Difference Makers

What an honor to be included in this wonderful new book.  Portraits by the fantastic artist Isaac Hernandez and words by the super talented Nancy Black.  If you are looking for some happy inspiration, this book offers it up beautifully.

Get a copy for yourself and a friend! 


This series of portraits by Isaac Hernández honors social, cultural and sustainability leaders, ranging from community activists to internationally known figures. They share a universal drive to make a difference, with unique expressions. These portraits, an ongoing passion project spanning more than a decade, were taken to accompany published interviews with these fascinating champions. This collection of inspiring leaders is an open and expanding investigation of contribution, an offering to acknowledge the possibly infinite. Ordinary people accomplish the extraordinary, including those who formed an integral core for the birth of a global movement: Selma Rubin, Paul Rellis, Marc McGinnes, and Bud Bottoms, who participated to launch Earth Day in Santa Barbara, protect the last stretch of empty coastline in California (the Gaviota Coast), develop the concept and study of environmental law, and create a host of nonprofits. These sustainability pioneers share pages with leaders like Andy Lipkis (TreePeople), Michael Pollan (author, Food Rules), Sylvia Earle (oceanographer), Paul Erlich (author The Dominant Animal), Roberta Salazar (Birds and Rivers), and Harold Powell (Telios Environmental), as well as better known personalities, like authors Amy Tan, Isabel Allende, and Gore Vidal, actors Javier Bardem, Antonio Banderas and Will Smith, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
                                                   Available now at Amazon.com

“Manufactured Landscapes”

We just watched the excellent film “Manufactured Landscapes” by Jennifer Baichwal which features the work of Edward Burtynsky. His astonishing images are at once intensely beautiful and deeply disturbing, capturing landscapes altered through human activity. Landscapes scarred by extraction,transformed for production or covered with waste.  The film gives us a startling view of the enormous scale and far-reaching impacts of our ever-increasing mass production and consumption.   When describing his work Burtynsky explains,  “These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. We are drawn by desire – a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times.”

 A potent reminder of the power or art to raise consciousness.