Archive for November, 2009

Back to the Land


“…Can that work? Can giant agribusiness shrink while true organic farms grow? Can the elitism of a farmer’s market shift so that the organic farms can be subsidized & that prices are reasonable for all people? That would be a democracy of healthy eating.”


I haven’t been able to get Maira Kalman’s piece Back to the Land out of my head all day. Published for her New York Times column, And the Pursuit of Happiness, it’s part illustration and part photo essay. She talks about sustainable food practices and the super-inspiring Edible Schoolyard program which builds gardens at underprivileged schools. I just love her tone and style; it’s a really engaging read overall. Edible Schoolyard’s also a fantastic program and I think is well worth supporting if you are interested too.

Howdy Do It, Week 6

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This week I’m remembering those by-gone days when I had a salary, and only the boss got stressed out during holidays. Me, I’d look at my workload, wonder if it would be done before my vacation started, and then give a smirk and a shrug. Now that I’m No.1 in the business of Me, the holidays come with a little bit ‘o stress. What I’m trying to say is that I don’t have a Howdy Do It post today. But, I think it’s OK because Margot’s outdone herself by inviting the awesome and hilarious Steve Heisler over to my blog (lucky me). Happy Thanksgiving you guys! Off to pull my hair out wondering why I still don’t have a printer in my house and if the now-imaginary holiday cards will make themselves.

Image credit: Bold Again by abbytrysagain

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Ellie’s not the only one with Holiday-itis this year, so we’re taking a Howdy Do It break but we’ll be back in January. I’ve got loads to say on Resolutions and I’ve also got an interview & studio tour that I’ll be putting together. So take note and best of luck everybody getting all your work done so you can enjoy yourself this season! – Margot

Howdy Do It came from “how do you do It,” the question Ellie & Margot found themselves asking about their freelance lifestyles, and so Howdy Do It was born, a weekly column about the things we do to keep ourselves organized, inspired and on track. Ellie will be here each Monday, and Margot will be over on Mint at the same time.