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Lovely Florida, lovely world

I returned to Florida last Monday during a torrential storm, horrible rain and flood waters that washed over major roadways. I had to drive on sidewalks to get my car to a safe space and within walking distance of my … Continue reading

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On to Ontario

A great day traveling is priceless. I had such a day today, awaking in the warm gray weather of the Ontario lakes district after a long awaited overnight rain. The mid 70 degree temps were a welcome relief from the … Continue reading

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I just left a live discussion between WBUR’s

I just left a live discussion between WBUR’s Tom Ashbrook and the magnificent food writer Mark Bittman. There are few people with such brilliant food technique and erudition as Bittman, and few who can draw it out like Ashbrook. It … Continue reading

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US focus shifts to Asia-Pacifica

US focus shifts to Asia-Pacifica The world is paying close attention to Korea today but Asia-Pacifica became the focus point for the US two years ago, both militarily and economically. The old Atlantic alliance between the US and Europe and … Continue reading

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Pull out all of the stops

Friends, politics and food are a perfect triumvirate, proved again this Saturday night at a dinner for five. I pulled out all of the stops: a Middle Eastern meze table, an Asian-influenced lobster and scallop bisque, pork loin braised in … Continue reading

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I want to work

I have alternately been heartened, dispirited, and then sometimes excited during the course of the “Arab Spring.” As a devotee of democracy who was bred in the world of hard American legislative politics, I would like to be part of the democraticization of the Middle … Continue reading

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Protecting and restoring the world’s forests: Is REDD enough?

The Earth is being deforested by human activity. We cut and burn forests to clear land for agriculture to feed our triple–F needs: food, fuel and fiber. Then we introduce non-native species into environments where they overtake the natives, and … Continue reading

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