Mexico Notebook

Photo: Venus (Some rights reserved) Many books have been written about Mexico under the guise of ‘guidebooks’ that, in reality, are nothing more than compilations of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, along with a few tips about where to buy authentic handicrafts that almost look as if they came from Mexico and not Taiwan … These …

Ethics Notebook

Photo: Zion National Park (Some rights reserved) Treat others the way they would like to be treated.– Platinum Rule Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.– Wendell Berry It seems to me that if we can imagine the injustice, then we can imagine its opposite.– Paul Keating, (sampled in …

Learning Notebook

Photo: Ron Mader, European Ecotourism Conference (Some rights reserved) Think of what you are teaching = Piensa en lo que estás enseñando– Conversation Wake up all the teachers time to teach a new wayMaybe then they’ll listen to whatcha have to sayCause they’re the ones who’s coming up and the world is in their hands.When …

Peace Notebook

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Power to the peaceful.– Spearhead We say we want peace, but nobody wants to change their own mind.– Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell Fire There is no path to peace. Peace is the path. (No hay camino para la paz, la paz es el camino.)– Mahatma Gandhi El respeto al derecho ajeno es …

Love Notebook

Poster: Fall in Love (Some rights reserved) What does your heart say?– Mixteco greeting (Na ca anun) Ma sa sa’ laa ch’ool (mah sah sah laa ch’ohl) (literally, is there happiness in your heart?)Sa in ch’ oo’ (sah een ch’ohl), (Yes, my heart is happy.)– Maya Q’eqchi Expression, Belize This eye looks with loveThis eye looks …

Death Notebook

Photo: Ayöök Ceramics, Postcard (Some rights reserved) Fave quotes about death and dying: A colleague of mine described Día de los Muertos as ‘the only time during the year when the veil that separates our world from the next is lifted.’– Joshua Berman, Día de los Muertos: What I’ve learned about Day of the Dead …

Sustainability Notebook

Photo (Some rights reserved) Quotes about sustainability A garden is never so good as it will be next year.– Thomas Cooper The planet is what makes us profitable. We cannot be sustainable if we cannot support the planet.– Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed, fresh from a trip to a sustainability conference in Sweden, Pique News Magazine …

Communication Notebook

Photo: Oaxaca Foamboard (Some rights reserved) Now I will do nothing but listen… I hear all sounds running together, combined, fused or following, sounds of the city and sounds out of the city, sounds of the day and night.– Walt Whitman, Song of Myself Never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.– …

Food Notebook

Photo: Oranges (Some rights reserved) Quotes about food and drink QuotesOne cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.– Virginia Woolf When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.– Henny Youngman Each gorilla has its own voice: you can really tell who’s singing, and if it’s …