don’t shoot the messenger: gun violence in America

I’m starting to wonder if we’re ever going to get a grip on gun violence. In the past few days alone, a one-year-old baby was shot in the face and killed in his… Continue reading

wesley the owl

I’m fascinated by the science of animal cognition. There is growing evidence that animals of all types may have emotions and can communicate their thoughts with each other, and with us. Pet owners… Continue reading

Sicily, part 2 (food edition: Salina and Milazzo)

If you go to Italy, go with the flow, especially at mealtime. If you place an order and your server wants you to try something totally different, do it—even if it’s the exact… Continue reading

Sicily, part 1 (food edition)

How’s your summer been? We spent two weeks in Sicily last month, for a long-awaited and much-anticipated luna di miele (honeymoon). A hundred or so years ago, my ancestors left Palermo, Messina, and… Continue reading

alt space detroit & the new economy

The arts are powerful drivers of economic revitalization and social change; see my post Detropia & the new American City. I turn west — or midwest, actually — to look at the Motor… Continue reading

on sleep & productive dreaming

What is sleep, and what happens when we dream? Getting a good night’s sleep should be simple enough, yet nowadays it’s so difficult. Think about it: your best ideas come when you are… Continue reading

a peace prayer from Boston to Syria

Have you been paying attention to Syria’s civil war? As a Financial Times’ editorial noted last Wednesday, the conflict is now spreading, becoming a regional war as it spills over the border into… Continue reading

the art & science of healing the planet: geotherapy and Mara G. Haseltine

When something you love is dying, only the most dramatic action will do. Mara G. Haseltine, an artist and environmental activist, is in love with our oceans and is doing everything she can… Continue reading

reflections of an urban cyclista, part 3

It’s spring, and maybe you’ve noticed that the cyclists are out? In Reflections of an Urban Cyclista Part 2, I wrote an open letter to Mayor Menino asking him to make Boston a… Continue reading

going secondhand first

It’s easy to be fashionable when you have money; when you don’t it takes resourcefulness, knowledge, and street smarts.

At this stage in my life, I have plenty of everything, which is why I like to shop my closet before I buy something. If I do have to head out to the shops, I try to buy what I need used, or secondhand, first. Save the planet!