Sea-green designates more than a color. A sea-green is a place, a place defined as…’land overflowed by the sea in spring tides.’…If the greenhouse effect proves true and the ocean level rises, then politicians, highway engineers, biologists, real-estate developers, and others will pay much attention to the sea-greens becoming salt marsh. But who will speak […]Read more "Book Review: Shallow Water Dictionary"
Let’s talk about food security. And by food security, I don’t mean the biosecurity side, which is what some government types mean when they talk about food security (meaning, how do we keep someone from introducing — intentionally or not — a biological agent into the food supply system and then contaminating it. Don’t worry, […]Read more "Food Security in a Changing World"
The Orchardist (2012) by Amanda Coplin is a haunting novel based on an (you guessed it!) orchard near the turn of the 20th century. It is a book, on the surface about self-sufficiency, survival, and family — a book about a less-than-sparkly version of the American Dream. But beyond that, it is a story about […]Read more "Book Review: The Orchardist"
How can I not talk about Oregon? How can I not talk about the armed terrorists (aka, depending on who you’re listening to: militia, angry old white men, activists, “patriots*” — don’t worry that link takes you to Media Matters, not Fox News, which is the group saying that) who are occupying a wildlife refuge […]Read more "Oregon Under Attack & America’s White Supremacy Problem"
Ah, the joys of stereotypes. Wolves, by Emily Gravett (2005) was a book I came to because of reading Wolf Won’t Bite, which I’ve previously reviewed on this blog. Wolves is a Boston-Globe Horn honor book, an award given for excellence in children’s and YA literature. This made me pretty excited for the book, which […]Read more "Wolves by Emily Gravett"