Pay it Forward: The #CLE TimeBank

We all know a dollar only goes so far, but at the Cleveland TimeBank, my new form of currency is an hour worth of service. It’s a unique form of social exchange where you give a little of your time (or a lot) in exchange for someone else’s service. The concept has been happening for years here in the U.S. and in many parts of the U.K., so if you think about this creatively, you might just have Continue reading

What’s Outside Your Window?

In a previous post, I mentioned that I took a month-long trip to gather some research for grants and other freelance projects. While traveling through neighborhoods and wildlife areas, I was inspired by what I saw and decided to pen this essay for a global travel site. What does this all mean, exactly? I’m not really sure — but when the words start to flow, I need to get things on paper. You can always Continue reading

Bag the Phrags!

I’ve been doing a lot of research on invasive species lately. Last month, I traveled through the southeastern U.S. to continue my research on zebra mussels and conduct a composting workshop over in Tarpon Springs, Florida. I discovered a wonderful resource at the University of Gainesville that tracks current zebra mussel shell sightings in seas, rivers, lakes, and quarries. On my way back to Cleveland, I decided to spend the night in a yurt in Continue reading