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Archives for June, 2010

Giving Care

For someone in her mid-30s, I have a fairly large experience of being someone’s caregiver. In high school, ‘I began working in a nearby nursing home. I can’t remember quite what drove me to seek that work out – it was not the kind of work that most teenagers I knew did. I think what…

This weekend in the Washington Post, there’s an article about a couple who first met while serving in various capacities during WWII, who just celebrated their marriage in DC this weekend after a “62 year engagement.” This would be a romantic story in any context – but it isn’t a story of parted lovers who…

At my house today it was 82 and humid. It is hot, but there’s a breeze, and shade from the trees. The air is heavy and moist, but rich and green and earthy as well, and my house stays cool downstairs. In New York City today, the temperature was above 90, and I can still…

From HuffPo, this article about the likely outcome that the Democrats will fail to pass an unemployment extension – unfortunately it was bound to happen sooner or later, but it will be crushingly hard on millions of people who have just been barely making it, and now aren’t. The legislation, known as the “tax extenders”…

Garden Doom…No, Not Really

I wrote this post in 2008, which was one of my worst gardening years ever – I made the insane mistake of setting the deadline for _A Nation of Farmers_ for June 1, which meant I spent most of the planting season in front of my computer. But I knew I wasn’t the only one,…

Hot? Cook Outside!

It is hot and sticky here – only low 80s, but humid. This afternoon we should have rain, but in the meantime the sun is shining and the very last thing I feel like doing is putting any dinner on anywhere near the house. We’re out of propane for the grill, and let’s be honest,…

I’ve heard from quite a number of people lately who have started gardening, but find that they can’t get everyone in their family onboard with the actual eating part of all these veggies. Here are some thoughts (from 2008) on how to to convince people to try the kohlrabi. Really. I think I get more…

“No Till” is a confusing term. For most people who know nothing about agriculture, the word “till” isn’t particularly revealing – it sounds like there’s no cash register. Given that level of knowledge, when you are reassured that no tillage means less erosion, you aren’t going to crticize. Those with home gardens often know something…

Jon Stewart somehow seems to grasp the real importance of Obama’s speech: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

(I really wanted to post Ronnie Gilbert’s version of this song, because not only is she a fine old folkie of the sort you are damned grateful exists, but she has one of the finest set of pipes out there. But there’s no video anywhere I can find of her singing. I like Mississippi John…