Archive for the ‘Economy’ Category

A little self-promotion

In Economy, Food, New York City, Sustainability on October 31, 2010 at 3:03 am

I recently wrote four articles as part of a World Hunger Series for the Conducive Chronicle. Several of us decided to split the month of October into four-day segments, each of us writing about different faucets of world hunger. I chose to write about hunger in New York City. Here is the first of my posts, and you can read the following posts linked at the bottom. There is still one more that should go up soon.

Today I saw the Huffington Post had cited my posts, which was a pleasant surprise. Here is their story.


Vegan for 14 Days: Day 2

In Economy, Environment, Food, Sustainability on June 17, 2010 at 5:02 am

This is Day 2 of my Vegan Challenge.  I was prompted to temporarily eat a vegan diet based on a UN study released last week.  The report found evidence that a global diet shift away from animal products is needed to help prevent resource depletion and alleviate world hunger.

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My Vegan Challenge

In Economy, Environment, Food on June 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm

As some of you may already know, I’ve embarked on a two-week long vegan challenge.  I’ll be writing about my efforts and my experiences via The Conducive Chronicle, so I encourage you to follow along, send me insight, and feel free to pass along recipes.  My first post, which is below, details my reasons for the switch, which have very little to do with animal rights, so don’t get all uptight on me. And please try to keep your hippie comments to a minimum. 😉


I’m going to be completely honest: This morning, I made a commitment to becoming vegan. Tonight, I had a polish sausage for dinner. Is there a more epic way to fail a diet on the first day? Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

In Community, Economy, Environment, Good Books, Sustainability on June 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm

The Story of Stuff explains where all our stuff comes from and how much damage it does to the Earth and our bodies.

Read the original story at the Conducive Chronicle.

Annie Leonard’s new book tells the story of our obsessive relationship with our possessions, and unless we alter that relationship, the story doesn’t end well.

The book, titled “The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, our Communities, and Our Health – And a Vision for Change,” is the in-depth follow-up to The Story of Stuff video, which millions of people have viewed across the world.  The book chronicles Leonard’s discoveries over a 10 year period in which she traveled the world in search of answers about where our stuff comes from and where it goes when we’re done with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Roller Derby: A Preview

In Community, Economy, Roller Derby on May 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I turned the roller derby story in to HELEN this morning.  Here is a short excerpt of the story:

…The gym where I’d watched the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls practice was transformed into a stadium so packed, there was standing room only.  A huge sign hung from the rafters, welcoming guests into The Brawl House. The fans were outrageous, cheering over the bumping music, waving signs, “LBD” painted on their cheeks.  The most daring spectators sat in the “suicide seats,” located at the corners of the track, where girls on skates were most likely to tumble into the crowd.  “You have to be 18 years or older to sit there and you better have good insurance,” the DJ warned the crowd.

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Woman in Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos Responds to My Inquiry

In Economy, media scandal, news, planned parenthood on May 15, 2010 at 12:03 am

Lila Rose is the president of Live Action, a youth organization dedicated to ending abortion. Her undercover videos from within Planned Parenthood clinics have caused controversy across the nation.

I sent an email to Lila Rose, president of the pro-life organization Live Action requesting an interview.  Rose has produced several incriminating undercover videos from within Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.  She is responsible for the videos that surfaced in 2008 from the Bloomington and the Indianapolis clinics.  Rose’s staff responded to my request but have not set a time yet.  They did, however, refer me to several news articles (here, here, and here).  My Planned Parenthood story is FINISHED, and I will have it posted early next week whether or not I can get an interview with Rose.  I think the story needs her input, and I will wait until Monday to see if we have anything scheduled.

Stay tuned.

Updates on Planned Parenthood, Indiana Schools, and Roller Derby

In Community, economic meltdown, Economy, media scandal, planned parenthood, Roller Derby, Schools on May 12, 2010 at 2:08 am

Hello all,

I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated.  I’ve been continuing my research on both the Indiana public schools and Planned Parenthood of Indiana.  I’ve also been attending regular practices with the Lafayette Brawlin’ Dolls (our local roller derby team) for the upcoming cover story in HELEN magazine.

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City Foods Co-op Story in HELEN Magazine

In Community, Economy, news, Sustainability on April 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Hey all.  Check out my latest story in HELEN Magazine about the City Foods Co-op.  Its organizers are in the process of raising support and finding members.  A co-op in Lafayette would be fantastic!