Click any month to read the complete PDF:


Oct 2002: Keeping Time
Nov 2002: Family Food and Friends
Dec 2002: The Lesson of the Bi Disc
Jan 2003: When the Provenance is Love
Feb 2003: The Winter Garden
March 2003: The Four-Hundred-Year-Old Tree
April 2003: Quixotic Plum
May 2003: Service, Please
June 2003: Home Security
July 2003: Visible to the Naked Eye
Aug 2003: Save it for a Rainy Day
Sept 2003: Mixing a Room
Oct 2003: Life is Short; the Sofa is Long
Nov 2003: As American as the Chintz on the Chaise
Dec 2003: The Gift of Darkness
Jan 2004: Captured in Wax
Feb 2004: Taking in Strays
March 2004: Teaching Respect
April 2004: Urban Renewal
May 2004: A Clean Enough Kitchen
June 2004: The Well-Lived Life
July 2004: Lighten Up
Aug 2004: Shopping List
Sept 2004: Dream House
Oct 2004: And So To Bed
Nov 2004: Not Empty Yet
Dec 2004: Meant to Be
Jan 2005: Not Another List?
Feb 2005: What's It Worth to You?
March 2005: Living Color

April 2005: What's Next?
May 2005: Loving the Mess
June 2005: Growing Miracles Fast
July 2005: Easy Does It
Aug 2005: Renovation Blues
Sept 2005: "Wait a Minute!"
Oct 2005: Grass Roots for Grass Roots
Nov 2005: Live as Well as You Look
Dec 2005: Things We Love
Jan 2006: Bad House Days
April 2006: Local Living
June 2006: The Luxury of Waiting
July 2006: Baby Steps
Aug 2006: One Lily
Sept 2006: Smartsizing
Oct 2006: Let There Be Light
Nov 2006: A New Book
Dec 2006: Take Care
Jan 2007: My Saturday
Feb 2007: Renovation Drama
March 2007: Back to the Keyboard
April 2007: Our Planet, Ourselves
May 2007: The Takeout Blues
June 2007: A Chance Encounter
July 2007: House for Sale, Maybe
Aug 2007: Another Dissatisfied Customer
Sept 2007: The Rules
Oct 2007: Loving Gestures
Nov 2007: Design, 24/7
Dec 2007: Studying the Classics





House & Garden

Environmental Defense Fund

Book Reviews

Additional Publications



Click through to read any of the posts from my Personal Nature column at the Environmental Defense Fund:


Walmart Amps Up the Green Light

Ocean Acidification: A Hidden Risk of Global Warming


Healing the Ocean


Religion and Climate Change


Portrait of a Preacher


Toxic Ignorance is Not Bliss


Solutions that Work


Electricity 101


The New Home Ec: Saving Electricity Every Day


Smart Grids: The Pecan Street Project




Body + Soul, April 2010 - Does Earth Day Really Matter?


Eating Well, Jan/Feb 2010 - The Secret Ingredient


Food and Wine - Cruising with a Naturalist Cook


O, The Oprah Magazine, Sep 2009 - Rediscovering the Crock Pot


Garden and Gun, Feb/Mar 2009 - Down Home


Wall Street Journal, Jan 2009, Extreme Makeover: Whitehouse Edition


Wall Street Journal, Dec 2008, A Collection in Need of Definition


Wall Street Journal, Sep 2008 - RISD Gets a New Type of President


Departures, March/April 2008, Starck Beauty


New York Times, Feb 2008, Op-Ed Contributor: The Melting Point


Texas Monthly - “What I Admire I Must Possess" Dominique de Menil


Texas Monthly - Waiting for Mommy


OnTopic - Escape Issue



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Book Reviews from the New York Times:



Of Gold and Bondage Feb 20, 2010

A Different Kind of Love Triangle Feb 12, 2010

Angels and Hormones Jan 10, 2010

Holiday Books: Gardening Dec 6, 2009

Domestic Dysfunction Nov 29, 2009

Far From the Madding Crowd Sep 11, 2009

Reefer Madness Aug 28, 2009

Weight Watcher Aug 21, 2009

Goddess of Mischief July 3, 2009

Summer Reading: Gardening Books May 29, 2009

Plant Love Feb 13, 2009

Woman’s Estate Jan 2, 2009

Gardening Dec 7, 2008

The Secret Mother Sep 11, 2008

Properly Soused May 31, 2008

The Kitchen God’s Life Dec 28, 2007

Gimme Shelter Dec 2, 2007

Made for You and Me Sep 23, 2007

Total Manor Makeover August 19, 2007

Into the Wood June 17, 2007

The Living Section March 26, 2006

The Embattled Farmers June 6, 2004