Food Waste Fuels Climate Change

Food Waste Fuels Climate Change

In the U.S., we’ve become accustomed to excess in every form. The supermarkets overflow with more calories than any one of us could ever need, the shopping malls with more clothes than any one of us will ever wear. But all of that goes unnoticed as we hurry about our busy lives. Who has time […]

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Disappearing Beaches and the Sand Mafia

Disappearing Beaches and the Sand Mafia

Living in a beach town, I’m pretty constantly surrounded by sand. It’s in my hair, clothes, and car after a day at the beach and also in my lectures as a graduate student. It seems like a dull topic to fixate on, but most people don’t realize that sand is an important resource, and we’re […]

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Unplug Yourself

Unplug Yourself

In this day and age, it seems everyone has a technological device. Even kids as young as six years old can be seen on their iPads or tablets or smart phones, constantly updating their own Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook accounts. With such a prominent social media presence, there is often a lot of pressure to […]

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An Interview with Rob Stewart: SHARKWATER, REVOLUTION and Beyond

An Interview with Rob Stewart: SHARKWATER, REVOLUTION and Beyond

At a time when climate change and species extinction are receiving global attention, it is important that we citizens be aware of conservation efforts being made in this direction. One such laudable initiative comes from the team behind the documentary Sharkwater (2006), which dealt with the decline of sharks in our oceans. Now, the man […]

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Natural Remedies for Sleep

Natural Remedies for Sleep

Insomnia can be initial, which means difficulty falling asleep, or it can mean waking up many times during the night and being unable to fall back asleep. Medications are often prescribed for the condition but unfortunately, they sometimes can actually prevent the type of sleep the body requires to rejuvenate itself. They often cause the […]

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Âu Lac Vision: “Healthy Must Be Tasty!”

Âu Lac Vision: “Healthy Must Be Tasty!”

“I like to trick people!” Mai Nguyen gleefully jokes in the newly opened second location of Âu Lạc Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. Mai is the founder of Âu Lạc, a vegan restaurant serving plant-based variations of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Using only natural and organic ingredients, Âu Lạc’s promotion of good food and healthy eating […]

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Indoor Plants Part 3: Peace Lily

Indoor Plants Part 3: Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) Houseplants that produce flowers can be difficult to find. Peace lily is an exception. Its white flower sits on top of a long stem but the real attraction is the white spathe that surrounds the flower like a Tudor queen’s ruff. This and its tropical foliage make peace lily one of the […]

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Moksha Yoga Festival: A Photo Booth to Reflect on

Moksha Yoga Festival: A Photo Booth to Reflect on

When we choose to be powerful beings, we find ourselves capable of so much love that we bow to every lily, every weed, every insect and understand that they are us in disguise… — Dorit At the Moksha Yoga Festival in July, yoga teachers, students, and anyone seeking balance and enlightenment gathered at the Los Angeles […]

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Sweeat Right: Think Sweet, Eat Right

Sweeat Right: Think Sweet, Eat Right

Three years ago, my father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure. He passed away on June 4th, 2015, at 10:07 a.m. His body was cremated and his ashes were blessed by a Catholic priest at a ceremony held on June 22nd, 2015. It was there that I met my cousin, Laura […]

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Compassionate Choices

Compassionate Choices

In the month and a half that I’ve been vegetarian, the question I’ve been asked the most has definitely been “WHY??” And whenever my family chows down on an In-n-Out Burger or on some bacon, I definitely ask myself that, too. But the other big question has been “What did you watch? Did you read […]

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