Interview wit Fleisher Art Memorial

Fleisher Art Memorial is the oldest community art school in the country. They have been offering tuition-free and low-cost art classes since the late 1800s. Today, they continue this work and offer more programs than ever. I talked with Communications Director Dominic Mercier about the present and future of Fleisher. Photo courtesy of Dominic Mercier How was Fleisher started? Sam Fleisher’s family owned a wool … Continue reading Interview wit Fleisher Art Memorial

Interview with A Novel Idea

A Novel Idea is a great place to go if you’re trying to figure out what book to read next. Husband and wife team, Christina and Alex, stock many local titles and hand-select all the books so that customers can find exactly what they’re looking for. How did you start? What was the original idea and how did it all come together? Christina: The idea … Continue reading Interview with A Novel Idea

What to Look For in: Olive Oil

1. Always look for olive oil in a dark tinted bottle. Light and heat can be very harmful and spoil the oil. 2. Make sure that the bottle has a label “Extra-Virgin” somewhere on it. This basically means that the olives were cold-pressed rather than pressed with heat which makes the oil lose flavor. 3. Harvest dates are really important. Olive oil does expire so … Continue reading What to Look For in: Olive Oil

The Biggest Consumer Companies and Their Ethical Implications

America is a country absolutely overrun by consumerism. What this means is that almost all household items are supplied by large corporations. While large companies are not automatically bad because they are large, some of these companies have a much greater effect than you may know. Nestle Nestle’s first scandal surfaced in the late ‘70s. For some time it was known that Nestle insisted that … Continue reading The Biggest Consumer Companies and Their Ethical Implications

Quick Low-Waste Tips

1. Buy less. The more items are purchased the more industrial waste, the more pollution. Luckily, many people are moving towards minimalism, multi-use items and DIY items. By reducing our intake of products we can all do our part. 2. Buy from reputable / local companies. Many companies are from / use materials from overseas. This is not inherently bad but waste is created when the … Continue reading Quick Low-Waste Tips