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What the Heck Happened?

In my last post, more than four months ago (oy, that’s bad!), we had just acquired four new children, 11, 3, 3, and 16 months, and were settling in and getting adjusted.  And then I didn’t blog all summer.  Or for most of the first month of autumn.  A few people wondered whether I was…

Did You Miss Me?

So it has been an embarassingly long time since I last wrote anything for this blog.  Long enough that I owe you all an apology.  It started out simply enough – I did something I’ve done a million times, picked up a full water bucket for our cow.  Not sure what I did differently, but…

Hunger in Egypt

In 2008, before the revolution, the Egyptian Government set a portion of its Army to baking bread for hungry citizens, precisely to forestall revolution.  Now, after revolution, it isn’t clear who will provide the bread for its hungry and angry populace: Around a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, with another 20 percent…

Even in France…

Fast food sales now outnumber sit-down restaurant food sales in the home of gastronomy: More than half of all French restaurant sales now take place, sacrilegiously, at fast food chains, according to a new survey by food consultancy firm Gira Conseil. This is the first time fast food sales have surpassed sit-down restaurant sales in…

From the Guardian: New research suggests that the Arctic summer sea ice loss is linked to extreme weather. Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francispoints to the phenomenon of “Arctic amplification”, where: “The loss of Arctic summer sea ice and the rapid warming of the Far North are altering the jet stream over North America, Europe, and…

The World We Want to Live In

You get tiny, unexpected tastes of the world perfected in a lot of places, if you watch.  I got it last week at my son Eli’s bar mitzvah (which I’ll write more about shortly).  Naomi Shahib Nye got it in the place most of us feel as far from the world we want as possible…

There’s a great interview with Chris Nelder on why oil triumphalism is mistaken, and what that means for a whole host of things, including oil prices: P: Now what about prices? We’ve seen oil prices soar from around $40 per barrel in 2004 to $140 per barrel in 2008. And nowadays, prices in the $100…

How to Lay a Hedge

I’m working slowly on laid hedges around portions of our property, and did a little more this winter.  One of these days I’l have old fashioned hedges that are truly livestock tight and wildlife friendly. Check it out!    

Christine Ferber, Art, Obsession

Rod Dreher has an interesting post (building on a NYTimes article) about the glories of the art of confiture and why the obsessive creation of food-as-art is worth doing: When I went to Paris a year ago with my niece Hannah, I brought back some confiture by Christine Ferber. She makes some of the most prized jellies…

From the Japan Times: Former Irish President Mary Robinson’s foundation for climate justice is hosting a major conference in Dublin this week. Research presented there said that rising incomes and growth in the global population, expected to create 2 billion more mouths to feed by 2050, will drive food prices higher by 40 to 50…