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I wrote this post years ago, and have republished it occasionally since – it has been a while, though, and it does go with the other one Reasons to Stay Together in Tough Times 1. Gives you something sustainable to do during those rolling blackouts (sex and fighting would probably both fit the bill, actually.)…

Over the years I know a lot of people who have asked whether I get frustrated with other people’s denial about energy and environmental issues. I do, but most of the time I’m pretty good at not allowing it to get to me. Yesterday, however, I just snapped. After a phone conversation with a news…

The Realistic Farm Tour

One of the projects we’re working on is ways to bring more people to our farm. A lot of folks want to see what we’re doing, and we’ve been contemplating open farm days, and possible ideas for classes we might teach. Well, while Eric and I were discussing it the other night, we came up…

12 Books for Every Sustainability Nut

Note: I’m way behind on my 31 books resolution – I’ll have to hurry to catch up. In the meantime, will you count these 12? I bet you don’t own them! Worms Eat my Laundry by Alcea Grovestock – Worms are hot – in-house domestic composting is everywhere. But have you considered the way red…

I kind of wandered off on y’all – we just spent four days visiting and celebrating Thanksanukah with biological and chosen family. We didn’t go to my parents’ place for Thanksgiving this year, so we headed out and ate turkey and latkes together, spent four glorious days goofing off, and are home refreshed. Of course,…

This morning four guys in camo and rifles were walking up my road at 6am, which means one of two things. Either it is Deer Season, or Canada has invaded. And that’s the real reason I’m not leaving the US – I’ve pinned my hopes on the conquest of upstate New York by Canada, who…

Demand is the Real Issue, Right?

The always-brillliant and funny Christine Patton aka The Peak Oil Hausfrau, in the latest Peak Oil Review Commentary, has turned her sights to the IEA’s recent predictions, managing to properly skewer both the IEA’s predictions and the predictive value of economic modelling (two great tastes that taste great together!): The International Economics Agency today released…

Pursuant to the Previous Subject….

The Peak Oil Hausfrau revealed that the news about the climate isn’t all bad: it is good for the minions of hell: However, legal experts say that Hell’s colonization of land owned by various Satanic holding companies is all perfectly legal. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, an avid property-rights advocate, observed, “Some people say…

What It is Like To be Me, Lately

A blog is a window into the intellectual world of its owner, I’m reliably told by people who think about this stuff. That’s what’s so compelling about the good ones – again, so I’m told. So here’s what’s been going through my intellectual world lately…. ….BOING. ….BOING. You know that screen saver that bounces the…

Fake Plant Botany

Great article from “The Annals of Improbable Research” on “Artificae Plantae: The Taxonomy, Ecology and Ethnobotany of Simulacra.” It is about time someone did this research: A previously unacknowledged plant family of significant economic importance plants has been flourishing around us for many years. The fact that this immense and diverse family has been heretofore…