Good News Bad News Department

(TIMovate) Today I am inaugurating a new feature in my blog—items that seem to me to be good or bad news for everyone (not just Democrats). Here are today’s. A federal judge ruled that North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature unfairly drew 13 congressional districts to its own advantage and ordered them to come up with a new…

Do You Love Polar Bears?

(chgeharvard.org) Or Oscar the Grouch? (muppetwiki.com) or the Met Museum’s Temple of Dendur? (citypass.com) or the Florida Everglades?(pinterest.com) or the California sea lions? or Old Faithful? (tripadvisor) or Half Dome?(yosemiteconservancy.org) programs that support Meals on Wheels? clean air?clean water? science and climate change? (dailysciencejournal) We take these programs for granted now but DJT has a…

Sea Lions, Iguanas and Blue-Footed Boobies, Oh My!

Just returned from the Galapagos–what a trip! no, it was not just a trip–it was an adventure, a discovery, a revelation. The animals are not afraid of you–you probably look like another Giant Tortoise to them. They don’t move away but you’re not permitted to touch them.  In the ocean 600 miles away from Ecuador,…

Coney Island Whales and Jackson Heights Indian Sweets

(photo by Artie Raslich) Yes, that’s right–whales–humpbacks to be exact, disporting themselves around New York City, particularly just beyond Coney Island. We attended a Gotham Whale event sponsored by the NYC Sierra Club that proved it. There they were–60 foot giants breaching and gorging themselves on schools of fish called bunker almost on our shores.…

Candle Cafe–A Haven for Vegans, Vegetarians and All the Rest of Us

(westsiderag.com) I have decided to forgive myself for not being able to live life completely as a vegetarian and, as with so many things in my life, to do the best I can. After all, one less cow eaten means a lot to that cow. Candle Cafe West, the Upper West Side and slightly less…