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  In honor of Making Home, my new book on Adapting-In-Place which comes out in August, New Society has offered to sponsor a spot in my Adapting-in-Place class that starts tomorrow.  In exchange for a sponsored spot for a low-income participant who couldn’t otherwise afford to take the class, New Society will ask for a weekly…

A little while back we took our current foster sons to visit the university where Eric teaches physics.  The boys had never visited a university before, and were curious about who goes there and what they do when they are there.   This led to a discussion of the value of a college education, what…

I can’t really blame George Monbiot or anyone else for buying the narrative hype.  Right now the overwhelming narrative is that we have no energy constraints at all.  Folks wonder aloud whether the US should join OPEC.  Increasingly ridiculous projections are made about the potential of shale oil and new drilling techniques.  Slight upticks are…

On the Other Hand….

There’s this Onion Column – I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t want a bunch of dirt covered farming hicks being able to get their tetanus shots.  I shoulda thought of that! The only reason this is even being considered is because a majority of voters want it. Well, of course they do—they don’t have it! But you…

While I recover from a nasty case of food poisoning, I thought in honor of the SCOTUS decision, it would be worth re-running this piece from 2009.  For all that this is not the national health care system the US needs, it is, in the end, a small step in the right direction. A while…

Well, since the Rio Summit failed to save the world (again), and we’re slipping back into economic crisis, and _Making Home_ my book on Adapting-in-Place comes out in August, it seems like the right time to teach my AIP class again.  It helps to renew my sense of purpose as well – there’s nothing like…

So everyone raise your hand if you are shocked, shocked and appalled, that the sum up for the Earth Summit Rio+20 conference was, as the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister put it “Insipid.” The meeting, marking 20 years since the iconic Earth Summit in the same city and 40 since the very first global environment gathering…

Where the Heck Have I Been?

Apologies to everyone for the radio silence – lots of stuff going on here and the blog has been horribly neglected.  Between trying to get the final garden push done, a bunch of goat birthing (including four beautiful babies yesterday for Eric’s 42nd birthday – Urania gave us Tybalt and Mercutio in the wee hours…

The View From My Place

I really wish I could share pictures of K. and C., who are having their first farm springtime, complete with baby goats, dam building in the creek, their own gardens, finding nests of newly hatched chicks, catching toads and salamanders, eating salads made with wild greens they collect themselves, but that would violate their privacy.…

Aiming at 40…

The first person to ever refer to me as middle-aged in print was my friend Rod Dreher.  On the one hand, I appreciated the publicity.  On the other hand, I was 34 at the time, and I may never entirely forgive him.  Still, the shock has waned, and I have come to terms with the…