"Greens and Means"

The streets of East Palo Alto have seen everything from brick factories to poultry farms to gang shootings, but they haven’t before met anything quite like Rev. Bob Hartley, a known and respected longtime EPA resident. He’s a man with a plan to help the youth in the community give up their weapons – in favor of plants. ...more

Fruit Salad Day Serves Up Health and Nutrition

In line with the USDA’s recent ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ initiative, eighth graders at East Palo Alto Charter School held an event called “Fruit Salad Day” for their entire school on Sept. 17, 2009. The 15 students in the school’s Garden Elective class helped to wash, chop, mix, and serve seasonal fruits donated by farmers' markets in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto to more than 300 schoolmates. ...more

On Romantic Idealism

When you get to college, no one ever asks, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Instead, you're repeatedly crank called by a cynic who says, "When you grow up, and reality sucker punches you; you'll see the world for what it really is." ...more

'Am I not human?'

  Are Darfuris and Tibetans not human? ...more

Ed's not scary

  *Editor's Note: Cross-posted at Just Cause. (Ed Hoffman lives with schizophrenia. Photo by A.M. McReynolds) ...more

Planned Black Parenthood

"When the history of our civilization is written, it will be a biological history, and Margaret Sanger will be its heroine," Gloria Steinem wrote in Time. ...more

There is no excuse for how that call went, but on the face of it it seems to indicate nothing ...more

Why Marry?

Mr. Good Enough sounds like giving up. "Settle! That’s right. Don’t worry about passion or intense connection," decries Lori Gottlieb in The Atlantic. ...more

So sad that a magazine like the Atlantic publishes a call to settling, complete with just about ...more

Edwards: Not Ready To Back Down

Call it a rampant case of TB (True Believerism), but I want to believe in someone the way people used to believe in John F. Kennedy. And John Edwards fed my anger -- and urgency to affect change. I take the words of the Dixie Chicks when I say, "I'm still mad as hell, and I don't have time to go 'round and 'round and 'round." Instead of praying to the porcelain god, we need the unwavering faith of a friend who will remind us that "we are better than this." ...more

What Romney should have said in Michigan

If Mitt Romney insists on acting then he should study a performance worth emulating. And no one does straight talk better than John Travolta as Governor Jack Stanton in the 1998 satire Primary Colors -- Mike Nichols and Elaine May's adaptation of Joe Klein's best-seller about a Clinton-like Presidential candidate. ...more

Toni Morrison endorses Obama as post-racial candidate

That idea of Bill Clinton being the so-called first black president can be traced back to a 1998 essay by Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison in The New Yorker. ...more