Thursday, December 29, 2011

Why ‘Manscaping’ Isn't Just for Porn Stars Anymore

By Lizzie Crocker for the Daily Beast 

The Atlantic recently reported that female pubic hair is on the fast track to extinction. But grooming experts say the latest hair-removal trend isn’t targeted at women. Lizzie Crocker on the ‘manscaping’ boom...

In ancient times, removing male pubic hair had less to do with aesthetics. Egyptians did it to stave off fleas and lice. Romans removed adolescent boys’ body hair as an initiation into adulthood. In the 16th century, Europeans were aghast when Michelangelo’s statue of David featured a sculpted tuft above his penis; they thought it looked ungodly.  The modern manscaped man is a product of today’s post-mextrosexual society, where even the alpha male indulges in spa treatments and $50 Diesel boxer briefs.

“Part of it has to do with shared roles,” says Nicole Caldwell, the editor of Playgirl, who has seen such a steep decline in male pubic hair recently that she has to remind her models not to shave everything off. “I don’t want to say there’s no distinction between men and women, but it’s more acceptable for them to share a space. Guys can occupy salons and it’s not totally bizarre.”

[Read the full article here.]

Monday, November 21, 2011

Interview with WWNY 7 TV

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Originally published at

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Source

This is the place where I first fell in love.

Where my heart slid into my stomach; where my fingers shook and my breath caught and I felt embarrassed before I said anything.

Where the bottle twirled and the moon sang and the trees bent and the water lapped against the shore and I first knew what this felt like. When you asked me if I was ready for this; when you called me shy and wondered if this was real; when you inched your fingers along my leg one song at a time while the CD replayed itself over and over again.

This is the beginning, before there were secrets. When I didn't have doubt. When everything was possible and only infinity stretched out ahead of us. When my body felt new and untouched; like you were the first to discover me, and this, and us, and I wondered what kind of person I would have been if I had never found you.

This is when I trusted you, and I promised you, and knew that this was it, there would be no other loves beyond this love, beyond you, beyond us. This is when I was sure you would be the one to draw that unnameable kind of love out of me. This is when I believed you would reach further than anyone ever had, to this private untapped place that's never been touched. This is when I believed you were strong, and you were brave, and you would stop at nothing to be the biggest version of yourself; the full, large, open person I would follow anywhere.

This is the time I believed your words over all other words; your expression over all other expressions; chose your kisses over all other kisses; reflected myself through your eyes over all other eyes.

This is the beginning; the Once Upon a Time. This is me before you; this is where it all begins. Over and over again.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Watertown Daily Times Profiles Award-Winners

Jaycees to give three Young Professional awards on ThursdayFrom Watertown Daily Times, Oct. 19, 2011

Nicole Caldwell, Jason F. White and Kelli J. Thesier have different careers and north country experiences, but the three all will receive Young Professionals Awards from the Greater Watertown Jaycees on Thursday.

“All three of them were very active in their careers and professions, but were also really active in their communities,” said Janelle G. Bossuot, a Jaycees member who was on the selection committee. “These are the next generation, being groomed to be leaders for tomorrow, so I think it’s important to recognize them and award them for their achievements so far.”

The awards will be given at a noon luncheon Thursday at Ramada Inn, Route 3. Kenneth J. Eysaman, editor of NNY Business, will speak. Tickets are $20 and registration is by email through

Ms. Caldwell is executive director of Better Farms LLC and betterArts, an organic farm and a nonprofit to increase access to arts for people through artist residence programs, gallery openings and workshops.The New Jersey native moved to the north country after her uncle left his house and land in Redwood to her.

“He started a commune here in 1970, so the people in Redwood still call it the old hippie farm,” Ms. Caldwell said. “The farm overall has the goal to merge the creative spirit and live closer to the earth.”
She began her “huge labor of love and grand experiment” in summer 2009 and saw its programs blossom through this past summer, including college internships for those working on the organic farming aspect and resident artists, who created art for gallery openings and also worked on the farm. A barn renovation was recently finished and betterArts is raising money to offer free workshops and private music and art lessons there, in addition to gallery openings.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

2011 Young Professionals Award Winners Announced

The Greater Watertown Jaycees, in partnership with the Jefferson-Lewis Workforce Investment Board and the Jefferson County Job Development Corporation, have announced the recipients of the 2011 Young Professionals Awards.

This year’s recipients are Dr. Kelli J. Thesier, Ms. Nicole Caldwell, and Dr. Jason F. White. 
Dr. Kelli J. Thesier, owner of Carthage Family Chiropractic Care, was selected for her outstanding leadership in business.  Dr. Thesier has owned and operated Carthage Family Chiropractic Care for the past three years and was nominated by Ms. Crystal Loomis, Carthage Family Chiropractic Care.

Ms. Loomis noted that, “Dr. Thesier has made positive impacts on her personnel, clientele, colleagues and peers through her sense of business, personality and leadership skills.”  Dr. Thesier is a former President of the Carthage Lions Club and was the recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Excellence in Small Business Award.

Ms. Nicole Caldwell, Executive Director of Better Farm, LLC, was selected for her outstanding leadership in arts and culture. Ms. Caldwell is a professional writer, editor and photographer.  Better Farm, founded in 2009, is a non-profit sustainability education center and artists’ retreat in Redwood. 
Ms. Caldwell was nominated by Ms. Kari Robertson, North Country Arts Council, because, “she is a pioneer, building a model for a world that empowers and connects community; that faces contemporary issues with a creative and intelligent approach.”

Dr. Jason F. White, Internal Medicine of NNY, was selected for his outstanding leadership and volunteer work in his community.  Dr. White serves on the board of directors for Neighbors of Watertown, and is actively involved with Tree Watertown, Advantage Watertown, and the Black River Committee of the City of Watertown, having served in leadership roles for these groups. Professionally, he is chair of the Jefferson Physician Organization’s Rewarding Physician Excellence Clinical Committee.

Dr. White was nominated by Ms. Lorraine Clement, Jefferson Physician Organization, LLC, noting, “Dr. White’s positive attitude and the excitement he brings to each of the people he touches is inspiring.”

The Young Professionals Awards were created by the Greater Watertown Jaycees in 2007 to recognize our areas leaders under the age of 40.

Recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, October 20, noon, at the Ramada Inn.  The guest speaker is Mr. Kenneth J. Eysaman, NNY Business Journal. Tickets are $20 and you can register by contacting  

Stay tuned to for coverage of the event and to hear from recipients.

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Lecture at Moving Planet's International Day of Action

For more information about the day's events, click here.

A sustainable act is one you can repeat forever in the same way. That’s it. For all the attention sustainability gets nowadays, the concept itself is so simple, it’s amazing the practice eludes even our most educated politicians and world leaders.

Sustainability is literally the act of lending oneself to infinity.

Every microbe, bacteria, atom, and animal on earth has this system down pat. Every animal, that is, except for one.

Think of every system you participate in on a daily basis: from waking up to your alarm clock that's plugged into the wall, brushing your teeth and showering with water from a treatment plant that goes down the drain into sewers, showering with chemical-riddled soaps peppered with dyes and perfumes and additives. Think of the clothes you dress yourself in and the manner in which they were created, shipped, packaged, and sold to you. Think of the processed food you eat for breakfast and where your coffee beans came from. Consider your morning commute. Don't stop there. Consider the way homes, neighborhoods, states, and countries are run. Think of big business, industry, oil, and gas. Think of your churches and synagogues, and the energy they use to run their lights, their heating, their central air. The truth is, very few—if any—actions undertaken by any one of us in a day are truly sustainable. Which is to say, the way we act and live is linear instead of circular. We start with consumption and end with a pile of toxic, non-decomposing garbage, dirty unlivable water, and unbreathable air.

The way we eat isn’t sustainable. The way we handle our waste isn’t sustainable. The way we get to and from work, build our homes, make our jewelry, wash our bodies, and even the rate at which we reproduce are all done unsustainably. What does this mean? It means the stuff we eat, the fuels we use, the clean air we breathe, the fresh water we drink... will eventually run out. There are just too many of us using, eating, breathing, and taking out of the system without putting enough back in for the relationship to go any other way. I don’t know how long things can continue. A year? A hundred years? A thousand? But there is no question we will run out of the basic resources required to support a population of our size, in the way we consume now. It will end.

Read more here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Brief Rant on the Ever-Precarious State of the Union

Originally posted at

In spite of moves throughout his term toward clean-energy tax credits and the implementation of the first fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, the president on Friday announced his decision to reverse positioning on tougher air-quality rules that some experts say would have reduced instances of premature deaths and heart attacks annually by 6,500.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

5 Lofty Ideas for Saving Space

By Nicole Caldwell
Welcome to Nicole, who's trying out for a spot on our editorial team. Enjoy!

Whether you've just bought your starter studio in Manhattan, are converting your garage into a living space, or are just tight on room in spite of high ceilings, remember that sometimes expansion doesn't require growing out of anything. The lofts featured here are great lessons in maximizing—in fact, often doubling—your space without growing out at all. True growth begins within!

Originally published at

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Appearance on CBS Radio Broadcast 'Boomer and Carton'

Overheard Boomer and Carton chatting yesterday on the radio about the merits of posing for Playgirl and decided to give them a call this morning during their broadcast.

Click here for the full audio.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


The truck is a ’94 Toyota. Its exterior is the color of dead leaves on the ground, layers of beige and brown. I sit inside and spy a plastic sculpture of Buddha duct-taped to the dashboard.

“You have to rub Buddha’s belly before we leave,” he tells me. I do. He shifts into reverse.

It started with a promise that had nothing to do with Toyotas, or Buddhas, or dead leaves. It was before all that, but after most everything else.

Here it was: to be the one who would solve the unsolvable riddle; the Siegfried who would slay the dragon, defeat Wotan, and walk through fire to wake Brünnhilde, the sleeping warrior-goddess, with a kiss.

It’s in the dry sound of wood being stacked in the cold, North Country air. The grind of tires as a four-wheeler careens through snowy backcountry on an island no one’s ever heard of. It’s in the crackle of a wood stove, the sensation of hand on hand in the early morning before I quite know where I am.

The old man from down the street tells me not to give up. “If you think you can’t do it, you’ve got to.” I look around at the rubble of more than a quarter-century of living and see a world of magical people I dared not choose between, lost in Zeno's paradox forever. The earth moves around me. I put a pile of books, a shawl, and several changes of clothes into a bag. I look at a plane ticket; trade Redwood for Redwoods. A blank, marbly composition book sits next to me. I pick up my pen and begin to write.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Redwood Happenings: Jan. 12, 2011

[Originally Published in the Thousand Islands Sun, Jan. 12, 2011]