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Back to School

On my lap, I’ve got a set of school books that date from the 1850s to the 1890s.  They belonged to various of my father’s family – my great-uncle, George Hume, who died long before I was born and studied Eaton’s Common School Arithmetic in Amesbury, MA in the late 19th century,  20 miles from…

Pink Attack!

I don’t think I really recognized how much stuff I’ve avoided dealing with by only having boys until I read _Cinderella Ate My Daughter_ by Peggy Orenstein.  You see, despite the fact that I joke about living in the testosterone house, or being the only female in a house of guys (until C. and K.…

And the Winnahs Are….

Hi Folks – So I had so many  responses to the free book giveaway (between here, facebook, private email and the other site, 149 unique entries) that I decided to  give three signed books away.  The boys had an awesome time picking names from the hat, and the winners are: JRB (entered at www.sharonastyk.com) Johanne…

Scenes from Here

So I somehow forgot to mention when I went on maternity leave and promised to post on Thursdays that I meant I would start this Thursday, since I was on vacation last week.  Sorry ’bout that.  I will shamelessly blame the baby and sleep deprivation again. We spent much of last week visiting family near…

Not Oil, “Oil”

I somehow forgot to draw your attention to Kurt Cobb’s wonderful essay on the difference between oil and “liquids” – he does a better job than anyone I know in making clear what most Americans simply don’t know about our energy – all liquid fuels are not equivalent.  We have been told by implication that they are,…

Let us begin with the clear statement that asking whether you have to believe in climate change in no way alters the fundamental scientific consensus, or the tens of thousands of peer reviewed papers.   I personally think the evidence for anthropogenic climate change is very clear.  But that doesn’t change the fact that global…

M. is due with her baby any minute now, so at some point there may be a hiatus, but for now, she’s got a lot to say about what her family is thinking about.  You can read her bio here. This week I did some very hard work for this class.  I have to admit,…

Maternity Leave

Hi Folks – The more I look at my life, the more I think I’m not doing things as well as I could be – too many balls in the air.  Many of the things I care about are paying a price.   The addition of the chronic sleep deprivation that goes with a new…

Low Input Projects

It is easy to get fixated on the big things that you need to do to have an impact.  You need to build a barn, buy a higher-mileage vehicle, pay down the mortgage, build a three month stash of food.  These are big or biggish projects, and often they depend on you finding time and…

Moving On

Every time my life settles down enough for me to return to regular blogging, crazy stuff happens.  First there was the sudden arrival of newborn baby Z. – we were called at 2:30 pm and by 4:30, Eric was picking him up at the hospital.  Since normally one gets more than umm…two hours to prepare…