Saving The Blue Marble by Going Almost Green

by Daphne Bishop Feeling overwhelmed with images of global warming, environmental degradation, species extinction, tainted food supplies and armies of SUV’s careening down rural roadways? Worried that setting even one foot in front of the other increases carbon emissions? Or have you simply had enough of earnest movie stars “greening” their homes for more money [...]

100 Days and Still Happy?

by Debra Kozikowski  According to Reuters FACTBOX, if stock market returns were the measure of POTUS’ success in the first 100 days, Barack Obama would rank 9th out of 19 sitting presidents since 1901. And the number one performer? You guessed right if you said FDR. We’ve been fascinated by the first 100 days as the [...]

Specter’s Switch

by Matt L. Barron When Al Franken finally takes his seat later this year, Democrats will have reached the magic total of 60 votes in their caucus with the move across the aisle by Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. Talk about Christmas in April for Harry Reid. Sing it out loud and proud. Cloture, baby, [...]

ir·ra·tio·nal: lacking usual or normal mental clarity or coherence

by Debra Kozikowski There are certain events in history about which people who have lived through them have precise recall. They remember exactly how they felt, where they were and what they were doing when it happened.  For me, the day President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated was the first such moment of my lifetime … I was 9 [...]

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? [...]

Congress Wants to Hear from YOU

By Matt L. Barron   The House Agriculture Committee wants to hear from We, the People on how carbon reduction affects the agriculture and forestry sectors and how a cap and trade program should be structured.  The committee is seeking comments on proposals to address global climate change through a print and web-based questionnaire.  The questionnaire is meant to [...]

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 [...]

Mud Time

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: becklectic / flickr “The problem with mud season,” writes Beth Daley in the Sunday, April 19, Boston Globe, ” is not just that it exists, but that there is more of it.” New England winters have warmed on average more than 4 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 40 years, allowing [...]

Tomatoes Love Marigolds

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’d known about the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) for years, but I never thought of joining because what we do here is as far from farming as flying a kite is from flying an airplane. Then, a couple of weeks ago, a neighbor posted to The L, our tiny town’s [...]

I Told You So

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson photo: brianilona/flickr Last July, writing here about global warming, I said our growing season has lengthened by about two weeks on either end since we came to Western Massachusetts.  I wrote When we moved here in 1985, people who learned we were here to raise sheep and chickens and grow vegetables [...]