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Archives for October, 2012

AP Wire –  As it heads rapidly towards energy independence,  the US has been dubbed “The New Middle East”  by Energy Department officials, hoping desperately that it will be true.  Slightly rising oil production, a lot of shuffling paper around to make “liquids” look like oil, and a new policy of fostering internal discord and…

The Dinner Party

I was asked this by a friend recently, and it has been stuck in my head (even though the whole idea requires an egomaniacal suspension of disbelief) – “If you could sit down to dinner with the people you think see the world we’re in most clearly and spend dinner working on how to change…

So the Poor are People…Really?

A week ago, one of our former foster sons celebrated his ninth birthday.  He’s now living with family in another state, and we have kept in regular touch.  We sent a gift, a card with some pictures we thought he’d enjoy, and on the afternoon of his birthday, we tried to call and wish him…

At least they do in The Onion. “Citizens are advised to bid farewell to parents, children, and any other friends or family they haven’t seen in a while,” Frieden told reporters, adding that if you live anywhere in the Northeast, you should definitely call within the next 48 hours, if not by tonight. “If you…

Hi Folks – Sorry for not announcing this sooner.  Here are the winners. Email me at jewishfarmer@gmail.com with your address! Where There Is No Doctor: Karen (for her daughter) Where There Is No Dentist: Sarah Where Women Have No Doctor: Farmer Amber Thanks again to the kind donor who sent them and also to all…

I gather from the polls that there’s a tight race for which of two violent, torturing, mass-murdering or potentially mass-murdering (Romney has had no opportunity to send out automated killer drones over civilian populations yet, but since he has every intention of doing so, the difference really is no difference) war criminals will lead the…

Fire!

Whenever I mention to people that my stove set my house on fire last week, they assume it must be my wood cookstove.  But no, it was the electric stove that nearly burned down the house last week.  I was canning raspberry jam on a warm indian summer’s day, and thinking about our anticipated sukkah…

Winding Up the Season

We missed frost earlier this week by a degree or two, just enough to clip the basil (basil is wussy that way ;-)), but tomorrow night should be definitive.   We’ve moved from steaming amber spice orchards (as the poet puts it) to “post-frost” quiet.  We brought the pumpkins in earlier this week, picked the…

Does Buying Local Matter?

A reader asked me to comment on this video critiquing Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s challenge to Ontario consumers to spend ten more dollars a week on local, Ontario produced food.  My first comment is that people who speak like affectless zombies probably should stick to the written word, rather than making videos, but that’s more of…

Meow!

  (Athena takes her ease) A couple of readers have asked me to describe all the people and critters on our farm – they are newer readers or old ones who know things have changed a bit but not how, so I thought I’d do a series of short posts introducing you the residents.  For…