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Sunday, April 15: Screening of Film Winners 11:00 am

The Capital City Film Fest wraps up Sunday, April 15 with a full day of film and music.  At 11:00am, check out the finalists and award winners of the "Make A Damn Movie" Fortnight Fim Contest.

The Film Fest has tons of events with movies, concerts, TEDx presentations, and more.  Single events are $5, full festival passes are $50.  Check out CCFF for Capital City Film Festival tickets and info.

It goes all weekend.  Have fun!



Capital City Film Fest Fortnight Film Contest Kicks Off

373017_123649344426319_1865716230_nPerhaps you've seen the 'Make a Damn Movie" posters around town.

Tonight marked the kick-off for the Fortnight Film Contest, part of the Capital City Film Fest.  Nearly twenty local teams will each make a short film in fourteen days.  The best will be screened as part of the Film Fest.  This year's CCFF passes include access to a different concert each night as well as access to TEDx Lansing. TEDx tix are on sale ( as well as full festival passes (which are a measly 50 bucks -

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Beginning Farmers Blog shares inside perspective

Check out a fascinating first-person inside look at the vibrancy of the small- and community-farm revitalization movement.  Local dynamo Alex Bryan sheds some light on what it's really like to chase the community agriculture dream with this guest post from Beginning Farmers.



The Year in Food: 2011-2012 Photojournal

This winter has alternated between sudden snows and surprisingly warm, wet conditions.

Digging these Jerusalem artichokes was easy as late as November, though the ground stayed soft through December.

Getting out for some sun and exercise in the winter, and working up an appetite for hearty root vegetables.

Fall greens and mature lettuces thrived as a long, mild autumn did not succumb to any sudden fall frosts.


Welcome visitors to the garden were 'spotted' on these lemongrass transplants brought inside for the winter.

All photos (c) 2012 Gabriel Biber


Resolutions for the end of the world...

You know those stamps with an adjustable date?  Like the ones library's use for a due think that sounds old fashioned?  Stuff like that is usually built to last only so long.  Like all those forms that asked for a year like this: 19___ .  Obsolete now that we are in the dub millenium.  Ok, so now think of 2012.  Was this just as far as the Mayan's felt they needed to think ahead?  Maybe its not the end of the world, just as far ahead as they felt it necessary to account for with their quotidian instruments of temporal measurement. Or as Wikipedia has it, "The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of...beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on December 21, 2012.[1][2][3][4] This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae related to this date have been proposed....Scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the idea of such cataclysmic events occurring in 2012. Professional Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar "ends" in 2012 misrepresents Maya history and culture."

And yet, we are indeed threatening the existence of the world as we know it.  Regardless of the peril of Dec. 21, 2012, if that's the deadline we need to get ourselves in gear, let's use the energy.  I would suggest following the guidance of Franklin Rooselvelt, when in his inaugural he suggested attacking the economic and natural resource management problems of the day with the same mobilization and unity of national force that typically attends a war party.  In that spirit, here are ten personal and national resolutions to avoid a cataclysmic destruction of our planet at our own hands.  Don't let the hype fool you, destruction is real.

Resolutions for End the End of the World

  1. Eat in moderation.
  2. Drink more, flush less: Conserve water, and drink it instead of soda.  Consider a gray water system to fill your toilet tank.
  3. Walk a mile.  Whether its to the store or in the other guy's shoes, literal and figurative journeys at the speed of a walk allow for a human-scaled understanding of our environment and fellow peeps.
  4. Save your money for when you need it.
  5. Meet your neighbors.  When armageddeon hits, there might not be time for coalition building.  Then again, if we all work together, maybe we can de-stress the planet enough to avoid further catastrophe.
  6. Laugh at the good and the bad, cry for the good and the bad.  Finding a middle ground between attention and despair allows for action without panic or apathy.
  7. Do that thing you've been thinking about all year (or for your whole life).  Get started.
  8. Choose based on principles.  Evaluate habits and ask yourself, why do I do this?
  9. Connect with others.  Let's all model for one another that we can rise above divisiveness, jealousy, fear, and hate.
  10. Love with actions.  Love this life, love this planet.

It's all one.


Jerusalem (Sunchoke) Artichoke Soup

Freshly dug they look like this:


Simmered, mashed and seasoned (with a cup of cream), they look like this:


And along the way, like this:


and this...





Thunder Snow and Ice Scrapers



Keep Your Dough: Local Economy for Shopping

Eating local is an integral part of supporting a local economy, and vice-versa.  Getting Thanksgiving turkey from a local supplier?  Don't stop there.  Before heading to the mall or a chain store for holiday shopping this year, check out the independent stores here in greater Lansing.  Got a favorite?  Let us know below.


Requiem for a Tree

Ah, memories.  In the early days of this blog, one of my first posts was about the ephemeral gifts of the magnificent tart cherry tree growing along Michigan Avenue two blocks east of Sparrow hospital.

(You can read the post here.)

That tree is no more.  When the long-vacant brick building on the property was being demolished last week, a section of wall seemed to be temporarily protecting the tree from the big diggers excavating and flattening the site.  Temporarily, indeed.  By the time crews were done, nothing remained on the lot but lawn, a parking lot and a building site.  Compare to another local institutional behemoth, MSU, which goes to great lengths to protect every last valuable tree on a construction site.   Sparrow, take a cue from the Spartans and leave us our neighborhood tree treasures as you reshape the 'hood.

Image from Google Maps showing the now-demolished building with cherry tree at right.


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