VIEWPOINT: The Joy of Eating Safely

VIEWPOINT: The Joy of Eating Safely

(O’Connor Brewing Company’s Harvest Market features a wide array of organic produce on the first and third Sunday of each month through October. Photo courtesy of O’Connor Brewing Co.) By Al Markowitz Good food is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Due the...
Telling Our Story

Telling Our Story

  By Al Markowitz I have dedicated much of the last twenty years to reclaiming and publishing the literature of working people. As a poet, the emphasis of my publishing efforts have been through the “Blue Collar Review, Journal of Progressive Working Class...
Finding Hope in Hard Times

Finding Hope in Hard Times

By Al Markowitz This  has been a tough time for me. News of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide hit me particularly hard. Here was a man I could relate to, both as a cook who loved to create and to taste great food, and as someone who understood that there is no “them.”...
Beyond the Partisan Divide

Beyond the Partisan Divide

By Al Markowitz As our national crisis deepens, the long festering division of citizens along partisan lines has reached proportions not seen since the Civil War. In reality, this is a phony division cultivated to dis-empower citizen influence for the benefit of the...
Decriminalizing Cannabis in Virginia

Decriminalizing Cannabis in Virginia

By Al Markowitz Legalization of marijuana, or cannabis, around the country continues to spread. Medical marijuana is available in Washington D.C. Maryland has decriminalized possession of small quantities. I’ve read about progress in our state. I was fortunate...