Because sometimes an assignment is just an assignment

An editor asked me to gin up this “story.” For money. So, I came up with this list. The things on it, and the check I will get for writing this, will all make the world a better place. 🙂

Happy New Year!

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Think New York Is Crazy Now? It Was Much Wilder in 1647

When New York City’s Municipal Archive posted the first digitized translations of Peter Stuyvesant’s decrees, I jumped online to read about life in mid-17th century New Amsterdam, later known as my hometown. What I found made 1970s New York look almost bucolic. And it was pretty darn amusing, too. So, of course, I pitched a story to National Geographic. You can read about it here.

Also on the menu Tuesday: corporate cash and the food you eat

While everyone was focused on the Republican takeover of Congress, there were some important ballot initiatives decided as well on Tuesday. Two states and a couple of counties weighed in on the hot-button issue of genetically modified foods. Read what happened in my latest for National Geographic, GMO Food Critics See Losses at Ballot Box — and a More Hostile Congress.

You are what you eat — and you could be eating better

Part two of my report on the National Geographic Greendex environmental survey focuses on food and — surprise, surprise — Americans are lousy eaters when it comes to saving the planet. Check out my story, Global Survey Says We’re Eating Better, But Our Diet Is Still Unsustainable, to see which country has the most green eaters.