Building a world of
resilient communities.


We are surrounded by allies who want nothing more than to heal the planet and take us back to the garden. It is time we got out of their way and stopped giving them more work than they can reasonably handle all at one time.


"Marx said the opium of the masses was religion. For the USA, it's Netflix and Wal-Mart."

Is This All We Get?

To re-cap for those living under rocks the U.S. and China announced this week a surprise breakthrough in negotiating a secret bilateral deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Queue confetti.

Mr. Toad in Union Grove: Review of A History of The Future by James Howard Kunstler

The novel is an exploration of the process of rebuilding a broken civilization, even as the old continues to decay and collapse in both expected and unexpected ways.

One Hundred Thirty Nine Square Miles of Sand, Part III: Denouement

Permaculture brings peace by achieving food sovereignty, decolonizing our food systems and supporting local producers. It restores the natural world that makes human life possible, even in the desert.

One Hundred Thirty Nine Square Miles of Sand, Part II: The Road to Zion

“If a path to the better there be, it begins with a look at the worst.” — Thomas Hardy

One Hundred Thirty Nine Square Miles of Sand: Part I

Events in Gaza fill us with deep sadness. We have friends in both Israel and Palestine who are swept into this conflict without wanting it. To get out of this room, we have to understand how it was built and why it is here. We have to cut a window to let some light in, and then build a door from the inside out.

A Gathering of Silverbacks: Age of Limits 2014

We are in the realm of highly improbable events that almost daily transform our world. A review of the Age of Limits conference.

Charting Collapseniks

A ferment in the environmental movement, brewing for many years, has now bubbled up into the blogosphere. We are dipping our ladle in here to take a little taste of it, even though we are quite certain it is not done fermenting.

The Farm: Where we have come from and our plans for the future

As we in the North approach the winter solstice – traditionally a time of slowing down, contemplation, and letting go of the past year — we are filled with gratitude for so much that we have been given, and only barely awakened to the new possibilities these gifts bestow.