Category Archives: Essential Commentary

Can I Commit to Eating Regionally?

As California’s historic drought continues and thousands of acres of farmland are laying fallow, I began to wonder what it would really be like to eat only what grows regionally… eating only what I would drive to purchase if I were buying it … Continue reading

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What is Your Axis Tethered To?

Ever felt like your axis was tethered to the tail of a kite? Are you aware that you have an axis? Or a tether? You have both… we all do… but the vast majority of us go through life feeling … Continue reading

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Welcome to What Has Always Been Present

The Essential Garden blog is veering around a new corner. Almost four years after its inception and going forward, the blog’s focus will be a bit more topical; posts will be succinct, somewhat less conversational and, hopefully, distilled into the essence of the topic. … Continue reading

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Eating Pesticides Under the Guise of a Potato

GMO food products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  They are seen by the government, not as foodstuffs, but as pesticides, and are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In its simplest form, GMO plants are … Continue reading

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When Did Giving Away My Power Overtake Me?

How many ways do we give away our power, often without noticing?  Handing over cooking to corporations (ever think of it that way?) effectively reduces the overall quality of the food we consume by allowing companies to make decisions about the quantities … Continue reading

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One Less Car

Essential Commentary. Must be Portland, right? Actually, it’s the intersection of Madison Rd and Dana Ave in Cincinnati. I’m constantly aware of how my past experience creates subtle boundaries that limit how I perceive the world.  In fact, I’ve taken … Continue reading

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My Life is Like an Iceberg

A dear friend asked me this morning how living in the Covington Mainstrasse district felt.  My friends and family know that many facets of my life are currently in transition.  In a sec, I replied, “My life is like an iceberg.  … Continue reading

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