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November 6, 2012

The wait at my polling place was 90 minutes at mid-morning, a time I would have thought would be pretty low traffic. So I had plenty of time to weigh my options on the two things I was still undecided about when I got in line: which presidential candidate to vote for (Obama or Stein) [...]

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US Airways: the Final Chapter

February 24, 2010

So we flew home yesterday, and our flights were entirely unremarkable. The gate staff and flight attendants were polite and helpful. Despite numerous phone calls and e-mails, no one was able to sort out our seating issues before we arrived at the airport, but once we were there we had no problem getting excellent seats [...]

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Misogyny and the Just World Fallacy: Together Again!

February 23, 2010

This is a guest post from the lovely Sara Amis, a woman possessed of a mind both bright and sharp. I would not want to cross her in a dark alley – or a women’s studies seminar. She was sufficiently motivated by the commenters on my US Airways post to write a lengthy response. I’m [...]

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The Power of Small Change

February 5, 2010

Fakeplasticfish has a post up about conflict between couples about green living, in which she quotes my post from last week about making green choices together. Beth Terry, the woman behind Fake Plastic Fish, has gone to amazing lengths to cut plastic out of her life. Last year, she produced something like 4 pounds of [...]

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Shame on you, Massachusetts!

January 20, 2010

I was supposed to write something coherent about the Senate race today, but we just had this conversation over breakfast: Rio: Who is Scott Brown? Me: A VERY BAD MAN! He should be in jail. But sadly for all of us, he just got a very important job in Washington instead. He’ll be helping to [...]

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Civil Rights Through the Eyes of a Five-Year-Old

January 18, 2010

Rio’s kindergarten class at the Eliot-Pearson School has been discussing Civil Rights. At least, I assume so, because I don’t know what else could account for the strange mash-up of Civil Rights and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs that’s been coming out of her mouth all week. “Do you know what, Serena? Dark people [...]

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Security theater at the airport

October 30, 2009

I’m in Georgia for the weekend at a retreat. Everyone is cooking a meal: I volunteered to make lentil soup. Because I was unsure of the grocery shopping situation on this end, I brought the ingredients with me. Which led to this conversation with a TSA agent: Me: I have a can of tomatoes in [...]

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Making carbon footprint part of a product’s packaging

October 23, 2009

Imagine having to face the climate impact of your greasy take-out as you place your order? Or seeing the carbon footprint of your cookies clearly labelled alongside the calorie count on the back of the package in the grocery aisle? The NYT this week reports on an experiment in Sweden doing exactly that. The Swedes [...]

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MomsRising releases searchable database of safe products

September 20, 2009

MomsRising has released a searchable database of products you can check out to learn what contaminants or toxic chemicals are in your stuff – and your kids’ stuff. From carseats to designer handbags, they’ve got you covered. And they made this nifty widget to make it Super Easy to scare yourself with the knowledge. Get [...]

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Help Lia Grippo, a California mom punished for letting kids play

September 11, 2009

I first read Lia’s story on Free Range Kids a few months ago. In a nutshell, Lia ran a small, home-based childcare program not unlike the one I run. She lives in Santa Barbara, and took the kids on nature outings a couple times a week. One day, they were at the beach and she [...]

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