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The 11-Year-Old Monsanto Doesn’t Want You To See
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The Glimpse
I originally wrote this 5/17/2004. I think it holds as true today. Ideas are a glimpse of what can be. A look into a future which I can guide myself to. I control my destiny by riding on thoughts I embrace. The tool for reaching my wanted destiny is readily available at the moment that I see, think, and feel myself with the thing I want most passionately.
Spring showers wash it into our lawns, collect it in the gutters by the roads and consolidate it on storm drains. With no leaves as camouflage, we see the plastic bags caught on bare branches. Beer bottles, tin cans and Styrofoam cups nestle like Easter eggs under shrubs and bushes. Litter is a manmade blight on the American landscape within 5 miles of every town. But litter doesn't stop there. In his eye-opening book, "The World Without Us," Alan Weisman describes a small continent of...
Going Green
Think you can't go green with your wardrobe? Is it just too hard to read all the labels, do the research and go all-out natural? Sometimes we just give up before we even get started. Well, you don't have to stop buying things other than absolute essentials to lessen the negative impact on the environment, says Christie Matheson, author of "Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style" (Sourcebooks, Inc., $12.95). "True, consuming just about anything is eco-detrimental," admits Matheson, who ci...
ABC's "V" returns to the lineup March 30 -- with lots and lots of needed changes.Reports Scott Wolf, who stars in the updated remake of the hit 1983 miniseries about advanced aliens who come to Earth, "The people who saw the first four episodes of the show that debuted in November are really going to be surprised when they see the next eight segments that complete the season. It felt like the original team was not capitalizing on the story,…
Martha's Big Adventure – Cooking Lite
My culinary skills have always left a little something to be desired. I lack that instinctive element that tells a good cook to add a little more salt or just a little rosemary or even just how long to cook a chicken breast.My son, Louie, who at least survived enough to get to adulthood, still loves to tell his friends about the fried chicken breast that was neatly charred on the outside and raw on the inside. He poked…
Dear Margo: In my senior year of college, I had an affair with my much older professor. It took a while to get over, but now I'm in grad school and he's still my adviser and friend. A few friends and my current boyfriend of 11 months know that there was some kind of attachment (I never said who), but as far as anyone is concerned, I've been single between my high-school boyfriend and this one.     Recently, my bf…Dear Margo: In my senior year of college, I had an affair with my much older professor.
Dear Margo® by Margo Howard - When Idiot Strangers Speak
Dear Margo: Why do people feel the need to make comments about unusual numbers and sexes and looks of families? I am a mother of three daughters, one son and a stepdaughter. Invariably, when we're out, someone makes a comment. Before the birth of my son we would hear, "That's a lot of weddings" and "Are you going to keep going until you get a boy?" People would actually ask me if I wished one of my children were a…
Dear Margo® by Margo Howard - Phone Sex in the Office!
Dear Margo: I have a contract position -- very much needed after six months of unemployment. I’m doing a good job and get on well superficially with my supervisor. Here’s the problem: I am required to sit next to a 40-something schmo in an office with very low cubicle walls. He has easily audible sexual conversations with his multiple girlfriends and either doesn’t realize or doesn’t care that they are overheard. These are conversations describing how what she did…
“Going Paperless”
Americans still use more than 90 million tons of paper, or about 700 pounds per person per year. Developing nations like China, India and the rest of Asia are the fastest-growing per-capita users of paper, but at about 100 pounds per person per year, Australians use about 300 pounds per person per year, and Western Europe uses more than 400 pounds per person per year. To feed this intense hunger for wood pulp, half the world's forests have already…
DEAR MARGO - Tag, You're It
    Dear Margo: My husband, "Rick," dislikes his family, and I can understand why; they are not particularly likeable. They seem to like him, however, because despite his not wanting anything to do with them (he will not return phone calls, etc.), they still call fairly regularly, send Christmas gifts and visit annually. The problem is, my husband refuses to deal with them and I get stuck. I am always the one who answers the phone, so I take…
Happy Father's Day
Here’s to all of the dads who understand that the key ingredient to being a great dad is showing up, no matter what. It seems like such a simple and obvious task. Just be there when your child needs someone to talk to or when there’s a flute concert or when there’s a football practice and they asked the parents to be there. But, if you’ve shown up at any of these events you know from the empty seats…
DEAR MARGO - For Better or for Worse, but Not for Lunch
Dear Margo: I am furious. My wife and I have just had a huge fight -- our third in the past six months. The reason? Nine months ago, I retired at age 60, and my wife seems to be angry with me simply for existing. For almost 30 years, we've had a great marriage. We worked hard, were prudent when we needed to be and raised two great kids. I did well in my career, and we are financially secure.…
Martha's Big Adventure – Real Tomatoes
It is tomato growing season and this year my neighbor, Mimi and I have decided to get in on the action. With the help of our neighbors, Old Matt and New Matt, we’ve hung two Topsy-Turvy tomato plants from my back deck in Chicago plus we planted one more Celebrity variety in a big pot. We have grand ambitions for what we’re going to do with the harvest. Next door, our neighbor, Dave has filled his entire deck with…
DEAR MARGO - Old World Values Clanging Against the New
Dear Margo: I am caught between two cultures and religions. I am finishing graduate school and planning to move to a new city, where my boyfriend is doing graduate-school work. My parents are deeply religious and from a different culture. They are adamantly against us living together before marriage, but my boyfriend is in a challenging program, and I'll just be getting on my feet and looking for work in a new city. Planning a wedding is the absolute last…
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