Is Groundhog’s Day a Lesson in Living a Low Density Lifestyle?

February 2, 2011 by Michael Wayne  
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groundhog-dayHappy Groundhog’s Day! Feb. 2 is a day we all spend in wonderment and awe, because it is Groundhog’s Day. On this day, everyone waits to hear the proclamation from Punxsutawney Phil, on whether or not he has seen his shadow. If he does, then winter will last longer than usual.

And today, Feb. 2, 2011, in Punsxutawney, PA, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Phil the Groundhog, the one who Groundhog’s Day is centered around, woke up, toured the neighborhood, watched the news, gave his opinion on what’s going on in Egypt, and then pronounced that he did not see his shadow. Thus folks, it’s going to be only 4 more weeks of winter.

(Isn’t that heartening news for those of you who are currently digging out of the latest winter storm?)

But even more important than whether Phil saw his shadow is another lesson from Groundhog’s Day. And that is this: Is Groundhog’s Day a Lesson in Living a Low Density Lifestyle?

Ok, I have to admit, I’m not talking about the trials and tribulations of good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil in this instance. I’m talking about the movie Groundhog Day, a film that has been called one of the 10 best American films ever. It has even been called by some spiritual leaders as “the most spiritual film of our time.”

51E9PTFZZ3L._SL500_AA300_In Groundhog Day the film, Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a stressed out, self-centered, bitter and jaded television weatherman assigned to cover Groundhog’s Day in Punxsutawney. A blizzard keeps him in town that night, and he wakes up the next day to find out he is reliving Groundhog’s Day again. And every night when he goes to bed, he arises the next morning to find out he is again reliving Groundhog’s Day. This continues over and over, ad nauseum.

But Phil Connors is the only one who is reliving the day; he is the only one stuck in time. For everyone else, they begin anew at Groundhog’s Day as if it never happened.

Connors then goes through a series of transitions, from first trying to use it to his advantage, by learning secrets from the locals, seducing women, stealing money and getting piss drunk and driving around town. As the novelty wears off, and he sees the meaningless of his actions, he next kidnaps Phil the groundhog and kills himself and the groundhog. But again, he wakes up the next morning, still stuck back in Groundhog’s Day.

And then a profound transformation of his character occurs, as he comes to realize what kind of horrible person he has become–he is someone who is totally indifferent to anyone else but himself. He learns to stop being so self-absorbed and to truly care about others, he works at self-improvment and becoming a better human being, and he opens his heart to profess his sincere love to his colleague Rita, who he always lusted after; Rita in response had only contempt for Phil Connors and his High Density Lifestyle ways.

At the end of Groundhog Day, Murray and Rita unite in love. When they wake up in the morning together in bed, it is now Feb. 3: Groundhog’s Day has ended and the time loop has broken. The two are together as a couple, and Phil Connors is a changed man, a man who has learned to live a Low Density Lifestyle.

Right on for Groundhog’s Day (even if it means 4 more weeks of winter)!

The Low Density Lifestyle Book is Here and On Sale for the Holidays!!

January 4, 2011 by Michael Wayne  
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Just in time for the holidays, and to help you, your friends and your family live a healthier and happier life, from now until Dec. 31, the Low Density Lifestyle book and ebook are on sale!

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Don’t delay – get your copy now, and make your holidays a Low Density Lifestyle one! Just scroll down to the order info below and you’ll be able to make the purchase.

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The Low Density Lifestyle is experiencing and living in a more relaxed, less stressed, and calm, clear and focused manner on an everyday basis. It is also a way that can lead you to better health and happiness, along with living a more fulfilled and enlightened life.

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The goal with this book is to help you become a more complete human being. We are meant to live a healthy life, a more fulfilled life, a conscious life, and a more awakened life—this is what it means to be a complete human being.

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Dream…Believe…Love/Happy Xmas(War is Over)

December 24, 2010 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Featured, Low Density Lifestyle

As we enter into the Holiday season, I thought a good way to end the year – this is the last article of the year (I’ll resume with the Masters of Enlightenment series right after the New Year) – is with the above video.

It’s a video montage I created in celebration of the spirit of the Holidays.

It’s an homage to peace, love, trust, hope, belief, and the knowledge that we can make this a better world, a peaceful, sane, healthy and happy world, a Low Density Lifestyle world.

I call it Dream…Believe…Love.

betterworldIf only everyone lived by that credo…

Below is another video that captures the spirit of the Holidays.

This is a song that when it came out in 1971 was branded as radical because it was written and sung by a notorious peace activist, John Lennon. Yet now, the song is heard every year at this time.

