Hi! This is a garden update! In my last post it was all just a dream on paper, the colored circles holding the place of the real greenery that is out there now! I really don’t think it could be going any better, considering this is my first time doing anything like this. I look outside and am amazed at what’s growing, and most of it like gangbusters. It started with kale at the beginning of June, then continued with collards, dill, sage, mustard greens, edible marigolds, calendula, nasturtiums, baby greens, some radishes, broccoli, two heads of cabbage (one big, one little). Now we are full on into pole beans, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes,summer squash, onions and zucchini (we call our GIGANTIC plants “the giant zucchini machine”). Coming on strong on are eggplants and one regular tomato plant (one didn’t do so well). Plugging along is my little polyculture, which I’ve struggled with a bit. Mainly because I don’t know the difference between radish tops, turnip tops, and certain baby greens. A lot of the radishes went to flower…not sure if it was because they didn’t have enough space? I got, like, 4. But I got tons of baby greens (lettuces and mustard greens) for salad for several weeks. The carrots and parsley are coming up now, as well as little parsnip leaves. I had one potato plant come up (I planted 4 seed potatoes) and just harvested three little potatoes. I’ll have to try again with those.
Hullo! Long time no blog. I have been so busy doing stuff that I haven’t had time to write about it. Isn’t that always the way?
Well, spring is here, and I have my permaculture-based garden plan all set and ready to go. The funny thing is, I have never had ANY kind of garden, much less something permaculture-based. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s kind of ambitious for a newbie, but that’s just the way I roll. If I can’t do some of it or don’t have time…so be it.
So some of the site considerations I needed to take into account with this plan are:
As I’ve moved my life towards cleaner living, one of the the things I hoped would improve would be my skin. It’s not terrible or anything, but I’ve had cystic acne on my face since I was in my mid 20s or so, and I’ve always had large pores and oily skin. It’s also very sensitive as well. I’ve tried several treatments, including Proactiv and Pronexin, Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, etc etc. Proactive worked for about 2 years, but then ceased to be effective. Many other things I would try would just make my breakouts worse. I couldn’t believe I was in my 30s and still dealing with acne. I guess the upside is it made me look younger!
This is a sort of New Year’s resolutions post. I usually don’t write resolutions. In fact, the last few years I’ve thought it was silly and that it just ends up being a list that hangs over your head. But I feel differently this year for some reason. Writing down a list can be a powerful way of committing things to your psyche. And I feel very strongly about the things on this list. I think they are accomplish-able and important for my mental health and the health of those around me. And, I’m in a new state, a new (small) city, and I feel an immense sense opportunity that is just waiting to be plucked from the beautiful Vermont sky.
I’ve been meditating on this idea of the nation-state for a while. A gentleman that came to our Massachusetts Zeitgeist Day event in Cambridge last March commented that unless we get rid of the idea of nation-states, we will never have peace on the planet. I completely agree, and I wanted to just write a post about it as it’s been on my mind. It’s especially pertinent now, as it seems war with Syria (and whatever slippery-slope conflicts emerge from that) might be inevitable.
My last post where I mentioned I had a big announcement was a little preemptive. I assumed, which always makes an ass out of me, but oh well. The announcement was going to be about a social endeavor I want to start based on the workings of a gift economy. I had entered a contest called Start Something That Matters, sponsored by GOODIS and TOMS Shoes, where you could win $50,000 to start your social endeavor. I got all sorts of excited and made a video about the pay-what-you-can soup business I want to start and entered. And waited. And the day the contest was supposed to start (last Friday), I got an email telling me I hadn’t made it to the voting round.
Hubs and I went to the March Against Monsanto in downtown Boston yesterday. It was a decent turnout even tho the weather felt more like October. I hate this company and I hate that somehow they have managed to completely fool our government into thinking their products are necessary and safe. Really, the only things we can do at this point is grow our own food, buy organic, continue to demand labeling and banning these weirdo crops with things like pesticides spliced into their genes.
We have created a hell on Earth. Most of us remain blinded to its firey prison, but it’s here. Most of you reading this are probably only in the outer circle of hell, not the very center of the agony. You may have to work 8–10 hrs a day at a job you hate to pay your mortgage, but you have a house. You may worry that you won’t have enough to leave your kid when you die, but your kid eats three meals a day, has people to love it and people to teach it. You think your life doesn’t have much point, but you get enough joy in the few hours you get to spend with your friends and family to keep you ticking. You may medicate heavily with alcohol, pot or pharmaceuticals, but all in the name of unwinding, relaxing, kicking back. Yes, this is only the outside circle of hell.
I gave the following talk at Z-Day Massachusetts, 2013. Unfortunately, the camera shut off after two minutes, so the rest of the talk is transcribed after the jump.
Charles Eisenstein: The More Beautiful Worlds Our Hearts Tell Us is Possible
Buckminster Fuller on RBE
The late great self-made genius R. Buckminster Fuller discusses the ideas that lie behind a resource-based economy.
God is Dead?
Video for Black Sabbath’s new single God is Dead? directed by Peter Joseph (director of the Zeitgeist Movies)
Natural Farming with Masanobu Fukuoka
This is permaculture heaven.
Valedictorian speaks out about public school indoctrination
For the Next Generation
A film aiming to inspire positive change in a time that is very difficult for many across the planet, and to spread awareness of some serious challenges that lie ahead.
Although I didn’t watch this on Sunday, I’ve been meaning to post it because it’s the awesomist.
The Quantum Activist
There is a revolution going on in science. A genuine paradigm shift. While mainstream science remains materialist, a substantial number of scientists are supporting and developing a paradigm based on the primacy of consciousness. Amit Goswami, Ph.D., a pioneer of this revolutionary new perspective within science, shares with us his vision of the unlimited potential of consciousness as the ground of all being, and how this revelation can actually help us to live better. The Quantum Activist tells the story of a man who challenges us to rethink our very notions of existence and reality, with a force and scope not felt since Einstein. This film bridges the gap between God and Science. The work of Goswami, with stunning precision and without straying from the rigors of quantum mechanics, reveals the overarching unity inherent in the worlds major religions and mystical traditions. Meet the man behind the message as Dr. Goswami tells how he moved away from the religious teachings of his childhood, to seek his path in nuclear and theoretical quantum physics, and how he has come full circle, through quantum insight, back to the very religious axioms offered as a youth. Written by Ted Golder