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Archives for January, 2013

What are You Doing this Winter?

I love winter.  Or rather, I love it until about the end of February, at which point I want spring to come.  But right now I’m enjoying cozy days in front of the fire (actually, I’m finishing a book, so mostly they are freezing days up in my chilly office, but since this is book…

In the Forest Kitchen Garden

Permaculture books telling you how to grow things abound.   They are many, varied and wonderful.  For some reason, however, permaculture books telling you how to EAT what you grow in interesting, creative and delicious ways are not, in fact, very abundant.   This is a pretty serious gap, given that in many cases, it…

Why I Didn’t Make Predictions

Since 2006, I’ve been making annual predictions about what would happen in the coming year, and well, this year, I didn’t.  Part of it was because I spent a week travelling and had limited time and internet access, but if I’d really wanted to, I could have made it happen.  The project of prediction, however,…

Brian Kaller has a fascinating and lovely essay about talking to his daughter about things that aren’t real, or aren’t here now.  He begins from the point of Santa Claus, but the essay is a brilliant meditation on how a parent can talk to their children about the losses in the natural world in an…