soil.

Another worthwhile short film on sustainable agriculture (from Perennial Plate):

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recommended: once while traveling.

Anyone who has attended my lectures knows that I am a strong advocate for getting out and seeing the world.  If you ever need any inspiration to do just that, I recommend picking up a copy of Once While Traveling.  It is the story of the adventurous minds behind the indisputable masters of the guidebook, Lonely Planet.  It’s at once a global adventure as well as a wild ride along the ups and downs of building a business with the most unlikely of entrepreneurs.  Good reading.  I highly recommend it.

puerto rico: a case for cleaner water.

The water has been off for two days now.  We woke up in the beautiful country house we are staying in, surrounded by tropical forests and the cacophony of early morning rooster crows to find that the faucet at the sink was hissing air and nothing more.  We planned to be gone all day and hoped for running water on our return.  Later, when the kids came back from a long day at the beach expecting showers to wash off that mix of sunscreen and caked-on sand, there was still nothing flowing.  First world problem, right? Continue reading

gender preference.

Winter of 2013, I am living in a small mountain town in California.  It’s a progressive kind of place, a place full of artists and misfits and lovers of nature.  I was standing in line at my local post office, the type where everyone who is waiting knows something about who everyone else is, and the clerk knows your first name and grabs your 2 year old over the counter to give her a squeeze.  I’ll never forget the day that an acquaintance stopped me in that line and asked about my wife’s pregnancy.  The usual stuff.  Are you excited?  Are you ready?  Have you chosen a name?  And then, do you know the gender?  Yes, I said, and then volunteered, “it’s a girl.”

“Oh, I’m sorry” Continue reading