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Patagonia Greenhouse Building College

Patagonia Greenhouse Building College

Estancia Ranquilco, deep in the cordillera of the Argentine Patagonia, offers a four year course in building a rustic, elegant and organic greenhouse. Various phases of construction will have offers of shorter specific duration, as detailed below, so enrollment is not restricted to the entire course and […]

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SmallWorld, by Harry Holdorf

SmallWorld, by Harry Holdorf

It was quite interesting from the start. The assortment of Santa Clara Valley programmers had tired of seeing who could get their charcoal barbeques lit the fastest (3.2 seconds), and had moved on to creating their own SmallWorlds. While the general public played Fantasy Football and Role […]

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Tater Talk, by Harry Holdorf

Tater Talk, by Harry Holdorf

It’s funny … when you’re peeling potatoes for frying, you don’t have to peel them all: just the green and the rotten, the stems and sprouts, and then use a brush on the rest.  It’s way too easy for the olders of us to criticize the youngers: […]

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What Makes Things Tick, by Harry Holdorf

What Makes Things Tick, by Harry Holdorf

What Makes Things Tick I’m noticing the seasonal change, as if for the first time. Last night (Sept 27th), I closed the bedroom windows, and tonight I also closed the blinds. After such an unbelievable summer—six months of Western Carolina days strung together, living fully open to […]

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, by Harry Holdorf

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, by Harry Holdorf

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs The most common use of Maslow’s five-level Hierarchy of Needs is to propose that a person’s basic needs be met before expecting them to act on higher levels. Get them (1) fed, clothed, and bedded down before expecting them to sober up. Then, […]

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Lydia Davis, by Harry Holdorf

Lydia Davis, by Harry Holdorf

I figured out why the Chinese respect their elders—’cause if they didn’t, they’d kill ’em. If you see an old person on their feet somewhere, get them a chair, ’cause they probably wanna sit down. I used to wonder why people could sit somewhere for long periods, […]

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Summer 2014: A Messi Beginning, by Russell Fuller

Summer 2014: A Messi Beginning, by Russell Fuller

Summer 2014: A Messi Beginning How can this be? When the 90 minutes of game time are ended, the Iran–Argentina match in the 2014 World Cup is locked in a nill–nill [zero–zero to Americans] tie, a result so shocking to futbol [that’s soccer in American] fans around […]

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Dreaming, by Ashley Carrithers

Dreaming, by Ashley Carrithers

Dreaming lovers dream together, eyes on I’s lips kissing smiles breasts upon hearts and middle places aflame She unglues passion bonds leaves a linger of scent on my bed and in my mind drives away to distant climes as elastic love stretches and . . . holds […]

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Commoner, Ohio, by Harry Holdorf

Commoner, Ohio, by Harry Holdorf

COMMONER, OHIO Along state spur 67E, in East-Central Ohio, is this sign: WELCOME TO COMMONER, OHIO Population: 643 Renewable fuels only, and a little bit cleaner lifestyle! There’s only one sign, because there’s only one road into Commoner. Walter Lessing, the owner of Commoner and the 6,000-acre […]

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The Unforgettable Presence of Carolyn Goodman, by Russell Fuller

The Unforgettable Presence of Carolyn Goodman, by Russell Fuller

I was privileged to meet Carolyn Goodman in the early ‘70s when she came to visit her son David, one of our gaggle of 20-somethings who thought we could create a mostly self-sustaining community in the northern California mountains just beyond the long shadow of the proverbial […]

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