Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving Celeste Headlee Harmony Books, 2020 There’s a good deal to think about packed into this little book. Its essence is yet another reminder that much of our culture, and especially our work culture, is rather bad for our health. (It’s bad for the planet’s… Continue reading Do Nothing: Review
June! The month of weddings and graduations, strawberries and roses. Lavender and thyme come into bloom and lemonade stands blossom around the neighborhood. But mostly it is a month of slack. This is a between time. Planting time is winding down but harvest is not yet winding up. School is out but summer programs haven’t… Continue reading Summer Reading
A Dual Book Review The Seed Keeper Diane Wilson Milkweed Editions, 2021 Hummingbird Salamander Jeff VanderMeer MCD/Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2021 Two recently released books are centered on how we save some portion of the world from ourselves. They take very different approaches in writing style, in setting and plot, in characterizations and development. But… Continue reading A Tale of Two Saviors
Legendborn Tracy Deonn Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2020 Legendborn by Tracy Deonn Let me start with the ending. I’ve been selling books for more or less thirty years. I’ve read so many young adult novels, I can tell you how the plot will go just by looking at the liner notes. In fact, I can… Continue reading Legendborn: Review
Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future Elizabeth Kolbert Crown, 2021 In Under a White Sky Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction, examines the future world we are engineering. Kolbert dispassionately reports on schemes to mitigate the multiple disasters we have created for ourselves — from climate change and ecological… Continue reading Under a White Sky: Review
The Weather of the Future Heidi Cullen Harper, 2010 Heidi Cullen, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, opens The Weather of the Future with an anecdote from one of her first seminars on climate change. After her presentation a man from the audience approached her, saying he enjoyed… Continue reading Remembering The Weather of the Future
The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long-Term Thinking Roman Krznaric The Experiment, 2020 The Good Ancestor by Roman Krznaric A book that inspires reading is a good book. A book that inspires thought is a better book. A book that inspires action is the best book of all. The Good Ancestor is the best… Continue reading The Good Ancestor: Review
Go out with your childlike wonder and experience the firefly. Keep that experience in your heart. And when it is time to make decisions remember that firefly. How does what you do each moment affect the wonder of the world?
A review of Peter Wohlleben's "The Hidden Life of Trees". In which an apple tree is psychoanalyzed.
Chris Smaje's new book, A Small Farm Future, serves as an introduction to the ideas he presents in his blog of the same name.