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We can save the world. We have only to go back far enough, remember and care enough. Permaculture and Agroforestry. Alternative energies. Water cultivation and carbon sequestration. And don’t forget the chickens.

Carl—a born and raised New Hampshire boy, and professional trombonist—and I—a homebody and writer—both have a degree of grit, also known as Yankee stubborn resolve. Five years in, we are still figuring out what we are trying to resolve, and learning about solar power and wind; gardening, biodynamic farming, permaculture and agroforestry; not recycling but repurposing; compost and, um, humanure. And just how much of one’s mortal time modern day dinosaurs, more commonly known as chickens, can take up. We are using old technologies made new to heal the soil. In our ad hoc, seat-of-our-pants way, we create our own version of chaos, joining the vortex of energies around us, because if we cannot save the whole world, maybe we can save a small part of her. Here. Now. At Darwin’s View. Please join us.

Perception, Veganism and Datebooks

A pescavore from age 16, I gave up fish in 2013⁠1 and have since been an octo-lacto vegetarian. . . . Not really. I eat oysters on occasion. Ironic as I rarely, if ever, ate oysters before I gave up fish. But since giving up tuna, swordfish, and salmon? Oysters have become a compromise option […]

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SNOW DAY!!

You guessed it: a day for pictures.   Do you see the problem with this picture? Carl saw it right away: the bubbler, meant to keep the water circulating and the frogs alive, is entirely buried…. Chicken Condo Complex:   Just picts of the as yet sex undetermined chicks.   The solar panels are clear […]

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Koalas, Chickens and Thanksgiving

As my body and soul adjust to the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, also known as the assault of Hyper Commercialization on One’s Sense and Sensibility, a.k.a. Capitalism on Steroids, Buy Now or You Aren’t a Patriot, a.k.a. Support Christmas or Be Damned—which some might consider irrelevant to the here and now […]

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Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving and . . .

We head out today for Friendsgiving in Providence, and Thanksgiving in New York City, leaving house sitters to tend to the chickens, cat and house. We just got a call our dentist saying they can fit us in today at 12, thereby moving our departure time up from 11 to 10. No, to 9:30 because […]

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The Trials of First Adopters or Further Thoughts on Electric Vehicles

A few weeks ago I wrote a ditty on electric vehicles. Given our circumstances today—some of us, perhaps, waiting with baited breath for the next installment of Democracy at the Guillotine—I thought now would be a good time for an update.  Background: on November 1, we disconnected our lead acid batteries that have served us […]

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Not In My Words

I had a vague idea for a post but then, in my distraction to avoid actually writing it, read this article. It strikes at one of my daily heartaches. To know something is happening and yet doing nothing tangible is one of the conveniences of our society and culture. Rather like Germany in the 1930s. […]

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Road Trip?

Is this just another crazy idea for a road trip? It uses the same logic (sic) that Carl and I used for our last cross-country trip: a book and a mission. For Bittersweet Manor, the idea was that we would support local bookstores and public transportation while in the process of selling lots of books. […]

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A Question for the Day

We are back home at Darwin’s View, and I am looking out at a fog bank. The weather outside is frightful and it’s raining, not snowing. An excellent excuse to curl up and nap, read, be cozy. Or to ask oneself this question . . . but first some background: Toward the end of The […]

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What I’m Contemplating

As feared, the book titled The End of Animal Farming by Jacy Reese has me teetering toward veganism. Even as I settled into the train yesterday, and began to peruse its pages with presumptuous self-satisfaction—after all, most of the cheese and milk that I consume is “happy” Reese managed to burst that bubble in his […]

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The Definition of Insanity is Doing the Same Thing Over Again and Expecting a Different Result.

