- Lisa Miller
- Sunday, April 19, 2009
Make most of Earth Day opportunities
There's a lot to be optimistic about this Earth Day. A new study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research predicts it's not too late to avoid many of the catastrophic effects of global warming _ if the world comes together now to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent.
- Saturday, March 7, 2009
Line blurry on privacy, safety of kids
Parents today have more ways than ever to keep tabs on their children. With the right gadgets, it only takes a few clicks for tech-savvy parents to find out exactly where their teen driver is, how fast he is driving and whether he's wearing a seat belt. Parents have the technology to monitor where their children go on the Internet, who they e-mail, text and talk to; and even whether they bought ice cream or chips with their school lunch.
- Saturday, February 14, 2009
A sweet lesson from a 5-year-old
The kitchen table was covered with pink and red construction paper, white doilies, markers, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, stickers and an assortment of stars and hearts from the closet where I stash scrapbooking supplies and abandoned craft projects.
- Saturday, December 13, 2008
It's go time for the Big 3
I’m a long way off from buying a new vehicle, but I already have a vision of my dream car. It’s reliable, safe and green as can be _ powered by batteries, hydrogen, solar energy or some yet-undeveloped renewable fuel.
- Saturday, November 22, 2008
A reminder of paint, its possibilities
They painted with brushes and bubbles and string. They blew paint through a straw and squirted it from plastic bottles. They painted to music and by themselves and with a friend.
- Saturday, October 11, 2008
Filtering facts critical in TMI age
It's more than three weeks until Election Day, and my internal hard drive is already just about maxed out. In this Too-Much-Information Age, we have 24/7 access to news _ and opinion _ on every step (and misstep) the presidential candidates take, every questionable association they ever had, every exaggeration, every innuendo, every fact taken out of context.
- Saturday, September 20, 2008
Garden surpasses expectation
The sunflower was a surprise. It grew up tall and fast in the perennial patch in our front yard; too confident to be a weed, so I let it grow even though I had no idea how it got there or what it would become.
- Saturday, August 30, 2008
The case for a longer school year
Ah, summer vacation. Trips to the pool and the park and the lake, leisurely dinners and late bedtimes, barbecues and ice cream cones, camping trips, amusement park rides and days at the beach.
- Saturday, August 9, 2008
'Staycation' was all we ever wanted
This summer, my family traded waves for water slides and lobster for casserole cooked in foil over a campfire. And, like many other families who decided to "staycation" this year, we gained more than just a little extra cash.
- Saturday, July 19, 2008
Lisa Miller: 'Green' is more than just a fad
Green is definitely in. Turn on the TV news or open the local paper and you'll see stories on the latest climate-change issues, letters to the editor debating the merits of wind power, and ads for fuel-efficient cars.
- Saturday, June 28, 2008
Gardens, too, need protecting
I was planning to wait until harvest time to report on the results of my vegetable-gardening experiment.
- Saturday, June 7, 2008
Gardening has a whole new meaning
This summer, I'll be testing the theory that you don't have to be a gardening expert to grow a few vegetables.
- Saturday, May 17, 2008
It's time for Hillary to bow out
For the good of the blue-collar workers, the soccer moms, the Latinos and every other constituency she claims to support, Hillary Clinton should drop out of the presidential race.
- Saturday, April 26, 2008
Age brings happiness, perspective
Finally, there's some good news about aging. A study published in the April issue of the American Sociological Review reports that the oldest Americans are the happiest. Researchers at the University of Chicago analyzed data gathered during interviews conducted from 1972 to 2004 with a cross-section of Americans ages 18 to 88.
- Monday, April 7, 2008
Use your tax rebate to help the planet
It’s a happy coincidence that tax time and Earth Day occur during the same month.
- Saturday, March 15, 2008
Encourage your kids to imagine
We got an amazing new toy last week. It's about 21/2 feet tall and 3 feet deep, and it's made entirely of cardboard. It doesn't make noise or require batteries; it has no microchips or paint or small moving parts. It is not associated with a Disney character.
- Saturday, February 23, 2008
Cost is but one worry of obesity
So now there's a new study that says obesity doesn't really cost society as much as we've been led to believe.
- Friday, February 1, 2008
Why I'm voting on Tuesday
- Friday, January 11, 2008
I resolve to walk the walk
I've resolved to walk more this year for all the obvious reasons: I want to reduce my carbon footprint, my waistline and my fuel budget.
- Monday, December 24, 2007
Magic is needed in all our lives
A year ago, my 4-year-old daughter, Allie, was obsessed with trains. Now, she clomps around the house in plastic high heels every day, usually wearing a satiny pink skirt and matching top, white gloves and a tiny pink hair clip stuck arbitrarily on top of her head.