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Naomi Bloch






August 28, 2012

Potomac, Md

By: Naomi Bloch

If you are anything like me, reading or listening to the mainstream media can really be a downer.

It can actually be pretty paralazying, especially in a presidential election year.

Yes, our country has “issues”… who and what doesn’t?  I have found though, that all this focus on problems and negativity is not very helpful at all when it comes to actually solving issues.  Not surprising really.  How can people move toward solutions when they are depressed and feeling so hopeless for the future?

When I decided to intentionally focus my mind on the positive solutions instead of just “the problems” it not only made me hopeful for the future, it actually caused me to fall in love again with my fellow human beings.

We humans, when we feel empowered, can do some pretty amazing things.  In fact, it is this spirit of creative problem solving that has been the human race’s most glorious trait.  So, let’s stop all the worrying and whining and start looking at what’s going right and add our own mental force for the good to the challenges we all face.

I really believe that whatever we focus our time and attention on is what we make stronger.  Once I reminded myself of my own lifelong philosophy, I decided to consciously turn off all the mainstream doom and gloom and choose instead to seek out stories about people who have simply decided to get going on creating that better tomorrow themselves… in whatever way they can.

The well-known Gandhi saying: “Be The Change You Wish To See In The World” has always been a guiding light in my life.  I have been so pleased to be reminded that this wisdom is being practiced by so many other people, right here and right now.  Examples of this are all around us, if we will just look at our day-to-day lives through a more positive and hopeful lens.

So, here is a list of just a few of the most wonderful magazines and books I am reading and have read that are energizing me and giving me genuine hope and enthusiasm for the future.

 Reclaiming Out Food by Tanya Denckla Cobb

This book will give you a very good appreciation for how much is actually going on all across this county, at the community level toward building a locally-based, organic and sustainable food system. I cannot recommend this book enough if you want to learn about all the changes that are happening for a better, healthier tomorrow all across the nation and just how easy it is to join this movement and help make it grow right here in our own communities.

Currently I am reading very intriguing book called:  The Vertical Farm – Feeding the World in the 21st Century written by Dr. Dickson Despommier.  I had the personal pleasure of hearing Dr. Despommier speak at a recent program about urban farming hosted at Brookside Gardens.  Dr. Despommier spent 38 years as a professor of microbiology and public health in environmental health sciences at Columbia University.  He has addressed audiences at leading universities, including Harvard and MIT, and has also been invited to speak at The United Nations.  In addition, he has been asked by the governments of China, India, and Korea to work on their environmental problems.   I feel quite privileged to have heard Dr. Despommier speak and to have had him sign his book to me.  I believe that this book will be of keen interest to anyone with a more fact-based scientific view of the world, or any young high school or college student thinking about possible courses related to sustainability ways to solve our many environmental, food and water issues for the future.

On the periodical front, two magazines in particular have been thrilling to read because they deal exclusively with the people, products and services going on right here in the DC region when it comes to local and sustainable food.

Flavor Magazine – Cultivating The Capital Foodshed

And the second one is a brand new arrival:  (Inaugural issue!) edibleDC – eat, drink, read, think

I hope that you will check out all of these suggestions and that they will inspire you and your family and friends as much as they have inspired me and mine.  When we focus our attention on all the wonderful things that are already happening to make that “Better Tomorrow”, I hope that it inspires us all to add our own talents energies to this growing movement.

Then, before we know it, we will be living in that more hopeful and sustainable tomorrow.

Happy Reading!

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