Remember this past (already!?) summer and our broody hens’ defiance of my law and determination not to have chicks? Toey’s two that we got from a friend of ours are now young adults and one is a confirmed cockerel, every morning tuning up to Schtude’s crow with what sounds like an old car horn dying. […]

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Food for Thought Video/s

November? How did that happen? Time ticks. Life.  Carl and I watched this the other day: Zach Bush’s Keynote speech at the Rodale Organic Pioneer Awards.  If you want to skip his bio and just hear him, he starts at 4 minutes 5 seconds.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXIketg-NHk If you want to listen to shorter clip of […]

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A Cockerel Crows and Choosing a Direction

Carl swears he heard an adolescent rooster attempting to crow yesterday morning. We’ve heard it before. A ca-ca-doodle-cough-cough. Typically, it’s a rather shy and retiring attempt that’s cut off, perhaps, by one of the hens pecking the head of said cockerel because it is way too early in the morning for two roosters to be […]

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Fried Green Tomatoes

As to the Friday energy articles, clearly they are off the rails and down the tubes. Rather like our government. Regarding all things energy, I’m at a loss for words on what to write about because I’m so far behind the learning curve and no time to read up on it due to influx of […]

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A Book & More Picts

Isn’t it interesting how a book falls into your lap at just the right time? I bought Howard Mansfield’s book The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down over a year ago but only sat down to read it this past weekend. The book addresses, in part, the American attitude toward land: how to grab it, own it, […]

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History and the Dawning

I started a post but it was bleak. Instead of working that out, I am off to pack for NYC. But this picture describes what I was attempting to say in words: that darkness. It takes up so much space. And yet then the diverse grays and pinks and whites and blues of the dawning. […]

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NH Saves Event

The link below is to the flyer for the NHSaves event this Thursday in Jaffrey. I’m going to post more of them around today. And am left with that uncomfortable feeling that no one will show up. JafferyBU-2019-proof2 It’s interesting, trying to write a play as opposed to a book of fiction or non-fiction. A […]

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This is the How the Future Will Happen

Have you heard about what’s going on in California? Pacific Gas & Electric, in their  infinite wisdom–or greed, depending on one’s perspective–deemed it important to cut off millions of people from electricity. The company noted that it was held liable for the fires last year, sparked by high winds knocking down poles that sparked wildfires. […]

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Just Pictures

Working on a deadline and so just pictures today! This morning at Darwin’s View: The Generations yesterday: Collette & the others at their toilette:   The Adolescents.   And the 7th generation at Darwin’s View with their mother Splotches.   And, because I miss her, a picture to explain why we called her our marmalade Buddha, […]

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Renewables & Nora

Birth, then death, then rebirth. Is that how it goes? I find the dying process is a step-by-step spiral. We, sometimes, don’t take note of it until in retrospect and then Eureka! Badabing! Oh, shit! We see the process clearly.  Our sweet, fluffy-tailed marmalade buddha cat died yesterday. Nora. For months, in retrospect, she has […]

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Pause

Paws. Our marmalade Buddha. Nora. And the chicks become adolescents with hairdos.

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Is it Inevitable?

No, I’m not talking about impeachment, though that’s in the works. I’m thinking about the demise of the earth. It’s a depressing question, is it inevitable? but one worth asking since it’s within our power to do something about it. Sort of. Though changing lightbulbs is not, apparently, enough.  We had a long drive home […]

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Splotches Part Two

The good news is that Splotches showed up again. I went out to meet and greet the chickens the other morning and noted that sweet hen out near the green quonset hut coop a.k.a. the nursery area. Toey and the two adolescents—Snow White and Schwartzie—pecked about while Schtude looked in through the fence at Splotches, […]

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Electric Vehicles

We participated in an Electric Vehicle (EV) event in Keene this past Saturday. I felt like a Trekkie at a Star Trek gathering. Volts and Bolts, Teslas , Priuses, and Leafs. Carl and I had a great time comparing notes with other EV owners. How far can you go? Is not the torque phenomenal? How do […]

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Splotches

I’m a little heartbroken. Well. A lot heartbroken but that’s another story. This part of my heart concerns Splotches, one of our three Speckled Sussex hens. She was hatched in spring of 2017. Speckled Sussex are a wonderful breed, especially curious and perky, they tend to be friendly and ever so helpful. They are the […]

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Nature cycles. But does she cycle like Mary Poppins or the Wicked Witch of the West?

