Where do we go from here?

Friday, March 28, 2008

Tell Me What You Eat...

As we move into the weekend it's fun to focus on a few of the day's lighter issues. It may seem that where Hillary Clinton is concerned there aren't many light issues. But Mimi Sheraton, whom I followed faithfully for eight years when she was the NYT food critic, managed to find one to write about a couple of weeks ago in Slate magazine online, and as a dedicated foodie myself, I find it to be pretty darned delightful. The article is How Hungry Is Hillary Clinton? An Analysis of The Candidate's Tastebuds. It's written with Sheraton's trademark verve, panache, and devotion to food.

After tracing Hillary's food choices from high school (olive burgers) through the White House years (pecan crusted lamb with morel sauce) and onto the campaign trail (competitive eating), Sheraton closes with this musing:
"In the end, how can anyone not admire a woman who, like so many of us, is torn between renunciation and appetite,with a weakness for the hot and spicy and the cool and sweet, and who surely represents the people's palate?

Significant? You be the judge."

Hopper Slideshow

As a devoted fan of Edward Hopper's art, and a former resident of the beautiful place where he spent his summers - the town of Truro on Cape Cod - I could watch this slideshow over and over, and have. The Architecture of Edward Hopper. The show is at the Art Institute in Chicago right now, and I need to do some exploring and find out where it's going next. Spend some time with the essay and pictures. It's a brief vacation to another world.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Carnival of the Green #118

This week's Carnival is posted here at The Expatriate's Kitchen Each week the Carnival introduces me, and I hope you, to new and wonderful sites in the ecoblog universe. The Expat's Kitchen is itself a site I've enjoyed spending time exploring, with lots of faabulous recipes amid the green food musings.

The post that caught my attention in this Carnival is a review of The Transition Handbook from the ethical pulse blog. The reviewer says he was tempted to confine his review to five simple words: "You must read this book." Fortunately he went further, and in so doing introduced me to the whole movement of Transition Culture, and absolutely convinced me that I do need to read this book.

"The subtitle for the book is ‘From oil dependency to local resilience' and that's exactly the journey you are taken on when you read it. It's divided into three sections - The Head, The Heart and The Hands - in other words get your mind round the need, become impassioned and then get working. It will engender very different reactions in readers depending on their current point of view and understanding. But I guarantee that everyone will feel a sense of change once they have read it."

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Maybe...Who Knows?

This was a project begun, as I've said much earlier, in order to be able to participate in the group blog, The Blue Voice. Members of the group had to have our own blogger sites in order to be part of TBV. So far I haven't used this as a real blog of my own, but am now thinking to change that and actually begin posting here. Right now I'm just trying to figure out how to set up a template and get started, so it may be a while before this really happens. Kind of exciting to think of it though. Okay, gonna go tinker.