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Archives for December, 2011

First of all, I owe y’all an apology for the radio silence. Somehow this month I’ve felt a deep need for some quiet, rest and offlineness. It was quite an autumn here – it started with the destruction of Irene and Lee (and dealing with those disasters are still a major part of life in…

How Much Work Is Small-Scale Farming?

Meg emails to ask me “How much work is small-scale farming, anyway?” I want to farm and I’m planning on trying it out over the summer as an intern, but what I’m worried about is not being able to keep up with everyone else. I’m healthy and reasonably energetic, but everyone makes it sound so…

Megan Quinn Bachman has a fabulous piece on the problem of net energy ignorance. Megan followed a group of ASPO attendees who visited congressional offices to talk about peak oil, and found pretty much what you’d expect – but what you’d expect has serious consequences: During our congressional briefings, it felt like we were the…

Here’s a charming example of corporate bullying – a major chain throwing its weight around so that we can’t wear “Eat More Kale” t-shirts.: Chick-fil-A sent Mr. Muller-Moore a warning once before, in 2006, but did not pursue that matter. Now, Mr. Muller-Moore and Mr. Richardson are awaiting a response from the company, and they…

Best Frugality Tips?

I’m going to be buried under my book for the next few days as the Adapting-In-Place book finally goes to my editor, but I did want to respond to this email, or rather, get my readers to respond. Gwen writes: “I just lost my job, and after a lot of late nights and panicked budget…

Erica at Northwest Edible Life has a great post about her imperfections as a garden, and very relevant, because all of us have our Waterloos in the garden, and it is probably a bad idea to take them too seriously. But we do. I’ve imbued my personal Golden Grass Fed Cow of urban homesteading with…

Gay Marriage as Solid Ground

This video is making the rounds of the internet, and of course, is particularly meaningful to me. Like this young man, I’m the child of a lesbian family with a mother and step-mother. Like him, no one every looked at me and said “you can tell she was damaged by her upbringing in a gay…