday, May 16, 2010

BP blocking access to scientists and nonprofit clean-up efforts

“There’s a shocking amount of oil in the deep water, relative to what you see in the surface water,” said Samantha Joye, a researcher at the University of Georgia who is involved in one of the first scientific missions to gather details about what is happening in the gulf. ...en dissolved in the gulf, worrying scientists, who fear that the oxygen level could eventually fall so low as to kill off much of the sea life near the plumes.....
Dr. Joye said the oxygen had already dropped 30 percent near some of the plumes in the month that the broken oil well had been flowing....
BP has resisted entreaties from scientists that they be allowed to use sophisticated instruments at the ocean floor that would give a far more accurate picture of how much oil is really gushing from the well.
A decent non-industry-controlled media report here.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Plastic Bag: 18 minutes on immortality

In 18 minutes, Ramin Bahrani and Werner Herzog tell the.story of one plastic bag discarded and heading to the vortex.
Watch This: Werner Herzog Is 'Plastic Bag'

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Second Nature - reality check worth reading

Inner life of nonhuman animals...and plenty of science-based evidence to counter animal-cruelty defenders. Click here for a good book review.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rx drugs poisoning nature

The kind of well-researched, thorough report that mainstream media has been missing here. in a Yale pub.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Appalling Cruelties at Nation’s Top Egg Producers : The Humane Society of the United States

Appalling Cruelties at Nation’s Top Egg Producers : The Humane Society of the United States

Johns Hopkins goes meatless...

Johns Hopkins Hospital launched its Meatless Monday campaign today to encourage healthier eating - more grains, fruits and vegetables. “I’m looking forward to helping customers learn that they’re not sacrificing taste by eating vegetarian meals,” says Executive Chef Shawn Fields. One of Fields’ specialties is vegetarian chili. A poster quotes Chef Fields, “If you think chili needs meat, you don’t know beans.”

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Key West: Pursuing passions

Robin's Sunday March 28 "Worth the Trip" feature in the Examiner newspapers. This is from the Washington DC edition.