Oh what a wonderful day

Here on my back porch at 6:30, it’s a drizzling, rainy day. It’s overcast and not a sky in the clouds. This is forecast for 2 days. Isn...

November 23rd, 2017 |  


Times have changed, for politicians and for the press

Back in the 70s I was attending an annual editor’s meeting when I was asked in a confidential session what I was working on. At the time I was a...

November 23rd, 2017 |  


The power of play

The power of play

You may be wondering, “Why encourage playing in the classroom when children just naturally want to do that anyway? We need to hear more about ge...

November 23rd, 2017 |  


No, turkey doesn’t make you sleepy – but it may bring more trust to your Thanksgiving table

‘Tis the season for giblets, wattles and snoods – oh my. On Thanksgiving and Christmas, Americans consume about 68 million turkeys –...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


What the first Thanksgiving dinner actually looked like?

Most Americans probably don’t realize that we have a very limited understanding of the first Thanksgiving, which took place in 1621 in Massachus...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


How advertising shaped Thanksgiving as we know it

I have always been intrigued by Thanksgiving – the traditions, the meal, the idea of a holiday that is simply about being thankful.For my family...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


A Modern-Day Plant Invasion?

A Modern-Day Plant Invasion?

From rural hedgerows to city parks, our landscape is being invaded and overrun by exploding populations of certain woody plants which spread so aggres...

November 21st, 2017 |  


A national moment of reckoning for abusers and creeps

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein and comedian Louis C.K. are pariahs. Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama is under fire, and so is Democra...

November 21st, 2017 |  


A stranger’s in the house … to drop off your Amazon package

You’re waiting for an important package to be delivered. Or for the furnace repairman to arrive. Or the cable guy. Their companies can’t t...

November 21st, 2017 |  


Fake science

Fake science

Gina Kolata is a kindred spirit who has written a series for the New York Times called “The Science of Fat.” She is a science journalist w...

November 20th, 2017 |