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Archives for August, 2012

The View from the AIP Class

M. is back with her view from how the class is going – after an amazingly brief pause to give birth to a new baby!   o my week 4 update was simply labor, labor and more labor. We finally had the baby!  We are home and healthy. And I get to brag that he…

I find the ways we define ourselves by what we eat fascinating.  We do this project of self-definition both through what we DO eat and what we refuse to eat.  In Martin Jones’ fascinating book _Feast: Why Humans Share Food_, he observes that our taboos about food can be so powerful that they are actively…

Food Storage Class Starting Thursday

So apparently in my sleep-deprived, brain rotted state, I managed to leave out the start date of my food storage and preservation class – it starts on Thursday, August 23rd, ie, this Thursday.  I still do have spaces, and as it is asynchronous and online, you don’t have to be able to drive to my…

Food Preservation and Storage Class

It is hard to believe that summer is coming so rapidly to a close, and that the opportunity to put up for winter will pass so fast.  So if you’d like help and guidance in doing so, I’ll be running my food storage and preservation class starting Thursday, August  and running for six weeks into…

Back to School

On my lap, I’ve got a set of school books that date from the 1850s to the 1890s.  They belonged to various of my father’s family – my great-uncle, George Hume, who died long before I was born and studied Eaton’s Common School Arithmetic in Amesbury, MA in the late 19th century,  20 miles from…

Pink Attack!

I don’t think I really recognized how much stuff I’ve avoided dealing with by only having boys until I read _Cinderella Ate My Daughter_ by Peggy Orenstein.  You see, despite the fact that I joke about living in the testosterone house, or being the only female in a house of guys (until C. and K.…

And the Winnahs Are….

Hi Folks – So I had so many  responses to the free book giveaway (between here, facebook, private email and the other site, 149 unique entries) that I decided to  give three signed books away.  The boys had an awesome time picking names from the hat, and the winners are: JRB (entered at www.sharonastyk.com) Johanne…

Scenes from Here

So I somehow forgot to mention when I went on maternity leave and promised to post on Thursdays that I meant I would start this Thursday, since I was on vacation last week.  Sorry ’bout that.  I will shamelessly blame the baby and sleep deprivation again. We spent much of last week visiting family near…

Not Oil, “Oil”

I somehow forgot to draw your attention to Kurt Cobb’s wonderful essay on the difference between oil and “liquids” – he does a better job than anyone I know in making clear what most Americans simply don’t know about our energy – all liquid fuels are not equivalent.  We have been told by implication that they are,…

Let us begin with the clear statement that asking whether you have to believe in climate change in no way alters the fundamental scientific consensus, or the tens of thousands of peer reviewed papers.   I personally think the evidence for anthropogenic climate change is very clear.  But that doesn’t change the fact that global…