Shout out of the week

This week’s shout out (or maybe it was two weeks ago. I’m still getting back into the swing of things, okay?) goes to┬áSenior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey of Texas, for denying Citgo’s attempt to weasel out of a $2.1M fine for violating the Clean Air Act and intentionally letting migratory birds die. Time . . . 

When eco-tourism becomes eco failure

I was hesitant about the proclaimed benefits of Komodo National Park becoming one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, and now unfortunately that hesitation is justified. News from Jakarta: the road being constructed to induce eco-tourism to the park has begun to drive Komodos from their natural habitat. Let’s hope this disruption to the . . . 

Cracked Walnut Reading

Enjoy fine coffee and even better artists tonight at Common Roots Cafe (2558 Lyndale, Minneapolis) with the Cracked Walnut Reading Series! Cracked Walnut has been getting all kinds of great press lately and rightfully so; it’s a genuinely unique reading series where writers take to the streets–or funeral homes, or markets, or coffee shops–and bring . . . 

The New Pro-Choice Debate

Okay, so it’s not so much a debate as a plea to not be vilified. Here’s another entry, this time from The Atlantic, on why women should not be judged if they feed their baby–gasp–infant formula. I don’t usually post about hot topics in motherhood, but it’s a nice followup to my recent rant on . . . 

Resisting self publishing

You can’t read anything about publishing these days that doesn’t mention the increasingly legitimate route of self-publishing. (Thanks, Amazon.) Yes, self-publishing could be your way to make it big, but I agree with this cautionary article from Forbes. Do you really want to live the rest of your life with Twilight fanfic attached to your . . .