Going Solar without Rooftop Panels (Renters Too!)

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, I am trying to convince at least ten friends to sign up for 100% renewable electricity if it’s available from their local utility. PG&E Solar Choice is the only option in my area. If you’re in the Bay Area, you often have a better option (links below). I […]

Why I Don’t Go Paperless

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Is it really “green” to go for paperless billing, or is it just a “dark pattern” by which companies seek to distance you from your costs, fees and other nastiness? Read on to see wny I think it’s a dark pattern and what the actual difference in carbon footprint is.

Learning to Read

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We talk about “learning to read” as if it’s something we do and is done. As in “when did he learn to read?” But I’m 52 and still learning to read. In this article I recount my meetings with extraordinary readers and what goes into truly learning to read.

The Reset Button.What’s Yours?

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the reset button. Most computer problems can be solved by rebooting. Our heater was malfunctioning and until the repairman could get there, I could keep it going by hitting the reset button. I started thinking about forest fires. We used to think fire was bad, but now that […]

Garmin Forerunner 210 Review: Great Toy After Replacing Lemon

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I was excited by the features the Garmin 210 offered, but myu initial faulty unit was a HUGE disappointment. Between terrible signal acquisition and a heartrate monitor that broke almost immediately. Fortunately, the replacement unit has been a lot better.

Farmers and Miners

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You’ve all seen the bumper sticker: “If it ain’t grown, it’s mined.” I realized some years ago that this is a powerful metaphor for many things in life and I started to divide people into farmers and miners. I came to this realization when I watched how our neighbor, who owns 23 vacation rentals, maintained […]

Of youth, parking lots and the end of the university

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At over $50,000 a year for an Ivy League education, wouldn’t most kids be better off doing something else with their money? As Mario Botta said, “What are universities, but parking lots for youth?”

EPA and DHA for vegetarians (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)

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Everyone is talking about Omega-3 fatty acids these days. They claim Omega-3s can help with heart and arterial health, improve mood, reduce inflammation and have other beneficial effects. Recent research has called some of this into question, but they are still considered both beneficial and commonly underconsumed, partly because foods that were once high in […]