My Grandfather's Home - 1911 My grandparents lived in rural areas in east Texas and southwest Arkansas and, as a boy, I visited them many times, generally in the summer. They were not particularly well off, in terms of conveniences and luxuries, but they did sustain themselves by hard work and their industrious spirit. While … Continue reading A Local Economy
Salmon, black rice, and broccoli The coronavirus pandemic has been with us a while now. The first death in the U.S. was recorded 6 months ago in Washington State. Unfortunately, the end is not yet in sight. As a country, we’ve made many adjustments in the way we live, including the way we eat. With … Continue reading Just Send It To Me
A year and a half ago I decided to eliminate beef from my diet to help Save The Planet. And this year, I decided to follow a new meal plan that eliminated all meat (including chicken and pork) and to limit my fish intake to 2 servings per week. Turns out I’m not the only … Continue reading Three Cheers for the Impossible
Last week’s blog, Returning To The Earth – dealt primarily with food waste and the benefits of composting. This week, I wanted to explore some of the options regarding "what to do with me” when I pass this life. Years ago, my wife and I were sightseeing in New Orleans and took a tour of … Continue reading What Do I Do With This Body?
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