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Archives for July, 2010

Something told the wild geese It was time to go, Though the fields lay golden Something whispered, “snow.” Leaves were green and stirring, Berries, luster-glossed, But beneath warm feathers Something cautioned, “frost.” All the sagging orchards Steamed with amber spice, But each wild breast stiffened At remembered ice. Something told the wild geese It was…

Pursuant to my previous post, today’s project in the decision making process for Eric and I (we’ll finally see the inside of the house tomorrow) is to find how long the commute to Eric’s job and our synagogue is. These two things make up about half of our total driving – only half simply because…

Who Picked Those Veggies?

Hat tip to reader Abbie who pointed me to this video. When we talk about local and organic, one of the central things that often gets lost is this – who does the work? And how are they paid? And how do you change this so that they get paid fairly – because right now…

Have I Completely Lost my Mind?

It might have been Serendipity – we happened to be driving by, just Eric and I on our brief solo trip. Or it might have been the survey ribbons that went up across the road a few weeks ago – the suggestion that our neighbors who have been building a 5000 square foot house with…

Interesting query and discussion at Martin Wolf’s blog about how economics came to conflate natural resources and capital, and whether it should continue to do so. You’ll want to read the comments too! The idea that land and capital are the same thing is evidently ludicrous. It requires us to believe that the economic machine…

Dave Pollard’s latest at Salon is an interesting cry in the dark about how hard it is to connect with others when you see collapse coming. My guess is that some of my readers will respond with a great deal of identification, while others will be annoyed by Pollard – but I think it bears…

C’mon, you know you’ve always wanted to. This is the chance – if you’ve never made a comment (or you’ve made a thousand), tell me who you are and what interesting stuff you are doing to save the world – or even just to get along decently. Or tell me something interesting and cool I…

Once upon a time, I advised people looking for a peaceful and happy future to choose land under which there were no energy resources. I should have taken my own advice – I’m on the fringe of the Marcellus Shale and the discussion and debate is becoming heated here. Like everyone, I don’t particularly want…

I assume you noticed the quiet demise of the Climate Bill, consented to by most of the people who claimed they gave a damn about the climate. It was a lousy, weak, inadequate bill, but that’s still no excuse for giving up the ghost. This makes the 1 bazillionth time in my lifetime I’ve been…

Ugo Bardi has a lovely article about both peak oil and intergenerationalism: I sort out again my old watch, “You see, this old watch is still working, more than 70 years after it was made. Whenever I look at it, I feel a kind of kinship to the man who had left it to me.…