Memorial Day in Tiny Town

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Part of the Memorial Day tradition in the town I love best is that we don’t observe the day on the day itself, but on the Saturday nearest to it. I’ve never been part of the planning, so I’m not sure of the reason, but I can think of a few. [...]

Of Disasters, Natural and Unnatural

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson All day long I’ve been thinking about the creatures in the Gulf of Mexico who are being buffeted by globs of oil, have no idea what’s happening, and no way to ask. This is not a case of the Bambi syndrome.  I don’t ascribe human desires and emotions to animals. (I [...]

Kitchen Garden’s In

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson When we moved in 1985 from the Massachusetts coast 100 miles west to our home in Tiny Town, it was an article of faith that you didn’t put in any seeds or frost-sensitive plants before Memorial Day Weekend, and you could expect a killing frost by September 15th. In the past [...]

I Am a Bar Code

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The last time (before this one) I was a hospital patient was in May 1965. The difference between my two hospital experiences is so vast, I have to tell you about it. I was 29 in 1965. The hospital was attached to a university medical school in what was then the [...]

UCS: Another Argument for Clean Energy

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Thirty-eight states are spending tens of billions of dollars to import coal, draining their own economies and enriching other states and foreign countries instead. People who pay electric bills would be better off pressing their governments to improve energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources locally. Money that stays home could [...]

‘Friday Night Lights’ lets viewers look ‘through the looking glass of rural America’

By Al Cross “Between cartoonish reality shows and grotesque game shows, there isn’t much dramatic television giving big, clear windows into America,” David Masciotra writes for the Daily Yonder. “However, on the rare occasion that TV does get it right, it is often the stuff of pure emotive and intellectual brilliance.” Masciotra’s first example, his urban one, [...]

Kerry-Lieberman Roll Out the American Power Act

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) today introduced the American Power Act, a new take on improving the nation’s energy future. Missing from the rollout event was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who worked on the bill with Kerry and Lieberman until late April, when Graham withdrew, giving a reason [...]

Gearing Up for Farm Bill 2012

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Led by its chairman, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN7), the House Agriculture Committee has begun work on the Farm Bill for 2012. It should be obvious by now that when money gets tight, people get threatened and mean. With the budget deficit the Obama Administration inherited from an intentionally spendthrift Bush43 administration, [...]

Stalking the Couch Potato, Part 4

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Here you have the fourth and final excerpt from the sample chapter Elliott Blass, my writing partner, and I sent along with our proposal for a book on childhood obesity. We’re changed our focus and this chapter will change accordingly.  But there’s information here that you may find useful in thinking [...]

What’s Up With American Power?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson From Washington comes word that on Wednesday, May 12, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (Party of Joe–CT) will introduce their comprehensive climate change and energy bill. Absent from the rollout will be Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who on April 26, after months of collaborating on what was to [...]