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Archives for April, 2010

When Eric and I first wrote a letter to Eric’s grandparents, asking them to consider living with us, the response was very mixed. Grandma and Grandpa’s generation of friends and family were mostly very pleased and thrilled – given the bad lot of options available to many of them, finding a compatible home with their…

It is a very good thing that sound and image do not travel through the internet without forethought and intent. It permits me to write sentences about my life that seem admirably clean and functional, without actually conveying the way they play out in reality. This allows me to write things like “Eli, my autistic…

During the period of my life when I was a professional smart-ass (ie, my adolescence), I used to complain to my mother that even the day after she went grocery shopping, there was never any food in the house, only the component ingredients of food. As I teenager I wanted to eat like my peers…

There is still space in my upcoming (starts April 15) Food Storage and Preservation Online class, for those who are interesting. If you’ve wanted to start preserving or building up a food reserve and have no idea how to start, or perhaps you learned to can once upon a time, but want to explore the…

Note: This is a repeat from ye olde blogge, brought about by the barn cleaning we’re engaged in. From December to March or the beginning of April, we simply don’t clean out the barn. This sounds as if it might be gross, but it really isn’t – we keep layering on bedding, and sufficient carbon…

Last Sunday’s New York Times had an article about the shortage of slaughterhouses for those raising non-industrial and local meat. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the number of slaughterhouses nationwide declined to 809 in 2008 from 1,211 in 1992, while the number of small farmers has increased by 108,000 in the past…

I’m a day late with Nate Hagen’s piece, but I just have to link here – it has a beauty and elegance I really admire, and Id do wish him the very best of luck in his new venture. In fact, I’m starting to think that maybe I can cash in too! OK – here…

It is funny, when you interact with people on the internet, you develop a mental image of them – or at least I do. And sometimes people look pretty much like you expect, but sometimes not. I’ve found this situation to be particularly acute at science blogs, where I rapidly developed strong mental images of…