Author Archives: @jzikah

About @jzikah

Founder of Green Spiral Tours, providing adventure maps and field trips. Explore your place on the planet!

#Black&BlueBBQ

24 July 2016 Here’s a copy of the letter I wrote, which was picked up and printed by the editor of the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch on 23-July-2016. I’ve sent hard-copy to select Mayors and Chiefs of Police in advance of … Continue reading

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Green Building Tours

Many people are surprised to learn that Saint Louis is home to some of the greenest buildings in the world.  This post gives you an overview of the most interesting green buildings in Saint Louis, as well as details about how … Continue reading

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Food Stamp Challenge

I got “unliked” for taking the Food Stamp Challenge on my Green Spiral Facebook Page last week.  I was equally unprepared for the interest people would take in the challenge, and the rich conversations that followed as the week unfolded. … Continue reading

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Beyond Sustainable

Like a great green sleeping dragon, the sustainable world has woken up after a long sleep, tickled awake, no doubt, by new growth in the economy.  The continuing drought and recurring hurricanes have helped roust the dragon, because they hurt. … Continue reading

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School Gardens Take Wing

  The monarch butterflies have been flying through our area, and for me, that means school is fully in session.  The ageless way to mark time is through the intersection of relationships, rather than the march of a clock:  plant … Continue reading

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Kids & Crawdads

    My mother called a family reunion this summer, and like many families, we needed something equitable, meaning free, to do.  So we ventured down to a flat place along the river, all 22 of us, plus a dog, … Continue reading

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Dirt is Not Dirty

We are past the full “Worm Moon” of March, and spring stirs the soil to life, while winking at us from blossoms above.   The soil is incredibly alive, with billions of microbes and bacteria, creatures like worms and nematodes, and … Continue reading

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