Cat and Dog Fur Apparel Must be Labeled

About 10 years ago, we discovered that some ski boots were lined with dog fur and sold by a chain of sporting good stores. Although legal across the United States, selling those boots in California violated a section of the Penal Code which makes it a misdemeanor to sell, buy, possess, give away or import a dog or cat pelt. Additionally, there was no label disclosing the type of fur used in the boot.  We successfully prosecuted the stores....more

What's All This Fuss About Campbell Soup's New Label Design?

On Monday, September 29, 2008,  499 stocks on the S&P 500 lost value. In one of the most historic sell-offs in the market's history -- the market tumbled 799 points -- just one stock gained value -- Campbell Soup. Pundits didn't shy away from the symbolism. Was this a sign that Americans wanted to focus on the basics after a decade of greed and excess? ...more

I am Jennifer, a...

…mother, wife, daughter, family chef, laundry goddess, chauffeur, gardener, domestic goddess, survivor, advocate and patient.   Until I had a brain tumor, I had never considered the meaning behind these labels, if they fit and why people used them.  ...more

Labels/Categories

Labelingto name, or tag--to attach label to or to classify as Why do we label?Is it to place things and people into categories to better know them or as a dismissal?Once something or someone has been labeled--do we go back and reevaluate them?a fruit that is oblong in shape, has a firm outer layer, and is green then turns more yellow and ultimately brown as it ripens -- a Banana or a type of banana--there is no reason to disbute this but when it comes to people-we are not as clear cut...more

Straight Talk from Coaches on the Edge

elizabeth: I guess I don’t have a thing for labels. ...more

What Is It About The Word "Homemaker" That Sets My Teeth On Edge?

Last month, I served four days of jury duty, and one of the first things we had to do was check in and receive our day's payment. On the first day, the clerk verified my name and address, then asked about my occupation. "Are you at home?" he asked. ...more

Discovering Something About Yourself that You've Lived With Your Whole Life

It has come to my attention in the past few days, almost a week now actually, that I am an adult that has an issue.  I've lived with this issue my entire life, never even CONCEIVING of the notion that there was an issue.  It's who I am and how I've been.  No one ever told me it was an issue. Apparently, I have ADD.  Yeah, I know.  That's pretty big.  At least I think so.  Here's why. ...more

I've often wondered that myself.  I mean, they didn't always know about all this stuff.  Like ...more

Heated up about cold medicines

I'm a very frustrated mom. Cold and flu season is upon us, so it goes without saying that my kids are bound to get sick. Even if they don't get the flu, my boys -- for at least a few weeks every fall -- get the sniffles and a nasty little cough. ...more

What's Important to Local Food Consumers?

I recently came across a survey of 500 'typical' households in the Midwest done by the University of Nebraska.  They interviewed the primary grocery shopper about her/his attitudes and opinions about locally grown and processed food,  including meat, as well as organic and all-natural . ...more

Food Choices in the Real World

There's an interesting discussion going on at Bitch Ph.D. It's about one woman's frustrations surrounding food choices and feeding her family. In one single post, she touches on enough topics to fill this blog for the next six months: How do you feed your family healthy, tasty, economical and appealing meals that you can afford financially and time-wise? Add to that a desire to make your food choices reflect your values and other concerns such as the desire to eat local, support sustainability ...more