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Mark Steel at the Independent has a great column on the root cause of our economic instability – poor folks and all the trouble they cause by not quite appearing to do the evil deeds they do! It’s a tricky argument to pull off, that the poor caused the debt so they should pay it…

Big Family Rules

I get to play ringmaster to  the Greatest Show on Earth – my own personal family farm circus with at least three rings of fun going on at any given time, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The circus varies a lot in size (I recently overheard myself saying that it didn’t matter…

Ready for Anything

Are we facing Snowpocalypse this weekend?  Rest assured, your blogiste is ready.  Ok, sorta ready, since I’m working on my book I have to rely on husband, Phil-the-housemate and children to move a buttload of wood inside, and we do have to pick up more baby formula, but otherwise, we’re ready to hunker down here…

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…

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…

There are, of course, a lot of critical issues going on right now, and you can count on your blogiste to keep you up on them.  Besides the fallout from Sandy, crisis of arctic sea ice and all the agricultural issues that need to be brought to the  light, it can be hard to keep…

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…

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…

And on Outrunning the Boom…

In 2011 I wrote an essay about how the convention of escape undermines our thinking about the environmental crises we are facing.  A kind reader of mine emailed to tell me about how she uses that essay “Outrunning the Boom” in her classroom,  and her wonderful students responded with this video.  Apparently, outrunning the boom…

The Real Weather Report

Love this weather report – check it out!  Of course it is time to fire up the barbecue! Sharon