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Save the Planet? Who, Me?

What can I do to make a difference? You’d be surprised at how much professional environmentalists hate this question. They wish they could answer it, but they really don’t know. Instead, they talk about policy changes and government initiatives, tax incentives and corporate governance. (Note: The text in this post comes from the Armchair Environmentalist,

No Styrofoam here in Great Barrington

I just wrote this embarrassing message to my neighborhood email list. I have lived in Great Barrington since 1992 and can't believe I've never heard anyone mention a ban on Styrofoam, but I can't remember seeing any Styrofoam around either. There was a storm of protest when cigarettes were banned in restaurants and I remember

Walking to the shops makes life better

It often takes an outside eye to help one see things close at hand. Last night, a friend came to my house for supper. I'd made a rhubarb crumble, and mentioned that it really should be served with ice cream. Everyone agreed, and my daughter said, in the most ordinary way, "I'll go get some

The time of our lives

The opening chapter of my first book was about time, not the most obvious aspect of "home ecology." A book called Time Wars had just been published and I was fascinated by it, and very much conscious of time shortage in my own life. But looking back on this in 2012 I am astonished by

The London Book Fair (and how this blog began)

I made my first trip to the London Book Fair in 2004. I was there as a new independent publisher and was rushing around to to publishing events, but I also had a meeting scheduled with MQ Publications, a gift-book company with a fast-talking editor who had persuaded me to sign a contract to write