A guide for the perplexed, bothered, bewildered and outright resentful folks hitched to a wanna-be farmer

Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Book

Now I realize that some of you will look at any advice of mine on this subject with skepticism - after all, you may even blame me (quite correctly, perhaps), for your loved one’s going bonkers and talking about sheep and nut trees all the time. And yet, I do feel your pain. Or rather, my husband does, and he’s happy to tell me all about what it is like to look over at the person you love and wonder why on earth she’s babbling about soil.

archived June 4, 2009

Portland Spaces: Collectively Green

Zach Dundas, The Localizer Blog

The Bouwes house is part of a wave of forward-thinking building that is redefining Cully, a sleepy and sometimes forgotten northeast Portland neighborhood, as a miniature hotbed of sustainable construction...At the same time, and not coincidentally, Cully is in the grip of a social lifestyle revolution of middle-class, multigenerational families creating a new breed of society. At the moment, that revolution is playing out in the Bouweses’ dining room.

archived June 3, 2009

Mike Ruppert reviews Carolyn Baker's "Sacred Demise"

Mike Ruppert, Speaking Truth to Power

In the rare instances where I come across a book that is a feast for the mind and soul I wrestle with it as with a lover. Pages get dog-eared, the pen comes out and notes appear all over. Great passages are underlined. There are coffee and wine stains. This marks my affair with a great book. “Sacred Demise” is the first such book I have read in many years.

archived June 4, 2009

A K-5 Curriculum for Students in the Post-Carbon Era

Sarah Rios and Jaime Campos, Nature Bats Last

Will education be important in the post-carbon era? What will need to be taught? What skills need to be acquired? We hope to provide one alternative for educating students, after the fall of empire.

archived June 2, 2009

Media & persuasion - June 2

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Communicating Transition
Empathy Marketing 101
Miller-McCune Receives Utne Independent Press Award

archived June 2, 2009

Solutions & sustainability - June 2

Staff, Energy Bulletin

When caring is kept in the family
How retiring has made me more resourceful
Complementary Currencies Are Ushering In a Vibrant Local Economy
What’s Wrong with a 30-Hour Work Week?

archived June 2, 2009

On a tightrope without a net

Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Book

The sum total of today’s news adds up to “the continuing story of the destruction of our protective safety nets.” GM’s bankruptcy is the lead, of course, one that constitutes an utter disaster for millions of people ... Then there’s California

archived June 1, 2009

Reinventing the informal economy

Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Book

The single most significant project of the next few decades will not be dealing with “peak oil” or “climate change” or “financial crisis” - or rather, it will be all of them. Instead, it will be rebuilding the informal economies.

archived May 31, 2009


Bart Anderson, Energy Bulletin

Let's re-do the earth, shall we?
You see, there's this problem with oil
and the worms are dying.

archived May 30, 2009

A Day in the Life - Part 1

Peak Oil Hausfrau, Blogspot

In June, we wake up at 5 am when the sun rises. It's important to get our outside work done before the heat of the day. Since we can't afford A/C, we try to take siestas, or at least not move much, from 11 to 3. The ceiling fans help, and we've found that our bodies are getting used to the absence of climate control. I've seen a lot of lovely sunrises in the past few years from getting up at the crack of dawn.

archived May 29, 2009