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.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 -- Francesca Olivieri

I love Annie Leonard's video "The Story of Stuff." It's a riveting and disturbing description of the production of stuff and its effect on our planet. One of the more alarming points is how so much of what we buy is designed not to last. Instead, it's intentionally constructed to fall apart or break down, inevitably forcing us go out and buy again and again and again. As you can imagine, this cycle has severe negative effects on our environment.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008 -- Francesca Olivieri

My grandmother, Franny Reese, told us the story of her summer trips to Canada more than once: how she camped out with her family (even when it rained), cooked over a campfire, swam in the river and looked at the stars. I usually rolled my eyes and pretended that I wasn't listening, but something must have stuck, because I can almost hear her voice telling the familiar stories.