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Archives for January, 2010

I have managed to completely freak Zuska out, and for that, I can only offer both apologies and sympathy. It really sucketh deeply when people come bang up against the realities of depletion and climate change. And one of the things that so insidious about the painfulness of this encounter is that a lot of…

On the Problem of Community

John Michael Greer has a superb piece up about our reluctance to seriously consider real community and organizational strategies. I think it is well worth reading for anyone interested in this question of community – because we have to ask ourselves, if this is the tool we’ve got, why do so few of us want…

Get nine women who have thought a lot about peak oil and climate change together around a dining room table, and perhaps expectedly, the conversation turns umm…blue. Get them around *my* dining room table and the turn to sex is pretty inevitable, given a certain native blueness (this is a polite way of saying “dirty…

To Give To Haiti

It is always hard to grasp the magnitude of suffering in Haiti – a place that should not be so desperately impoverished, that should never be the victim of so much suffering has an almost unending depth of misery. And it has only gotten worse over the last few years, as high food prices have…

The best estimate I’ve seen is that in 2009 alone, we had more than 2 million first time gardeners, and from 2007 on, we’ve added 8 million new vegetable gardens. This is one heck of a movement. Unfortunately, it also meant that millions of people started gardening in what was, in the Northeast, the crappiest…

Stuart Staniford is blogging. This is wonderful. As some of you may remember, Staniford disappeared from The Oil Drum a couple of years ago, after doing some astonishingly brilliant work on peak oil, biofuels and all sorts of stuff. Now Staniford and I disagree on a number of things, but he’s a genius with data,…

Tell Me Your AIP Story

Ok, as you all know from my “Pyr-Buck-Bees-Sheep” post, I need inspiration to get this book cooking again. So I know you’ve told me before, some of you, but I want to hear about how you are making a lower-energy life where you are, or how you’ve found a new place to do it. I’m…

On the Death of Miep Gies

Until I saw Ilargi’s lovely obit for Miep Gies, who helped hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis and who rescued Anne’s diary, I hadn’t realized that she had died at 100. I can only add that there is a life worth mourning, and Ilargi’s piece is well worth reading: The Dutch language…

Note: This is a revised version of an article I wrote for ye olde blogge about how to keep warm if you need to. Despite the fact that I believe people should use a lot less energy, I am not proposing here that people in cold climates go cold turkey on supplemental heating ;-). This…

I’ve never had so much trouble writing a book before. Depletion and Abundance was hard, but it was so thrilling that someone wanted me to write a book that I could barely see straight from excitement. A Nation of Farmers was a project I had been passionate about for a long time, and the collaboration…