A Paradise Going to Hell — Thanks to Global Warming

A Paradise Going to Hell — Thanks to Global Warming

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THE HUFFINGTON POST

Just past Johnny Depp’s private island in the Caribbean sits Lee Stocking Island, a little piece of paradise that’s going to hell.

The coral reefs that surround it are some of the healthiest in the Atlantic. And they’re dying. They’re dying in so many different ways, from so many different causes, it’s hard to imagine how they could survive, and without them, what the oceans might look like. (more…)

The Endless Season

The Endless Season

BETHESDA MAGAZINE

Tal Petty is a contrarian. While his friends head to Eastern Shore beach houses on weekends, Petty spirals 60 miles south in his Volvo SUV from his home in Bethesda to the family farm near Hollywood, Md.

On the 300-acre spread his mother named Tranquility Farm, he raises grass-fed Angus beef, a few sheep, a couple chickens—and about a million oysters. (more…)

A Veneto Journey to Farm and Table in One

A Veneto Journey to Farm and Table in One

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

I went looking for a slice of ancient Italy and somehow landed in Iowa.

Past the town of Treviso, in the hills far above the canals of Venice, we had left that morning, is a little dairy farm where the Gallina family is in its fourth generation of making cheese. I don’t know what I expected a fourth-generation Italian artisanal cheese maker to look like, but when Luca Gallina welcomed us sporting a plaid shirt, baseball cap and faded jeans, he looked more Cedar Rapids farmer than keeper of ancient Italian culinary rites. (more…)

The Fragile Future of Murano’s Glass Tradition

The Fragile Future of Murano’s Glass Tradition

A modern glass sculpture is aglow at night in Murano. Tradition has dominated the craft for a millennium, but some fear it will die if craftsmen don’t innovate. David Frey photo. David Frey photo.

THE CULTURE-IST

Gino Mazzuccato’s shop was a tsotchke menagerie, the sort of shop that would have been jammed with cruise tourists earlier in the day. It was evening when I arrived, and I had its shelves of glass animals all to myself, for a few minutes at least. (more…)

West, Meet East

West, Meet East

A conceptual design for the new Aspen Art Museum. Courtesy AAM and Shigeru Ban Architects.

ASPEN PEAK

The West End has long been Aspen’s most sought-out neighborhood. For many buyers, the stately Victorians and stunning modern homes along the West End’s leafy streets are the epitome of Aspen living. More and more buyers, though, are looking east as this often-overlooked part of town experiences a renaissance. (more…)