A School for the Obama Girls

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Although I was born to Jewish parents, my first religious education was about Quakerism. Philadelphia, where I grew up, was founded by William Penn, a Quaker, and the faith’s influence was still palpable in the city 300 years later, so much so that Quaker belief and practice was part of the […]

Palin Offers Thankfulnesses

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson This is from Andy Borowitz, a brilliant satirist who makes me laugh out loud in behavior uncharacteristic of an old New England Yankee.  So you won’t let go of Thanksgiving prematurely, I’ve saved it for today. Alaska Governor Marks Thanksgiving In order to celebrate Thanksgiving, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin today issued […]

A Trickle-Down Theory to Believe In

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In any organization — family, school, corporation, nation — cultural norms and expectations flow from the top. This is trickle-down theory to believe in. In general, regardless of what those in authority preach, what what they actually practice will be the prevailing ethic all the way down the power ladder. At […]

Echoes of Politics and Thanksgivings Past

By Deb Kozikowski I recently attended a lecture by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a historian and author of Team of Rivals, where she related an interesting story about President-elect Barack Obama. Before his election, Obama called Goodwin to ask what insight she had extracted from the many diaries and letters she’d reviewed while researching Abraham Lincoln’s […]

Next Year’s Kitchen Garden

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I know.  Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow, it’s hardly even snowed yet, and here I am talking about next year’s kitchen garden.  I have a reason. When I wrote last July about planting a garden on the White House lawn I mentioned that a group of garden enthusiasts at Kitchen Gardeners International […]

Rural America to Obama

By Deb Kozikowski In October 2007, then candidate Barack Obama said he would hold a “rural summit” and deliver a package of rural initiatives to Congress in his first 100 days as president. “What’s good for rural America will be good for America. The values that are represented … are values that built America, and […]


J. Marcus Over the past three weeks the President-elect has been making appointments for his cabinet, and while some of his choices surprise me, I can’t say I’ve been floored. Naming Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State is a political masterstroke in my opinion, as not only is she qualified, but it clearly ties her […]

A Thought for Thanksgiving Day

Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson A great article from the Idaho Mountain Express and the Creators Syndicate Honoring the hands that feed us By SHAWN DELL JOYCE Creators Syndicate Thanksgiving is a holiday built around food. We gather and gorge, sometimes acknowledging the hands of the cook, perhaps thanking the divine, but rarely do we […]

Bay State Says Goodbye to New England Farming Great

File Photo from the Boston Globe. Alan Wilson, co-owner of Wilson Farms in Lexington, Mass., and a giant of Bay State agriculture, has passed, but his legacy will live on in the difference he made for young people over his years of dedication. Read more about Wilson’s life and work.

Will Obama Repeal DST?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Although I haven’t heard it from the President Elect directly, word is that Barack Obama wants to do away with daylight saving time, the century-old practice of turning clocks – analog and digital clocks, that is – forward one hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall. Biological […]