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Mending Food Waste

Globally, almost half of all the food the world produced is thrown away.  This Global number hides some critical differences however.  In most of the Global South, food is lost to lack of preservation techniques.  Grain gets wet in the field, and instead of being dried with machines as it might be in the US,…

We’re still buried in winter here – the peepers haven’t even started peeping, and I suspect we won’t hear them until the weekend with night temps in the teens here and ice still on the pond and swamp.  That will make it the latest I’ve ever heard them.  Despite a warm winter, March was one…

Sustainable Garden Planning Class

First of all, in my first post I accidently wrote the class was starting tomorrow, April 4.  In fact, we’re starting the following Thursday, April 11 and running to the first Thursday in May (apparently I can’t read a calendar correctly). I still have spots available, but sign up soon, because I’d like to make…

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…

Things have been a little nuts here. Two weeks ago Eric and I took an emergency placement of two children, six and 17 mos.  It turned out to be one of the most exhausting and stressful placements we’ve ever had, not because of the kids, who are delightful (although I had somehow forgotten what 17month…

Is the Pope Catholic?

It fascinates me that so many people in the media expected the new Pope to be a flaming American-style social liberal.  Consider the New York Times which this morning notes with surprise: But Cardinal Bergoglio is also a conventional choice, a theological conservative of Italian ancestry who vigorously backs Vatican positions on abortion, gay marriage, the ordination…

Hmmmm….

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…

Liked this bit from The Onion: And it’s not like it’s actually against the law, at least I’m pretty sure it isn’t. Oh, maybe it’s against some really antiquated laws in certain old New England towns from, like, the 18th century or something. But that’s my point: Would anyone today even care if we changed…

This essay is a little different than most of my stuff. It is the result of a collaborative discussion on a foster parenting list I’m a part of by a group of foster parents.  I’ve paraphrased and borrowed and added some things of my own, but this is truly collaborative piece, and meant to be…

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…