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Please vote in local races

7 June, 2016 // 0 Comments

Happy primary day, California (and Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota)! You already know that I’m going to tell you to vote* — please do, don’t let complacency about which candidate you think will win or ...

How to Lose a Customer in Ten Minutes

4 March, 2015 // 0 Comments

Until very recently, I was a very loyal ATT customer. I took my membership across multiple moves, I used ATT for both phone and internet services, and I used the company as my primary telecommunications service provider for over fifteen years. If ...

In the Garden: Dispatches From the FUTURE!

1 March, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’d love to tell you all about what’s doing in the garden this month, as is my wont on the first, except for a small problem: I’m in a different hemisphere, living in the future. Today I’m on Stewart Island, which is just off ...

Book Review: Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo

8 December, 2013 // 0 Comments

Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone and followup Siege and Storm have been catching my eye for a while, but I hadn’t had time to sit down and actually read them. And when I say they were catching my eye, I don’t just mean the gorgeous ...

Book Review: Sisters Red, by Jackson Pearce

12 May, 2013 // 0 Comments

Confession: I actually read Sisters Red a long time ago, but I never got around to reviewing it. So this could really more properly be termed a belated book review. Because I know you are all dying to hear what I think of a book that came out in ...

Book Review: Chime, by Franny Billingsley

24 June, 2012 // 0 Comments

Poor Chime got a lot of attention after the National Book Award mixup with Shine (also an excellent book), so I was glad when I finally hit it in my stack of books to be read. I suspect the furore over both books will eventually fade and ...

Unsaleable Crops, Subsidies, and Food Deserts

9 August, 2011 // 0 Comments

Among the many charming Google Alerts I maintain to torment myself with when the regular headlines just aren’t enough is one on crops destroyed after they’re unsaleable. Not unsaleable because they are contaminated or diseased and they ...
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