Dept. of Alternative Facts: Impose

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Theatre Review: Native Gardens

I recently had a discussion with a fellow blogger about how we write around personal issues. Our generation does not often openly release posts about distressing events. We are more likely to write about pleasant activities. This is not to imply that we do not experience conflict and challenges. We just do not consider these topics as public stories to put out for the world to read. I joked that often I write about national issues (e.g. Dept. of Alternative Facts) when I am really talking around some more local events with my neighbors. Karen Zacarias’ play, Native Gardens, at Arena Stage reverses the format. Zacarias addresses national and international conflicts through the exchange of two neighbors over the property line of their backyards. Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Implement

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Farm Life: What to do with an Old, Rusted Water Trough?

As you know, we re-purpose anything we can.  A dozen years ago, we purchased a number of galvanized, 100 gallon water troughs to use a rain barrels under the down-spouts from our roof.  Metal rusts over time.  Then rust forms holes.  Even if these are just pin-holes, they leak, reducing the usefulness of the container for holding water.  Time to replace some of those worn water troughs and figure out what to do with the retired ones.  Raised-bed gardens. Continue reading

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Farm Life: Fog in August, Winter Forecast 2017-2018

Fall is here… even though we have had at a September of 80F – 90F, this morning, the thermometer read 36F.  Time to take the window fans down!  I saw two wollie-worms in the garden today (one front black & back brown, the other front and back black and middle brown).  The trees are turning, though mostly brown as we have not had rain for most of September with all that heat.  The garden is starting to slow down, bearing less fruit and mostly getting pruned for the goats to eat.  The Hagger-town Almanack for 2018 is out.  Time for the annual Fog in August report for our part of West Virginia. Continue reading

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Farm Life: Energy Expenditure

How we use energy, and the supply chains and grids which bring this to us, has been on my mind recently. Three Category 5 hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, and Marie) in the past month have knocked down power lines and disrupted, or eliminated, power to several Caribbean Islands, and regions of the Southeast, USA. The other morning, we awoke at 4 a.m. to find that our power was off (unrelated to any storm activity). Now, I fly from the East to West Coasts early in the morning, looking at community after community of illuminated towns in the pre-dawn hours. Driving to the airport at 4 a.m. I pondered all the office buildings that has lights on, with no staff in sight. How much of our energy use is unnecessary, if not wasted? Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternativde Facts: Innovation

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