Tag: revolution

  • Transition: Leaving the Ball and Chain for the Tight Rope

         Finally. The open door. The one that never shows what is on the other side. Smoke or mist or darkness. Shortly after 1 January 2019 my entire focus will go to the design and nursery practice, a risk that is exciting and anxious…a strange balance. The sense of freedom that comes and goes is […]

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  • Closure from Cornell: Soul found in design….

    In 1987 I had a major life-changing event which moved me away from a twelve year career in law enforcement and into emergency and disaster management. After writing several major plans, I was approached by the local district coordinator for the USDA, NRCS to coordinate a 36-agency program to restore two major anadromous fisheries watersheds […]

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  • Upon Being Asked to Reflect: Pattern Language, Salingaros Article and Permaculture Design

    Language has always been my favorite past time. I have been a writer from the moment I could hold a crayon.  Conversely, mathematics destroyed me through most of my education…until graduate statistical analysis. I still remember being terrified by the thought that I had to get a passing grade in statistics. But more clearly I […]

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  • Permaculture: Question Authority

    A culture of personality, permaculture Fathers and their “North of the 38th Parallel” off-spring (again I have to say no Earth Mothers here) have found notoriety through online videos, bits and pieces of beautiful, lush and verdant landscape. One Father that has intrigued me for some time is Geoff Lawton. His most well-known project is the […]

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  • Permaculture: No Guts

    Permaculture: No Guts

    Researching the final assignment for the online course and finally had to make this observation: The permaculture community has no guts. Talk about how important failure is to development, but never risk their own personal failure by critically reviewing the work of the pantheon of mythical heros. Talk about how the science of botany, horticulture, agriculture, […]

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  • When asked to reflect (briefly) on global warming…

    “So what?” Travis snorted quietly. “Well, what about the foxes that’ll need those mice to survive? For want of ten mice, a fox dies. For want of ten foxes a lion starves. For want of a lion, all manner of insects, vultures, infinite billions of life forms are thrown into chaos and destruction. Eventually it […]

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  • WeekOneCornell: Reflective Writing ~ Finding my voice

    Laurel Graham / Permaculture Fundamentals WeekOne: Reflective Writing 16 October 2014 SF Bay at East Palo Alto, my first patrol assignment and the beginning of other meditations… When I registered for this course I made two commitments to myself:  1) that I would use this series of courses to fine tune my knowledge and skills […]

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  • the silver lining…

    One monsoonal downpour; one quarter of the metal roof; 140 gallons

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  • Clean Water

    Clean and adequate water will more surely promote peaceful revolution than any guerilla warrior or political extremist ever could dream. The simple act of finding a spigot that slowly trickles water will change the life of a community such that it is no longer vulnerable to the promises of someone seeking power through numbers. The […]

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