Lately, there’s been a lot of focus on carbon and how to get it out of the atmosphere and back into the ground but there are other important cycles of Mother Nature that we might look at. Phosphorus. Nitrogen. Oxygen. Water. . .. There’s a great book out there titled Water. Written by (aptly named) […]

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Transition

64.4F/18C. That’s the temperature of our swimming pond yesterday morning. I swam one breathless lap and leapt out, having learned two things: Hands down, that is the most refreshing, bracing, glorious way to start a day. And 64.4/18C is as low a temperature as I can tolerate. This morning, the temperature had risen to a […]

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Yesterday . . .

. . . we discovered two excellent recipes that one, use cucumbers and two, use tomatoes. If that’s not a find, I don’t know what is. Smashed ginger and garlic added to thinly sliced red onion, rice vinegar and toasted sesame oil transform the cucumbers that we have been overwhelmed by into a treat for […]

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Climate versus Weather

People get confused about the difference between climate and weather. Let’s contemplate it, shall we? Today, I look out at the weather. It is perfect: blue skies. A light breeze. An occasional white puff of a cloud. The sun is free to charge the batteries of our house and our cars. Fun fact sidebar: Did […]

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A Circuitous Route to One Way to Save Energy

For me, September 1 heralds the end of summer, a habit of feeling and mind leftover, I suppose, from my school days. I think of it as a transition from summer chaos to fall’s dying off. Speaking of dying, since arriving in NYC yesterday, I’ve read a number of interesting articles with my mother, two […]

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A New Phase?

I am entirely aware that I have lurched off the “energy” articles. I contemplate the hydrologic cycle and where it might take us . . . but hasn’t it been an energetic summer? I might go so far as to say it has been chaotic, enlightening, social. We have even had the pleasure of meeting […]

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What We Are Doing Here

My issue? I am entirely unconvinced that I moved up here to farm. Live off grid? Yes. Grow some degree of food? Yes. Eat happy eggs, thus become a crazy chicken lady? Yup. But actually farm? No.  Granted, I took some initiative a couple of days ago and went outside to practice my scything abilities. […]

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The Oxford English Dictionary and Words

I thought the OED never threw out words. That way we can always go back and reference them somehow.  I am correct in that.⁠1 However, that doesn’t mean you’ll find them in the OED. There’s not enough room to print all the English words that have evolved and devolved, and so the OED editors have […]

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In Brief

I told Carl that I cannot get attached to the chicks. They are most likely boys. Sure, sure. We can return them from whence they came . . .  which means certain death. But, watching Toey’s attentiveness, hearing her guttural calls, and amused by the chirps and skeeterings of the chicks, how can I already […]

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Where to Direct One’s Energy

I woke up and thought of guns. Ever on the look out for self-judgment and negativity, I consciously shifted my thoughts to baby bunnies, kittens and puppies, ducklings and, need I mention, chicks. Innocence. Soft and cuddly. Vulnerability. I didn’t think about human babies because that would have led to thoughts of Texas, and what […]

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Plastic Straws anyone?

I thought I’d share this posting on plastic straws. It kind of shows how we can make a difference. Or maybe not? Choices. It’s all about choices. And convenience. And exactly when are we going to start to do something to change. Tomorrow? How about now? Yesterday isn’t an option. So? Now? The Environmental Impact […]

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Welcome to the Peeps!

We have a very happy hen on our hands.  Two days ago, we returned to Darwin’s View from my annual family reunion, and I moved the broody hen, hissing and screaming, to the Quonset hut where she paced for the rest of the day. I suspected that she would lose her desire for chicks just […]

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Broody Hens versus Me

I gave the impression in my last post that we’d be adopting chicks because chicks are in our future. Conveniently enough, the Cheshire County Fair happened last weekend. In anticipation of the event, I set up the quonset hut coop with Carl’s and my cousin Nate’s help. And cleaned it out and spread fresh pine […]

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It Must Be Summer. . ..

