Four Big Reasons Smartphones Aren’t Making Us Smarter

Next time you’re out and about in public, try this simple observation “experiment”: Look at all the people around you. How many are head down in some sort of mobile device? How many are tapping and scrolling and thumb-typing away feverishly, tuned out from everything else around them? The more I look around the more I see people connected and “plugged in”... Read More

Five Surefire Ways to NOT Help Your Community Thrive

[Editor's Note: This post originally appeared in the Tiverton/Little Compton Rhode Island Patch, where I've started blogging on redefining the suburban experience as a way to help drive dialogue in my community on issues that I believe are important to our vitality and resilience. Given that you could easily replace Tiverton and Little Compton with your own community, I thought... Read More

How to Be an Eco-Advocate Without Coming Off as a Freaky Green

“Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory” ~ Emily Post Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve wanted to advocate for something but just didn’t know the best way to approach it? If your wanna-be advocacy is anywhere near the Eco-Zone,... Read More

Catalysts: Find One. Be One. Change Your World.

“Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us – and those around us – more effectively. Look for the learning.” ~ Louisa May Alcott Merriam Webster defines catalyst as: 1: a substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under different conditions (as... Read More

What + How + Do = 3 Steps to Getting Anything Done

BY BILL GERLACH | FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER “People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend.” — Walter Savage Landor While I’m working towards creating my own minimalist business based on writing and speaking about reconnecting with life and Nature, I still have a day job. And that day job often finds me on point for getting stuff... Read More