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On Settling Down

One of the peculiarities of the white race’s presence in America is how little intention has been applied to it. As a people, wherever we have been, we have never really intended to be. The continent is said to have been discovered by an Italian who was on his way to India. The earliest explorers…

Moving On

Thursday was Eli’s end of school graduation – and I thought in honor I’d re-run a post I wrote at ye olde blogge back in 2009. One of the hardest parts of addressing our changing world is dealing with shifting expectations and assumptions, and not getting mired down in sadness or anger. I think one…

What, you ask, has Sharon been duing, besides getting mud and manure on her? (I feel like there’s been a theme to some of my recent posts, no?) I’m sure you have nothing but this on your mind – the doins a’transpirin at my house being the focus of whole tens of people (well, maybe…

The old punchline “Practice, practice, practice” applies to more than musical performance. It applies to the project of coming to terms with our new circumstances, and perhaps embracing our new lives. If you live in parts of Japan right now, or in the flooded Mississippi, or in areas recently devastated by tornadoes, you know that…

April is the month that utility shut-offs are resumed in much of the northern half of the country – it is against the law to shut off people’s primary heating fuel during the winter, but when they can’t pay their bills, generally speaking, April 1 means that you can cut them off. There has been…

Revisiting the Riot for Austerity

Almost exactly four years ago, my friend Miranda Edel and I were discussing the recent IPCC report on Climate Change and George Monbiot’s book _Heat_ and the reactions that we got when we talked about about the sheer depth of the reductions in climate emissions that would be needed to stabilize the climate. Whenever we…

Bangladeshi Adapting In Place

As part of their ongoing series on population, National Geographic has a fascinating, and typically visually brilliant article about how the Bangladeshi population is using strategies of adaptation to deal with climate change. This isn’t the kind of adaptation most of us are prepared for, but as the authors point out, it may be the…

I wrote this post years ago, and have republished it occasionally since – it has been a while, though, and it does go with the other one Reasons to Stay Together in Tough Times 1. Gives you something sustainable to do during those rolling blackouts (sex and fighting would probably both fit the bill, actually.)…

The Sustainable Marriage

I‘ll be offline much of the next few days for the Passover holiday. This is a subject we’re talking about in the Adapting-in-Place class, and one that comes up a lot – how do you make environmental changes with a spouse who isn’t on board? What happens when this strains your marriage? I get emails…

Lucy Worsley has a Guardian piece about the merits of medieval architecture as a model for a lower-resource use future: Domestic life in the past was smelly, cold, dirty and uncomfortable, but we have much to learn from it. I spend much of my time working as a curator in Britain’s historic royal palaces. But…