Cold enough again this week for regular fires, conveniently I have a short stack of wood from 3 years ago that needs to be burned this season, and newly downed trees to share between the bugs and the earth and new stacks of split wood.

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When the river floods
Our swamp rises
Morning fog meets
A subtle current

Waste by Kate O'Neill: 20% of all landfill trash is food waste / only 3% of food waste from farm to plate is composted [what a tragically simple climate crime]

Actual USA Today headline:

"This simple trick stops Google, Amazon, Facebook from listening to you all the time"

Actual trick in article: turn off the surveillance devices/microphones when not using them...

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Just finished How To Do Nothing - now I’m fired up to either cry or plant trees but I can’t really do either today. I did see a pair of pileated woodpeckers in my neighbors’ yard, just as the book ended on her sighting of the brown pelicans; a sweet little coincidence that encapsulates just how exactly right this book was for me in content and timing. If you like this account you should really check it out.

"We can try to wipe the glass clean, but we are still looking through the window of our experience." - Kate O'Neill

Jenny Odell's call to reclaim attention from advertising social networks to retain more will and more connection->sensitivity->attentiveness to place and region. Discusses briefly towards the end as well as , I quite like the idea of a home-based pub/instance for when folks visit, in our case almost a Guestbook (and echoes early bbs and web guestbooks). It is a beautiful book of non-traditonal art criticism and contextualism as well.

"I concluded from my reading of classical economics that the creation of poverty is as fully intentional as the creation of wealth"

Reading Woolf's and thinking about why poverty and inferiority are useful to the powerful. Thinking back to Kendi's and how the U.S. is a racist nation, no diversion required from our historic role to subjugate. Thinking about our southern border. Reading Vollmann's essay on that, ends by quoting , "There are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes."

Just read an inspiring account of home-scale successes and failures over a decade growing perennial vegetables and fruits in new England. Lots to plan from, although it is largely memoir.

The bipinnate leaves of this pecan fan out from directly underneath in a mesmerizing echo of rippling circles of rain water.

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This summer of road trips I intend to visit a number of community/cooperative inspirations from years of reading:

The Nearings / Good Life Center
Greenbelt, MD
Twin Oaks Intentional Community
Truth or Consequences, NM

But I'm also headed through lots of the midwest and west, so what similarly broadly construed inspirations should I read and see (that aren't Pacific Coastal)?

Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich (1970), and The Weight Of Light: A collection of solar futures (2018)

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i just changed my desktop background to this #Monet and i am pleased

i am ready for spring

Attended an interesting Solarize regional pitch tonight. They basically do 12mo campaigns targeted at a city or region to RFP a solar installer, recruit residential and commercial installs, and tier pricing based on total kWh for the campaign. Was surprised to learn 25yr equip guarantees (85% output) are norm. Esp here with no other incentives or funding backstops beyond the expiring federal tax, it seems like a smart "market-based crowdsourcing" way to localize interest and installer staffing.

HaymarketBooks.org is doing one of those $1-or-so ebook sales through tonight. Too many good possibilities, I've nearly finished the ones I got a year ago in Verso's sale so let's see..

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