Young couple with their first garden. Many years ago, I accepted a job transfer to New Jersey and my wife and I bought our first home. (Actually, the bank owned more of it than we did.) We met our neighbors, made new friends, and learned that most of them had a garden; we decided to … Continue reading Returning To The Earth
I am seriously worried that America is no longer, as President Reagan put it in his 1989 Farewell Address, “the shining city upon the hill”. American “exceptionalism” is hard to find these days and, like so many things, the state of America is getting worse. New York Times writer, David Brooks, cites five epic crises … Continue reading Worried About America
In 2008, the United Nations officially recognized June 8 as World Ocean Day, the day each year we would celebrate the significance of our oceans. Throughout the world, public events are conducted to foster public interest in the management of the oceans and its resources. Like Earth Day (April 22) it is a good time … Continue reading World Ocean Day
Let’s say you’re a landlord and you own some properties in another town. For the routine maintenance and upkeep, you contract with a firm to manage the property. The management company sends you monthly invoices for the work they are doing and you pay them. But, what if you never checked to see that the … Continue reading Politicians – Why Bother?
On May 15, 1969, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, a member of the Four Tops, arrived with the tour bus in Berkley, California and witnessed a group of anti-war activists protesting against the Vietnam War. He was shocked by the amount of police brutality and violence against the protesters. That day, was later referred to as “Bloody … Continue reading What’s Going On?
The New York Times has a weekly quiz of eleven multiple choice questions to test your awareness of current events. My results range from 6 or 7 correct (which indicates virtually everyone did better than me) but sometimes I get 9 or 10 right. Rarely, but occasionally, I get them all right, on par with … Continue reading All Things Must Pass
I am so lucky to have friends and family that are such outstanding cooks! Recently I made a batch of chili using a recipe and seasoning mix that Gary (thank you) provided me. I substituted lentils for the ground beef, and made a vegan “beef” stock – and the results were great. Previously I’ve made … Continue reading A Food Update
I’ve been re-reading a book from our bookshelf that I haven’t looked at for many years. The title is Baseball and Philosophy. It is a series of essays written by baseball experts and philosophers and was edited by Eric Bronson. I’m a baseball fan and usually, by this time of year, I would have been … Continue reading The Sacrifice
Last week’s post, Climate Change – 101, included a lot of information about climate change including: what it is, what causes it, and how individuals and governmental regulations impact it. This week we’ll bore into what can be done to reduce the most serious effects of climate change – more severe storms, more intense heat … Continue reading Climate Change: Can we stop the fire?
With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, there have been some interesting news stories relating to climate change. I probably read something about climate change every day but I appreciate that many people don’t. People are busy with of lots of other things – important things – and while they might be … Continue reading Climate Change 101