Thursday, July 23, 2009 -- Francesca Olivieri

I have reached a milestone. My nine-, seven- and four-year-old children can all ride bikes now. Yay! Such freedom. It opens the door for all kinds of new family adventures. Plus, I recently was reminded how fond I am of riding a bike.

Planting Seeds Blog: Volunteering

Friday, June 26, 2009 -- Francesca Olivieri

I am embarrassed to say that I think about volunteering more than I actually volunteer. Good intentions, bad execution. I seem to always have excuses, perhaps legit, but still excuses. No time, too busy. And then there is the issue of getting started. What should I do? How much time is it going to take? Will it really make a difference?


Wednesday, February 25, 2009 -- Francesca Olivieri
Red wiggler worms are the key to blogger Francesca Olivieri's experiment in urban composting. photo: Steve Curati

I definitely have country-life envy. At my mother's house in Columbia County, she has a big composting barrel by her shed. I got so involved with her composting endeavors I even bought her a special white ceramic container for the sink to keep her fruit and vegetable scraps in before emptying in the barrel.