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Back, Catching Up

Someone once observed that attending an ASPO-USA conference is like trying to drink from a firehose – there’s just so much information, so many amazing people, so many sessions, so much to do that it can be overwhelming as well as stimulating, engaging and delightful. Helping to RUN an ASPO-USA conference is a little like…

Sundry

Lots of stuff to update you all on. First, the family expansion project – still nothing new. After three months of waiting, we’ve decided to expand our looking in a few different ways – our county just doesn’t have a placement, and after all the work of getting ready, we’re anxious to get one. Meanwhile,…

It is claiming I don’t have permission to embed it (I do, actually), so you can see the video here. I gave this talk back at the beginning of October, in my conference as a member of the ASPO-USA Board. This was only the second time that ASPO has had a significant talk about the…

Back and Thanks!

First and foremost, thank you so much to John Bell, Molly Davis and Niepoliski for their aid and comfort while I was head down in the conference. I admit, I had no idea that I would be going every single second of each day, and running on quite so little sleep. I think realistically, being…

Attack of the Chicken People

John reporting from the ASPO conference. I first saw one of them when I was having an early dinner on the first day of the conference. A man in a yellow chicken suit was riding up one of the escalators. He didn’t have the head on. My wife came to town the second day to…

Beginnings

The first day of the ASPO conference involved a lot of smaller sessions, most of which I missed because I was speaking or at the press conference and congressional briefing. The congressional briefing was a wild success – absolutely packed. The press conference was smaller (we were competing with the IMF and several other events)…

Getting Crazy…

I’m about to leave town. Oh, and I’m about to start my Adapting in Place Class. And I’m about to begin my new liveblogging project. And I have to clean the barn, vaccinate the goats, band two goats and get my life ready to run with only one adult. And do a lot of laundry.…

ASPO-USA Conference LiveBlog!

Well, we’ve finally got a mostly-complete ASPO Conference schedule. The problem is exactly the sort of problem you’d really like to have when running one of these – that there are just too many serious thinkers who need a spot. It is really tough to finalize the conference schedule when every day you are receiving…

I’m really excited about the ways that ASPO-USA is evolving. ASPO’s role has been to raise awareness about Peak Oil, and it is serving to expose the issue in new ways. I joined the board of an organization that I’d once criticized publically for being elitist and dominated by old white guys because those same…

Oops, They Did It Again!

I spent my weekend in Washington DC with folks from the Association for the Study of Peak Oil, talking about the future of peak oil research and advocacy. It was an interesting weekend, but for a farmgirl who spends most of her waking hours during the summer outside and working in the dirt, it was…