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The Long Game
An entry in The Household Economy Last year, I started on the garden late. Aside from sneaking in a small potato patch in April, I didn't really get going until late May and early June. I had some ...
aimlessmind 03/13/2013 13 25 - -
Tree Hugger
An entry in Encounters One of the challenges of attempting a life in the margins is the sense of alienation it can, at times, produce. Granted, a life lived within the confines of society's ...
aimlessmind 03/07/2013 18 26 - -
Let Us Please Not Make It Worse
It happens often. A large job waits for me, and for a moment it seems almost impossible. Or, if not impossible, at least quite daunting and far more than I want to tackle. It might be planning and ...
aimlessmind 02/28/2013 4 3 1 -
Live in the Margins
An entry in How To Be Poor In the previous entry in this series, The Reductionist Trap , I wrote about a possible diet I could eat that would seem to be sustainable and practical, given my ...
aimlessmind 02/14/2013 57 28 4 -
Work Made a Farmer
And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer. God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in ...
aimlessmind 02/07/2013 119 107 6 -
The Reductionist Trap
An entry in the How To Be Poor series on voluntary poverty One of the primary troubles with living well in a time of peak oil and deindustrialization is the tendency in our society to think in ...
aimlessmind 01/31/2013 24 15 6 -
The Privilege of Empire
I lived in the White Mountains of Arizona throughout my sixteenth year. My mother owned a coffee shop there, in the small town of Pinetop. Visiting one summer, I fell in love with the area and ...
aimlessmind 01/23/2013 39 34 2 -
The Soil's Gifts
There's a bacteria in soil that has been shown to make humans happy by triggering serotonin production in the brain. But there must be more to it. — ∞ — The garden has made me happy. I've ...
aimlessmind 06/06/2012 55 40 1 201
The Circus Comes to Town
An entry in How To Be Poor As has likely been noticed by regular readers (and unnoticed by approximately the entire world) the How To Be Poor series on voluntary poverty has not seen a new entry in ...
aimlessmind 05/31/2012 9 1 - 67
Why I'll Pay $10 for a Gallon of Milk
When I lived in Portland, I paid $10 for a gallon of milk. This wasn't store bought milk, of course, but raw milk. It came from a farm south of the city--a piece of land leased by two wonderful ...
aimlessmind 05/02/2012 224 94 4 930
How To Make Butter
An entry in The Household Economy I love butter. I grew up eating margarine, but those were dark days indeed and I try not to think about them now. Instead, I think about butter, and I eat it. I ...
aimlessmind 04/26/2012 144 165 31 739
Considering Butter: A Philosophy of Homesteading
An entry in The Household Economy A few months back, I read a Sharon Astyk post in which she wrote about a new cookbook of sorts, Make the Bread, Buy ...
aimlessmind 04/13/2012 117 54 4 576
The Desert Tells
An entry in the Encounters series Six weeks ago, I walked amongst the red rocks surrounding Sedona, Arizona. I was in Sedona after having driven my mother there and was able to take a few days to ...
aimlessmind 03/20/2012 14 14 - 208
Ending Our Exuberance
An entry in the How To Be Poor series on voluntary poverty In my previous diary in the How To Be Poor series on voluntary poverty, I argued that many people's dietary choices reveal the sort of ...
aimlessmind 03/12/2012 24 23 1 368
The Household Economy: A Potential Power Grab
An introduction to The Household Economy As I write this, the smell of fresh, baking bread is wafting from the wood stove here in the farm’s main, communal house. The bread is one step in my ...
aimlessmind 03/02/2012 20 14 - 110
There are No Vegetarians in a Famine
An entry in the How To Be Poor series To better understand the distorted viewpoint of our culture that I wrote about in the last post, I want to talk about food and diet. As I tend to reference my ...
aimlessmind 02/25/2012 130 55 3 639
When Money No Longer Gets Money
An entry in the How To Be Poor series on voluntary poverty Friday morning, I ...
aimlessmind 02/04/2012 49 44 6 544
A Matter of Responsibility
I love snow. It's something we don't get very often here in the Northwest. When we do get it, it tends to be of the hit-the-ground-and-melt variety. An inch or two is significant for us---this isn't ...
aimlessmind 01/24/2012 4 1 - 42
Resilience and Stealth Infrastructure: How the Occupy Movement Could Change the Context
A Need For Response For those familiar with my recent writing (which is probably approximately none of you reading this, admittedly) it's ...
aimlessmind 12/28/2011 12 10 2 109
Some Thoughts on Making a Living
Something that, over the last few years, I've seen as odd in our society is how common it is to interchange the idea of a job and the idea of making a living. Life in our industrial,
aimlessmind 12/20/2011 15 11 1 89
Why I Hiked Neahkahnie Mountain Instead of Shutting Down the Port
I've been buoyed of late by the Occupy movement. Having joined the kick off march and rally for Occupy Portland, participated in the October 15th global day of protest, and closely ...
