PLANTING SEEDS BLOG: A Holiday Gift to the Environment

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 -- Francesca Olivieri

I love Annie Leonard's video "The Story of Stuff." It's a riveting and disturbing description of the production of stuff and its effect on our planet. One of the more alarming points is how so much of what we buy is designed not to last. Instead, it's intentionally constructed to fall apart or break down, inevitably forcing us go out and buy again and again and again. As you can imagine, this cycle has severe negative effects on our environment.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008 -- Francesca Olivieri

My grandmother, Franny Reese, told us the story of her summer trips to Canada more than once: how she camped out with her family (even when it rained), cooked over a campfire, swam in the river and looked at the stars. I usually rolled my eyes and pretended that I wasn't listening, but something must have stuck, because I can almost hear her voice telling the familiar stories.

Backyard Matters: The Spiritual Power of Nature, and of Art

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 -- Ned Sullivan

Whistler and Inness Captured on Canvas the Ephemeral Essence of the Outdoors.

"Backyard Matters" by Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan is a regular monthly feature on

September 16, 2008 - Recently I took a journey to a place of importance in the history of American and international art and in the geography of my soul.