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Jane S. Smith

Entries by Jane S. Smith

Public Park, Public Oasis, Public Unrest

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 2:55 PM

A few years ago, my husband and I moved from a large suburban house to a much smaller apartment in the city. "Don't you miss your garden?" is a question I am still asked with great regularity, always in a tone of sympathy and dismay.

"Not at all," I...

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Find Your Inner Mother Hen

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 4:07 PM

Next Sunday is Mother's Day, and already I am in fine feather. This morning, my daughter called to consult on the menu for a bridal shower she is hosting and then again to ask about a random pain in her hip. My son wanted to discuss his toddler's potty training....

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Holiday Gifts for Chicken Lovers

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 11:51 AM

Looking for a holiday gift for the chicken lover on your list? How about a night on the town, complete with animal sitter? Or a crate of oranges? Hand-crafted cookies, warm gloves, a lawn chair with cup holder and matching sunshade -- these are all fine ideas. So is anything...

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Reading Walden While Eating a Cosi® Signature Salad

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 10:25 PM

On a bright, mild winter day, I find myself eating a Signature Salad at Cosi®, a chain of casual restaurants which puts a little emblem next to its name to note that it has a legal lock on this completely ordinary Italian word. I'm the only customer, which doesn't bother...

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A Holiday Gift Worth the Wait

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 4:20 PM

This winter, fate has blown me to Southern California, where I'm renting a house surrounded by citrus trees. There are roses, too, and wild parrots, and palm trees that look as goofy and inauthentic up close as they do on postcards.

It's the fruit, though, that has me enthralled....

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No Impact Week: Stop Stalling, Start Composting

(4) Comments | Posted October 19, 2009 | 5:34 PM

Want to shrink your eco-footprint the easy way? Here's an idea so simple, it's mostly about what you don't have to do.

Don't leave out bags of leaves by the curb. Stop crowding the landfill with your egg shells, artichoke leaves and corn husks. Erase the shame of all...

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Memo: Camp Smitty to Camp Obama

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2009 | 12:32 PM

I hear the Obama girls are having a wonderful summer as they accompany their dad on business trips. They've been to Paris, Moscow, London, Rome, and several places in Ghana. It's fun, it's enriching, and it keeps them out of trouble. Michelle calls it Camp Obama.

As the former director...

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Want to Get Close to Nature? Stay Home!

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 6:31 PM

For a highly evolved species, we humans can be pretty dumb. At least I can. Case in point: last Sunday my husband and I drove to a park by a scenic river, 60 miles from the city where we live.

As I should have expected, the scenery had changed...

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Shovel-Ready Heroes: Accepting Nominations Now

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2009 | 11:36 PM

Why isn't anybody putting up statues or stained-glass windows to honor modern heroes of the natural world?

Given the acrimonious state of the current turf wars, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. It's hard to expect celebratory monuments while terms like granola crunching crackpots and frankenfood still dominate the conversation....

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Daisies, Weddings, and Making the Ideal Real

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2009 | 12:02 PM

When I was nine years old and wedding planning was an engrossing game unburdened by seating charts, budgets, or anything but the most hypothetical shadow of a groom, I decided that a sheaf of white daisies was the ideal bridal bouquet.

I was an avid reader of newspaper wedding...

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Every Day is Special When You're Jane Smith

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2009 | 12:53 PM

There is a very funny video making the rounds, a celebration of a superhuman but all-too-plausible Mother of Year. After you watch the clip, you discover it is actually a fund-raiser for a women's organization that offers to insert your own mother's name at appropriate places if you make a...

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Take Off That Mask and Smell the Rhubarb

(7) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 10:49 PM

Swine flu is not a food-borne illness, but many people are acting as though it might be. Worried cooks are getting serious about extra-crispy bacon. Ultra-hygienic countries like China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates have banned the import of pork from most of North America....

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Garden Eugenics

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2009 | 12:21 PM

This is the year everybody plants a vegetable patch. The Secretary of Agriculture has an edible garden. The White House has an edible garden. Hummers are out, rototillers are in, and sales of seeds and garden supplies are soaring. But the same hard times that inspire us to work the...

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