When it comes to Mother Earth, we are in a state economist Donella Meadows defined in her seminal text Limits to Growth as "overshoot." The human population has exceeded the carrying capacity of our planet. For example, if everyone ate food, generated waste and used energy like we Americans do, we would need more than five planets to sustain us. Americans make up about 5 percent of the global population, but use 20 percent of the world's petroleum and about one-third of the world's paper.

As any sleep-deprived mother can tell you, rest is the way we rejuvenate and reconstitute ourselves. It is an essential part of how we take care of ourselves and can be an important way in which we give back to all the mothers who provide for us.

To that end, I am taking a two week-break to collect my thoughts and get ready for the massive kitchen overhaul. I'll cover ways we can all get clear and rested when I return.

Happy spring,


Simran Sethi is an award-winning journalist and associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications. For more information on Sethi, visit and follow her on Twitter @simransethi.

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