It’s Friday and I haven’t had time to write, never mind research, the next official energy post. I have had time to rough out a post that updates the chick situation. To visit a new born colt named Sam. To swim in our pond-pool with frogs while planting more water plants. And to take pictures of the […]

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RIP Steve Sawyer

I only met Steve and his wife, Kelly, a few years ago. Steve was a childhood friend of Carl’s.  Steve and Kelly live in Amsterdam but would come to Antrim, where Steve grew up, every summer. We made a habit of getting together with them for an annual dinner, to catch up. I can’t believe […]

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JCI, Chicks and Publishing

For those who don’t know what the JCI is, it’s the Jaffrey Climate Initiative. A group of us began to meet back in December. Here’s the mission statement that we developed: MISSION:  We are a citizen action group dedicated to creating a resilient future by promoting careful and informed stewardship of our environment in the […]

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River Fest in Jaffrey!

The Jaffrey Climate Initiative has a table at River Fest tomorrow. I’m spending the day prepping for that. Energy, Permaculture and Food (waste) are the chosen topics for discussion. Free books. Future event sign-ups. Suggestions on what individuals can do to save money and the planet at the same time. Stop on by!

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Punting Tuesdays

Have you ever had a hot flash? It’s usually a woman thing, the body heats up to an intense flash point. Whew! It’s hot! You are drenched in sweat, and everyone around you is going about their business as if nothing unusual is going on. Your face is beet red. You are shining, and please […]

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Hydrologic Cycle Intro Continued . . . a.k.a. Hiatus

A rainbow, according to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, “is an arc or circle that exhibits in concentric bands the colors of the spectrum and that is formed opposite the sun by the refraction and reflection of the sun’s rays in raindrops, spray, or mist. This is a (panoramic shot from my iPhone ergo slightly distorted) […]

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Introduction to the Hydrologic Cycle

I’ve always joked about my tendency to bury plants and my subsequent inertia in regard to watering them. But I got a lesson yesterday. I’d just finished pursuing the most recent Mother Earth News magazine and had read an article by Joel Salatin in which he writes that we are responsible for what we know. […]

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Crossroads

I am in the midst of writing a play. I’ve never done that before; kind of like brain surgery. And so focussing on researching about energy has lost its attraction. The play? Triage: An American Experiment in Existential Arbitration. The question: Who will save the Haze Justice Healing Center? I find the question fascinating. And it’s […]

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A Day Late

I forgot to post yesterday. I even had an alarm set on my phone to remind me. It buzzed. I turned it off but didn’t connect the alarm to the fact that I was supposed to not be working on my play but on a post for my blog. It was an example of not […]

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Energy 109: The Renewable See-Saw and How To Go Forward

Energy 109: The Renewable See-Saw and How To Go Forward Sun. Wind. Water. It’s all so old-fashioned and natural. But, as ever, in our 21st century, Anthropocene age, things don’t happen unless they are economic and convenient. The good news is that renewables are now entirely economic. In fact, this past April, renewables surpassed coal […]

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On Gardens and Compost Consequences

Maybe it was because I had made it clear that a short cut lawn seems wasteful–what use is boring, old grass, after all? Unless it is very tall grass, surrounding and protecting our very short High bush blueberries, and waving luxuriantly in the stiff breezes coming over the mountain. Carl prefers short grass, not for […]

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Chernobyl & Energy

Just a postscript on the nuclear energy post. Addresses the no regrets issue. Or maybe it doesn’t. In any case, it brings to mind the book The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. Part of the book concerns what will happen if we forget to turn off things like nuclear plants. https://www.rt.com/news/155072-chernobyl-images-now-then/

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Elementary Gardening

This February and March I set up shop in our greenhouse. I bought seeding mix. I gathered our variety of seedling containers, flats and trays. And brought out the four boxes of seeds that I had ordered the previous fall and divided into root, fruit, flower and leaf. I had put them in alphabetical order […]

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Energy 108: Espresso, Fossil Fuels and the Transition Conumdrum

The following really does have to do with things energy. It has already been a fabulous day here at Darwin’s View. To begin: my morning latte. After two days of no caffeine—preparation for a too familiar, routine procedure—that limp, low energy feeling of blah was replaced by the joyous surge of I-can-do-anything espresso. Ideas popped […]

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Birds 101

Our four resident frogs are enjoying the lap pond’s 66.4 temperature. More my style would be a balmy 82 degrees but that’s not going to happen any time soon due to clouds and rain and cool weather. But that’s okay because that allows for time to clean the pool of green algae, and to listen […]

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Energy 107: The Nuclear Option

Let’s say those people who believe we have a climate crisis on our hands agree to disagree with those who don’t. And that those who don’t agree—or don’t care—agree to look at the true cost-benefit analysis of energy in the U.S. Of A.. If such were the case, there would likely be agreement that it […]

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Why I Was MIA.

