• MDCitizen commented on the diary post Food Sunday: Apple Butter by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-09-28 20:40:03View | Delete

    Like talking to myself. Poor eCAHN … maybe everyone else is busy making apple butter! This time last year my son had rented a house with some old, neglected apple trees in the yard. The apples were green and homely – kind of beat up looking, but very tasty … very, very tasty! I did [...]

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Infrastructure Is the Current Revolution by TarheelDem.

    2014-09-28 13:33:36View | Delete

    Recommended, I forgot to earlier. This article, and the comments it has inspired, comprise one of the most interesting and inspiring discussions I have encountered anywhere. You started with a description of where we are, suggested where we might want to be, then proposed ways to get there. Acknowledging that there are a lot of [...]

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Infrastructure Is the Current Revolution by TarheelDem.

    2014-09-26 19:52:32View | Delete

    Such a comfort to me that you should mention poor quality pins and needles! I have been doing a good bit of sewing lately and noticing just that, but I thought I must be imagining it. But even sewing new items and up-cycling old ones can lead to confusion, as discussed here: http://truth-out.org/ladydrawers. Nevertheless, I [...]

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Because It’s Never Too Early to Acclimatize the Children… by wendydavis.

    2014-02-16 08:54:21View | Delete

    Well, now I see what people mean when they fuss about links:
    http://boowakwala.uptoten.com/kids/boowakwala-home.html

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Because It’s Never Too Early to Acclimatize the Children… by wendydavis.

    2014-02-16 08:52:41View | Delete

    This whole topic is exhausting … I fought against TV as a mother, now as a grandmother I battle TV and the internet. They both have their places, but require constant vigilance for many reasons. I found this very nice site about 8 years ago (grandson who was 3 then is now 11). 3 more [...]

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: P. G. Wodehouse by dakine01.

    2014-02-16 08:03:36View | Delete

    Dakine01, many thanks for this series. I usually read on my phone, so seldom comment, but I do appreciate your work very much. Nowadays we are inundated with information about what we should be doing to fix what needs to be fixed right this very minute or we are doomed. What needs fixing could be [...]

  • While I am pleased with this trend, I cannot help but believe there is mischief afoot.
    What we the people want is irrelevant to the Powers That Be. Which way is the money moving? Cui bono?

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Alfred McCoy: It’s About Blackmail, Not National Security by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-01-20 21:46:20View | Delete

    “…we by chance happened to come up with this data on your daughter
    ..”
    Speaking of daughters, with all this spying and snooping going on, the murder of Valerie Percy has never been solved.
    (1966 – her father was Illinois Senator Charles Percy
    Her twin sister, Sharon, later married Jay Rockefeller.)

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Thou Shalt Not Make Fun of World War I by David Swanson.

    2014-01-07 18:25:32View | Delete

    I never raised my son to be a soldier, I raised him up to be my darling boy. Who dares to put a gun across his shoulder, To kill another mother’s pride and joy? My uncle was killed in Germany in March of 1945. His mother, my grandmother, used to sing this song. I was [...]

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Ready or Not, Spring Is Coming by TobyWollin.

    2013-02-16 12:30:25View | Delete

    OT but sort of not: I went off to work on various non-internet things. Pulled out a turtleneck sweater I wanted to try to convert to a vee neck.
    Did an “Ixquick” search for instructions and about halfway down the page – there was “Aunt Toby”: http://www.kitchencountereconomics.com/2010/11/06/1557/

    What a woman!

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Ready or Not, Spring Is Coming by TobyWollin.

    2013-02-16 07:17:34View | Delete

    You are most welcome…I hope you find something you like! It is such an honor to be of even a little help to you…I have learned so much from your postings here and at http://www.kitchencountereconomics.com/! I think of you every time I look at my son’s apple tree that needs serious pruning! He is young [...]

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Ready or Not, Spring Is Coming by TobyWollin.

    2013-02-16 07:07:15View | Delete

    If I can find a plum tomato that comes from Eastern Europe or Russia, I’m sold.

    Not quite plums, but tomatoes from Poland: http://www.polartcenter.com/default.asp#.UR-Pw_Kzm4w. The actual seeds come from this company: http://www.legutko.com.pl/. I ordered a pack of each kind (from the Polish arts site) and got them (and a bunch of other seeds) within a week. [...]

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Saturday Chorale: Music on the massacre of innocents by markfromireland.

    2012-12-16 08:33:37View | Delete

    I learned this song as a child from a Kingston Trio album. I thought it was a sad song and it always tainted Christmas for me afterwards, knowing what was coming a few days later. But it really hit me hard when I had a baby boy. He’s 32 now, and that’s how many years [...]

  • MDCitizen commented on the blog post Robo-Signing Is Back, Now in Even More Robo-Form

    2012-10-16 13:11:05View | Delete

    I’m old … I remember the days when, if an attorney wanted to prepare bogus mortgage papers, someone had to write with a pen and scribble over a quarter to fake a notary seal.

    So, through the magic of IPAD, you could show up as on the hook for all kinds of home purchases? Did you make the realtor take those documents off? What the hell could go wrong indeed?

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post What is Your Bumper Sticker? by Coach Bill.

    2012-09-23 17:15:58View | Delete

    I don’t have to do anything but die!

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post A Start of Somethin’ German…. by chebetts.

    2012-09-05 06:03:52View | Delete

    Love the love, skipping the bird poop – with all due respect. My connection to Germany is tenuous in terms of actual time there, but strong in other ways. The German language is one of my favorites … oh, and by the way, when I hear spoken Gaelic it reminds me of German. That’s on [...]

  • MDCitizen commented on the blog post The Worker Is Worthy of His Hire

    2012-09-02 13:19:48View | Delete

    I forget how I know this, but in Washington, D.C., when “non-essential” personnel do not have to report to work when there is SNOW, the people who have to show up – the “essential personnel” are the people who shovel the roads and move the SNOW so the essential personnel can get to work easily later on. The “essential personnel” get paid dirt wages, naturally. So who, really, is “essential”? It seems to me that the essential workers – who really are worthy of their hire – are the ones who do physical labor. Physical labor means things like shoveling snow, making sure bridges don’t collapse, producing food, taking care of old folks and children. In my imagination I can do all sorts of amazing things – like figuring out how the whole world should behave. In reality – physical labor – helping other folks survive – is what I get paid for…and what enables life to go on.

  • MDCitizen commented on the blog post The Worker Is Worthy of His Hire

    2012-09-02 13:01:19View | Delete

    So vote for Jill Stein…maybe she lies, maybe she doesn’t. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Don’t Go to Law School — Find Out Why by Crane-Station.

    2012-08-31 19:55:24View | Delete

    This is so distressing, but not really surprising. I spent many years in the admin side of law firms, so I am fully aware of how flawed lawyers and our legal system are. However, there’s a lot of good there … well, some good. If you do away with public interest lawyers and plaintiffs’ lawyers [...]

  • MDCitizen commented on the diary post Voices of Long-Term Unemployment. by TomThumb.

    2012-08-22 19:01:40View | Delete

    This was hard to read; I know it’s even harder to live these stories. I don’t have any idea what the background for this program is, but, here in Maryland, some of the community colleges offer a tuition waiver for people 60 and over – even for some degree programs. The student is responsible for [...]

  • Load More