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Amity and Prosperity: Erin Brockovich Meets Hillbilly Elegy In A Ruined Locale

I just finished reading poet (and now investigative journalist) Eliza Griswold’s new book Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America. I seriously hope it becomes a film. I made my way through all 300+ pages in about … Continue reading

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I Can Resist Everything But Temptation: The Allure of Fast Food (and an Alternative!)

Ok. Here’s how it goes at least two nights a week. By the time we leave school it’s close to 8. By the time we get home it’s even later. My partner succumbs to the lure of Mr. Taco, but … Continue reading

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Beyond the Age of Innocence: Reading Edith Wharton While Planning Dinner

Books have always made me hungry (which perhaps really says more about me than the literature). When I heard nursery rhymes I demanded hot cross buns. When I could read on my own and discovered the Little House books I … Continue reading

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Because Nothing Says “Road Trip” Like a Date Shake

  We went on road trips when I was kid. Sometimes it was all of us. I was there, upright in my booster seat. My parents both were there occasionally and my mother clutched my brother as we road along. … Continue reading

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What the Gods Really Ate: Enchiladas for Dinner

    I know I should be happy–and I am happy, I am–that restaurants are increasingly offering alternative vegetarian and even vegan meals. I am grateful, I am. But I just have to begin by asking, as I dig into … Continue reading

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Local? Or, Maybe Just a Tad Too Provincial?

So what’s the difference? I’ve been mulling over the distinction between celebrating the local and being gripped by naive xenophobia, especially in the wake of Brexis and recent American elections. (In the same way I’ve been painfully pondering my love … Continue reading

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A Month of Vegan Eating–Inconsistently Yours

I’m in the midst of an anxiety attack (did you hear the speech at the U.N.?). I admit much of my concern is global but, in the end, just like politics all anxiety is local. So here goes. I’m worried … Continue reading

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Not Everything Local is Good: Plains All American Pipeline Befouls California’s Backyard

Let me begin by saying there are no pictures for this post. You can find photos in the newspapers. For me, driving northward along the coast, Santa Barbara is where everything dark or negative starts to fall away. The ocean … Continue reading

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Spring Fever–Anticipating Yet Again Those 91 Days of Summer

Right now I occupy that luminous and liminal space that defines the days between late spring and early summer, between finals’ week and vacation, between work and a kind of joyful slothfulness, and maybe even between ordinary domestic life and … Continue reading

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About Global Warming and Innovative Tomatoes

O.K. ┬áIt’s 111 degrees in California’s Central Valley, the so-called nation’s bread basket mostly brown and pretty barren. Someone down at Morro Bay’s Embarcadero told me the water clocked in at 68 degrees (and that’s about 10 degrees more than … Continue reading

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