Moving South at Four Miles a Day

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson     The thing I love about the World Wide Web (which most people think of as the Internet although the Internet is more than the Web), is that it’s all about serendipity. “Good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries” is as good a definition as any. I couldn’t find the poem [...]

UPDATE: Free Call to Senators to Save Climate Change Legislation

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson UPDATE is below. If you just got here and haven’t read my post about the Senate’s murder of climate change legislation, I wish you’d do it now, and then come back here. Repower America will pay for a  free phone call to the office of one  your Senators. Get a pencil [...]

A Free Pass for Senate Republicans

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. –William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” With the help of Democrats in the White House and the Senate “leadership,” Republicans have killed hope for legislation on climate change, or even meaningful energy efficiency, for this year and probably [...]

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Goes Nationwide

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson For people who have been denied health insurance because they had a pre-existing condition, there may be good news. The Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP), a provision of the Affordable Health Care Act, which President Obama signed in March 2010, is now open for business.  States that have not offered pre-existing [...]

Obama Administration Parroting Monsanto

Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Jill Richardson, who blogs at La Vida Locavore, is getting to be one of my favorite writers and thinkers about matters agricultural. Here is the first part of her latest article on Alternet.   This is one of those pieces I wish I’d written — and that’s the highest praise one [...]

Senate Energy Legislation Showdown Next Week

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to bring some kind of energy bill to the floor during the week of July 26. Just what it will contain is still open for conjecture. But it’s a sure bet it will be less than environmental activists want, and more that industrial activists will [...]

Water: The New Oil

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” — W. H. Auden, 20th Century poet and essayist So begins “Flow,” a film shown on DVD at the Warwick Town Hall on Saturday night. Released in 2008, it’s a stunning survey of water shortages, pollution, and corporate exploitation in the developing [...]

Crash Course Meets Transition Town

by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Great minds think alike. Or at least some of them do, some of the time. So it is that Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell each invented the telephone, Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk each found a vaccine for polio, and Alfred Russell Wallace and Charles Darwin each developed a theory [...]

Role Models on Wheels

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson There were no bikes to be bought, new or used, where we lived during World War II. I didn’t get a two-wheeler until I was 11, two years after the war was over. For me, riding a bike was never something I could do without thinking. I worried about every car [...]

Moose – Update 7/11/10

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Used to be, if you wanted to see moose you drove 200-300 miles north from here into Northern Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. This year they’re here in Warwick ( Mass.). Yesterday, three miles from my house, I came upon this young fellow. If I’d been speeding I’d have hit him; [...]