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    A Gift Economy

    by  • November 1, 2013 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    (This piece was first published in the November 2013 issue of Country Wisdom News, in the monthly column “Bread and Roses.”) The worker must have bread, but she must have roses too.” This labor slogan reminds us that an economic system which devalues beauty, pleasure and art makes a false distinction. We need new...

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    Stone Soup is Simmering!

    by  • June 30, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    On June 19 the first local meeting of Stone Soup:Living Sustainably on a Shoestring started this new project cooking!  There was a good turnout and lots of support and sparky synergy.  We’re all looking forward to the next meeting July 3.  If you live near Kingston, New York, please join us!  And if you...

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    Dandelion Fritters

    by  • May 14, 2013 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    One of my favorite benefits of living on a shoestring is the way it inspires gratitude for really basic things.  Take dandelions.  I’ve always enjoyed their abundant golden announcement of a new season.  But ever since my family has landed inadvertently in the vicinity of the poverty line, these ubiquitous beauties have become more...

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