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Don’t Call Me A Green Consumer

It was the early 1990s and “green” was going corporate. A book called The Green Consumer Guide had become a bestseller in the UK. I lived in London and my first book had just been published; Americans would turn up now and then to nose around. Debra Lyn Dadd, who wrote about nontoxic living, came

Hops from the compost heap [updated]

October 2015: Here's a photo of the first year's growth. Unfortunately I was at the Frankfurt Book Fair when an unusually hard frost (a sudden drop to 18 degrees F) came, and I hadn't yet cut the garlands of blossom. They'll climb again next year, with an earlier start and stronger roots, so my kitchen

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Knowledge for our common future

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Knowledge to Transform Our Common FutureBerkshire Publishing Group; Berkshire Publishing Group 2012WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder I am proud of this huge set, this treasure library of knowledge, but awed, too, by just how much more there is to know, and how much work there is for all of us who are working to

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Flowers in the Depths of Winter

Orchids are tougher than I am! The snow is still deep and it is bitterly cold outside. It is cold in the house, too, dropping to 55 Fahrenheit at night, and perhaps even lower near the windows. But two of the orchid plants have new shoots with flower buds. Incredible!!! What are they thinking? This

How to Live in a Cold House, or Love in a Cold Climate

I live in a very cold house. Our base temperature is 58F (14.5C) and we rarely raise the temperature over 60F. At night, much of the house drops to 55F. And its an old house, which means there are some drafts, in spite of all our efforts over the years, and uneven temperatures. Its a

Train visions

I was 19 years old the first time I rode a train, and in a foreign country. England doesnt seem very foreign to me now, but I was young and there were so many little things to negotiate, from knowing to ask for a return ticket to the lean out the window and turn the