Nalini Nadkarni tackles trees and people on NPR Morning Edition

November 12, 2008

Full Moon Sunrise, October 2008, © Copyright 2008 Jade Leone Blackwater

Visit to listen to an interview by Robert Krulwich with author and forest biologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni:

“Going Out On A Limb With A Tree-Person Ratio”
Krulwich on Science by Robert Krulwich.  Morning Edition, November 12, 2008

In her new book Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees (University of California Press, July 2008), Nalini Nadkarni explores the many subtle and extraordinary ways that people rely on trees for the products they yield, the imagery they invoke, and the ecosystems they support.

It was my distinct pleasure to support Nalini Nadkarni in the creation of this book. You’ll hear me chime in with a few words in the middle of this NPR broadcast.


Project Update

November 27, 2007

AppleJade, (c) Copyright 2007 Jade Leone BlackwaterI am a busy bunny this Autumn, and I thought it might be fun to tell you a little about my project world.

First, I am proud to announce that Dr. Nalini Nadkarni of The Evergreen State College has written a new book, Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections with Trees.  Between Earth and Sky is due out from the University of California Press in June 2008.

I have had the pleasure of working with Nalini Nadkarni as her research assistant in the preparation of her book.  Between Earth and Sky discusses the many ways in which people connect with trees.  In coming months, I’ll be talking more about her book and her projects.  For now, be sure to take some time to explore the International Canopy Network and the Research Ambassador program to learn more about Nalini’s work.

Second, I am equally proud to announce that I am launching a new project called PassionApple with my friend and business partner Jennifer Rendon.  PassionApple is a portal to healthy, happy living where we will be sharing ideas and resources for health, wellness, and happiness.  Jenn Rendon and I are currently in the brainstorming phase of our project, and we’ll begin with the PassionApple blog in Spring 2008.

Green Sweet Pepper, October 2007, (c) Copyright 2007 Jade Leone BlackwaterAs a part of the PassionApple project, I have launched a new blog called AppleJade (because, you know, two blogs just aren’t enough).  AppleJade is my place to discuss natural health and wellness via gardening, cooking, nutrition, goal setting, and attitude.  Regular readers at Brainripples know how much I value goal setting, and the Monday Morning Muses tend to give away my love of the garden.  I hope you’ll visit and tell me what you think!

Ongoing, I am still blogging at Arboreality about trees and forests, and I will be volunteering to host the Festival of the Trees again in 2008.  At the moment, I’m researching places online where I can put my photography prints up for sale.  If you are an artist/photographer who does this already, I hope you’ll share some thoughts on your experiences and any tools/websites you might recommend.

And of course, I am still writing poetry, sketching, snapping photos, and perpetually creating new projects with which to load up my proverbial plate.  In 2008, the Brainripples blog will continue to showcase independent artists, discuss artistic process, and explore creative inspiration.  You can always learn more about my work at the Brainripples business site.

Is there something you would like to see at Brainripples?  Leave me a comment, or send me an email.  Because, you know, I have loads of free time! (ha ha, hee hee).

Ok, now it’s your turn.  In the comments or via email, let us know what you’re working on, and where we can read all about it at your blog.  The next Show and Tell Friday will feature a collection of projects from your artistic worlds.