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Archive - Dec 5, 2014


How to Stage a Cookie Swap

Small Bites

Dana Carstarphen gathers many neighbors around the holidays to enjoy a tradition she started with her daughters. She’s been staging a cookie swap that has been one of the popular highpoints of her family’s holiday season.

Annette Nielsen has been engaged in food, farming and sustainability issues for nearly two decades. The food editor of the Hill Rag, Nielsen’s experience includes catering, teaching a range of cooking classes for adults and youth, leading farm tours and coordinating artisanal food events. She is the editor of two Adirondack Life cookbooks, and is at work on an Eastern Market cookbook. Nielsen heads up Kitchen Cabinet Events, a culinary and farm-to-fork inspired event business. A native of the Adirondacks, and a long-time resident of both NYC and DC, she returned to Washington, DC from Washington County, NY. Find her at

Is This a History of Air?

E on DC

"I can't breathe" he said.

But there was no air.

Only the absence of trees

and rope. The swaying

of history over another

black body.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He is a board member of The Writer's Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and a former core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College.