Leavings

As a kid, my family was well-off enough that food was plentiful, and our mother was a great Southern cook. Our dad also cooked — primarily the game we collected by hunting or fishing. Between having great food available and being a big kid, I have always been a ‘hearty’ eater. Nonetheless, there have been […]

Ditching Grass

“The rejection of grass is also an ideological shift, towards an acceptance that ‘nature is its own decision-maker’ and that ‘we had better learn to live a little differently with finite resources of water’.” ~ William Francis Deverell, environmental historian A friend sent photos today of Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado […]

What a Waste!

“The concept that we could use it, throw it away, and it doesn’t matter where you throw it, and it’s going to safely disappear, that does not exist.”            ~ Ramani Narayan, Professor, School of Packaging, Michigan State “The vast majority of plastic waste produced around the world is not recycled, but rather incinerated, landfilled […]

The Evils of Gardening

Everybody knows that gardening is a great pastime. Some might say I’m a bit of a curmudgeon, but I will note that every English murder mystery shows some old couple enjoying a day in their garden, harvesting wonderful bouquets and baskets of veggies. Of course, shortly you learn that one or both of them have […]

Power by Any Other Name …

“I like the lights on. I want to stay up later at night. I don’t want to have to go to bed when the sun sets.”                                                 ~ US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene Journalist and climate activist, Ilana Cohen cites some of the reservations held by the uninformed about alternative energy sources, “Alternative energy sources […]

Strange Fruit

“It is reported that this Fruit (avocado) provokes to Lust, and therefore is said to be much esteemed by the Spaniards”                                                 ~ English explorer and naturalist William Dampier, 1685 As a kid in Texas, I was exposed to lots of vegetables and fruits that we didn’t see in the TV shows. For example, we […]

Night Lights

Van Gogh, Starry Night The area so dark, I could watch the champagne fizz of shooting stars from my bedroom window; catch a glimpse of the harvest moon while brushing my teeth. Every evening, the night pressed in against my windows in a way that felt visceral, like a velvet blanket tucking me in.                                                 […]

The Country Mouse and The City Mouse

“ I’m a country mouse, easily overwhelmed by humanity on the scale of cities, even those much smaller than this one (Kinshasa) … It struck me that the culture gap between city and country mouse might be wider than any other I’ve known.”                                                                 ~ Barbara Kingsolver I grew up in the suburbs of a […]

Happy Birthday, America!

“At last, they reached the summit, a view she (Katharine Lee Bates) took in, she later said, in ‘one ecstatic gaze’: below, a bedspread of green pine; in the distance, peaks capped with white; above, a sky the blue of a robin’s egg. She wrote one line more in her diary that day: ‘Most glorious […]

Local Food

Every summer, the Golden farmer’s market opens in the lot next to the library, a few blocks from our house. Early in June the selections are somewhat limited, focusing mostly on the breads, canned items, herbs and spices, root crops, leaf veggies and fruits and veggies imported from Arizona. By the end of June, though, […]