A State of Mind

A STATE OF MIND: Mothers of the Past Imperfect

A STATE OF MIND: Mothers of the Past Imperfect

By Larry Floersch Mother’s Day is the one day in a year we are supposed to take our mothers out for brunch to repay them for all the good things they did for us while we were growing up. But let’s face it. Mothers aren’t perfect. If your mom was like mine when I was […]

A STATE OF MIND: Getting the Historia Straight

A STATE OF MIND: Getting the Historia Straight

By Larry Floersch Cinco de Mayo is just days away, so I’m sure that all across the United States people are digging out their huaraches and sombreros, looking up guacamole recipes, and beginning to review the takeout menu at local Taco Bells. I know I personally have been searching closets for the serape I picked […]

NATURE WATCH

NATURE WATCH

By Nona Estrin Spring is forcing its way into our still snow-clad world.  Robins and red-winged blackbirds arrive daily in vibrant flocks, bringing their familiar songs and calls. Out in the rose tangle the song sparrows are singing their claim.  We continue to ski on the hard snowpack here, clomping over bare patches,  knowing it […]

A STATE OF MIND: The Golden or Gilded Years

By Larry Floersch When my mother in law retired in her mid 60s, she sent my wife a letter (yes, she was that old-fashioned) in which she proclaimed it was the best time of her life. About 10 years later she sent my wife another letter that began, “Remember when I sent you that letter […]

A STATE OF MIND: John Barleycorn Must Live!

A STATE OF MIND: John Barleycorn Must Live!

By Larry Floersch I just saw an item in my favorite science magazine that global barley crop yields could drop by 17 percent in this century. According to the article, barley is particularly sensitive to warmer temperatures and drought, which are likely to increase because of global warming. The decline in yields could lead to […]

A STATE OF MIND: Night of the Marauding M. musculus

By Larry Floersch So, I was sitting there the other day contemplating the existential implications of Søren Kierkegaard’s magnum opus Either/Or when I heard a news report on TV that the mouse population is booming this year. That caught my attention. I consider one mouse in my house to be a population boom. The thought […]

A STATE OF MIND: Everything’Snot What It Appears!

A STATE OF MIND: Everything’Snot What It Appears!

by Larry Floersch Okay. I’ve seen all those photos of the royal children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. And they would be adorable children if they were real. But they are not. I know this because all children in that age range have one feature in common that the designers of these audioanimatronic […]

A STATE OF MIND: Exaggeration of Olympic Proportions?

A STATE OF MIND: Exaggeration of Olympic Proportions?

by Larry Floersch As a journalist, I’ve been trained to recognize hyperbole, and by that I mean exaggerated exaggeration, when it raises its huge, ugly head and looms over us like one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons. Lately I’ve been alarmed by all the hyperbole that is seeping into web news headlines. If it keeps up, […]

Did NCIS Lead to TMI?

Did NCIS Lead to TMI?

by Larry Floersch I’m starting to understand why some folks tend to eat dinner at four o’clock in the afternoon. I know what you’re thinking, and it’s not just because of early-bird, all-you-can-eat buffets, especially if they involve barbequed peel-and-eat shrimp and beer, although those can be interesting, We don’t tend to have enough of […]

A STATE OF MIND: Moving Right Along?

by Larry Floersch I am here to say we need more food movements. Now I know what you’re thinking, “But Lare, don’t we have enough food movements already? Like the Farm-to-Table Movement and the Slow Food Movement?” First of all, the Farm-to-Table Movement should not be confused with the Slow Food Movement, which is similar to […]