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Archives for January, 2011

Losing Bombus

As long as we’ve lived in our home, a colony of bumblebees has nested in the roof of our front porch. For years we’ve watched generations of bumblebees come and go, often quite closely. Our yard, edged with wildflowers and native plants (that sounds so much more elegant than “we don’t mow much”) is a…

In my recent essay “300 Years of Fossil Fuels and Not One Bad Gal” I wrote: …a narrative in which women’s entry in the workforce is responsible for our dramatic rise in fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions can look superficially like a tool for those who would prefer that women go back home and…

We live in a very strange society in many ways. Think about how weird it is that almost any kind of personal preparation for the future that doesn’t involve putting money in the stock market is viewed as survivalism, and as the territory of crazy people with guns. How strange is it that the language…

31 Books – The Resilient Gardener

There are a lot of gardening books out there, and whenever anyone asks me for my favorite ones, I find myself struggling to make a list. There are three rules about garden books to remember. 1. All garden books are local to one degree or another, unless they are very general. That is, all garden…

I get a lot of books to review, and I don’t write enough book pieces, I fear. Because of this, books I really like, and books you might want to read get missed, so I’ve decided in the spirit of New Years Resolutions to do 31 short book reviews in the month of January, of…