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It is pretty simple – if oil resources are finite, how do you gauge the value of different oil uses?  Ultimately, a use of oil should meet one of two simple criteria: 1. Does it reduce long term oil usage, as required by the reality of finite-ness? 2. Does it do something that nothing but…

The Talk

No, not about sex, we’ve been having variations on that one for years.  But Eli will be 13 in a couple of weeks, Simon is 11 1/2, Isaiah is 9 and Asher is 7.  Meanwhile most of my recent placements have been school-aged kids, several on the cusp of (or over it) puberty and adolescence.…

Taking on the Prison Problem

I get invited to speak to a lot of US Transition groups, and often I go.  Often the leaders are blog readers, sometimes people I know through the internet, often future-friends.  While every talk is different, they have some real similarities.  Whether speaking in a suburb of Maryland, a large city in Ohio or to…

Back…

It has been a long couple of weeks.  It took a full week for the stomach virus to drag through the entire household two weeks ago…when I thought we were done, well…not.  Last Friday we were finally clear, and able to leave the house again…just as Eli began his week long school break (Eli, who…

Real Love

I don’t think Eric and my eyes have ever met in one of those soppy, romantic looks couples give each other over a puddle of vomit before.  Yesterday, however, they did. We’ve been battling a nasty, slow moving stomach virus at our house (four down, four still to go ;-P), and one of the children…

WIC, Formula and Nursing

I opened my talk at the Community Action Partnership annual conference this year with the observation that like that weird looking guy from the old “Hair Club for Men” commercials, I’m not just a spokesperson, I’m also a client.  All foster children under 5 years receive WIC, the US program that provides SUPPLEMENTAL (this word…

Some of you may have seen this when it came out, but I was busy and missed it, and it bears repeating, because we so often think that caregiving is a product of modern capacity.  From the New York Times: Almost all the other skeletons at the site, south of Hanoi and about 15 miles…

Ready for Anything

Are we facing Snowpocalypse this weekend?  Rest assured, your blogiste is ready.  Ok, sorta ready, since I’m working on my book I have to rely on husband, Phil-the-housemate and children to move a buttload of wood inside, and we do have to pick up more baby formula, but otherwise, we’re ready to hunker down here…

A lot of readers asked me to comment on Chrysler’s “God Made a Farmer” ad, but I’ve been reluctant to do so.  Sure, farmers work their butts off, and it is one of the hardest jobs in the world, but I’m not all that excited to see it being used to sell cars.  On the…

From Baldur Bjarnason, the reality of writing on the web: 15. People will always prefer you to state the obvious and spout common sense. If you say anything that requires a bit of thinking, or that would require them to learn new skills or ideas, your audience will evaporate into nothing, no matter how important…