Visiting The Writing Group Again

Got a note the other day asking if I wanted to revisit a writing group I attended briefly.  So this Wednesday I will be at the YMCA hobnobbing with the people who produce my favorite drug – the written word.  I can’t wait.

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Human After All

Finally admitted to weariness and dropped a class.  Well, more like postponed it until next semester.  I was trying to decipher the instructor’s requirements and realized I had missed a discussion post already, which was really no big deal as it only counted for one point but that coupled with some really unrealistic expectations pushed me over the edge.  Or maybe made me realize just how tired I am?  Either way, I popped over to the academic calendar and saw that tomorrow is the last day to drop with a 100% refund of tuition, so I did.  And it feels GREAT!  Hahaha.  That means 12 hours this semester instead of 15, and 9 hours next semester instead of 6.

I Have Hope Again

No, not about school, or work, or even the sequester.  I have hope for the future of the human race.

That’s right, the human race.  Big words I know but I’ve been feeling big despair since I read that one of the last thing James Lovelock (the originator of the Gaia theory) said was it’s too late for humans.  I basically agreed with him up until a few minutes ago.  I’ve been laboring under the belief that climate change had passed the tipping point, or soon would, and that we (we being the human race) would not have to guts to give up our cars and fossil fuels in time to stop it.  It’s really been disheartening.

But I recently watched a few Youtube videos.

What?

Yes.

I suggest that you watch them too.  I’m linking to them in order of (my definition of) importance.

Allan Savory

Seth Itzkan

Article with embedded video

Here’s the long and short of it, if we manage the world’s grasslands like nature does (whack me in the head, what???) the build up of soil over one generation would sequester enough carbon to return us to pre-industrial levels… AND feed the same amount or more people!

Quick fact, nearly half of all the corn and soybeans grown in the United States goes to feed cattle in feedlots.  If we converted just the land that is now being used for that percentage of crops into permanent pasture it would support the same amount of cattle, eliminate the need for the amount of natural gas supplied fertilizer, reduce the number of diesel machines, reduce the need for that diesel, reduce the river pollution from bovine fecal run off, and reduce the carbon in the atmosphere through soil buildup.

We’ve been looking to technology when we should have been looking to Nature.  NATURE!

I fully intend to become a Holistic Management and Planned Grazing zealot.  Zealot I say!  I hope that you can put up with it.  I hope even more that you will visit the links and tell everyone that you possibly can.

Turns out it’s not too late, we were just wrong… again.

School – It’s Like Hell, Only Not As Interesting

Half way through another semester.  It’s getting closer.  Three classes this upcoming 7 weeks, a summer break, and then two final classes next semester.  ASU is trying to sucker me into a Master’s.  I don’t know if I’ll succumb or not.  I guess it depends on if my company will pay for it.

Anyway, my 4.0 still holds!!!  Woo-hoo!  Strange thing is, the longer it holds, the more important it feels… like I’ve got to maintain it… I’VE GOT TO!  hahaha

In my down time I’ve been reading about permaculture.  It really doesn’t do me any good to read about stuff like that because it makes me want to try it out and I just don’t have time.  Patience has become my mantra.  But I put out some tomato plants this evening anyway.  Just 8 plants.  Tomatoes and nothing else.  I figure that small monoculture can’t take too much time to maintain and I’ll be on summer break when they mature and are ready to can.

I know that 8 plants doesn’t seem like a lot to can with but we don’t eat many raw tomatoes.  I like them but Don doesn’t and I can only eat so many.  So maybe 8 will give a nice little harvest – a few canner loads worth of jars.  Don absolutely loves cooking with them.

I put out 4 Roma variety, and 4 Beefsteak.

Anyway, that’s it.  It’s just been so long since I posted anything on here I thought I would type for a minute and see what came out.