Joan Carris commentary en Our Electric World ... commentary from Joan Carris <p></p><p>We live in an amazing world.&nbsp; As we’re waking up in the morning we can IM someone.&nbsp; We can Skype, poke, e-mail, text, twitter, and <u>twee</u>t…all day long.&nbsp; <u>All day</u>.&nbsp; Wow.&nbsp; Back in our log cabin days, who would have believed this?&nbsp; Today we can post our brilliant, witty comments online—for the entire world to see—on <em>every topic in the world</em>—whether we know anything about it or not.&nbsp; It’s positively electric!</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:39:00 +0000 George Olsen 44311 at How to Ignore Work... commentary from Joan Carris <p></p><p>Fortunately for our economy, most of us adhere to a Puritan work ethic.&nbsp; Recent articles point to the lengthy work week of Americans, who normally put in 50 to 70-hour weeks on the job.&nbsp; Sayings that praise work are well-known.&nbsp; <em>Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.</em>&nbsp; And how about, <em>Hard work never killed anybody</em>.&nbsp; Or, <em>Man works from sun to sun, but woman’s work is never done.</em></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:35:00 +0000 George Olsen 41835 at The Down East Journal (12/27/13) <p>This week on the Down East Journal, a Wilmington author explores a colonial era war in eastern North Carolina that allowed the state's western expansion.&nbsp; Plus, new commentary from Joan Carris and the Garden Journal.&nbsp; Listen for the Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.&nbsp; And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:06:02 +0000 Jared Brumbaugh 30483 at The Down East Journal (12/27/13) Food, glorious food... commentary from 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