James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Thu Nov 10 22:48:43 UTC 2005
Gwyneth Paltrow is one. So are Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio. Chances
are your _bikram yoga_
(http://www.beliefnet.com/frame_offsite.asp?pageLoc=http://www.bikramyoga.com/) teacher has the major characteristics and so does
the guy who makes your fruit smoothie at _Jamba Juice_
(http://www.beliefnet.com/frame_offsite.asp?pageLoc=http://www.jambajuice.com/) . <snip> What is
influencing Hollywood stars and Wal-Mart shoppers, fashionistas and Filene’s
basement-dwellers alike? It’s called metrospirituality, and chances are you
already know or even lead the life of a metrospiritual.
Do you go out of your way to buy organic food? Have you thought about the _wu
(http://www.breathemag.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=123&Itemid=182) in your home? Have you tried yoga, belly-dancing, or surfing
recently? Are you attracted to traditional crafts from other cultures or have
you started knitting? Do you own a _Prius_
(http://www.beliefnet.com/frame_offsite.asp?pageLoc=http://www.prius.com/) or have you thought about buying a
hybrid car? Are you a tea connoisseur or an organic wine- and beer-drinker? Is
there a certain aromatherapy scent that brings you comfort, especially in
candle form? If most of your answers are yes, then count yourself among the
growing numbers of metrospirituals—the kinder, gentler post-Yuppies who want to
treat the earth and native cultures with respect, connect with their inner
source and inspiration, test their bodies and expand their minds with ancient
physical practices—and do it all with serious style.
"Metrospiritual" might be a recently coined term, as it only has 688 Google
hits. It's obviously a takeoff on "metrosexual".
Another interesting term I just recently found is "exclosure". From Don
Sapatkin "Seeking an approach to growing deer herds" Philadelphia Inquirer,
Saturday 5 November 2005 page A1 with jump to A2:
"[page A2 column 2] The [deer] herd is now estimated at 1,400---about 15
times the maxi-[column 3]mum that biologists believe the land can sustain before
compromising forest regereration.
Records indicate 100 car accidents caused by deer in an average year.
Birders report an absence of thrushes and warblers that used to nest in shrubs and
young trees. Around the park, 10-foot fences protect 30 "exclosures," areas
that showcase what will grow inside (viburnum, laurel) and out (almost
"exclosure" has probably been around for a while---80,100 Google hits.
- James A. Landau
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