Thirsty Burger


Thirsty Burger

Consider the cow. It takes one gallon — 3.6 liters — per 100 pounds of body weight to water a cow and two gallons when it is hot outside. If Bessy is lactating, you need to double those numbers. However, that doesn’t account for the amount of water it takes to grow the hay or corn for Bessy to eat, or the gallons upon gallons it takes to butcher her and scrub the factory floor clean when the job is done. When you run the numbers, growing food is a water intensive business. If people don’t have access to water they don’t have food, and if it’s tainted water, the food will not be that stellar either. Worldwide, agriculture accounts for about 70% of all fresh water usage,  and in water poor regions, residents may need to choose between taking a shower or growing their beans/greens.     Read more here…

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Random musings on the pizza of consciousness

Beautiful post! Thank you for your insight, Sue Vincent!


From the archives 2014: I like cooking, but, as I may have mentioned before, I don’t do it often these days… unless I have company. It seems a waste just for me. For myself it is usually either fil…

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Because Food Matters


[photo by PJL, Landis Valley Farm Museum, Lancaster, PA]

 I’m no expert, but I do know that the food we put in our bodies create the future for those bodies.  To that end, the freshest, sustainable, most pesticide-free food we can eat is the way to go.  Here’s what my friend, Sharon Wong, health and wellness practitioner (and kick-ass butterflier!) has to say about it.  pjl 10.19.16


Because Food Matters
A Voice For Change For A Generation In Jeopardy
by Sharon Wong

       I’ve known Pam since childhood and have very fond memories of our time together swimming for Dolphin Swim Club. Both of us loved swimming the butterfly which moves much like a dolphin in the water. I share Pam’s passion for raising awareness about our environment so when she asked me to write a post for her blog on what I do for a living, I agreed.  Get some SOUL food here…

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Oil, Water and Intrigue: A Book Review

Thanks Ken Dowell for the great review of —

Oil and Water, by P.J. Lazos

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Interview with History


Interview with American History Professor Louise Stevenson, Author of Lincoln in the Atlantic World

I sat down, virtually, with Professor Stevenson to get the skinny on how she came to be the expert on all things Lincoln and where she wants to go from here. So come on and, virtually, listen in.

From our conversations it’s clear that you are a diehard historian. How did you first become interested in American History?

I was going to be a European historian and then switched to American Studies when I transferred to a new college. My credits worked better. I would have to blame my liking history on reading . . . Sir Walter Scott, the Landmark books, and the orange biographies for children.  Read more here…

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Lincoln in the Atlantic World


Lincoln in the Atlantic World

There are people who read scholarly works just for fun, those super smarties for whom reading novels is practically a waste of time. Not me. I want fiction. I want suspense. I want action. I want romance. Most of all, I want a good story and an escape from my routine. Well, guess what? You can get all those things in the scholarly yet action-packed book, Lincoln in the Atlantic World, by American History Professor, Louise L. Stevenson. Lincoln is Stevenson’s third book and is as original as it is wide-ranging, a treasure trove of information that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Lincoln in the Atlantic World redefines our 16th president as a trendsetting risk-taker whose biggest gamble paid off resulting in the Emancipation Proclamation. By presenting little-known facts rarely focused upon in other scholarly works, Stevenson makes a strong case for Lincoln’s genius not only as a great statesman, but as a brilliant strategist, writer, and political cosmopolitan.   Read more  here…

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The Ancient Minstrel


The Ancient Minstrel

When I read the news you could have knocked me over with a well-placed word:

He was dead.

How did I miss that tidbit of information? How could I have not known that one of my favorite living authors is no longer walking about the earth plane? Shouldn’t I have felt the cosmic shift of the planets as his spirit left? Why didn’t the Earth herself — for whom he was such a consistent and persuasive advocate — rise up in protest at his departure. In March 2016, Jim Harrison died of a heart attack. (I wrote heartache at first. Freudian slip, eh?) What Harrison left behind — vibrant, sparse, yet effusive stories that resonated with a quiet truth — will have to be enough.    Read more here…

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