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Archives for February, 2010

20% of the US is Un- or Under- Employed

In January, the same month that unemployment “fell” to 9.7% (by which we mean we only lost a few hundred thousand jobs, and we hadn’t yet done the inevitable upward revision), we learn that about 20% of Americans were underemployed or unemployed and finding it hard to make ends meet. This compared to the BLS…

Hubris, Justly Rewarded

Some of you will remember that I was whining a few weeks ago that I had snow envy – that I was jealous of the snow folks in the mid-Atlantic were getting, while we Northeasterners, who have come to expect snow, go nothing. Even on the day when there was snow in 49 out of…

Ye Olde Blogge Back Open for Business!

Some of you may have noticed that ye olde blogge, www.sharonastyk.com has been down for a while due to a nasty virus. Well thanks to a reader, Josh, who did a buttload of work out of the kindness of his heart, we’re back in business! Woo hoo! I’ve finally also figured out how to divvy…

Revisiting Slow Clothing

Note: If you asked my sisters, both of whom are deeply stylish, elegant and aware of fashion, who you should call before you called me to discuss issues of style, they would probably come up with about a billion names. And that’s because they love me. Anyone else could come up with 3 billion. And…

My Purim Spiel

Note: It is customary at the Jewish holiday of Purim to give money to charity, and also to give out Mishloach Manot, or gifts of food to friends and family. This week, besides being just a bit more than a month before my book deadline, is the grand baking festival of hamantaschen. Hamantaschen are filled…

Do You Have to Grow Food?

Because of the enormous impact of agriculture on climate change, pick up any book about “green” solutions and you’ll find the suggestions that you grow a vegetable garden. Bang into the “we can’t go on as we are” end of the environmental movement (mine), and you’ll see the general assumption that growing food is part…

From Alternet, a good piece on what it really means to be one of the six million Americans with no income at all save food stamps: In March 2009, in the midst of the worst job crisis in at least a generation, Eva opened the last welfare check she will ever receive. She is one…

Favorite Environmental Charity

Crunchy Chicken , goddess of environmentalism and yours truly have something really, really cool to announce. Actually, no, it is really, really hot – sizzling in fact. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you what it is until next week, except that it involves seriously awesome science and extreme hotness. What we can tell you is that…

She Farms

Many of us in the Global North probably have a mental image attached to the word “farmer.” Here’s a pretty good approximation of most of our impressions of what constitutes “the average farmer.” Most of us probably don’t realize that the “average farmer” on a world scale looks rather different. Here’s an approximate of what…

The Basics of Starting Seeds

In keeping with the reminder I got that I should back up a little bit, and present my ideas more coherently for those who haven’t encountered them before, I thought I would add a post about why someone might want to start seeds, and how to do it, to supplement the posts on winter sowing…