Archive for February 8, 2009

Crocuses At Last

February 8, 2009 Leave a comment


Our daffodil shoots have been emerging around the yard for awhile, so I’ve been wondering where the crocuses are. Wonder no more. They’re here. Yellow. Purple. White (shown above).

Daffodils next. Tulips. Peonies. Roses. Well, no rush. But the process has begun.

Categories: House

Education and the Stimulus

February 8, 2009 Leave a comment


In his blog two days ago, NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a post, Throwing Schools out the Window, that opens with the observation, “So this is what the Senate seems to be coming down to: keeping bridges and throwing students out the window. The effort to prune the stimulus package to make it more palatable to Republicans is focused on slashing money for education.”

Let me quote more from Kristof, since his remarks made a strong impression on me:
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High on Rice Krispies

February 8, 2009 Leave a comment


Kellogg announced Thursday that it would not renew its contract with Olympic swimming hero MIchael Phelps,in the wake of his being photographed with a marijuana pipe. The NYT quotes Kellogg spokeswoman Susanne Norwitz’s statement that “Michael’s most recent behavior is not consistent with the image of Kellogg.”

Over at the Huffington Post, Lee Stranahan prepared a petition to boycott Kellogg for its treatment of Phelps. The petition notes in part that “Kellogg’s has profited for decades on the food tastes of marijuana using Americans with the munchies. In fact, we believe that most people over the age of twelve would not eat Kellogg’s products were they not wicked high.”

I read about the petition yesterday morning from an Andrew Sullivan blog post. Last night I mentioned it to Gail, focusing on the notion that one can’t eat Kellogg products unless one’s high. She said that’s right, and gave a real-life example.

As you may know, Gail is the chef two days a week at a residential treatment center for women who have young children or are pregnant and are dealing with addiction problems. One such client, a methadone addict, was not doing well in the program. And not eating well either. All she wanted was Rice Krispies. After she left, an illegal stash of Rice Krispies was found in her room.

Stranahan was onto something.

Categories: Culture, Food