What is old can sometimes make a better new. Of course, that is my own philosophy demonstrated by the dress that I recently wore to the Black and White ball but it was also the conclusion of a fascinating article Older, Better, Smaller produced by the Preservation Green Lab of National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Posted by Tammy on June 8, 2014
Another blogging friend to the rescue and I delve into one of my eleven texts required for the CEcD exam. Thank you Inger!
A decade ago, the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) unveiled its first Shoppers Guide™ to Pesticides in Produce. The revolutionary list ranked pesticide residues in common fruits and vegetables, forever changing grocery shopping for pesticide-wary consumers. Now updated annually, the new 2014 list was unveiled last week.
The EWG list provides a ranking of 48 common fruits and vegetables based on volume and variety of pesticide residue. Apples came out the worst — especially concerning if you consider the quantities of apples and apple juice consumed by children–and avocados were rated the best. The worst 12 items on the list are dubbed the “Dirty Dozen™” and the best 15 are designated the “Clean Fifteen™.”
Posted by Tammy on May 4, 2014
Us students band together. As I prepare for my CEcD exam, across the country, my fellow blogger Stephanie Bostic is working through complex food issues at Cornell. Please join me in examining her thoughtful work.
Most of us depend on grocery stores for food, but our food environment can be very complex. While I haven’t belonged to a CSA in recent years, I’ve had farm stand shares, belonged to coops, gone to u-pick places, shopped at roadside stands large and small, patronized orchards, gone to farmer’s markets, mail-ordered specialty foods, and bought maple syrup from a Boy Scout in front of a golf course. And I’m not even including informal barter, gifts, or growing my own! One way to look at how we respond to and manage our environments, food and otherwise, is the Reasonable Person Model (RPM), which was developed by two psychologists.
Posted by Tammy on March 31, 2014
It’s about setting expectations. In the workplace it benefits the one who is expected to do something but it also benefits the one setting the expectation. At home, with the spouse, partner or kids, it works the same way.
Posted by Tammy on March 26, 2014
“How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.”
Posted by Tammy on March 14, 2014
The word “shrove” is not used often in our home. Ever? It is the past tense of “shrive” which is a religious word meaning to hear a confession, assign penance and be absolved from sin.
Posted by Tammy on March 7, 2014
I keep a small yellow pad on the kitchen counter where anyone can record ingredients as we use them up in the kitchen; eggs, bread, peanut butter, and the like. With two teenage boys and a third pre-teen, the list has been taking on a life of it’s own.
Posted by Tammy on February 23, 2014
A quick google defines pulp as popular or sensational writing that is generally regarded as being of poor quality. Hence, Pulp Fiction. This is new information for me. While I saw the movie, I didn’t recognize it as genre of writing. I have however, seen several recent legislative bills that are both sensational and poorly written which would result in creating ill will and reputational disrepair for states that are not cautious. Pulp Legislation.
Posted by Tammy on February 17, 2014
When I was little, I’d tiptoe up and spy into the center of each tulip blossom hoping to catch a glimpse of Thumbelina before she woke and slid off her throne. I believed in fairies and in elves and in the other magical creatures that made their homes somewhere between the azaleas and the corn flowers in my grandmother’s garden.
Posted by Tammy on February 9, 2014