For a story in our sister magazine, BuckHaven Lifestyle, I had the honor of spending the morning with Laura and Rutherford Seydel in their Buckhead home. The two are environmental activists and built the country’s first LEED-certified home 12 years ago. She learned to make the earth a priority from her father, Ted Turner, who used to make them pick up litter on family vacations and today continues to be the litter police when he’s walking around Atlanta. 

I asked Laura to choose from their library a few books that made her pause or inspired her. Here are her favorites for recommended reading, in honor of our HOME issue, since the earth is the “home sweet home” we all share.

Sound Truth and Corporate Myths by Riki Ott 

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity by Lester R. Brown

Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet by Ted Turner and Todd Wilkinson

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs.The Climate by Naomi Klein

Climate of Hope by Carl Pope and Michael Bloomberg

Citizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities, and Give Back to the Earth by Daron Joffe

The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals by Joel Sartore

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming Edited by Paul Hawken

I am Eco-Warrior: From the Frontline to the Sustainability Revolution by Roger Moenks


Enjoy your home, inside and out, this month. 







On the cover: 

The door on William Medlock’s 95-acre farm opens to a small platform and a 2-foot wide staircase leading to the second floor hayloft. Ventilation for the loft is provided by a louvered slat window under the eve of the front gable. The 8-foot-wide door hangs on rollers from its original steel track.  Roller doors were introduced in the 1840s. Photo from Barns of Old Milton County by Bob Meyers. Read Bob’s story, written just for us, in this issue.