Twentieth-century capitalism already squeezed our sleep into an artificially compact period of eight hours. Scientific, historical and even literary evidence (pulled from Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’) suggest that two separate chunks of nighttime sleep, plus daytime naps, are the more natural pattern for human beings. Electric lighting has irrevocably altered our circadian rhythms, and newer technologies and modes of production have done more damage. Siestas are incompatible with the assembly line or the all-night box store. (Just ask Spain, which is considering doing away with the tradition.)

A day designated by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness of global water issues. This year, a running theme is “Water requires energy, and energy requires water.” There are things you can do leading up to March 22nd, World Water Day (WWD). Check out the UN’s WWD website and look at campaign materials to see how you can get involved to spread the word about the nexus between water and energy.

Recipe for Eugenia’s carbonara (my Italian friend)4 servings
1/2 onionBacon or Speck3-4 eggsGrated Parmesan (1.5 cups)Spaghetti noodlesblack pepper and salt (to taste)parsley (optional)Cut half onion in very small pieces and put in pan with hot oil. When the onions get golden (but before they burn! ) put the bacon in and let it cook for 5 minutes. Do not overcook the bacon, otherwise it will become too crunchy. In a bowl put two egg yolks and one or two whole eggs to mix with a lot of parmesan (the real one!), and black pepper. Cook the spaghetti in salty boiling water. When you take out the pasta make sure to save a half glass of water from the pasta, in case the pasta is too dry. Mix the pasta with bacon and eggs. Voila!

Recipe for Eugenia’s carbonara (my Italian friend)
4 servings

1/2 onion
Bacon or Speck
3-4 eggs
Grated Parmesan (1.5 cups)
Spaghetti noodles
black pepper and salt (to taste)
parsley (optional)

Cut half onion in very small pieces and put in pan with hot oil. When the onions get golden (but before they burn! ) put the bacon in and let it cook for 5 minutes. Do not overcook the bacon, otherwise it will become too crunchy. In a bowl put two egg yolks and one or two whole eggs to mix with a lot of parmesan (the real one!), and black pepper. Cook the spaghetti in salty boiling water. When you take out the pasta make sure to save a half glass of water from the pasta, in case the pasta is too dry. Mix the pasta with bacon and eggs. Voila!