I fell off the blogosphere last week. Myriad excuses but it all comes down to this: I lost heart. It’s overwhelming, trying to be positive in the face of so much horror. Especially when people laugh about it. It’s like the “Springtime in Germany” scene in The Producers: making farce out of events that prove […]

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ENERGY 106 Part II: A Dirty, Little Secret

Roy Hopkins writes in his book Transition Handbook, that digging out the tar sands—from whence comes much of our fracked gas—is “akin to arriving at the pub to find that all the beer is off, but so desperate are you for a drink that you begin to fantasize that in the thirty years this pub […]

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The Day After

Carl and I spent Memorial Day in the garden, moving rocks, digging, planting, connecting to the land. Sometimes, it’s too painful to remember and yet, even without intentionally going about it, we do. I remembered my father. My aunts. My grandmothers. There they were, with me, in the garden. I did have a moment. After […]

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Energy 106: Lead up to a Dirty, Little Secret

Ever hear of Liberty Utilities’ Granite Bridge pipeline project? It’s remarkably similar to all the other pipelines that have been proposed that web across the United States. It is promoted as a job creating, economic investment that will save money in the long run, and create a secure and dependable supply of fuel. The project […]

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Black flies, Newts, and “The Biggest, Little Farm”

What do I love about New York City? No black flies. I’m scratching the welts received during a bout of gardening a couple of days ago but fear no more—at least, until I get back home. Meantime, honking and shouting, car alarms and sirens, and heat. I take on the façade of a true New […]

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Energy 105: In Defense of Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels helped to create this country.⁠1 Coal, gas and oil enabled mind-boggling growth and progress, and improved the quality of life, (if not always the health), of humans, (if not nature). America, in a heyday of change and development, built up a culture, an infrastructure, a world that promised milk and honey, and required […]

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Off Grid? What’s That Mean?

Different things to different people, for Carl and me, “off grid” means living in a normal house with flush toilets and showers but no dishwasher. The difference is, we get our power from the sun via solar panels, and have no wires connecting us to that inefficient, uneconomic thing called the national power grid. Thus […]

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Energy 104: The Politics of Energy

Fossil fuels or renewables? Is energy access a right or a privilege? Is it a service or a commodity? Is the sourcing, development and distribution of energy a social justice issue? Do we celebrate if we’re old, and apologize to youth because we’ve screwed them? Who really is in charge and who’s paying attention? Who […]

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This Is Not What I Intended.

What’s so interesting about these troubled times is how ignorable the whole “we are totally screwed” concept is in our daily lives. I write a post about OMG-we-have-got-to-do-something-immediately—and then go about my day. Sure, simmering in the background is fear. Depression. Anxiety. But hey! I have a broody hen to contend with. Her determined fluffiness […]

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Energy 103: Demand Response and Solar Flares

The grid is an edgy basket to put all your eggs into, though we do, thanks to our ever burgeoning, bigger-is-better attitude and economy. We, Americans, need our power when we want it. Not only is that expensive, but it’s risky because the grid isn’t as elastic as it needs to be, given its uneconomic, […]

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What I Did Do and What Might You Do.

