Does Earth Day matter?

So it’s Earth Day. Do you care? Does it matter? When I started this blog four years ago, I wrote a lot about environmental stuff (click here for classic SCS). I have always been a little bit closet-hippie. (Don’t tell my punk friends!) I mean, what’s wrong with caring about the environment anyway? How many…

Simple But Profound

I’m reading Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier, science writer for the NY Times. In short, it’s fabulous. This passage from the chapter “One Perfect Solar Cell,” about eggs, struck me. She’s discussing the millions of eggs that don’t make it to even menstruation, that perish in apoptosis for whatever reason: “For our purposes……

Housekeeping

I’ve been procrastinating some cosmetic changes to The Siren for some time now. (Still pondering a redesign with a different look.) Just thought I’d point out that I finally did one thing on my list: Sprucing up the blogroll. Don’t worry, nothing has been deleted. But things are shuffled here and there and a lot…

Eco-mixer

This is a cool idea. Green Drinks is a regular mixer for people concerned about the environment. The next mixer is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at McMullin’s Irish Pub (on Trop next to the Orleans). — Emmily

The New “New Deal”?

I remember when, as a reporter for The News, I learned about a nonprofit program that taught underprivileged youths a new skill: washing driveways and parking lots with water pressure. I remember thinking, “Whaaaa? We’re in a desert and THIS is the great SKILL you’re teaching our underprivileged youths?” I wondered why we progressive types…