• Uncle!

    by  • February 11, 2013

    I was made to yell that once, when my cousin held me by my heels face down behind the couch.  I couldn’t take it any more and said what he told me to say.  I said (well, I yelled) “Uncle!” He was 10 years older than me, bigger, stronger and more ruthless.  There’s always...

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    Breaking Wind

    by  • January 31, 2013

    There’s been a lot of sneering and nay-saying at wind power, and a lot of that has been deserved.  Wind power isn’t a magic bullet that will save us all from using petroleum.  It can’t take the place of coal, and that was the big beef when wind farms started popping up:  that they...

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    Home Ec

    by  • January 6, 2013

    The 1970′s were one challenging time to be a teenage girl.  Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem raged in opposition to other cultural voices, including the lyrics to every rock song we loved, but in the middle of the confusion we knew one thing: we were free.  We were not property anymore.  We were not...

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    The Fresh Start

    by  • December 14, 2012

    Since Mayan calendar cycles always renew, I figure I can rationalize this date for my own purposes as well as any terror-promoting “end of days” TV special. So, I deny the “end of days”. I’ll go with a fresh start instead. With my setbacks, this blog suffered from neglect.  Like so many people, I...

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    API Gardening Team Meetup!

    by  • October 28, 2012

    The Gardening Team meetup at Applewood Permaculture Institute was a great sample of collective determination. As we introduced ourselves around the room, I noticed the glaring absence of merit-rattling.  Only one or two people brought up their educational degrees and other official credentials.  This wasn’t about establishing pack order.  It was about getting from...

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    HallowGreen Bash Tomorrow!

    by  • October 24, 2012

    Join Denver’s green professionals for a night of eco-themed Halloween fun. Thursday, October 25th 7:30 PM to 11PM Local beer and wine Organic snacks Live Music Come in your best eco-themed costume and win great prizes Green Spaces 1368 26th St Denver $5 cover includes food and your first drink! In partnership with: Green...

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    Screaming Deal on a Winter Farming Class

    by  • October 9, 2012

    Gardening classes can give you a slice of security.  Just growing carrots in pots can be reassuring in our economic climate. Gardening classes can be pricey, depending on where you go.  I’ve stacked up several boutique classes over the years that didn’t do me much good.  Botanic Gardens is a lovely location, but the...

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    The Image Problem

    by  • October 8, 2012

    Green has an image problem.  It’s as if, after the beautiful shot of Earth from space made the rounds, the eco-movement figured that no better picture was available… so why bother to keep up the aesthetics? But beauty is important.  When I interviewed Bryan Welsh, publisher of Mother Earth news, he said that, “Beauty...

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    by  • October 7, 2012

    We’ve been hearing about our rickety and duct-taped infrastructure for a while now; it’s a fun bleeding angle for mainstream media, who love dire situations with no foreseeable hope.  It’s a magic ratings formula.

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    by  • October 7, 2012

    Temps are going back up this week, but a cold snap is a great reminder that it’s time to turn the heat on soon.  You can save cash over the winter with clean ducts and a heating system that works properly.  Maintenance of that system can also be a health and life saver. If...

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    by  • October 4, 2012

    Freezing temperatures on the way. Those words are the trumpet call to gardeners of all kinds.  The pumpkins need to come in NOW, just in case the frost drops a little earlier than the weather people say it will.  So we all scurry out to chop the ground fruit off the vine and lug...

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