I’ve never been one to follow the traditional norms of societal infrastructure. I don’t believe in the all too familiar path of graduating high school, going to college, obtaining a bachelor’s degree, then pursuing a 9 to 5 based in whatever field is willing to hire at that point simply to use that income to accrue more debt. It just doesn’t sound like a plausible lifestyle that’s conducive for how I live my life or see the world for that matter.
What Is The Pineal Gland? The pineal gland is one of the most mysterious glands of the human body. It is a pea-sized gland in the precise geometric center of the brain and comes from the root word “pinea” which is Latin for “pinecone”. It is responsible for the synthesis and secretion of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin maintains the body’s circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle), regulates the onset of puberty in females, helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals and much, much more.
If you’re like me, you have come to an uncomfortable realization, on more than one occasion: life is stressful. It is stressful. And it is hectic. Sure, you have times throughout your life where everything feels like it is going well. You have energy, you have tons of creativity, you have periods of high productivity. But you also have cycles of irritability, of moodiness. Low energy. Depression.
Dying inevitably follows living. What makes for a good death in a just and sustainable world? I think about this a lot these days. Four years ago, at age fifty, I was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer. Active and fit, it took a collapsed lung and two broken ribs before I realized I had a big problem, the ultimate challenge of life: facing my own death.
From kitchens that buy and sell locally grown food, to a waste co-op that will return compost to the land, new enterprises are building an integrated food network. It’s about local people keeping the wealth of their land at home. When Glynn Lloyd couldn’t source enough locally grown produce, he decided to grow his own. Since 1994, Lloyd has run City Fresh Foods, a catering company based in Roxbury—one of Boston’s lowest-income neighborhoods. He wanted his business to use locally produced food, but at that time it was hard to come by. So in 2009 Lloyd helped found City Growers, one of Boston’s first for-profit farming ventures. (read more: http://www.yesmagazine.org/commonomics/boston-s-emerging-food-economy )