Double Down

Just admitting that certain evidence supports an idea contrary to our hopes, our dreams, and our previously held beliefs can be the hardest thing to do. In theory I try to be much more skeptical of evidence which supports my views than that which contradicts it but that can be very hard at times.  The

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Dear John Michael Greer

(Once a month John Michael Greer’s blog Ecosophia hosts an “open post” where he encourages readers to ask him questions about any of the topics he tends to write about. I always want to participate, but my Wednesday afternoons are particularly busy and so, by the time the weekend rolls around I assume he has

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Busophilia

A few weeks ago we were able to get out and do some work in the garden for the first time this season. We’re moving some beds from one area to another and exchanging them with a pathway leading to the back gate. You can see a lot by looking, and last year I saw

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Yes and No

I asked myself last week, if I had never seen a single newspaper article, magazine photo essay, or television news report on climate change would I, at some gut level, be aware of any particular changes in weather patterns here in southern New England. The answer was no. I recall the snowless period from the

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Hey Sofia

One of the problems with passenger rail is that for many people what they see in their mind’s eye when it is referenced is a steam locomotive from a movie out of the Old West; a technology of a time before the acceptance of the germ theory of disease, before the light bulb, and before

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But you are in that chair

Distinguishing between the objective and the subjective is beyond the capacity of most people it seems. I’m not talking about the rabbit hole of philosophical discussions, whatever their value, in which we end up at cogito ergo sum and everything else must be doubted, but rather distinguishing between what we want to be true and

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Our Marsupials

This post is an extended response to my friend’s post at Granola Shotgun. We have two areas of the city which fit the description of Marsupial Urbanism. Baystate Medical is an enormous regional healthcare provider and its main campus and the repurposed industrial buildings which make up its satellite campus both sit a block away

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Smoke Gets in my Eyes

Almost 15 years ago I found myself at a city council meeting of some sort and spoke in favor of a plan to turn a vacant building into a boutique hotel, but against the idea of tearing down some adjacent buildings to provide parking and “provide a better view”. The proposal was being made by

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Outliers

As I am feeling a bit under the weather I worry that attempting my usual long form essay would result in an even less coherent result than usual, and so I offer this: Almost two years ago I wrote this post on Michael Klare, and Hampshire College. Now it looks as though Hampshire is an

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Nyack. So Nyack!

Consider this a thought experiment based on science fiction or dystopic fantasy if you will. Imagine that places must be functional without the vast majority of their populations having access to cars. Which places survive, and which don’t?  The Hudson River Valley is astounding in this regard. Only the enormous wealth of New York City

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