Category Archives: homesteading

And the Beets Go On…

My new piece is up at the Cafe and I need to thank Caelius, M, and Lee for their help and inspiration on it, even if it was unintentional or unintended.

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Jack-booted Garden Thugs

Well, the jack-booted thugs that LP is always complaining about came calling yesterday in the form of a letter to our landlord from the management company that “manages” our subdivision. The compost bin has to go. We placed the bin … Continue reading

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Putting the Tech into Home Ec

I’m thinking that the perfect tech app for the up-to-date New Depression kitchen would be a recipe cost calculator. It shouldn’t be too hard to build a database that contains: the ingredients for the family’s most commonly cooked meals the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Food via Lee

Lee’s put up a review of a review of a cookbook which inspires me to think out loud a bit about food. The points raised about cooking are spot on—that is, cooking is an essential skill that Americans need to … Continue reading

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A Monk on Climate Change, Sustainability, and Moral Theology

Go read it now! The key to addressing sustainability, he suggests is a return to the roots of of our moral theology. Virtue: Justice, temperance, fortitude, and prudence exercised in harmony. Cultivating these and collaborating with others who seek them … Continue reading

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The Platform I Wish I Could Vote For

Well, I went and did my civic duty. Can’t really say I “dropped the handle”; “touched the screen” doesn’t really have the right ring to it… This election for me was a lesser of two evils decision. If only McCain … Continue reading

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To the Farmer-In-Chief

bls points us to this article in the NY Times magazine–a letter from Michael Pollan to the next president. The whole thing is worth a read and here are some juicy excerpts to whet your appetite…: There are many moving … Continue reading

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A Thought on the Economy

Fr. Haller writes good sense based on working in the Pit. Let me add my negligable two cents worth. This credit crunch and market crash corresponds—as far as I can tell—concurrently with the end of cheap oil. Yeah, it’s bouncing … Continue reading

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Finding Patterns

Life adjustment is proceeding here… There’s still chaos in the form of unpacked boxes, unorganized living spaces, and incomplete funding streams. Nevertheless, some good patterns are taking shape. M and I are in a good fitness routine now; we’re hitting … Continue reading

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Electric Scooters and Short-Range Transport

Here’s an interesting post on The Oil Drum on electric scooters.  Just as interesting as the article are the comments. What I find especially useful is the discussion about a new transportation paradigm. The current paradigm is the road-tripping vehicle. … Continue reading

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