And that’s because it tells us of hope – about a world of peace, which is what the Xmas spirit is about, and also what a Low Density Lifestyle world is about. So now the song is a hymn that is heard every Xmas holiday season.

As well it should.

john-lennonThe only sad thing about the song is that it was written by a man who is no longer with us, a visionary who perceived what a Low Density Lifestyle world looked like, and articulated it very clearly.

Happy Xmas/War is Over – Thank you John Lennon.

And I want to thank each and every one of you…

Have a wonderful Holiday season, and see you next year.

The Low Density Lifestyle Out at Sea, Part 3

July 2, 2010 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Environment, Featured

Today is the final part of the 3-part interview with Andrea and Karl Matson-Dekay, intrepid sailors, having lived on their sailboat for the past 5 years with their two boys.

It’s a great tale they tell, of a simple life and a good life, living in a sustainable way, and a Low Density Lifestyle way. They’re happy, healthy, and doing it their own way.

As a postscript, Andrea and Karl, as of this writing, are back at sea, sailing their way to the U.S. where they will be staying in Southern CA for the next few months as they ready themselves for their next adventure. After their short U.S. hiatus, they will be heading to Costa Rica, where they will be living with their two boys for the next year.

I’ll be visiting with them in the future, so you’ll get to hear more from our intrepid travelers – and foreign correspondents.

I hope you’ve enjoyed all segments. In case you missed it, here are the links to the other two parts:
The Low Density Lifestyle Out at Sea, Part 1
The Low Density Lifestyle Out at Sea, Part 2

SailboatThis closes the series on sustainable/green living.

Before I close, I want to tell you that I have very sad news to impart to you.  If you recall, a couple of weeks ago I was talking about the Monsanto corporation and how important it was that we show our love to them, with the article Don’t You Just Love Monsanto?

In a separate article, I discussed Monsanto’s Roundup product, and talked about how it was creating a new generation of superweeds.

Well, the sad news is that sales of Roundup are down, and it’s hurting Monsanto’s bottom line. They announced the other day that their fiscal third quarter net income is down 45%.

So grab that box of tissues and wipe the tears away from your eyes. We can only hope the makers of DDT, Agent Orange, Nutrasweet, genetically modified seeds, bovine growth hormone, PCBs, and all kinds of other really cool stuff will come up with some new product that will increase their profits while once again improving our way of life.

I propose that all of you go out now and buy some Roundup, as a way to show your support to this beleaguered company.

Furthermore, I also propose that this summer a benefit concert be held, in the style of Farm Aid, to also help out Monsanto. After all, they have done so much for America’s farmers. I’m going to be contacting Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, the originators of Farm Aid, and see if they would be willing to get involved for this worthy cause.

The Low Density Lifestyle Out at Sea, Part 2

June 30, 2010 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Environment, Featured

Today we have the second part of this 3-part interview with Andrea and Karl Matson-Dekay, who have been living on their sailboat along with their two kids for the last 5 years.

In case you missed it, yesterday was part 1 of the interview.

Having lived in Southern California all their lives, one day Andrea and Karl decided it was time to leave the rat race and consumer society, and live a more meaningful existence.

So they sold their house, bought a sailboat, and with their two boys, Patrick and Casey, who at the time were 11 and 6, set out to sail. The spent the first 1 1/2 years living in Northern California as they got the boat in order, and for the last 3 1/2 years they’ve lived in Mexico, far from the madding crowd.

sunset_sailing

It’s a simple lifestyle they lead and a healthier and happier one too.

Interestingly, they have only good things to say about the Mexican health care system, based on their interaction with it. Although they have American health insurance, they have paid out of pocket for the few times they’ve incurred health care expenses. They talk about it in today’s interview, saying that it is affordable and easily accessible.

So watch and listen in to learn all about a family living a Low Density Lifestyle in their own unique way. Once you do, you will get to thinking about how you too can find your own unique way to live a Low Density Lifestyle.

The Low Density Lifestyle Out at Sea, Part 1

June 29, 2010 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Environment, Featured

This is the last week for this series on sustainable/green living, and for this last week I have one last 3-part interview.

During this series, I’ve interviewed the actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr., and the author of the best-selling book No Impact Man, Colin Beavan.

This week I have an interview with people, although not famous, that have something really great to discuss.

They are Andrea and Karl Matson-Dekay, they are old friends of mine, and I thought it would be cool to hear from them because of the life they are living.

They are living a Low Density Lifestyle out at sea.

out to sea

Andrea and Karl, along with their two boys, Casey, age 16, and Patrick, age 11, have been living on their sailboat for the last 5 years.

