Entries from January 2005

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Getting Ready for the Launch

Nice Magazine has been under reconstruction for the past several weeks. We now have our own domain name (www.nicemagazine.org) and many more features than our original one trick pony site. We’ll be doing an official launch in a week or so…

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Thanks To: Anonymous Link

“Thank you to the anonymous submission of an article link. We used it on the home page. Just the kind of interesting bits we’re looking for.”

D. Robert — New York, NY

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Thanks To: NICE Staff

“Thank you to everyone who has agreed to help out with the editorial and design-side of Nice. We have some of the best talents from across the land pitching in, so it should be a good site to see (pun intended).”

D. Robert — New York, NY

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Thanks To: Amazing Hubby

“Thank you to my amazing husband and partner, who I couldn’t do this without. Even if you weren’t helping carry such an enormous part of the load, my love for you would have increased tenfold with the birth of our child. ”

T. Cupp — Indy, IN

Saturday, January 29th, 2005

Thanks To: All NICE Helpers

“Thank you very much to all those who have helped with Nice Magazine to-date. Ted for helping me out with Blogger. Beth for being Nice and agreeing to be an editor. Mom and dad for investing. Serge for taking random questions from me.”

D. Robert — New York, NY

Monday, January 17th, 2005

USDA Organic

A couple of years back, the United States Department of Agriculture came out with an all encompassing food labeling program targeted at the burgeoning organic food movement. The process took nearly 10 years of back-and-forth between the visionary grass roots movement that started the deal and the bureaucratic USDA that wanted to regulate it.

Sunday, January 16th, 2005

Kona Coffee

Kona Coffee is known to be a high quality, highly sought after and highly priced caffeine fix. But what many of us do not know is just how much of an all around good thing Kona Coffee is for the environment and the people of the western coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i. Not too mention, Kona is America’s greatest coffee producing region. Kona beans are literally hand picked, one at a time. Bean quality is carefully graded by the State of Hawai’i Department of Agriculture in order to qualify as pure Kona. This scrutiny ensures that plantations place a high priority on those picking the beans and the land on which the trees grow. Indeed, field workers are well paid and taken care of and many plantations voluntarily opt to implement environmentally sustainable farm practices.

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

My Safe, Warm Place

In addition to its sheer physical beauty, Hawai’i also has going for it its wonderful people who are notorious for their generosity and hospitality. This is why my favorite spot on Earth is a place where these two features blend into an irresistible mix of serenity and companionship.

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Now in it’s second season, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, famous for its garish display of generosity, never seems to stop impressing NICE staff with the depth of the show’s ability to entirely transform families down on their luck. A bit cheesy at times and over the top, the show still redems itself by being true to their mission of helping others. The lesson here: Put big corporate bucks toward a tangible good. We only wish that instead of 13 families a season, the show’s producers could help 1,000s.

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

Andy Lipkis: If You Want It, You Got It

New York — The name of a former employer keeps coming up whenever I have discussions with friends about inspiring and truly heroic figures of our times. Andy Lipkis of Los Angeles has spent all of his adult life, and a good part of his adolescence doing just that. Andy is the founder of the 31 year-old TreePeople Inc. based on Mulholland Drive, that most storied and serene spine of mountain road overlooking the vast urban basins of Los Angeles and San Fernando.