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Archives for March, 2012

First Things

The season cycled over the weekend – officially it is not quite spring, but in fact, spring now has a toe hold. Even if it goes back to chilly or even snows, the ground is too warm for it to last, by the end of an unusually warm week the grass will be green and…

It has been a few years since I’ve done a really close examination of how much of our food we’re producing/getting locally/getting from elsewhere. In that time, some things have changed at our place – some of our fruit trees have begun producing, we’ve gotten more and different livestock, we’ve built relationships with some new…

The Bullseye Diet

This was an important discussion back when I wrote it in 2007, and somehow, I’ve never re-run it (although it does appear in Aaron and my book _A Nation of Farmers_). It is definitely time to talk more about this model, and I’m hoping to enlist many of you in doing an evaluation of the…

Spudly

Probably the biggest loss to last year’s flooding in upstate New York was my potato crop. I could have dug them by the end of August, but as the saying goes “shoulda but didnta.” It was a warm summer and potatoes stay better in the ground in August here than they do in my house…

Scenes from the Shelter

(Mac, doing the guard thing) I don’t live in New York City, so I don’t have to go quite through what these folks did to adopt a cat. If one of my neighbors hasn’t rescued a cat some idiot dropped off (because that’s what you do with cats you can’t take care of, right, throw…

At the Edge of Spring

Spring is a trick of the light – it should be, after all, since ultimately the shift of seasons is about angles and sun. At some point in March the light changes – a new “certain slant of light” and thus, spring is here. It will be a while most years before the green and…

Well, I guess I timed that last piece reasonably well ;-), no? As you may have noticed, I am at present typing this on the internet, rather than carving it into a stone tablet (actually I’d probably just use a pen and a piece of paper, but stone tablet does sound more apocalyptic), so the…

Quite a few years ago I wrote a piece arguing that the single most likely scenario for most of us having to deal with long term electrical shortages doesn’t involve gridcrash scenarios, but the growth of poverty and utility shut offs. I suggested that people should be prepared to deal with electrical outages in large…

Seussian Paradigm Shift

I wrote this for Dr, Seuss’s 105th birthday, and thought it was worth posting (a bit belatedly) for his 108th. I once read an incredibly entertaining literary critical analysis of _The Cat in the Hat_ which began from the premise that all the action in TCITH is an attempt to fill up the overwhelming absence…