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Archives for November, 2012

Quick Breads

I’ve been making a lot of quick breads lately – partly it is the season, and they freeze and store well. They make good gifts, good afternoon snacks for the kids, good “Oh, crap, we’re just about out of bread and I need it ASAP” solutions and other happy things.  Quick breads, for those of…

Becoming One of “Them”

A friend of mine who volunteered at a shelter in New York City told me this story over Thanksgiving.  The shelter she worked in responded to the range of people affected by the crisis.  Many of them, as always in a crisis, were those who were already struggling and marginalized – illegal immigrants afraid to…

There are, of course, a lot of critical issues going on right now, and you can count on your blogiste to keep you up on them.  Besides the fallout from Sandy, crisis of arctic sea ice and all the agricultural issues that need to be brought to the  light, it can be hard to keep…

So what’s on for Thanksgiving dinner at your place?  Wanna pass on that favorite recipe that you simply can’t get away with not making? Here’s the (still slightly tentative) menu for us – w e just added a few more guests at the last minute, and I might find myself compelled to add more food,…

No More Kids…For Now

So the kids didn’t come into care yesterday, which means we can go back to being our usual slacker selves about putting away the legos,  tinker toys and other choking hazards – until the next batch of little ones arrived.   I admit to a mix of relief and sorrow.  Relief that the children in…

Growing Again…Maybe?

Last Friday afternoon my mother and step-mother came to visit.  My mother had surgery on her foot back in the summer and has had a long, slow recovery, and is only now able to travel and drive, so this was the first visit in nearly six months.  As we sat around the table, we joked…

This essay hits the nail on the head, and could pretty much have appeared in the New York Times, minus some vocabulary: “I was just watching a CNN news story about how much damage Sandy has caused in comparison to Katrina, Ike, or last year’s storm that ravaged the Northeast, and it dawned on me:…

Want to See my New Book?

The cover of _Green Sex_ is now out (and you can pre-order if you want!):  The book will be out next summer.  

I wrote this five years ago, but I think all the discussion of free-range parenting merits a reconsideration.  My kids are now 7, 9, 11, and 12, and they range much further and freer than they did five years ago, but still I’m more careful than my parents – not because of fear of strangers,…

But What If Nothing Happens?

I was in Boston this weekend visiting my sister, so didn’t have a chance to reprise my Irene prep post or any of the other approximately two billion (ok, maybe a slight exaggeration) posts I’ve made over the years about how to prepare for a natural disaster, but I’m still getting emails from people in…