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Archives for July, 2011

Days of Zucchini and Tomatoes!

When the heat wave finally broke this week, I found myself dying to cook again. After days of it being too damn hot to cook – and too hot to eat anything that had been cooked, when salad and corn on the cob were the extent of my culinary ambitions, food appealed again. This is…

I have a pretty good track record on the economic crisis. In 2007, I pointed out that the “slowdown” that people were saying was absolutely not a recession, was, in fact, a recession. In 2008, I pointed out that most major economic downturns of the past century haven’t been very brief – although technically the…

And in non-goat news…. According to the study, the inflation-adjusted median wealth among Hispanic households fell 66% from 2005 to 2009. Black households suffered a 53% drop in net worth over the same period. By contrast, whites saw a decline of 16% in household wealth. In 2009, the typical black household had just $5,677 in…

Goats are Everywhere!

I knew that goats were the new chickens, the new black, the coolest accessory of all time. That I got. But I admit, I hadn’t kept up with the new public role goats have been taking. Apparently they are out shopping. I’ve never considered taking mine to the mall, but hey, why not? Maybe I’d…

On Friday, in a move that shocked, truly shocked America, President Obama said that food stamps were more important than Defense. Since this sort of prioritization is one of the fundamental differences between the US extreme right (aka Republicans) and the US center-right (also known as the Democrats), the fact that this caused an uproar…

Timing Fall Crops

It is hard as heck to imagine that one of these days, I’ll be longing for a hot day again, and for the fresh food that accompanies it, but it always happens. It is also hard, deep in the dog days, to realize that right now is when you have to start thinking about your…

As most of the country slowly roasts in one of the worst heat waves so far, I thought it was worth reminding people that one can stay safe in the heat, even without air conditioning. This is important now for the millions of people who don’t own air conditioners, who don’t want the environmental impact…

Fall Gardening Class Starting Up!

Just to let you know, I’m starting another class this week – this one helping people get started with fall gardening and season extension. If you are like most folks, you probably start out enthusiastic about your garden, but around the middle of the summer, you get focused on harvesting, or overwhelmed by the heat…

Mid-Summer Redux, with Pix

I thought y’all might want to see as well as hear what’s going on around here. First, there’s the baby goats: (Asher with Midori) (Isaiah holding Margarita) (Poppy nurses little Grog. Stout is in the background waiting his turn.) The baby goats aren’t the only baby things we have in profusion: (Marigold gave us 8…

Apparently Talisman Energy is taking the case for fraccing to kids in an adorable coloring book. As World Oil News reports: Following Talisman Terry, children are simplistically introduced to the complex issues of unconventional drilling, pipeline construction and land reclamation. Presented in before, during and after drilling images, the gas drilling process is introduced as…