The Garden: Growing More Than Food

by Daphne Bishop Can planting community gardens in an urban landscape be akin to the Declaration of Independence or a non-violent revolution? For the South Central Farmers of Los Angeles, the creation of a 14-acre oasis in the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King riots was meant to heal and nourish. Eventually its success challenged […]

Getting to Know Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Posted with permission from and the law firm of Carpenter, Lipps & Leland LLP Growing up in the Bronxdale Housing Project, Sonia Sotomayor’s mother scraped together what money she could and bought her daughter an encyclopedia set, books that would help propel Sotomayor to a scholarship to Princeton University, from which she would graduate summa […]

One Tiny Town’s Memorial Day

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson You’d think that the last place you’d find a pacifist on Memorial Day is at her town’s holiday observance, but you’d be wrong.  I’ve been going for most of the last 25 years. In the early years I had to swallow my bile and keep my mouth shut. These days, it […]

Of Thee I Sing …

        by Debra Kozikowski Wreath laying, flag waving, parades, backyard barbeques and on every cable movie channel it’s a war movie marathon. I watched one yesterday afternoon, set during World War II with a scene of soldiers in foxholes under a snowy sky. Some were trying to sleep, some were chatting, others complaining, and all but one unaware of the name […]

Kitchen Garden Adventures

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson This time each year, I start something I’ve never planted before.  One year, because my kid sister told me that they clean out your arteries like a Roto-Rooter, I planted green chilies.  The result was something less than rewarding: three, maybe four chilies graced our plants.  I never did figure out […]

Favorite Emerges for Supreme Court Pick

                          Posted with permission from and the law firm, Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP Preeminent Constitutional law scholar and Dean of the UC-Irvine School of Law Erwin Chemerinsky recently sat down with The New Republic to share his thoughts on Obama’s first […]

Gullible’s Travels

by Debra Kozikowski         Two weeks ago, buried on page A4 of my local Sunday newspaper was a story about President Obama pushing for a credit card bill that would save American consumers from a small piece of the greed exhibited by our bailout grabbing, money grubbing banking credit card industry. This week, change […]

Burning Biomass in Greenfield: How Green Is Green?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: popinjaykev / flickr A Cambridge, Massachusetts company wants to build a 47-megawatt biomass-fired power electric generating plant in the Western Massachusetts city of Greenfield. The head of the company says it could bring hundreds of jobs to this job-hungry area during the construction and operation of the plant. In this […]

How Fresh Are Fresh Eggs?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: Jean&Vic/ flickr When I was growing up in Philadelphia, we had a fresh-killed chicken delivered to us once a week from a farm in Vineland, New Jersey, about an hour’s drive away. Eggs, however, came from the A&P, a 10-minute walk from our house. When I referred in yesterday’s post […]

Sin Tax on Sugary Sodas?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: Amy Allcock / flickr In my blog about Kelly Brownell’s Seattle Summit presentation I mentioned his suggestion of a tax on sugary sodas, the resulting revenues being used to combat the conditions that promote obesity. Today I read in the Wall Street Journal that the Center for Science in the […]