Losing the Plot (and maybe finding it again)

Those of you who have met me in the last few years, particularly online, especially particularly through the blog, may not know that I used to write. A lot. As in, I started reading novels when I was five, and started writing them when I was seven. As in, I have an overflowing bankers boxContinue reading “Losing the Plot (and maybe finding it again)”

A Climate Professional Tries to Mow the Lawn

I don’t know how all of you feel about carbon, but let me tell you, when you work in climate change, carbon guilt is real. I very rarely fly anywhere (maybe 2x in the last ten years), bought a very fuel-efficient car and live as close to work as I can, walk when I can,Continue reading “A Climate Professional Tries to Mow the Lawn”

Group Think: When Two Heads are Worse than One (Science and Sewing, in one post at last!)

It’s my untested belief that expertise in any technical field will result in a near-total loss of respect for journalism. I know it did for me. The more I learned about climate change, the biodiversity crisis, environmental regulations, and renewable energy, the more I realized that newspaper articles reflected reality only by chance, in passing.Continue reading “Group Think: When Two Heads are Worse than One (Science and Sewing, in one post at last!)”

Review: Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science

Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science by Philippe Squarzoni My rating: 4 of 5 stars The first 25% of the book did nothing for me. It was a very dry recitation of the climate facts I already know, in graphic novel format. If you’re the kind of person who gets most of yourContinue reading “Review: Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science”

The Next Blazer, Eventually, While Analyzing the Walking Dead

I found myself in possession of more free time and less money in February than is typically the case, which I decided was the perfect excuse to figure out my next blazer, the Vogue 8333 Claire Schaeffer pattern. After the difficulties of working with fusible interfacing on the poly-wool blue blazer I made in theContinue reading “The Next Blazer, Eventually, While Analyzing the Walking Dead”

an incredibly long and depressing explanation for Hibernation 2014’s replacement

Hibernation 2014 fixed a lot of things. No, scratch that: Hibernation 2014 gave me some space while time fixed a lot of things. Like the creepy ex, losing my job, finding the new one, the thyroid thing, and adapting to all of Frances’s new health gizmos and routines, for starters. But there’s one thing HibernationContinue reading “an incredibly long and depressing explanation for Hibernation 2014’s replacement”

Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Follow my blog with Bloglovin (sorry for that. i’m going through the tedious process of claiming my blog — yes, it took me forever — and apparently i have to include that in a new post. so) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein My rating: 1 of 5 stars Naomi’s politicalContinue reading “Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”

happy poetry month

Because it’s the one I have with me, and because it’s been stuck in my head for six months. Like a musical earworm, it demands to be spread … er, shared: Here, in this little Bay Full of tumultuous life and great repose, Where, twice a day, The purposeless, glad ocean comes and goes, UnderContinue reading “happy poetry month”

Review: Banned on the Hill: A True Story about Dirty Oil and Government Censorship

(What happened? Summer. Also, home laptop broke. New laptop working, but would not connect to network. None of these things facilitate blogging. ┬áHiking and gardening are more fun anyway, yes?) Banned on the Hill: A True Story about Dirty Oil and Government Censorship by Franke James My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am theContinue reading “Review: Banned on the Hill: A True Story about Dirty Oil and Government Censorship”

Review: The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture

The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture by Mary Pipher My rating: 3 of 5 stars I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. What environmentalist has not at least sometimes felt the way that Mary Pipher did when she set out to write this book? It can beContinue reading “Review: The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture”