Mwende Hahesy http://kalw.org en Medical clowns offer hospital patients a dose of humor http://kalw.org/post/medical-clowns-offer-hospital-patients-dose-humor <p>Clowns remind us not to take ourselves too seriously. But it takes a professionally trained clown to lighten the mood in a hospital while being therapeutic. In a quiet hospital wing, some unlikely sounds float down the hallway: an accordion, a ukelele, and laughter. Luz Gaxiola and Molly Shannon make their daily rounds at the <a href="http://www.cpmc.org/">California Pacific Medical Center</a>. They&rsquo;re part of the Alameda based <a href="http://www.medicalclownproject.org/">Medical Clown Project</a>. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 22:10:55 +0000 Mwende Hahesy 7166 at http://kalw.org Medical clowns offer hospital patients a dose of humor Off the Grid: Homegrown waste management http://kalw.org/post/grid-homegrown-waste-management <p>Compared with the rest of the nation, the Bay Area is an easy place to go green &ndash; many restaurants will give you take-out with biodegradable containers and silverware, trash cans have a section for recyclables, and San Francisco, along with other Bay Area cities, even offers compost collection</p><div class="content-body"> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 18:55:07 +0000 Mwende Hahesy 1918 at http://kalw.org Off the Grid: Homegrown waste management