I've been slowing down on the posts lately, as work on the book picks up and the harvest season enters full swing. DH returns to work in a week and a half, and that will mean a bit less time still for the blog. And for most of next week I'll be out of town. All of which means that the pickins will be slim around here. I'm still trying to get that post on moving in with family together before I go, though, and who knows, maybe inspiration will strike.
In the meantime, I'm going to be shameless in several ways. The first way that I'm going to be shameless is that instead of writing new posts for y'all, when I start getting embarassed that the blog is so empty, I'm going to link to an old post that you might not have seen that I liked. We'll make it sound good - we'll call it recycling. My apologies to those who've seen it before.
The second shameless plug is for the Community Solutions Conference in Yellow Springs Ohio, at which I'll be speaking. I had an amazing time and learned a lot last year, and I'm looking forward to my trip this year (by amtrak, carpool and mule ;-). One of the best things about it was that I met the most amazing people last year. I'm hoping that I get to meet a few of the people who read this blog when I'm there this year. Here's the link to the conference: http://www.communitysolution.org/conference.html
Final shameless plug - if you check out the website, you'll see the title of my first book listed under my name. _Depletion and Abundance_ (I'm still looking for a better title - I'll take suggestions!) will be coming out next fall from New Society. Its focus is on helping families adapt to peak oil, climate change and the coming economic crisis, and it provides a blueprint for how to do things like adapt existing homes to living with little energy, feed yourself and start local economies. The second book, _A Nation of Farmers_ co-written with the amazing Aaron Newton, describes how we might get "theah from heah" (as they say where I'm from) - away from an industrial food system, to a sustainable one that could feed the world in the coming hard times. That one will come out in the Spring of 2009, also from New Society Publishing.
I admit, I'm pretty excited to actually get to put the forthcoming books up with my name as a real, grownup (sorta) author!
Anyway, here's my first bit of recycling - and I promise, new posts soon. But here's one you might not have seen recently, describing how people might adapt an existing suburban house to hard times: http://casaubonsbook.blogspot.com/2006/11/self-sufficiency-plan-for-suburban.html.
Cheers, and thanks for putting up with this!