Living Well

Starting simply to acknowledge changing world

By ANGELA HABR-PARANJAPE We are living in a changing world. But are we willing to change with it? “The sky is falling!” We heard the pre-apocalypse cries. Then the apocalypse came and went and we’re still here, facing the same overwhelming predicaments we had hoped the apocalypse would wipe away: a contracting economy, environmental crises(…)

Have a low-impact holiday season

By ANGELA HABR-PARANJAPE ‘Tis the season of waste! Bah, humbug! Ah, but we don’t have to be scrooges to enjoy the season of giving the low-impact way. Creativity and thoughtfulness will take us far. Consider holiday cards. You read one and feel a few seconds of warm gush. Then you toss it into the recycle(…)

Thinking seriously about food

By GABRIELLE DARVASSY I can’t tell you how excited I am to have an opportunity to write in my local community newspaper. You may have read in the July 7 edition of the Herald that my husband, Ron, and I have opened a vegan and raw restaurant, B’Gabs Goodies located at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Challenging us to make a change

By ANGELA HABR-PARANJAPE As I flipped through real estate ads in the Herald a few weeks ago, my heart did a jig at one bold-faced heading: “Energy-conscious Co-op Association.” “Wow, could we finally be catching on?” I wondered to myself. I’m no longer in the market for property, but three years ago when I was,(…)

Taking another look at plastic use

By ANGELA HABR-PARANJAPE I had always thought of myself as a responsible pet owner. Retracing the steps of my golden retriever, Rudy, on our walk down 53rd Street, I would be sure to collect every bit of his “mess.” A bread bag, perhaps used a time or two before, would do the job fine. I’d(…)