To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing.” ~ Raymond Williams
Small is beautiful, when small is skilled and dedicated... There is so much artificial and plastic crap around, the human spirit yearns for the homespun and the real. ~Gene Logsdon→
I've observed that people tend to live at one of two extremes in the spectrum of life: those who live on the edge, and those who avoid the edge. Those who live on the edge are hanging out in the most dangerous and unstable places — yet they're also often the most powerful agents of change, because the edge is where change is happening; away from the edge, things are naturally unchanging. ~Thom Hartmann
THE SMALL ORGANIC FARM greatly discomforts the corporate/ industrial mind because the small organic farm is one of the most relentlessly subversive forces on the planet. Over centuries both the communist and the capitalist systems have tried to destroy small farms because small farmers are a threat to the consolidation of absolute power.
Thomas Jefferson said he didn’t think we could have democracy unless at least 20% of the population was self-supporting on small farms so they were independent enough to be able to tell an oppressive government to stuff it.
It is very difficult to control people who can create products without purchasing inputs from the system, who can market their products directly thus avoiding the involvement of mercenary middlemen, who can butcher animals and preserve foods without reliance on industrial conglomerates, and who can’t be bullied because they can feed their own faces. ~Eliot Coleman
I sang as one / Who on a tilting deck sings / To keep men's courage up, though the wave hangs / That shall cut off their sun. ~C. Day Lewis
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. ~Thomas Paine
JOYCE MURRAY OF BOONVILLE HAS DIED. Mrs. Murray’s husband, Ross, said that Mrs. Murray passed away Thursday night. Joyce Murray had been a well-known professional singer with the Andrews Sisters. The following is a 2009 interview with Mrs. Murray by Steve Sparks in which she talks about her years in show business. * * * […]
at the Grange this Sunday because of the Variety Show. Join in next month! At the Boonville Winter Market on Saturday in front of the Boonville General Store, 11-1pm, rain or shine, you will find: Yorkville Olive Oil – 375ml and 750 ml bottles of the remaining 2012 Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Prices are reduced […]
Local producers of fresh raw fruits and vegetables can now register to be an “Approved Source” of food in Mendocino County. In California, retail food and food preparation facilities are required to purchase their produce from an approved source. The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and the Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Mendocino […]
Ukiah Conference Center, 200 S. School St, Ukiah Date: March 18, 2014 12:00 PM PDT Join us for our brown bag lunch March 2014 networking meeting! Laura Buckner of Happy Woman Jewelry will present her successful jewelry making business and display her products in a “trunk show”. We will each have a chance to try […]
Diplomatic efforts are underway to diffuse tensions between Russia and the West following the overthrow of Ukrainian President Yanukovych. Should tensions escalate, one risk is the disruption of gas supplies from Russia to Europe via the Ukraine.
(Photo via Flickr / Light Brigading / Creative Commons License)The conservative group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase "going local." read more
M'Poko airport camp in Bangui, Central African Republic. (Photo: Steve Cockburn/Oxfam/cc/flickr)A majority of Muslims have been forced out of the western region of Central African Republic, and those who remain "are under permanent threat," warned U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on […]
Enbridge buried pipeline marker (Adam Scott/Environmental Defense)The tar sands oil industry scored a regulatory victory on Thursday when the Canadian National Energy Board approved a plan by energy giant Enbridge to reverse the flow of Canada's 'Line 9' oil pipeline eastward from read more […]
A United Church minister in Ontario, Canada, accused of criminal negligence in the manslaughter death of his wife, was sentenced to three years in jail yesterday. The judge left no doubt as to the intention of the verdict. [T]he message to the public has to be loud and clear: In this type of case, the sentence must be denunciatory and exemplary and reflect s […]
Georgia legislators, in their infinite wisdom, are trying to imitate Oklahoma, which is rarely a good idea. Republican Rep. Greg Morris is sponsoring a bill to install a Ten Commandments monument on or around the state Capitol grounds... and it just passed through the House on a 138-37 vote. One Democrat attempted to warn him about what's going to happe […]
Shanon Nebo became pregnant with her second child at about the same time her brother's wife got pregnant with their first. Simultaneous joy in the family, right? Well, everyone was thrilled... for a few weeks. That's when Shanon got some heartbreaking news:
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero