JOAN CARRIS http://publicradioeast.org en Food, glorious food... commentary from Joan Carris http://publicradioeast.org/post/food-glorious-food-commentary-joan-carris <p></p><p>In the musical version of Charles Dickens’s novel OLIVER TWIST, Oliver and his fellow orphans sing about the joys of food.&nbsp; “Food, glorious food, I’m dying to try some….”&nbsp; Lovely voices, but the kids look and sound <em>hungry</em>.&nbsp; Certainly the thin, gray gruel in their bowls has nothing <em>glorious</em> about it.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:40:00 +0000 George Olsen 30151 at http://publicradioeast.org Do Animals Think?... commentary from Joan Carris http://publicradioeast.org/post/do-animals-think-commentary-joan-carris <p></p><p>I’ve always been a little cuckoo about animals—even worms, who are lowly, but amazingly useful.&nbsp; They aerate the soil in our gardens and are good fish bait.&nbsp; As I see it, all living things exist in a perfectly integrated web, as long as we—the humans—don’t screw it up.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:39:00 +0000 George Olsen 23067 at http://publicradioeast.org Weeds... commentary from Joan Carris http://publicradioeast.org/post/weeds-commentary-joan-carris <p></p><p>Have you ever had one of those days when you said, “Phew!&nbsp; At least not <em>all</em> of my parts are broken.”&nbsp; That’s how I felt this morning after about 90 minutes of weeding and planting, all on my knees.&nbsp; They still allow me to kneel and work, although other body parts are threatening to resign.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:39:00 +0000 George Olsen 19869 at http://publicradioeast.org