West Paw Design Makes Eco-Friendly Pet Products from Recycled Materials

Published on NBC Petside.com on June 21, 2013 Based in Bozeman, Montana, West Paw Design is the country’s longest running, eco-friendly pet products company. When companies were going overseas to manufacture products, Spencer Williams, President of West Paw Design, was determined to keep manufacturing in the USA. A fifth-generation Montanan and animal lover, Spencer also wanted to create products that are safe for the planet … Continue reading West Paw Design Makes Eco-Friendly Pet Products from Recycled Materials

Appreciating Nature, Even in New York City

Last year this time, I was on my way to the exotic Galapagos Islands. During the week I spent on an Ecoventura cruise, I took daily excursions to different islands to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, iguanas, giant tortoises, and many more exotic species. I swam with sea lions and saw sea turtles, eagle rays, and sharks on a snorkeling outing. It was the ultimate dream … Continue reading Appreciating Nature, Even in New York City

Nature is my Religion, Inspired by Hinduism

I am not a religious person, at least not in the conventional way. I am not an atheist either. I believe we simply don’t have the answers to the mysteries of our universe. But I worship nature and my love of all things natural was inspired by my birth religion—Hinduism. My favorite God is the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha, the one who removes all obstacles. He … Continue reading Nature is my Religion, Inspired by Hinduism

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I’ve decided to start doing a Favorite Quote post every Friday. Because, why not? I love quotes and have a habit of collecting them. I thought I’d share a quote every week that’s special to me, and how it has helped me. These past weeks, I’ve been struggling with the idea of traveling alone. I’ve been on my own for short periods during trips when … Continue reading “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Goat Walking in Guatemala

It’s not everyday that you see goats being walked on a leash. It was such a treat for me to see this little girl walking her goat when I was in Tecpan, Guatemala. I love goats, and made quite a few friends during my volunteer trip earlier this month. They are fun, playful, and more curious than dogs. They’ve got such personalities too. Some are … Continue reading Goat Walking in Guatemala

Book Review: The Paradise Guest House

I love reading books that transport me to another land, somewhere far away from my New York City fast paced life. I picked this book, The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman, because I was drawn to the cover. The inviting doors, the adorable statue of Lord Ganesha and the palm leaves were all I needed to read the back cover. I was immediately hooked … Continue reading Book Review: The Paradise Guest House

Guatemala Service Immersion Trip With Fordham Global Outreach and Share Tours

In early August, I spent a week in Guatemala working with Fordham alumni and Share Tours on a new school for kids in Tecpan. In a remote village in Tecpan, overlooking corn fields on hillsides there stood a newly constructed school awaiting a cement pavement and a paint job. A few years ago, the community had gotten together to build the school, but stopped work … Continue reading Guatemala Service Immersion Trip With Fordham Global Outreach and Share Tours

Howling Woods Farm: Where Wolfdogs Get a Second Chance

A brown, burly dog came jogging toward me. His wolf-like face had amber colored eyes that sparkled in the sun. His heavy coat waved and his thick legs moved with grace. When he reached me, he sniffed and slowly plopped to the ground, exposing his long, soft belly to rub. Big, and surprisingly cuddly, Samson, a 7-year-old, 110-pound, wolfdog mix of wolf and Alaskan Malamute … Continue reading Howling Woods Farm: Where Wolfdogs Get a Second Chance