Staying Warm; Firewood

Amanda and I read a haunting piece on AlterNet recently entitled 5 Pieces of Advice for the New Paupers. The whole piece is worth reading, but the part that informs today’s post is about the necessity of finding a reliable way to keep warm: “You won’t even want food much after a while. You’ll want heat itself, not the chemical middleman. You are going to realize that cold is the most frightening thing in the world. In older English dialects, ‘to starve’ meant ‘to freeze.’ You will see why.” Ooh. Gets your attention, doesn’t it? It got ours, and consequently, we have been unusually attentive to finding ways to stay warm. Continue reading “Staying Warm; Firewood”

Saving Every Drop of Water We Can

This is that curious and exhausting stage of our lives during which Amanda and I effectively live in two worlds. Most of the week we work at our desk jobs, she teaching students at Samford University and I helping people survive divorce. Most Friday and Saturdays, though, we work at Longleaf Breeze. This weekend we will be visiting our brand new grandson in California, so we’re sneaking down for a one-day trip to work on our rainwater harvesting system. Continue reading “Saving Every Drop of Water We Can”