The Backyard Vegetable Garden, So Far

By Sheldon When circumstances permit, we like to garden and grow our own vegetables. This has not often been possible, but when it is, we try to give it our best shot. Actually, my spouse Denise is the gardening genius. … Continue reading

The Long-Term Costs of Poverty and Unemployment

By Sheldon Readers (both of you) will have noticed that I’ve been stuck on a particular theme lately, which is the problem of long-term unemployment and the larger problem of poverty, which touches many–far too many–people who have jobs. A … Continue reading

The New Economy: Unemployment and the Return of the American Hobo

By Sheldon Greaves A few years ago I read somewhere about a trend in the “gig economy” in which people who had been reduced to living in their cars or RVs roamed the country by the thousands; homeless, nomadic workers … Continue reading

The Brutal, Debilitating Costs of Long-Term Unemployment

By Sheldon Greaves This post previously appeared in Unexpected Leisure, 13 February 2011. I’m reposting it here as a preface to some additional material I want to post on this and related subjects, especially in light of the moral obscenity … Continue reading

My Oregon Coast, Past and Present

By Sheldon Photos by the author There is a stretch of coastline between Newport and Lincoln City that was a popular destination for our family while I was growing up, visits I agitated for relentlessly to feed my passionate interest in marine biology, … Continue reading

Would You Recognize the End of the World If You Saw It?

There is an enduring appeal about the end of the world, especially if we can watch it happening to someone else. Movies that dwell on an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic theme are even more the rage than usual, but in the … Continue reading

Why Winning the War on Terrorism Requires Accepting Syrian Refugees

By Sheldon Greaves As the global Islamist insurgency attempts to expand their war to a new level, it is a good idea to remind ourselves of a few things, particularly in light of the growing debate over whether to accept … Continue reading

What Happens When a Community Connects

By Sheldon Greaves This post appeared previously on Unexpected Leisure, 12 February 2011 An article that appears in a recent issue of Yes! magazine caught my attention this morning. The article talks about how consumerism has caused families to weaken … Continue reading