Sometimes, when overwhelmed by the energy that swirls about, the hyperactive doing, the sense of not enough time, I think of the Laws of Thermodynamics. I wonder if that’s why everything feels so out of control these days: all the energy that used to be stored (in the earth,) has been freed by us, and […]

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Energy 102: Energy in the U.S. of A.: Definitions and Infrastructure

  Do you know how energy works in the U.S. of A.? A lot of people at all levels of society don’t. That is a problem. How can we deal with the energy side of climate change if we don’t understand the problem, or even the right terms to use? We need facts, not opinions. […]

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Interstices

Are these energy articles worth our while? I’m not sure. Rather, it will be a case of the blind leading the blind because I don’t know “energy” any more than the next person. Or maybe I do. Because, in the years since moving from Rhode Island to New Hampshire to live off-grid at Darwin’s View, […]

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Energy 101: Introduction

Apparently, we are in trouble: Icebergs melting. Waters rising. Species dying. The last five years, the hottest ever recorded.⁠1  These are facts, not conspiracies, and I see the hand-wringing of people—myself included—who want to do something to stop our sprint to extinction. We know that this environmental devastation is due, at least in part, to […]

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Ideas Popping Like Popcorn . . .

Bicycles. This is an interesting article on bicycles that might solve a number of problems in a small town like Jaffrey, or a bigger one like Providence. Maybe only in spring, summer and fall. But the infrastructure built to accommodate bicycles might adapt to winter, too. We would just have to think a bit deeper. […]

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Article to Read!

This is an interesting read on the cognitive dissonance we all live with. I might add that there is a lot of construction and buying of big, expensive buildings on and around the island of Manhattan . . ..

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Missed Opportunities

I’m trying to get a foothold back into the blogosphere, and have been for months. Dozens of attempts fill up a document folder titled “Possible Posts”, and each beginning has a paragraph, or a series of sentences, none of which got finished. Missed opportunities to connect on topics that range from rental goats and possible […]

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A Book and What’s Next.

What used to be my Darwin’s View 2012-2014 blog is now a 211- page book. It took a lot longer than I thought it would. Deletions and additions, pages of them, came and went. So did quotes and footnotes, and my tirades against America’s Demo-n-capitalism and the inertia of Home s. sapiens in regard to […]

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More Chicken Rules!

MORE CHICKEN RULES We are in the midst here at Darwin’s View, moving the chicken coop and bus stop from their winter position—that we thought would be permanent—to where we hope will be their new and, yes, permanent home to the north of the annual garden area. You might ask, “Will this be the thirteenth […]

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Now What?

A few weeks ago, I finished the twelfth draft of my memoir about life here at Darwin’s View, off-grid with chickens. Since then, I have been scrambling to get caught up with myself and everything else that fell by the wayside, not least, the book summaries I said I’d write and haven’t. What was I […]

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PERSPECTIVE

I watched the lunar eclipse this morning. The start of it anyway. The moon set within minutes of the shadowing but still, what silent beauty. How awesome a thing, the planets’ dance, and I am left wondering, can the feminine of the moon counter the patriarchy of us? For millennia, Homo sapiens have dominated and […]

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The Egg & I by Betty MacDonald

Within days of Betty and Bob MacDonald’s marriage, while still on their honeymoon, Bob announced that what he wanted, really wanted, was to be a chicken farmer. Shortly after their return from their honeymoon, he found a farm off in the hinterlands of Washington State. Betty MacDonald’s book The Egg & I is a memoir […]

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One Way to Jumpstart a New Year

Yesterday began 2018. Some people hold the belief that, however you spend that first day of the year portends how the rest of the year will go. Which is only to say, mine was not an entirely auspicious beginning, given my hope for a calmer, more intentional time going forward. 5:15AM on January 1, 2018. […]

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Christmas?

I’m entering the fifth week of the healing of my hair-brain fracture. The cast has been on for two and a half weeks and makes the most basic actions, like typing, challenging. But still doable. Rather like Christmas. Carl and I didn’t want to feed into the hypocrisy of Christmas this year by buyingbuyingbuying. Instead, […]

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Civics Lesson?

