The Beet Goes On

The Beet Goes On

by Ari LeVaux Beets are a challenging food. No vegetable feels so much like work-or tastes so much like dirt. Which surely means beets must be supremely good for you. But dense tubers are problematic to mess with. You can’t just riffle through the fridge, find some beets, and add them to your rice pilaf […]

Meal-Kit Freezer Packs Are Rapidly Accumulating at a Landfill Near You

Meal-Kit Freezer Packs Are Rapidly Accumulating at a Landfill Near You

by Kiera Butler People love to complain about the wastefulness of meal-kit delivery companies like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. The baggies that hold a single scallion! The thousands of miles of shipping! The endless cardboard boxes! Those problems are annoying, but ultimately they’re not environmental catastrophes: The baggies don’t take up all that much […]

Ann Arbor Observer’s Coverage of Local Politics Criticized Sharply By Its Readers

Ann Arbor Observer’s Coverage of Local Politics Criticized Sharply By Its Readers

Update: In its Aug. 2017 City Council candidate article written by James Leonard, the Observer states a married candidate’s “girlfriend” donated thousands to his campaign. The woman named as David Silkworth’s “girlfriend” is, in fact, his wife, Tanya Ridella-Mehlos. In the Observer’s April 2016 issue, writer James Leonard interviewed Silkworth and his wife for an article about the deer […]

A2Politico: Please Don’t Interrupt Your Councilmember While He’s Ignoring You

A2Politico: Please Don’t Interrupt Your Councilmember While He’s Ignoring You

by Patricia Lesko Ann Arbor’s mayor, Chris Taylor (“Mr. Congeniality” according to a 2015 article in the Ann Arbor Observer), has been singing and dancing around Wards 3 and 5 on behalf of his City Council candidates Zachary Ackerman and Chip Smith. In Ward 5, the challenger David Silkworth reports that he’s having success convincing residents to remove […]

The Parent Trap: “Screen Time” is About More Than Setting Limits

The Parent Trap: “Screen Time” is About More Than Setting Limits

by Nathan Fisk In today’s media-rich world (or media-saturated, depending on your view), one rarely has to look far to find parents concerned about the ways that kids engage with technology. Recently, managing “screen time” seems to be on everyone’s mind – particularly during these summer months when kids find themselves with more time on their […]

Life on a Pickle’s Edge

Life on a Pickle’s Edge

by Ari LeVaux Pickling can happen any time there are ripe veggies for the picking. Now it’s cucumber season, which lasts basically all summer long. Beans are upon us too. Soon come the pickled peppers, large batches in large jars, sometimes with carrots. Then maybe some beets. Generally speaking, there are two types of pickle: […]

Child Anxiety and Parenting in the Trump Era

Child Anxiety and Parenting in the Trump Era

by Barbara Milrod, M.D. “Lucy,” a shy, intelligent six-year-old, missed three days of school because she had stomachaches. The symptoms started the day after Lucy witnessed a loud argument while waiting for the bus with her babysitter. A “scary man” shouted at people waiting: “Watch out, you’re all going to be deported now!” Lucy didn’t know […]

THE PARENT TRAP: Why Dads Can’t be the Dads They Want to Be

THE PARENT TRAP: Why Dads Can’t be the Dads They Want to Be

by Kevin Shafer In most families, mothers and fathers both work hard. Pew Research recently reported that moms and dads in the U.S. work essentially equal hours when paid work hours are combined with household chores and child care hours. Pew also reports that fathers are putting more time into their families than ever before. […]

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