What I’m Reading
This hasn’t been a big week for blogging, mostly because it’s springtime in Chicago, with a lot of that sort-of-chilly, misty-but-not-raining weather that’s actually really good for gardening. My veggies (most of them) are in, the rabbit fence is sheltering them (unless we have mutant R-force super-intelligent bunnies able to figure out a way around, over, or under it), and hopefully by August I will be lamenting why I planted so damn many tomato and zucchini plants and what the heck I’m going to do with all these cucumbers. Nothing else I can do until my mail-order perennials arrive.
So last night I attacked my once again 1000+ unread posts Google Reader…and here’s some stuff that looked interesting:
- A graphic from Grist and an article from MNN.com showing in way-too-clear detail how this used to be a country with pretty good rail service, and what’s been happening to it since 1960. Very sad. Trains really are a good way to go…hopefully this can turn around. And may Florida’s loss be Illinois’s gain.
- This recipe for peanut butter granola bars looks really good…and makes me wonder if almond butter would work just as well?
- All those times mom told us not to stare too long at the TV? All those times we’ve told our kids the same thing? She/we may have been right.
- More scary news about GMO veggies here. And here.
- In another moment we can be proud of our governmental process, Senate Republicans filibustered the bill that tried to end tax loopholes for Big Oil. Cuz, you know, Big Oil needs taxpayer help way more than, say, education.
- With my big new garden, one of these days I should test the soil pH so I know what’s likely to grow well in it and what I might need to add or subtract, but it’s seemed really intimidating to try…
- I can’t decide if this recipe for lentils and pasta in tomato sauce looks yummy or weird. (Actually, this recipe itself looks sort of bland, but it’s the concept that intrigues me. We eat pasta fazool, right?)
- Marion Nestle ably takes on the current travesty of claiming “food with benefits” (adding stuff to already existing foods) in order to gain the ability to market something as a “health supplement.”
- Do the Boy Scouts really have policies that discourage or prohibit homosexuals from membership or leadership? This is disturbing. I will have to research this. (Anyone who knows more than I do on this, I’d value links or footnotes in the comments!)
- Going Green Mama is doing a giveaway of Okabashi recycled-materials sandals…cute, comfy and washable in the dishwasher? I need to check these out more…