Please Get Angry

Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Here’s another gem from Truthout, the last for a while. I’m not trying to make a socialist out of you.  I’m not even sure I’m a socialist, except that I believe in government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  But if these facts don’t make you [...]

Obama Picks Rural Physician for Surgeon General

By Al Cross A woman who established a rural health clinic in a fishing community on the Alabama coast, then rebuilt it twice after hurricanes, is President Obama’s nominee for surgeon general of the United States. Regina Benjamin (right) is founder and CEO of Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic. She won a “genius grant” from [...]

Cynthia Davis, Motivational Expert – Updated

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson UPDATES are in italics. Let’s hear it for Cynthia Davis, state representative from Missouri’s 19th District. She’s found a novel way to motivate low-income youngsters in her state: let them go hungry. Davis, who chairs the legislature’s Special Committee on Children and Families, is seriously bent out of shape over a [...]

The Garden: A Film

by Debra Kozikowski A diet that includes lots of fresh, local produce is good for everyone. And if you grow your own, the rewards even include a little tranquility as you work your garden.  But what about poverty stricken city dwellers? What’s the gain for following the dream of taking a plot of inner city land and turning it into a community garden? [...]

Food Addiction and Obesity

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo:  The Welcome Center at IslandWood I’ll probably be uncommonly quiet for the next few days, while I attend a research conference on obesity, the subject of a book on which I’m collaborating with a neuroscientist whose research has brought him some original insights. Billed as a “summit,” the conference will [...]

We Can’t Turn Our Backs

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson ABC’s 20/20 last night broadcast “Children of the Mountains,” one of the most heartbreaking programs I’ve ever seen.  It’s the result of nearly two years in which Diane Sawyer followed four children in the Appalachians in Central Kentucky.  I went into the watching ready to be ticked off at seeing rural [...]