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Archives for November, 2011

On the Comments Problem

So I’ve been offline a lot the last few weeks – as you know we had 10 kids in our house for a couple of days the week before Thanksgiving, and I was out of town until yesterday. While a few posts have gone up, I’ve spent absolutely no time on anything other than absolute…

Childhood Obesity and Medical Neglect

In an interesting intersection of my interests in food and foster parenting, there’s an emergent tendency to view extreme childhood obesity as a problem of medical neglect. Medical neglect can be grounds for removing children from their home and placing them in foster care, as seen in this recent case in Ohio: An Ohio third-grader…

Sadly, he’s not alone, which is why this is worth debunking. Gingrich’s sense that oil fields can be brought rapidly online, and his “we beat the Nazis and went to the moon so we can do this” statements reflect the general cultural misunderstandings about how oil is extracted that are endemic in our culture. While…

How to Eat Cheap

For the last few weeks and over the next month, attention to hunger will be at its annual peak. People will donate turkeys, time and checks, canned goods and garden produce to food pantries. Many of us will find ourselves thinking of those in need in this season. We’ll dish out cranberry sauce and decorate…

The Pleasure of Apprenticeship

I grew up with handy parents, and I learned some things from them – cooking, chopping wood, making do, but there were still things I missed out on. Even though my step-mother is a talented woodworker, I never learned. Even though she does plumbing repair, I didn’t pay attention when I could have. My father…

Vegeculture and the Season of Roots

My mother in law ate a roasted turnip at my house the other day. It was unfamiliar enough to her in that form (she’d had mashed turnips before) that she had to ask me what it was, and it was a reminder of the fact that this time of year truly is the only time…

Your Blogiste and Black Friday

I’m going to guess that not many of my readers would have imagined that your blogiste would be planning to be out at the stores at 5am on Friday. She never has done anything of the sort before. While not really much of an advocate of “Buy Nothing Day” (I’m more for “buy little year”),…

The Story of M.

As you may remember, after waiting for a long time for a sibling placement, Eric and I took what was supposed to be a weekend placement of a little boy, M. back in October. We picked him up on a Thursday afternoon, anticipating he’d go to his father on Monday, but for various reasons, that…

Imagining the Post-Industrial Economy

Here is the single biggest question to consider about the economic, energy and environmental unwinding we are facing – what will the economy look as we go? I get more questions about this than about anything else – what should people do for work, what should they do with savings, how should they begin to…

Robert Rapier was one of the great pleasures of ASPO-USA’s recent conference – his presentation was one of the best and as a long-time admirer of his work, it was a pleasure to finally meet him personally. I also like his current piece on the most common misconceptions about peak oil. Like him, I don’t…