It’s my mood these days. I feel like I am saying goodbye to something, like I’m on the verge of something saying goodbye to me – I can’t make out. It’s a good, bittersweet kind of nostalgia, the kind that makes me extra sensitive to kind and beautiful things. A tip-off to what is at the […]

Medicine Making in Transition

While participating in the Training for Transition I came to a profound realization. One of the most powerful exercises in Transition is the positive visioning. People sit in two circles, one inside the other, facing each other so everyone is paired up. The people on the outside are the elders of the future, who have […]

Bee Inspection

Karen, a friend I met through the Training for Transition, came for a visit and we talked homesteading, gardening and… bees. This was her first time at a hive opening. The bees are doing better, but their population growth is still not what I would expect. There were grubs in there, as you can see […]

One Pound of Strawberries

Amie and friends pick strawberries We harvested our first strawberries yesterday, a whole pound of them. I’ve started a new little harvest booklet, which I keep next to my scale in the kitchen and in which I record everything that comes in. “Don’t eat that yet! I haven’t weighed it!” The berries are scrumptious: sweet and […]

Riot for Austerity – Months 30-31

I calculated the last Riot on April 5, so this is two months worth. Our first year’s averages were calculated here, our second year’s averages can be found here. Gasoline. Same as usual. Activism (paradoxically) involves a lot more driving around. 10.6 gallons per person pp. per month 25% of the US National Average Electricity. The calculator reckons […]