Fire Cider: Let’s Call it What it Is

If the Chick-fil-A lawsuit over “Eat More Kale” got your goat, this should too: A while back, the national company Shire City Herbals trademarked “fire cider,” a term that has long been used as a traditional/generic name for a spicy, warming, apple cider vinegar-based herbal remedy popularized by Rosemary Gladstar. Now, this company is suing…

On Raw Milk, and current regulations in Vermont

Vermont’s legislature is currently debating the regulations around the availability of raw milk, and earlier this spring I spoke to the House Committee on Agriculture and Forest Products as a raw milk consumer.  (This post is an adapted version of what I said there.) You can find all the House Ag Committee documents related to…

On Voting

“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” –Anna Lappe Election day is over, here in the States. Maybe you voted, and I think that’s important. Maybe today you feel disillusioned, and you posted about it, and now people are chiding you for believing you could make…

Marking the Darkest Days

Here in the northern hemisphere, we are closing in on the darkest day of the year.  In my neck of the woods, the cold gray months are only beginning, and may last through April – but on the 21st, the sun will start returning to us (or, more objectively, we will start returning to the…

Responding to Antibiotic Resistance: a resource round-up

There have been some pretty scary headlines in the news this week.  Stuff like: Drug-Resistant Bacteria Are Common Killers Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Lead to 23,000 Deaths a Year, C.D.C. Finds ‘We Will Soon Be in a Post-Antibiotic Era’ Yes, Agricultural Antibiotics Play a Role in Drug Resistance While antibiotic resistance has been a concern for some…

Romancing Charlotte, by Colin Scott (Book Review)

I’ve been lucky enough to snag a copy of the new novel Romancing Charlotte, by Colin Scott.  On the most obvious level, this is a charming page-turner of a romance set in modern-day Ireland.  With well-developed characters and touching but realistic familial relationships complimenting the various romantic plotlines, this is a great book to cozy…

The Evolution of a Bohemian Closet

In high school I shopped at Express (during sales).  Pretty mainstream, I know.  About the same time I started paying for my own clothes, I discovered TJ Maxx.  Still mainstream, but I still stop by once in a while, since I’ve sometimes found organic cotton clothes there, and besides, shopping last year’s fashions and overstock…

Dandelions Take a Stand for Contraception?

This image, I have to admit, almost leaves me speechless.  My first thought was to note the amazing feats of illogic.  How, for example, does the use of contraception lead to single-parent homes?  Contraception – by definition – prevents you from becoming a parent in the first place.  And why is contraception the root of…

Book Review: The Wild Medicine Solution, by Guido Masé

I’m giving a great big virtual cheer that The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants has been published and is on my shelf. I’ve been anticipating this since I first heard last May that Guido Masé – clinical herbalist, cofounder of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, part of the team…