The Next Big Things in Books

I’ve been tagged! Jennifer Margulis, author of the forthcoming book The Business of Baby, invited me to participate in a blog meme highlighting authors and their new and forthcoming work. I don’t do a lot of memes—but I’m delighted to take part in this one. I have to break the rules a bit, though. (More…Continue readingThe Next Big Things in Books

Hope and Hard Times in Indian Country

The Blackfeet Reservation, Montana “Life here is very hand to mouth. Out here, we don’t have the finer things. You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit. And I’m going to be honest with you, sometimes I don’t eat. I’ve never told anyone this before, not even my mom, but I don’t…Continue readingHope and Hard Times in Indian Country

Break[the]fast

Harira, a traditional Moroccan soup to break the fast. To see a gallery of Ramadan photos, click here. Ramadan ends this weekend with the sighting of a new moon, and millions of Muslims worldwide will break their month-long fast through the feast of Eid. It’s not been an easy month. Since Ramadan follows a lunar…Continue readingBreak[the]fast

Insomnia, Nostalgia: Notes on Becoming a Food Writer

A sleepless night recently led to reminiscing about becoming a food writer. That story is now in The Faster Times. It recalls my early proposal for an article on a Phnom Penh coffee shop. Gourmet eventually bought that story, but ran only a fraction of the piece as commissioned—all writers understand the constraints of space.…Continue readingInsomnia, Nostalgia: Notes on Becoming a Food Writer

Eggs on Climate Change

As many of you undoubtedly know, world leaders are meeting this week in Durban, South Africa, in another round of climate talks. Meanwhile, last week, Yale Environment 360 reported on the deaths of oyster larvae in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a climate change problem. As humanity pumps more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans…Continue readingEggs on Climate Change

Hope in a Coffee Mug

It’s my favorite mug every morning (thanks, Aye!), but especially during this historic week. It gets me going. It starts the day with a dose of hope.Continue readingHope in a Coffee Mug

The End of Hunger?

A farmer harvests rice near Siem Reap, Cambodia. So many minds, so many wheels turning in thought. That’s the beauty of campus life: the vast access to lectures, readings, forums, panels, discussions. This week, I had the privilege of hearing Miguel Altieri, an agroecology professor visiting from Berkeley. He said something I don’t often hear…Continue readingThe End of Hunger?

Bison Times

Photos by Karen We traveled with the Burmese to the Blackfeet Nation. We stayed in tipis and sang by the side of a bonfire as a full moon arced overhead. We ate buffalo heart and ribs in a native meal. We watched dancers dance in their traditional ways as drummers drummed and Heart Butte shook…Continue readingBison Times

Wow. That stung a bit.

(Guest post by Jerry) Welcome back! The Rambler was down there for a bit, but certainly not out. A webhosting snafu kept the blog software from finding and reading the rich, well-reported database of Truth, that is the essence of Ramblingspoon (Techno babble: php scripts inexplicably stopped fetching data from the SQL database. Had to…Continue readingWow. That stung a bit.

Off to Camp

Free-range, hand-gathered, hand-packed eggs without hormones, pesticides or antibiotics from Lori’s Farm, Albuquerque Did you see that moon on Saturday night? We did, a crowd of us facing east, eyes as wide as that orb rising on the horizon. What a beautiful scene, and what a beautiful night for the season’s first barbecue. We wiped…Continue readingOff to Camp