Amanda Kovattana

Amanda Kovattana’s book, The Girls Guide To Off-Grid Living, is available from Amazon in both hard copy and as an ebook.

As might be expected, the book is self-published – yet another off-grid adventure as she learned to format and work with this new publishing technology.

In her previous book, Diamonds In My Pocket, Kovattana came to terms with her mixed race heritage and  the three cultures that formed her: England, the country of  her birth; Thailand, the country of her childhood; and finally the U.S., the country of her coming of age and journey to resilience. (Reviewed at Resilience.)

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Journey to resilience

I came to the topic of Peak Oil in 2005 at a workshop given by Richard Heinberg in Palo Alto. The information had a profound affect on how I would view the future going forward.

July 9, 2022


The anarchist’s shoes

What better way to upset the paradigm than to make one’s own shoes? A village cobbler could help turn a community away from exclusive designer brands to unique one-of-kind efforts in a locally made product.

February 13, 2014


Slow Medicine in San Francisco: review of “God’s Hotel”

A generous memoir full of intriguing cases of healing by a doctor who discovers slow medicine. Sustenance for the caretaker. Make that a life raft. I was sorry when I got to the end.

June 27, 2012


Review: “The Geography of Thought”

It was suggested that I read this book because I was looking for a Western proclivity for apocalypse fever. My conclusion after reading it is that change is simply scarier for the Westerner, while in Asia, change is so much the expected norm that it is taken in stride. I would add that Americans tend to spin out their horror far into the future or, as one therapist I know puts it, to awful-ize a situation. Watching Bangkok friends and family face the recent flood crisis with a remarkable amount of equanimity confirmed this for me.

March 5, 2012

Review: “The Wealth of Nature” by John Michael Greer

John Michael Greer takes on economics, a subject in desperate need of his characteristic, level-headed analysis. The usual growth oriented fantastical notions that have plagued the subject over the last half century were in particular need of such cool headed dispatching.

December 30, 2011


Reviews: “When All Hell Breaks Loose” and “Organize for Disaster”

Cody Lundin imparts details that often pester my mind when thinking about emergency scenarios and in so doing makes me far less cavalier about the more grim possibilities. A great deal of this information would be useful right now for my family in Thailand as they suffer through the flood. Indeed there is a very third world flavor to Cody’s frugal, homemade approaches that speaks to me.

November 21, 2011

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