3.17.2012

HOW I PUT ON MY PAJAMAS, FOUND HAPPINESS, AND BECAME AN ACTIVIST: WHOLE LIVING on MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE

I'm getting emails from friends who have seen the issue, so it is now out on the newsstands: the April issue of Martha Stewart's beautiful Whole Living magazine (once called Body and Soul) is The Blue Issue, and it is all about water.

Except when it is about blue skies. The air we share. I've written a piece about embracing my inner activist. I had fun thinking about how, exactly, my career went from magazine editing and publishing to writing about the terrific work of the Environmental Defense Fund in a column called Personal Nature, to the founding of Moms Clean Air Force. {And thank you, again, to all of you have joined me on this great adventure! Make sure you watch our new video from Jessica Capshaw...} And writing this essay brought me back to my teenage years in the late sixties and seventies, when I was an ardent feminist. I still am a feminist, actually--even more so today. Look what's going on!

Strange to say, I cannot offer a link to the piece, as it is only in the issue, on newsstands now. (I can only give you a link to previous articles I've written for them.) This is really an oddity in the modern age, but I find it somewhat endearingly old-fashioned. You want to read a magazine article? Buy the magazine! I love Whole Living, as it embodies so many of the Slow Love Life values; it is well worth the annual subscription. The photography in this issue is particularly breathtaking, starting with the cover, a tall glass of water, going right through to an interesting piece on salt--how gorgeous are those salt crystals?--and a clever "Handbook" section on freezers. I really appreciate a magazine that is as beautiful as it is smart.

The April issue also has a terrific article featuring Alexandra Cousteau, whose famous grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, I had the honor to meet when I was working at Newsweek. We had lunch together, with Paris bureau chief and excellent writer, Chris Dickey, (whose also famous father James had written a great essay for me when I was at Esquire...As an aside, Chris' soulful book about his troubled relationship with his father, Summer of Deliverance, is amazing.) The three of us were at a wonderful seafood restaurant in Paris, where years later I spotted Catherine Deneuve having dinner. I ordered scallops. Jacques Cousteau eyed me fiercely, and said, "Non, non, pas les scallopes. La foie de la mer." He went on to explain that unless one ate scallops from far out at sea, they were full of impurities because, in their function as "the liver of the sea" they cleaned the water....

The message has long been clear: toxic is toxic, whether it is in our air or our water. Or in our bodies. We don't need it.

Let's work together to clean up this gorgeous blue planet of ours--and let's share our marvel at its beauty and bounty.

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