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October, 2008 - Issue #89
HALLOWEEN 1993 - COLORADO 15 YEARS AGO
Emily was six and Amy four when we took this photo.
NOT LITTLE GIRLS ANYMORE
They're all grown up, working and going to college, and even more beautiful than ever.
CAUSE TO CELEBRATE
Bob and Emily have long planned to celebrate his 50th birthday and her 21st, so we invited Emily and Amy to join us at the Shakori Hills Fall Music Festival.
With over fifty bands playing over three and a half days and with the woods filled with campsites, the festival felt like a mini Woodstock. Come to find out, Amy had recently written a research paper on Woodstock! See more photos of all the fun we had at Shakori Hills Fall Music Festival 2008
MEANWHILE, BACK AT HOME
Bob is still picking up interesting mushrooms. This one is Ramaria botrytis.
AND MAKING BEER
These are the hops in the bottom of the barrel after last month's "Hellahop" brew had been bottled.
EASY COME, EASY GO
At the beginning of the month, there were four guineas and by the end of the month we were only seeing two.
Lyle dug up one of two banana clumps, potted the stalks and placed many inside a "Bananatorium." Other stalks began turning up in unlikely places - atop the Bite Blocker platform in building two, for example. The next evening Bob returned home from Disc Golf with a banana in the passenger's seat so now we have a banana plant living in our spare bedroom.
DRESSING THE BANANAS FOR WINTER
Kim packs straw around banana stalks to insulate them from the cold throughout the winter. We then wrapped them in burlap coffee bags donated by Jason of Edible Earthscapes.
Head's Up Therapeutic Riding added another pony to their barn.
A NEW FARM
Soon we'll have even more organic produce grown on the Piedmont site. While the sound of the bull dozer can be upsetting to some, we prefer to think about the rain forest that won't be cleared so we can eat.
Kathryn, Adah, Jack and Link have decided to reduce their waste stream and document that journey. This is their "before" picture.
As part of our ongoing journey to sustainability, we have joined a group of people who are interested in Cohousing. Cohousing is what happens when a group of people decide they want to create their own neighborhood. Our group explored this pretty forty acre parcel adjacent to the Piedmont Biofuels plant on the last Sunday of the month.
The property is a nice mix of meadow and woods and runs down to Roberson Creek. It has a wonderful feel.
Bob took this photo of a dogwood and of a small salamander found in one of the feeder streams. For those interested, we've created a Google group to discuss the project as it unfolds. Click on PBO Cohousing to find out more.
HERE COMES HALLOWEEN
It all started out like any other day... More at: Halloween 2008
THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:
"Although people often bemoan political apathy as if it were a grave social ill, it seems to me that this is just as it should be. Why should essentially powerless people want to engage in a humiliating farce designed to demonstrate the legitimacy of those who wield the power? In soviet-era Russia, intelligent people did their best to ignore the Communists: paying attention to them, whether through criticism or praise, would only serve to give them comfort and encouragement, making them feel as if they mattered. why should Americans want to act any differently with regard to the Republicans and the Democrats? For love of donkeys and elephants?" Dimitry Orlov from his book, "Reinventing Collapse - The Soviet Example and American Prospects"
"We no longer have a country — just the hollow shell of one, a global corporation masquerading electronically and digitally as a nation called the United States." - Joe Bageant
"Taking care of ourselves, producing good-quality food, and supporting local producers and markets have to be recognized as activist work." - Sandor Ellix Katz
"It is one of the larger paradoxes of our time that the very same food policies that have contributed to overnutrition in the first world are now contributing to undernutrition in the third." - Michael Pollan from his open letter to President Bush in the New York Times Magazine October 9, 2008
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