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Archives for June, 2011

Reinventing the Informal Economy

As I gear up to finish my Adapting-in-Place book, I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of the informal economy in supporting a culture that can’t keep growing and consuming resources at the same rate. As those of you who have been following my work for a while know, the informal economy represents the…

Celebrations!

Friday was a fabulous day, after a very, very long week. For a week, we frantically prepared for our final home visit. Some of it was pretty normal stuff – minor repairs, etc… Some of it, I think was pretty weird – who knew that freshly washed window screens were a requirement to be a…

I came home last Monday night after three days spent in Washington working on business for the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, and it was one of the most glorious homecomings I could imagine. Not only was there the joy of coming home to my boys and Eric, but also my…

What’s Going On At Your Place?

I have one more crazy week involving travel and lots of other responsibilities, culminating in our final home visit in our foster care certification (as some of you will recall, we had a tough visit our second time with a social worker who was totally appalled by the farm – our social worker’s supervisor kindly…

Solar Dehydrating in a Humid Spot

In a previous post several of my commenters observed that they lived in places too humid for solar dehydrating, and had been using electric food dryers. We have similar issues here – the summers are very humid, and there is a tendency for things not to dry rapidly enough, while reabsorbing moisture overnight and molding.…

In thousands of ways, UN policy helps shape how we respond to emerging crises, from basic poverty to world political events, from food to climate change and population. What is emerging, however, is that UN analyses are increasingly diverging from reality – as they attempt to describe our future, they have failed to adequately (or…

Note: I’m off to DC for ASPO-USA’s annual spring board meeting. The blog will be quiet. I leave you with one of my all-time favorite re-runs, lightly updated to reflect the ongoing disconnect between dream and reality ;-). But what would life be without fantasy? I find it helpful to reflect on how the world…

My current favorite news story is one by Reuters about an outbreak of e,coli in Germany attributed to organically grown bean sprouts with the ridiculous headline “E. Coli Outbreak Poses Questions for Organic Farming.” Now it is absolutely true that there is a nasty outbreak of e.coli in Germany that has made thousands of of…

Richard Glover has a very funny – and in many ways on-target analysis here. Don’t get me wrong – as I’ve said many times before, I know a lot of people who don’t take climate change seriously, but who also recognize for various other reasons that we can’t burn fossil fuels the way we are.…

This year will be interesting – we anticipate adding two or three more people to our household (and maybe more – we’re gently looking for a housemate or two once things settle down with the foster kids). In past years I’ve mostly been able to keep up with the “every year the kids get bigger…