With the announcement of Arne Duncan's resignation as the secretary of education it's a good time to take a look at what he has accomplished, where he failed, and what work is still to be done to deal with the significant problems facing higher education.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are good for us, anyone knows that. Award-winning culinary photographer Paulette Phlipot reminds us they're also the source of "simplicity, joy and fun. How can you not be happy looking at a cherry?"
Wild greens are just that, wild. We tend to dismiss them as weeds. The thing about weeds is they're tenacious, an admirable trait, and seeing them as nourishment rather than as a nuisance ups their appeal considerably.
The battle over MLK Day moved a Super Bowl. Southern states weren't the last to celebrate it. The law making it a national holiday was signed by a Republican President. And you'll never guess who voted for it in the U.S. Senate!
The most important message I received during the workshop was how deeply the people in the room believed that providing savings accounts to children was a necessary and effective approach to increasing educational and economic opportunity.
CSA season is upon us. If you're not familiar with the process, consumers pay an upfront fee entitling them to a 22-week-long weekly pickup of whatever is harvested on the farm each week. It's a great system: the farmer gets paid upfront and can buy supplies, and consumers get farm-fresh produce.
Lent is an extraordinary time to establish our joys in the everyday. We give those things up so we can focus on the ordinary and make our lives more consistent with our Gospel call to love ourselves and what we do. Falling in love with the ordinary is subversive.