Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Finally! Bona fide winter weather!
It seems like years since we’ve had seriously cold temperatures on New Year’s Day. Last year’s balmy January weather snookered South Carolina peach trees and blueberry bushes into flowering at least a month early, setting the stage for a cold snap in March that destroyed 90 percent of both crops.
If this year’s trend continues, we’ll have appropriately cold winter weather until March, and abundant peaches and blueberries in the spring.
Friday, December 29, 2017
Virginia and I recorded a short video message reflecting on the last year and the challenges ahead. You can watch it below.
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Today’s challenges are big and complex. We can see the filling in of our salt marshes, the loss of wetlands, severe flooding and sea level rise.
To proactively address these challenges, the Conservation League needs…
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
If you heard the sound of hooves on your roof Sunday night, it could have been Santa (or Mrs. Santa) on their annual worldwide tour. (Do they drive two sleighs? I think so, for coverage.) You might have confirmed this if you visited the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Santa Tracker website. This article from National Public Radio reports on the origin of NORAD’s famous Santa program, which began 60 years ago (long…
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Deck your plate with beets and kale,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
It goes best with eggs of quail,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.We have so much product for December,
Fa la la la, la la la la.
An entirely local meal, for all to remember,
Fa la la la, la la la la.
This year marks our best citrus season yet. Even in GrowFood’s earliest days, we…
Monday, December 18, 2017
I’ll begin this week’s news summary with the topic “politicians who say things that don’t seem to make sense.”
This article from the Post and Courier reports that despite abundant evidence that offshore seismic testing and oil drilling threaten South Carolina’s tourism economy and the coastal environment on which it depends, Georgetown Senator Stephen Goldfinch is all for it.
Post and Courier: As many oppose coastal gas and oil exploration, South Carolina Sen. Stephen Goldfinch…
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Every year or so, a politician pronounces that something he supports must be done to protect the city or county’s credit rating. Consider Charleston County Council, for example, where I-526 boosters have routinely justified building the interstate to Johns Island because our “bond rating would suffer” if they didn’t. This was always hogwash and most people knew it.
But here’s a real threat to local government credit. Bloomberg News reports that Moody’s, the bond rating agency, will…
Monday, November 27, 2017
The Thanksgiving weekend was glorious in every way. The rainy, cool day of thanks was perfect for running. Charleston’s Marc Embler set a state record in Charleston’s Turkey Day 5-kilometer race, in the “antique” category, (in which I was an “also ran”), with a blistering 17:43 time. It was also ideal for leisurely dining, without the anxiety of cleaning up in time for an afternoon outing.
We took our Thanksgiving field trip to Bulls Island…
Monday, November 20, 2017
Once an idea has taken hold of the American people’s minds, whether it’s a just one or an unreasonable one, nothing is more difficult than to uproot it. The same thing has been observed in England, the European country which for the past century has had the greatest liberty of thought and also the most invincible prejudices.
Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America”
Democracy is the worst form of government,…
Thursday, November 16, 2017
At GrowFood Carolina, Thanksgiving is all about the vegetables. Our favorite dishes hail from seasonal Southern produce: sweet potatoes, a good green bean casserole, roasted butternut squash, garlicky kale, a bright beet salad with goat cheese, peppery arugula, Clemson Blue mac and cheese, chestnut stuffing, and honey (on everything).
This is, by far, the best time of the year to thank and celebrate our farmers…
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Finally, winter was here! (Yesterday…)
The first item of the week comes from the Charlie Rose of Charleston… the Dick Cavett of Marion Square… the Oprah Winfrey of Wentworth Street… Quintin Washington! In this episode, Quintin interviews me on a wide array of subjects – our incoming Executive Director, Laura Cantral; our beloved state’s pre-modern, pre-logical political culture; the nuclear plant fiasco; getting stuff done; flooding solutions; and, of course, the continued paralysis over the…