16 Feb 2013

Pull Up a Chair: Ready or Not, Spring Is Coming

Life gets in the way sometimes, even for gardeners, so here I am with no seeds started (oh, the horror!), and scrambling around at the last minute (didn’t follow my own advice last fall, but what the heck) trying to figure out what we’re going to do. We’re still snow-covered

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22 Dec 2012

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jon Krampner, Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food

You are 8 years old. It’s lunchtime at school. You grab your milk from the ‘lunch lady,’ pay your money (2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, depending on where you live and when this event is taking place), and sit down with your friends to eat. You open your Roy Rogers (or Davey Crockett or whoever) lunchbox or brown paper bag and pull out your sandwich and unwrap it. You look at your neighbor who is doing the same thing.

Both of you are going to have the same sandwich, aren’t you?

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01 Dec 2012

NYC Threatens to Shut Down Occupy Sandy Relief Sites

While the history of relief efforts for Sandy victims in places such as Staten Island and Red Hook is still being written, a move on Friday by New York City will probably go down as one of the stupidest moves any governmental authority EVER made: This Friday morning Staten Island

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01 Nov 2012

Romney on Mormonism and what a conservative bad-ass Governor he was

http://youtu.be/TxMD02zU9SE Folks. Watch this. All the way to the bitter end. Even when Romney walks out of the frame and is still ranting. Just keep listening. All the way to the end. This guy is what the Republican Party has put up to be the president. Now we know why

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06 Oct 2012

Pull Up a Chair

Being someone who has more grey hairs than Clairol™ can cover these days, along with a grandson to match, I look at my kids and ask myself on numerous occasions, “Did we do the right thing by our kids?”

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06 Oct 2012

Pull Up a Chair: What would I do any different?

Being someone who has more grey hairs than Clairol™ can cover these days, along with a grandson to match, I look at my kids and ask myself on numerous occasions, “Did we do the right thing by our kids?” Some days, I think the smartest thing we ever did was

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18 Jun 2012

And in further nun news…

The “Nuns On The Bus” tour from the Midwest to DC took off from Des Moines, Iowa today with a scheduled stops to educate and inform people on Paul Ryan’s disaster of a budget, and also give voice to their work through visits to homeless shelters, hospitals and food pantries.

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13 Jun 2012

New York’s Camel’s Nose on Fracking

Well, it’s finally happened – NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the DEC are basically caving to two bodies of people: rural landowners who are in trouble because the dairy industry is in trouble and energy interests. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration is pursuing a plan to limit the controversial drilling

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10 Jun 2012

Nuns to the Vatican (and Paul Ryan): We’re rollin’

In our last episode, the Vatican had told US nuns that they’re just spending too much time on the poor. Actually, that is not correct, what the Vatican told them is that because they don’t spend enough time speaking out against abortion, they are not toeing the line of the home office. And Bennie and the Jets have assigned a rather nasty Bishop from Seattle to take over the largest organization of nuns in the US to make sure that they clean up their act.

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10 Jun 2012

Nuns to the Vatican (and Paul Ryan): We’re rollin’

In our last episode, the Vatican had told US nuns that they’re just spending too much time on the poor. Actually, that is not correct, what the Vatican told them is that because they don’t spend enough time speaking out against abortion, they are not toeing the line of the

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