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Archives for December, 2012

Autism and Sandy Hook

How about we honor two wonderful, autistic children who died by NOT speculating that Adam Lanza had autism (which has never been confirmed, so maybe we should wait and see whether it is actually true or not) and NOT assuming that people with autism are dangerous?  The only people with KNOWN autism in that school…

My Gun Rant

After recent events, I received a request to repost my security, safety and weapons. I won’t post the whole thing, but I wanted to include the rant that I ALWAYS preface any discussion of guns with in my classes, my book and on my blogs. I am not anti-gun.  They are a useful tool in…

Fascinating Map

From NPR a map of the most dangerous disaster-prone areas in the US.  

G.R.O.S.S.

It was at the moment that my sons were assigning our official titles that I realized that I live in G.R.O.S.S.  Their father was “The Supreme Dictator of the Universe.”  Isaiah at 9 deemed himself “El Tigre Numero Uno.” (The fact that he is not actually a tiger has nothing to do with it, I’m…

A Woman, a Plan, a Canard…

I usually allow my honorary older brother, John Michael Greer to debunk the idea of the apocalypse, Mayan and otherwise.  He’s even written a (very funny and, as usual, brilliant) book about it, and he’s the master of historical examples in which everyone was pretty sure the world was going to end and it didn’t.  While…

Coffee, Tea and Me

One of the questions I get asked a lot by people new to food storage and local eating is “But what about my COFFEE!!!???”  Unless you are fortunate enough to live in a coffee-growing region, (which a majority of my readers don’t) local coffee ain’t gonna happen – and while chicory has its adherents, I’m…

That would have been the title of _Making Home_ except it is way, way too wordy, but that’s the gist of my book – that we don’t have a choice but to change our way of life, so we might as well find the best possible way to do it.    The long version (and…

Garden Contingency Planning.

I probably won’t get to look at them until after Isaiah’s birthday and our Chanukah party next weekend, but the seed catalogs are piling up, and I’m starting to think about gardens again.  I can’t wait to sink down into the couch with a stack of catalogs and dream. This was a tough year for…