aimlessmind 12/14/2011 96 50 4 463
A Dumbfounding (Lifelong) Moment
Someone seems to have gifted me a lifetime subscription to Daily Kos. It took me a few minutes to comprehend this. I had noticed there was a subscription drive going on here and a rally around ...
aimlessmind 12/12/2011 6 11 - 80
Today I Nearly Died, Worked at Many Jobs, and Glimpsed the Future
Today, I worked at many jobs. I woke early in the morning, in a freezing cold yurt under a pile of bedding, and allowed the alarm clock on my cell phone to ring multiple times. Eventually--knowing I ...
aimlessmind 12/11/2011 44 51 1 556
OR-Sen: Smith Gets a Challenger - Novick Announces
At noon on Wednesday, Gordon Smith will finally get a challenger for his seat in 2008. Steve Novick will be announcing his candidacy in Portland at ...
aimlessmind 04/17/2007 11 10 - 6
An Open Letter to Senate Democrats: FILIBUSTER EVERYTHING
aimlessmind 09/08/2005 9 22 - 2
Battle Objective Journalism
aimlessmind 03/11/2005 7 1 1 2
Washington State Dems Ask For DNC Feedback
aimlessmind 01/27/2005 6 4 - -
Violating the Geneva Convetion in Iraq
aimlessmind 11/14/2004 4 8 - -
"Kerry Wins In A Blowout"
aimlessmind 10/27/2004 10 7 - -
Kerry Takes Offensive--Clears Way For Us
aimlessmind 09/20/2004 4 6 - -
Breaking The Backs America Is Built Upon
aimlessmind 08/31/2004 4 2 - 1
How To Vote In WA State Primary?
aimlessmind 08/27/2004 20 - - -
Rep. Alexander Still On Ballot; Sign-Up Reopened
aimlessmind 08/23/2004 11 1 - 1
The Totality of Bush's Jobs and Economic Performance
aimlessmind 08/09/2004 14 1 - -
The Coming World Oil Crisis
aimlessmind 07/11/2004 26 - - 1
"Pause To Do Them Injury"
aimlessmind 06/09/2004 3 - - 1
Florida is Being Rigged Again
aimlessmind 06/04/2004 21 - - -
The Newest Gitmo Detainee
aimlessmind 06/02/2004 5 - - -
The Liars Are Lying About The Lies
aimlessmind 06/01/2004 42 - - 13
We Should Be Enraged
aimlessmind 05/14/2004 - - - -
The FDA Can Go To Hell
aimlessmind 05/07/2004 4 - - -
The Continued Assault On Women
aimlessmind 05/04/2004 5 - - -
The Costs Of War - Pictures From Iraq
aimlessmind 04/27/2004 5 - - -
Bush Thinks Everything Is Free
aimlessmind 04/24/2004 3 - - -
A Common Cause - A Proposal For John Kerry
aimlessmind 04/22/2004 2 - - -
A Common Cause - A Proposal For John Kerry
aimlessmind 04/22/2004 4 - - 9
We Will Not Die For Lies
aimlessmind 04/20/2004 1 - - 1
Disaster (Possibly) Averted In Iraq. Najaf Next?
aimlessmind 04/19/2004 8 - - -
Truly Disturbing
aimlessmind 04/18/2004 4 - - -
If You Lay With Pain
aimlessmind 04/18/2004 4 - - -
The Best Kept Secret
aimlessmind 04/17/2004 20 - - -
Out of Kerry's Mouth
aimlessmind 04/16/2004 4 - - -
The Need For Hope
aimlessmind 04/16/2004 5 - - -
Why 527s Aren't As Important To The RNC
aimlessmind 03/26/2004 4 - - -
Condi Rice is Scary
aimlessmind 03/25/2004 28 - - -
Fun (Damaging?) Stories Coming From Salon
aimlessmind 03/10/2004 4 - - -
Don't Let Them Steal The Election
aimlessmind 03/02/2004 55 - - 1
I Can Finally Be Proud of My Country
aimlessmind 02/26/2004 11 - - -
Who's The Real Patriot?
aimlessmind 02/12/2004 6 - - -
True Majority and Voting Machine Fraud
aimlessmind 02/11/2004 2 - - -
23 Year Old's Washington Caucus Experience
aimlessmind 02/07/2004 10 - - -
Comprehensive Site of Bush's Record
aimlessmind 02/03/2004 6 - - -
Latest NH Poll Numbers
aimlessmind 01/18/2004 3 - - -
Blog Comments Being Used Against Future Candidates
aimlessmind 01/16/2004 12 - - -
Dean Supported Bosnia War
aimlessmind 01/14/2004 26 - - -
Will The O'Neill Story Blow Over?
aimlessmind 01/13/2004 10 - - -
Do Iowans Really Care About Dean's Caucus Comments?
aimlessmind 01/10/2004 14 - - -
How Dean Can Revive The Democratic Party
aimlessmind 01/07/2004 43 - - -
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