I will preface this post by saying that I don’t want this website and blog to be political. I get too serious and on my almighty horse when I go down that path. Isn’t it more likely people will actually read these words if they are light-hearted and happy and relate to the machinations of […]

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CLF (Conservation Law Foundation)

CLF is an organization we supported when living in Rhode Island and one we continue to support here in New Hampshire. The Conservation Law Foundation crosses state lines, working on a regional level to protect New England’s environment. They educate, fight and have an impact on so much that is vital to our lives and […]

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The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

When I mentioned The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben to a forester I know, he scoffed. And the wildlife specialist we were walking with said, “Oh yeah, trees scream in agony.” They joshed about the absurdity and we moved on to the topic of how to create more habitat for songbirds. My secret […]

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The Monadnock Conservancy

The Monadnock Conservancy, a land trust organization for southwestern New Hampshire, does what Carl and I strive to do at Darwin’s View. It conserves and stewards the natural resources of the Monadnock region; educates the public on the importance of conserving land, not least agricultural properties and the concomitant way of life; connects people to […]

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Corporate Accountability

What is Corporate Accountability and why do we support it? You may or may not know this but I declared war against climate change in February of 2013. That soon became a two-front war against demo-n-capitalism, that nasty joining of our democracy with capitalism that has resulted in both being warped beyond recognition. Clearly, to […]

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350.org

I believe climate change is happening and that it is human caused. I also believe that we can change our current direction and heal the world. 350.org is “building the global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to science and justice.” You can get involved, too. https://350.org

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Farm Sanctuary & PETA (to name only two)

  “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi These organizations are two that I support because they protect the rights and lives of animals. This might seem precious with so many human rights and lives being assaulted but if we choose […]

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American Farmland Trust

If we don’t save our farmland now, in the not distant future, there will not be enough land and farmers to provide our human population with food. Which, perhaps, won’t be a problem. Our species might have already committed unintentional suicide by doing nothing about this climate change situation. But because we can do and […]

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CELDF & NHCRN

CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) & NHCRN (New Hampshire Community Rights Network) I love these two organizations because they are thinking outside the box. They work to bring our community rights legal authority to say “No” to Too-Big-to-Fail Corporations. Please check out their websites and learn more about them. This is how we will […]

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De-cluttering & Repurposing

Part of the appeal of selling Providence, beyond the opportunity to practice relaxing my clinging muscles, was the fact that all our stuff would be in one place. Which seemed like an excellent idea at the time. The reality? We now know, clearly and unequivocally, that we have too much stuff. On the brighter side, […]

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The Significance of Sh*t in the Shower

En route to Providence this past April—a mere six months ago—my cell phone rang. Carl, as ever, chauffeured and so I answered the call. It was our house sitter extraordinaire Katie. She has house sat for us, first at our East side home, and then our Park side home, on and off, for years. She […]

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Daily Planners

Last December, while in New York City visiting my mother, I spent nearly an hour at Staples choosing my daily planner calendar book for the coming year. It was and always is a daunting task. So many choices. Hardcover or paperback, compact or desktop? Daily, weekly, monthly? Dates and hours printed or free form? Page […]

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Regeneration & Rejuvenation in Three Parts

Our lap pond no longer leaks. It hardly even evaporates. And I am determined to swim every day because this is not a four season pool and the season is fast coming to a close. The last two days, the water was 68 degrees and the air a bracing 47. Nippy. Almost too but still […]

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The Stoner Dudes and Solar Eclipse

I’d like to introduce the Stone Dudes, Mo and Muff. Like their sisters—Squeaky, Sparrow, Black-Gold and Gold-Black—they were supposed to be girls. Enter reality. The old hens—Ping, CooLots, Chickadee, Brownie and Apricot—look askance at the adolescents. Do these gawky, skitterish dudes really think . . . anything? Before I get too far into the chicken […]

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My Goals for the End of April, in Preparation for May

GOALS: On Saturday, today, attend the People’s Climate Mobilization March in Keene, thereby combining relative Climate Action with errands, thereby lowering carbon footprint by not driving to Concord or Boston, thereby alleviating sense of “Is this enough?” with reality of daily life. Print out “No Ban. No Walls. No Raid.” signs to be put up […]

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Writer’s Block & Electra

I am not writing. I’ve been blocked for weeks. That’s my excuse anyway because then it is within my power to overcome the block and write again. Far worse would be if it is a conspiracy of the swirling energy around me. The negative ones determined to prevent me from reaching my goal of writing […]

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