Category Archives: health

Getting “reel” about our environment


After way too many years of using a gasoline powered lawn mower, my wife and I recently made the switch to a human-powered reel lawn mower. Once the standard for lawn care, these basic mowing machines have been long regulated … Continue reading

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Namaste by the runway – Airport yoga is taking off!


The list at the end of the post identifies those 12 airports found thus far that have dedicated yoga rooms available for passengers and employees to practice their poses during travel and/or work. Several other airports (Albuquerque, Raleigh-Durham, and San … Continue reading

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Cities with a Homeless Bill of Rights


On November 2, 2015 the City Commission of Traverse City adopted a Bill of Rights for homeless residents of the city. I am so very proud of my new home town for having taken this important and compassionate step. In … Continue reading

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Homelessness in paradise


 Since moving to Traverse City approximately six months ago we have observed a number of political and planning issues that are fairly common in larger cities, but which have percolated to the surface here more recently as the region has … Continue reading

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Neutralizing airport carbon footprints


  The Airport Carbon Accreditation program began in 2009 as a n effort to reduce and eventually neutralize the effects of CO2 emissions at airports around the world through proactive steps. To date, more than 135 airports are participating in … Continue reading

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A “grand vision” of a loop trail


Several terms have become synonymous with continuous urban loop trails. These include Rim Trails, Metro Edge Ways, and Knapsack Pathways. All three of these terms were highlighted by trail-scholar Bob Searns, AICP at the 2016 Michigan Statewide Trail Summit, as … Continue reading

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From institutional to inspirational


Unlike this amazing aerial shot, photographs taken from the ground can hardly depict the enormous size and impressive setting of Grand Traverse Commons (formally Traverse City State Hospital or Northern Michigan Asylum). Once an imposing (and probably intimidating) institutional facility, … Continue reading

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