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The reaction between baking soda and buttermilk is one of those practical magics that’s easily overlooked, but if you dig deeper, it’s filled with history, science, and a touch of … more
Spring has arrived! The daylight is noticeably brighter, and lasts longer now. Life is bursting forth with gusto. Bare winter branches now send out buds, flowers pop open quickly, and new leaves … more
March always makes me think of St. Patrick’s Day and spring greenery as plants wake up after hibernating all winter.  It is an optimistic time, with beautiful sunsets, boats getting … more
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols. more
Again this year the term “March Madness” has a variety of connotations, most of them good, and at least one not so good. I submit a “not so good” one is the brutal invasion of … more
We’ve read a lot lately about Russia being a closed country with tight media control. This brings up a personal brush with close-mouth-comrade Soviet censorship. Back in the early … more
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols. more
As I enter F Street on my bike, I see more walkers and cyclists than cars.  I hesitate as the Jefferson Transit shuttle comes around the corner and heads east up the hill. The shuttle, which … more
Almost all of my conversations these days — at work, at home, with friends — touch upon housing.    It’s a serious challenge for us as a community as we price people … more
“Leave room in your garden for fairies to dance.” – Celtic proverb A meadow garden of native grasses and wildflowers is a beautiful and ecologically beneficial way to add a … more
It’s time to do some landscaping, right?  It’s almost time to wash the car, right? (Might be a little cool for that yet.)  It’s time get in shape with the new … more
Hollywood Offspring Tales: I recently watched Jane Fonda reminiscing about her famous actor father. It struck me that, of the scores of celeb interviews I’ve done over the years of my … more
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