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Archives for January, 2013

Good review of the progress made by Vermont’s Farm to Plate Initiative (a model I’m watching closely).  One of the most challenging areas for local food expansion is moving into schools and hospitals – and yet, this is also where it is most needed.  I’m also pleased to see the expanded program in VT law…

What’s Up With Baby Z.

A lot of readers have emailed to ask what’s going on with Baby Z.  If you will remember, in the beginning of July, we were placed with a newborn baby boy, straight from the hospital who, because of confidentiality issues, is known here as Baby Z.  I haven’t talked tons about Z’s story because it…

The Lazy Goatkeeper

                I get a lot of inquiries about goats that go pretty much like this: “I’d love to have fresh goat’s milk all the time, and cheese, but my schedule just isn’t compatible with milking twice a day at 5am and 5pm, 365 days a year, so I…

The Future of Our Disabled Children

I wrote this in 2008 – now Eli is a 5’9, 120lb almost-teen.  We’re getting ready to celebrate his bar mitzvah in a few months, which will be an adaptive celebration of not only what Eli can do, but also what our community has done for him over the years.  Adolescence and autism combine with…

SRI Rice Production Getting Its Due

It is nice to see SRI Rice Production, a really important advance in sustainable, small scale grain production getting its due here in this Independent Science News article.  Most fascinating, it covers ways in which the SRI model is being adapted to other grains and crops, and its potential utility. The world record yield for…

The Bilateral Symmetry Song

This is being sung in my household by a parade of boys carrying Baby Z. around and singing to him.  I offer it to you, well, because I find it awfully amusing.  Perhaps you can guess what’s on the homeschool agenda here at the farm lately.  It is mostly the work of the boys, with…

I was recently re-reading Mary Pipher’s excellent book from a decade ago _The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community_.  The book is in large part stories of refugees and a guide to helping them navigate their new world – encouraging members of the community to act as “cultural brokers” and guides to…

Why Sex?

A lot of readers have emailed to ask why I’m writing a book about sex.  Have I given up writing about energy and environmental issues?  Have I dumped big issues for small ones  - instead of writing about how we should live in this new world, offering suggestions for the best sustainable dildo?  Am I…

Stuart Staniford has a WONDERFUL post about what I think is the most likely scenario – we finally acknowledge the (obvious, scientifically clear) reality of climate change and panic, and try and fix it…having waited too long.  He asks…what might that look like?  He’s not shooting for perfect accuracy here, just some general scenarios, and…

Kurt Cobb as usual gets right to the practical heart of the matter in his latest column about why expanding claims about reserves, EVEN IF TRUE don’t translate to cheap oil and gas: Here’s the short version of why forecasts of low long-term oil and natural gas prices are almost certainly wrong: It costs more…