An Open Letter to the David & Lucile Packard Foundation

Friday, February 4, 2022  Los Altos, California The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Attention: Human Resources 343 Second Street Los Altos, CA 94022-3696 To Whom It May Concern: For the past several weeks, before starting my shift at the Los Altos Tasting Room on downtown Main Street, I have stopped to stare at your foundation’sContinue reading “An Open Letter to the David & Lucile Packard Foundation”


Tamara Levitt is an expert meditation guide and Head of Mindfulness at Calm ( Today’s episode was her best ever. During the course of an 11 minute podcast on Calm, She weaves an captivating parable about our search for the perfect mate using Shel Silverstein’s book, The Missing Piece, as narrative raw material. Coming oneContinue reading “#sustainablemind”

Our Origin Story and Present Mission: A Post-Pandemic Outlook for the Future

We recently made some important updates to the sempervirens117 home page that we’re really excited to share: “Semper virens,” in Latin, means “always green.” The scientific name of California’s majestic coastal redwoods is Sequoia sempervirens. Our company got its start in a rustic, redwood-shingled cottage in the Santa Cruz Mountains outside of Woodside, California, atContinue reading “Our Origin Story and Present Mission: A Post-Pandemic Outlook for the Future”

Why You Should Listen to Mark Knopfler’s Privateering This Weekend.

Leave it to musician and songwriter Mark Knopfler to prove that bigger sometimes IS better. Mark Knopfler’s Privateering is available as a 2-disc CD collection on Amazon. There is a lot of music on this album: 20 tracks spread out over 2 CDs. And not just quantity, but quality matters here, as Mark outdoes himselfContinue reading “Why You Should Listen to Mark Knopfler’s Privateering This Weekend.”

Sustainable Earth Solutions #1: SIGG Swiss-Made Reusable Metal H2O Bottles

I have been using SIGG Swiss-made metal reusable water bottles for years. I started when I moved to Northern California in 2008 and added several more in various sizes when I relocated to Western Montana in 2011 for a four-year teaching position in Missoula. I have lost a few over the years and dented othersContinue reading “Sustainable Earth Solutions #1: SIGG Swiss-Made Reusable Metal H2O Bottles”

Vince Guaraldi – A Bay Area Jazz Master

The Definitive Vince Guaraldi 2-disc compact disc collection is available on Amazon. Jazz music from a Bay Area master that is suitable for all ages and times of the day. If there is a more iconic album cover in all of American West Coast jazz history, I have yet to come across it. A nattilyContinue reading “Vince Guaraldi – A Bay Area Jazz Master”

All the Roadrunning, by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris

To call this immortal album a series of duets would be like calling the Bible just another book. All the Roadrunning, by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, is available in multiple formats on Amazon. There are duets. Famous ones, even. And then there is All the Roadrunning. It’s immortality on a shiny compact disc, showcasingContinue reading “All the Roadrunning, by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris”

Being Green Transcript: Introduction to the Podcast

Introduction to the Being Green podcast Hello. Welcome to the Being Green podcast. I’m Brett Winters, the host. I am a former academic history professor turned writer and eco-entrepreneur living and working in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just outside of Silicon Valley. In 2020, I founded a small consultancy,, whose mission is to assistContinue reading “Being Green Transcript: Introduction to the Podcast”

Tracy Chapman’s Let it Rain – 20 Years (and Many Tears) Later

A hard album to love; an impossible album to forget. Originally published as a review on Amazon. This album is available for purchase on Amazon as well in multiple formats. This is indeed a hard album to love. It took me a full 10 listenings before I was able to embrace it with unabashed affection.Continue reading “Tracy Chapman’s Let it Rain – 20 Years (and Many Tears) Later”

Mark Knopfler’s Sailing to Philadelphia Two Decades Later.

Rediscover the “lost art” of making an album by revisiting this Mark Knopfler classic from 2000. Sailing to Philadelphia by Mark Knopfler is available on Amazon. One of things that live streaming and downloadable songs by demand has tended to obscure is just how beautiful a well crafted album of original music once could be.Continue reading “Mark Knopfler’s Sailing to Philadelphia Two Decades Later.”