They hail from Southern CA, and one day 5 years ago they sold their house, bought a sailboat and set off to sail. For the first 1 1/2 years they actually stayed in California, living in Northern CA.

But for the last 3 1/2 years they’ve been out to sea and primarily living in Mexico.

They live a simple lifestyle and a sustainable one. It’s fascinating to hear of how they do it, and how they got away from the rat race to live, not an alternative lifestyle, but a sane lifestyle.

So listen today to part 1 of the interview, and come back this week for the next two parts. You will be thoroughly inspired to take stock of your life and wonder how you too can live a simple life, a sustainable life, a happy life, and ultimately, a Low Density Life.

You may not do it by setting sail and heading out to sea, but in your way you too can do it.

No Impact Man: An Exclusive Interview with Colin Beavan, Part 3

June 25, 2010 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Environment, Featured

Today is the third and last installment of this 3-part exclusive interview with Colin Beavan, author of the book No Impact Man.

In case you missed the first two installments, here’s the link to them:
Colin Beavan interview, part 1
Colin Beavan interview, part 2

As you well know by now, No Impact Man, which has also been made into a documentary of the same name, tells the true story of Colin Beavan and his family’s experiment in making no impact on the earth for one year.

The poster for the No Impact Man documentary

The poster for the No Impact Man documentary

In this final segment, Colin talks about what it takes for people to develop a commitment to our planet; he further discusses his current environmental work and also talks politics.

I hope you have enjoyed this entire interview. See you next time.

No Impact Man: An Exclusive Interview with Colin Beavan, Part 2

June 23, 2010 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Environment, Featured

Yesterday was the first part of this exclusive 3-part interview with Colin Beavan, the author of No Impact Man.

We continue today with the second installment. As I mentioned in yesterday’s article, No Impact Man, which has also been made into a documentary of the same name, tells the true story of Colin Beavan and his family’s experiment in making no impact on the earth for one year.

The book, No Impact Man

The book, No Impact Man

It’s an enlightening story, and also entertaining and funny, as the Beavan family learns to adapt to life without TV, electricity, taxis, take out meals, and consumerism.

Besides the positive impact on the earth that resulted from their experiment, Colin and family also found it transformed his life in many ways, from the physical – he and his wife’s health improved – to the spiritual, in that by curtailing consumerism, he was able to develop a greater sense of connection with others and a greater understanding as to what values in life were most important.

The story is such a fascinating one that Columbia Pictures has optioned the book in order to make it into a feature film.

In today’s segment, such topics discussed include:
***the beneficial health consequences of the one-year No Impact experiment, and how it has transformed his life since
***the general rules of the experiment
***his work with No Impact Project and how he’s integrating sustainable living education into high school and middle school class curriculum
***what he tells audiences as he speaks around the country
***what role technology plays in creating change and creating community

Enjoy this second installment. I’ll be back next time with the third and final part of the video interview with Colin Beavan.

No Impact Man: An Exclusive Interview with Colin Beavan, Part 1

June 22, 2010 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Environment, Featured

This week we have an exclusive interview with Colin Beavan, the author of the book, No Impact Man.

The book No Impact Man, subtitled “The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process,” came out in 2009 – as did the documentary – and just recently came out in paperback.

Colin Beavan has been featured in the NY Times, Christian Science Monitor, and many other national and international news outlets. He’s also appeared on the Colbert Report, Good Morning America, Nightline, The Montel Show and all the major NPR shows.

Colin Beavan

Colin Beavan

He has a Ph.D. in electronic engineering, and is director of the No Impact Project, a visiting scholar at NYU, an advisor to NYU’s Sustainability Task Force, and sits on the Board of Directors of New York City’s Transportation Alternatives and on the advisory council of Just Food.

Today is part 1 of this 3-part interview; part 2 of the interview is tomorrow, and then the concluding segment is Friday.

No Impact Man, which has also been made into a documentary of the same name, tells the true story of Colin Beavan and his family’s experiment in making no impact on the earth for one year.

It’s an enlightening story, and also entertaining and funny, as the Beavan family learns to adapt to life without TV, electricity, taxis, take out meals, and consumerism.

Besides the positive impact on the earth that resulted from their experiment, Colin and family also found it transformed his life in many ways, from the physical – he and his wife’s health improved – to the spiritual, in that by curtailing consumerism, he was able to develop a greater sense of connection with others and a greater understanding as to what values in life were most important.

Since his one-year experiment, Colin has become an advocate for more sustainable living, and even has a website, No Impact Project, where people can sign up and live for a week without making an impact.

To learn more about Colin Beavan’s work, you can go to his blog, or to his website, www.ColinBevan.com.

