Waste Not: Bea Johnson to Visit USN March 31

I've got a lot of trashy friends. I say this because a lot of my conversations lately revolve around garbage. I've been yammering about composting for years, in blog posts like this one and this one on BuildMeUpButtercup, not to mention in my relentless portraits of leftovers on Instagram. But I'm not the only trash-talker. More … Continue reading Waste Not: Bea Johnson to Visit USN March 31

Ms. Steinem and the Cable Girl

Gloria Steinem came to town this weekend. She is awesome. Her advocacy for equality among all genders, races and socioeconomic classes is inspiring. She is 85 years old, brilliant, calm and quick-witted. When she greeted the audience at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium, only to realize that her microphone wasn't working, she quipped without skipping a … Continue reading Ms. Steinem and the Cable Girl

The Flowery Language of Construction

The Iris Tectorum are exquisite this spring. Lilac and lush, with flat, fan-shaped leaves and intricate petals worthy of orchids, Tectorum are more petite than the great bearded specimens of the Tennessee state flower. The blooms in my yard look like they have been plucked from a minor Van Gogh. I suspect their current flamboyance comes courtesy … Continue reading The Flowery Language of Construction

Class Notes: Dispatch from High School Reunion

When I worked briefly as a stock analyst (I know, right?), I regularly dialed in to conference calls to hear reports of quarterly earnings. Honestly, I never knew what the earnest voices were talking about with all their EBITDA, BLABLABLA and WTF, but when someone occasionally would say, "It's not the top-line number so much as the … Continue reading Class Notes: Dispatch from High School Reunion