Category Archives: Sustainability

SUCH a big category. It may get subdivided but for now here it is.

Chinese Junk

As a little shaver, I thought the term Chinese Junk, which referenced a type of ancient ship design predominantly but not exclusively employed by the Chinese, referred to the quality of the ship. Yes, little shavers tend to be quite … Continue reading

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Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn

Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the connected farmsteads of New England.        Recently, I found a book about them, the title of which is the title of this post. After my return to … Continue reading

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How many canaries have to die? Everyone is familiar with the canary in the coal mine. The poor little creature is used as a miner’s early warning system for toxic gases in the mine. When the canary drops dead, the … Continue reading

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Remember all those papers you wrote in High School and maybe even grade school? You were writing about something, so your brain and embryonic research abilities led you immediately to the dictionary to find out something about it The first … Continue reading

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There is a twister swirling in my brain. Momentum is scaring the crap out of me. Sustainability has been on my mind for a number of years. I teach in two wonderful sustainability MBA programs at Antioch University NE and … Continue reading

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Made In The USA

There is lint everywhere. A few weeks ago I realized that my supply of everyday socks needed replenishing. As a new Prime member, not local I know, but locally my choices would be WalMart JC Penny, and the like, … Continue reading

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Credit Cards Are Not Local

My third place is a small, old fashioned coffee shop in one of my favorite old buildings. It has tin ceilings, wide plank pine floors, and good broad band connectivity. It is the essence of local community and welcomes customers … Continue reading

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Give or grab? I was walking to an appointment this afternoon and thinking about all that is going on in the world. For some reason that translated into a picture of hands in my mind. Some that give. Some that … Continue reading

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This Isn’t Local

Organic Valley is a cooperative of farmers founded in 1988. It looked like a supply chain bridge that enabled local farms to be players in a food growing business dominated by big agriculture. Recently, the Organic Valley board made a … Continue reading

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If the fuel is clean, the engine will run well. Makes sense, doesn’t it? I tried to eat “healthy food” for years and thought I did a pretty good job of it. Over the years I did eat a bit … Continue reading

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