In today’s interview, such topics discussed include:

***What got Colin interested in doing his No Impact Man one-year experiment.

***How you can sign up to do the experiment for a week

***Some of the positive repercussions of doing the experiment, and why it changed his life

***Where happiness comes from

I hope you enjoy today’s installment. Be sure to come back tomorrow for part 2.

Roundup Those Genetically Modified Organisms

June 18, 2010 by Michael Wayne  
Filed under Environment

In the last two articles, I told you about a little homespun mom and pop operation called Monsanto. I asked if you could feel the love in your heart for them, with the article Don’t You Just Love Monsanto?, and then I gave you A Brief History of Monsanto.

One of the things that Monsanto is known for is their genetically engineered seeds, also known as genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Let's genetically modify corn!

Let's genetically modify corn!

Critics call the crops that grow from these GMOs “Frankenfoods,” because of the fact that they are half-biologically real, and half-monster.

One of the main reasons Monsanto has created GMOs is to be able to sell the herbicide Roundup; the crops that sprout from genetically engineered seeds are called “Roundup Ready.”

Roundup is the herbicide for the new millennia. The crops are genetically modified to withstand being sprayed by Roundup, so what happens is Roundup kills all the weeds in the field, but the GMOs stay intact and grow unfettered.

Yippee!! Let’s have three cheers for Monsanto. Thanks to them farmers can feed the world!

Or so they think.

roundup_ready_soybeansYou see, it’s the same thing with the problem with antibiotics. Over the years, superbugs have developed – antibiotic-resistant germs, which have immunity to antibiotics.

And in the fields of farmers, there are now superweeds – Roundup resistant weeds, with immunity to the herbicide.

Does that mean the next step is to have genetically modified weeds?

Horseweed, ragweed and pigweed are just a few of these superweeds. Pigweed can grow three inches a day and reach seven feet or more, choking out crops; it is so sturdy that it can damage harvesting equipment.

Because Monsanto has aggresively marketed their GMOs and Roundup herbicide as the second coming, farmers have sprayed so much Roundup that weeds have quickly evolved to survive it.

That has led Mike Owen, a weed scientist at Iowa State University to say, “What we’re talking about here is Darwinian evolution in fast-forward.”

(Brief aside here: a weed scientist? I didn’t know there was such a thing. I would have thought a weed scientist was someone who specialized in different aspects of hemp.)

A superweed taking over a corn field

A superweed taking over a corn field

Monsanto has things under control, so don’t worry. “It’s a serious issue, but it’s manageable,” said Rick Cole, who manages weed resistance issues in the United States for the company.

Of course, Monsanto stands to lose a lot of business if farmers use less Roundup and Roundup Ready seeds, so what can they be expected to say?

The truth is, a lot of farmers are pissed, and are feeling like they’ve been sold a bill of goods. They now have to use more herbicides, not less, which was the promise of Roundup and GMOs.

As Steve Doster, a corn and soybean farmer in Barnum, Iowa said, “You’re having to add another product with the Roundup to kill your weeds. So then why are we buying the Roundup Ready product?”

One of the promises of Monsanto and the biotechnology agricultural revolution was that GMOs and the use of Roundup was better for the environment.

Attack of the Frankenweed

Attack of the Frankenweed

But with the growth of superweeds, critics of genetically engineered crops say that the use of extra herbicides, which have to be used to deal with the new generation of “Frankenweeds,” include ones that are less environmentally tolerable and far more toxic than Roundup.

“The biotech industry is taking us into a more pesticide-dependent agriculture when they’ve always promised, and we need to be going in, the opposite direction,” said Bill Freese, a science policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety in Washington.

Organics anyone?

Farm experts say the superweeds and the efforts to eradicate them could lead to higher food prices, lower crop yields, rising farm costs and more pollution of land and water.

“It is the single largest threat to production agriculture that we have ever seen,” said Andrew Wargo III, the president of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts.

Georgia has been one of the states hit hardest by Roundup-resistant pigweed, and the superweed could pose as big a threat to cotton farming in the South as the beetle that devastated the industry in the early 20th century.

“If we don’t whip this thing, it’s going to be like the boll weevil did to cotton,” said Louie Perry, Jr. a cotton grower in Georgia who is also chairman of the Georgia Cotton Commission. “It will take it away.”

There’s a couple of videos on this page. At the top of the page is a rap song called “Monsanto,” from rap artist Roy Shivers. Listen carefully to the words – it tells the story.

Below are two videos. The first is “Everything You Have to Know About Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods,” with Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette.

The second video below is a Roundup commercial from Australian TV. Isn’t that Roundup character just so cute and lovable?

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