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June 2008 Blog Posts (21)

Things Change - Mellow Johnny's

Austin is growing up, but staying cool. The media here talks about "5 Great Reasons to Start A Business In Austin". It's a smart place.

We rode the bus on a Saturday night down the Drag to get dinner. A day pass for the bus here costs $1. Taking a bus in Texas was not very common until now. You could do it, but it had… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on June 29, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Green Incentives

The UC Davis School of Entrepreneurship is planning a 5-day workshop on green technology:

The Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy invites science and engineering doctoral students, post-docs, and research faculty to spend a week learning to recognize, develop, and bring to market green businesses built on their…


Added by Michael Levin on June 25, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hope, Optimism and Everything Else...

Photo by Sam Morris

As iron put into the fire loseth its rust and becometh clearly red-hot, so one who wholly turneth unto God puts off all slothfulness, and is transformed.

– Thomas a Kempis

"We are made in the image of God. The image is there, but we need to put in the work to reveal it. Whenever I hear someone say, “This is just the way I am;…


Added by Michael Levin on June 23, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

GRU rebates for Energy Improvements

I was reading the Indigo website and decided to follow the link to the GRU Rebate Program. What a pleasant surprise! GRU *and* the federal gov't are rewarding people for making their homes more energy…


Added by Michael Levin on June 23, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Insist on the Best

It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.

– W. Somerset Maugham

We must be careful not to mistake agitation for fulfillment, excitement for joy. When our mind is not turbulent for a little while, we tend to think we’re in a slump and start groping about for something that can stir it up again: a thrilling movie, a stiff drink, a spirited quarrel, anything to “get the juices flowing.” Taken one by one these may seem…


Added by Michael Levin on June 21, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Starting your own Vegetable Garden

High Springs (Florida) has a Community Garden coordinated by Lys Burden. Lys recently contributed these tips in the Local section of the 6/13 Gainesville Sun

  • Clear a space that gets about 6 hours sunlight per day
  • Consider raised garden beds because they're easier on your back
  • Enrich the soil with compost before you plant
  • Start small. You can always expand
  • Add mulch throughout the…

Added by Michael Levin on June 20, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A Little a Day, Every Day

For those who wish to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work. For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace.

Bhagavad Gita

In order to climb the Himalayas within us, we have to train ourselves, little by little, day by day. Sir Edmund Hillary, who climbed Mount Everest for the first time, did not just stand at the bottom, take one leap, and land on top. He practiced climbing…


Added by Michael Levin on June 18, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Part 1. The North American Technate TNAT

Added by bob on June 18, 2008 at 10:22am — No Comments

Where to Put all of these Jars???

So, in an effort to capture the local harvest, the free food from my Dad's garden, the blueberry season and as a hedge against inflation, I have begun canning (again). I canned years ago with my mother, when my kids were little. Home canned tomatoes are to die for -- they make the best soup, sauce, and pasta you will ever have. But, except for a few green tomatoes, I have not found many to can. Here is my list of what I have put away so far this past month:

20 pints of corn

20… Continue

Added by mualpha on June 17, 2008 at 10:57pm — No Comments

gardening at MrRorie

Having grown and eaten vegetables from our community garden for the past few years, that part of our earth has become part of me. It dawned on me one day a few years ago, that all the attention and love I put into the garden comes back into me. Not just me but everyone who tends to the crops we grow. I lean a bit towards the mystical so I enjoyed the realization of the earth there becoming me, me becoimng the earth as I tended to the crops. It is all pretty amazing that life happens this way:… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on June 15, 2008 at 11:07pm — 1 Comment

Community Gardens Grow Community

Added by bob on June 14, 2008 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Learning From the Collapse of Earlier Societies

Added by bob on June 14, 2008 at 8:09pm — No Comments

How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House?

Added by bob on June 14, 2008 at 8:07pm — No Comments

An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability

Added by bob on June 13, 2008 at 7:27pm — No Comments

PERMACULTURE & PEAK OIL: Beyond 'Sustainability'

Added by bob on June 13, 2008 at 7:25pm — No Comments


Photographer: Kessner Photography

OK, you got me. I have never heard of a "dalek", but Paul "www.privatehell.com" Matthews says I should have, if I watch Dr Who...and if I don't, he says "Why not?"

At any rate, Paul lives in London and reports that he just ordered his very own…


Added by Michael Levin on June 9, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Two Aspects of Life...

There are two aspects of life:
the first is that
man is tuned by his surroundings,
and the second is that
man can tune himself
in spite of his surroundings

--Hazrat Inayat Khan

Added by Michael Levin on June 8, 2008 at 2:41pm — No Comments

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