A piece depicting the possibilities in vertical gardening. I'm one who values more low-tech solutions to the vertical gardening question, rather than the whiz-bag and energy-heavy solutions that look at this question through a more Buck Rogers futuristic approach. It's not that I don't appreciate what some tech-y solutions can do for us, especially as we transition. But ultimately I'm looking … [Read more...] about Grow up!
NOTE: Work-in-Progress* Writing about goat mowers will probably be among my most favorite essays for the chapbook that will accompany this show. That's because the link between industrial-scale fossil fuel use and an overtaxed economy and environment are so painfully felt. And it's surprising sometimes that the answers to these predicaments will come less in terms of newfangled technologies but … [Read more...] about Goats on the green
Something's been troubling me ever since I listened to President Obama's first post-reëlection press conference. Perhaps as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the now two-term president was finally asked a question about global warming, a topic conveniently avoided by both sides throughout the seemingly interminable campaign. The question came from New York Times White House correspondent Mark Lander: … [Read more...] about Climate change: Obama needs to turn talk into action
We live in a world dependent on electricity and we forget that being dependent on something — however wonderful that thing is — makes you vulnerable. Even getting a back-up generator isn't a painless solution for household resilience. A medium-size generator can cost $50 or more per day in fuel to run. And just hope that your local gas stations don't lose power or sell out to panic buyers before … [Read more...] about Ten low-tech responses to storms and emergencies
The title might be an exaggeration, but using a SodaStream to make “fizzy” water, sparkling tea, and cola has reduced the plastic bottles and metal cans I use and recycle. It’s also kept money from leaving my purse. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post on Lindsay's List. If you're a friend of Lindsay's, a friend of energy conservation, or just have an idea to help women live locally with a smaller … [Read more...] about SodaStream and save the planet?
Recently a local monthly newspaper, Echo, ran a story about the unsafe levels of Benzene, a carcinogen, found in sealed, parked cars baking in the sunlight. According to the article (sorry, not available online), off-gassing from all the plastic and petroleum-based components in the car builds up under sunlight. The author advised that drivers and riders ventilate the car before getting in, … [Read more...] about Urban legend or cause for worry?