The Passionate Olive

When our midwife recommended olive oil as the best form of lotion for our new baby, I was intrigued.  When I found The Passionate Olive - 101 Things to do with Olive Oil on my parent's bookshelf, I was curious.  I had no idea that olive oil had so many uses!  From cooking, to health and beauty, to uses around the house and even for your pets, this book has it all.This morning I tried a recipe for homemade baby wipes recommended in the book!...more

Is oil the answer?

“Remember when President Obama said, Let us be the generation that ends the tyranny of oil? Man, that was great. Except, I just checked, and right now, Big Oil is still pretty much running the show. But — Mr. President, — you’ve got a fabulous chance to turn that around and  make good on your word!” ~Julia Louis-Dreyfus...more
I agree with you on many points but for me it comes down to a question of ethics - currently we ...more

Florida & Her Beautiful Beaches

I am a native Floridian, I was born in Rockledge Florida and have been a beach baby all my life. Even when I lived in Texas our family made summer pilgrimages to Galveston. The beach has been a constant in my life until now. I have been robbed of my one true love, the beautiful colorful clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. My favorite thing was snorkeling or diving on the reefs with their flourishing marine life. Everyone has a favorite thing and that was mine....more

Barbeque Sweet Rolls

An utterly delectable-looking grill: kurtos kalacs rolls with tender crispy crust filled with vanilla cream and strawberry.

Mini Guide To A Balanced Diet

What makes a balanced diet? With all the conflicting info on food pyramids and carb counting, it's tough to remember the basics. Here's a breakdown of the nutrients you need for a healthy body—and the foods that provide them. Protein—Protein is necessary for building strong muscles and protecting the immune system. It also helps slow the speed of digestion and makes you feel full faster....more

Crude Oil Dependence and Consequences

The Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice held their sixth annual conference at the UConn School of Business on Saturday, October 16th. There were two keynote speakers -- Wilma Subra and Lisa Garcia -- and eight panels within two workshop sessions: Climate Change and Global Injustice; Oil: Hazardous to Your Health at Every Stage; History of Energy and Oil; Back to the Future of Transportation; Oil and Water Just Don't Mix; Taking a Peek at Peak Oil; Petroleum and Food Production; and Ending Dependency: Exploring Options. Due to time constraints, I was only able to stay for invocation, one keynote speaker and one workshop session. [caWilma Subra of the Subra Company dedicated her speech to discussing the recent BP disaster which began on April 20, 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Subra shared with the audience a timeline of events during the oil spill, including a number that received no mainstream news coverage to speak of in this part of the country. She described the groups most affected by this disaster as Vietnamese, Laotian, Native American, and African-American populations who were living and working along the coast, many of whom are experiencing headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, and other symptoms due to their exposure to oil in aerosol form. Subra said that people living as far as one hundred miles inland are still being affected. What began in April was not just an oil spill, but a natural gas leak and consequent dispersant contamination....more

Top Corporate Human Rights Violators

I was recently at lunch with friends when the topic of blood diamonds came up. Lovely conversation topic, right? But it is amazing to me how many people are so unaware, even me, of the consequences of their purchasing decisions. The unintended human cost of buying certain pretty things, certain foods, even certain necessities (in our culture at least) would really, should really, horrify us all. Horrify us so much that we would change the way we live. But we don’t. Why?...more

Hyperactive kid? Feed him fish

The Oil Spill, from a liberal oilfield wife

As you know, assuming you live in the world, the oil is still spilling. I'm honestly surprised by that. I really thought it would have been taken care of by now. The fact that it hasn't been proves just how difficult conditions are. I've been hearing a lot of nonsense from a lot of people on the right and the left, and I just want to give my take on things....more

"I've looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose..."

So things are getting bad. Instead of taking care of this oil spill in the Gulf last week, when it could have been done quickly and safely, here it is, over a week later, and the oil is very close to reaching the Louisiana coast. I don't want to blame specific entity or company, since I really don't know who's responsibility it is, but regardless, this is ridiculous. THIS is just another reason why so many people hate Big Oil, and Big Oil doesn't seem very concerned with that. ...more