Read for a Change

Reading to my kids is a favorite part of the day. I love to overstuff my daughter’s rocking chair with our bodies, snuggled together under a cozy quilt my mom made or a dear friend knitted, their heads still damp from the bath at nose height so I can deeply inhale the sweet smell from their scalps. Each one chooses a book, and the parent reading that night gets to choose another. That way, a new book taps into the rotation to break up the pleasant monotony of Goodnight Moon or Green Eggs and Ham that often plays on repeat.IMG_0056 Continue reading

A Letter from Dianne Feinstein

Slowly but surely, the time is passing and we have nearly 100 days behind us. Sigh.The hubby, in an effort to appease my desperate pleas to write to somebody about something, spent time thoughtfully drafting a letter to one of our representatives. He researched what he wanted to say, and even read up on how to write an effective political letter. His letter made me swoon with pride in him, and I fell even more in love with the intelligent, kind, caring, and upstanding man that I married almost 10 years ago and with whom I chose to make a family. I think there is something to be said about a real snail-mail letter to a representative. There are a multitude of ways to connect these days, especially from behind a screen. Easy, quick, copy and paste, touch-screen clicking, social media and apps for just about anything. I don’t know much about communicating with my representatives, but I figure that since they are human just like me, they wouldn’t appreciate a bunch of semi-mindless clicks as much as a stamped, sealed, and delivered heartfelt letter from a real person with a pulse. Here is the response the letter received. Weather you chose to email, tweet, attend a town hall, or write a letter, please take the time to contact your elected officials about issues that are important to you.


Dear Brett and Mellissa:

Thank you for writing to express your concern about our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and share your support for expanding the use of renewable energy. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

I agree that in order to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change, protect our environment, and increase our energy independence, the United States must take swift action to invest in the infrastructure and workforce necessary to make a permanent shift toward renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

I believe that the carbon content of our fuel supply must be decreased by substituting fossil fuels with lower carbon fuels – such as biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, hydrogen, and electricity – and I have consistently supported efforts to promote such fuels and increase the share of electricity produced from renewable energy sources.

For many years, I have worked to revise the tax code to incentivize renewable energy production.  On numerous occasions, I have voted to extend and expand federal tax incentives for the production of wind, geothermal, and other forms of renewable electricity.  Extending business and residential solar investment tax credits as well as the clean energy production tax credit is critical to the economic viability of renewable energy projects.  I strongly support the renewable electricity production tax credit (Internal Revenue Code Section 45), the solar energy investment tax credit (Internal Revenue Code Section 48), and other efforts to increase the production of renewable energy in the United States.

Please know that I share your support for expanding the use of renewable energy.  I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind as I continue working with my colleagues in the Senate to advocate for clean energy.

Again, thank you for writing.  If you have any further questions or comments, please contact my office in Washington, D.C., at (202) 224-3841 or visit my website at  Best regards.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

Skip the Plastic, Please!

Ordering online has become such a source of conflict for me since starting my resolutions for 2017. Buying items online detracts support from my local community businesses. It takes planes, trains, and automobiles to deliver, which requires extra fossil fuels and energy costs. But perhaps the most tangible argument against ordering online is the excessive packaging.  Continue reading