Green Conversations April/May 2013

connect informally with others who care about green living & values

WHEN:  1st and 3rd  (and occasional 5th)  Mondays  at  5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Java Joe’s Coffee Shop, 2950 Johnson Drive, Ste. 125  (805) 642-4332

More info, contact Janette at 652-1213 or

Selections for April-May 2013:

Air: The Restless Shaper of the World by William Bryant Logan
April 1: ­  pages 1-115                                    April 15:  pages 116-233
May 6:  pages 233-351

May 20:  Humanizing the Economy by John Restakis

For a sort of Cliff Notes version of Humanizing the Economy, see:


About Air: ” Air sustains the living. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere. Water and dust spin and rise, make clouds and fall again, fertilizing the dirt. Twenty thousand fungal spores and half a million bacteria travel in a square foot of summer air. The chemical sense of aphids, the ultraviolet sight of swifts, a newborn’s awareness of its mother’s breast all take place in the medium of air.

Ignorance of the air is costly. The artist Eva Hesse died of inhaling her fiberglass medium. Thousands were sickened after 9/11 by supposedly “safe” air. The African Sahel suffers drought in part because we fill the air with industrial dusts. With the passionate narrative style and wide-ranging
erudition that have made William Bryant Logan¹s work a touchstone for nature lovers and environmentalists, Air is like the contents of a bag of seaborne dust that Darwin collected aboard the Beagle, a treasure trove of discovery.
William Bryant Logan is a Quill & Trowel Award-winning writer, a member of the faculty at the New York Botanical Garden, a sought-after lecturer and
teacher, and a practicing arborist. He is the author of Oak and Dirt, the
latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary. He lives in New York City and the Hudson Valley.