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This is an interesting paper indeed – a new PNAS paper argues that before an abrupt climate change, there is a characteristic SLOWING DOWN of climate change that might be a warning sign: Putting our results in an even wider perspective, it is important that slowing down is a universal property of systems approaching a…

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…

The Dinner Party

I was asked this by a friend recently, and it has been stuck in my head (even though the whole idea requires an egomaniacal suspension of disbelief) – “If you could sit down to dinner with the people you think see the world we’re in most clearly and spend dinner working on how to change…

Fire!

Whenever I mention to people that my stove set my house on fire last week, they assume it must be my wood cookstove.  But no, it was the electric stove that nearly burned down the house last week.  I was canning raspberry jam on a warm indian summer’s day, and thinking about our anticipated sukkah…

Winding Up the Season

We missed frost earlier this week by a degree or two, just enough to clip the basil (basil is wussy that way ;-)), but tomorrow night should be definitive.   We’ve moved from steaming amber spice orchards (as the poet puts it) to “post-frost” quiet.  We brought the pumpkins in earlier this week, picked the…

What’s Up Here

I have more to write, but it may get done tomorrow, or maybe after Rosh Hashana, depending.  Right now I’m just recovering from the frantic compulsive worrying and cleaning the preceded my annual home inspection to remain a foster parent. I shouldn’t have worried, but I do – our way of life is sufficiently different…

The View from the AIP Class

M. is back with her view from how the class is going – after an amazingly brief pause to give birth to a new baby!   o my week 4 update was simply labor, labor and more labor. We finally had the baby!  We are home and healthy. And I get to brag that he…

I find the ways we define ourselves by what we eat fascinating.  We do this project of self-definition both through what we DO eat and what we refuse to eat.  In Martin Jones’ fascinating book _Feast: Why Humans Share Food_, he observes that our taboos about food can be so powerful that they are actively…

Food Storage Class Starting Thursday

So apparently in my sleep-deprived, brain rotted state, I managed to leave out the start date of my food storage and preservation class – it starts on Thursday, August 23rd, ie, this Thursday.  I still do have spaces, and as it is asynchronous and online, you don’t have to be able to drive to my…

Food Preservation and Storage Class

It is hard to believe that summer is coming so rapidly to a close, and that the opportunity to put up for winter will pass so fast.  So if you’d like help and guidance in doing so, I’ll be running my food storage and preservation class starting Thursday, August  and running for six weeks into…