Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Grace and Paul Pottscast, Conversation 10: June 15, 2014

I managed to get a little time with my wife in the garden. In this conversation she gives me an audio tour and explained what is actually in our garden beds, and in the process elucidates the application of permaculture principles to a home garden, and why it looks to the untrained eye like we're just growing a lot of weeds.

A walking tour of our low hugelkultur beds and this year's new raised beds; winter's survivors; our weeds; wild and cultivated strawberries, groundcherries; lettuces; dill; never be tilling; always be mulching; eating living food; leeks; tomatillos; willow; garlic scapes; purslane (pigweed); vitamin C and calcium sources from the northeast; how nature mulches itself; two kinds of clover; our deciduous tree nursery; collaborating with nature; let's see who shows up; smoothies without compromise; training your system to taste natural sweetness; water catchment; cosmos; plantain; annuals for nitrogen fixing; sunflowers; open-source zucchini; radishes; daikon; peas; cucumber; plants to climb and shade each other; nasturtium; considering a beehive; bee balm; mason v. honey; transplanted volunteer tomatoes; hazelnuts; almonds from California; doing things as our budget allows, with salvaged wood; sunflowers and potatoes don't like each other, but maybe the peas can mediate; a big kale party; the potatoes that didn't make it; onions; swiss chard; marigolds; thinning plants; carrots; a closed source zucchini; more lettuces; beets and beet greens; remembrance of growing seasons past; getting our neighbors involved; a typical city lot; a lot of food in a small area; feeding our kids the healthiest food we can find anywhere; Michigan's right-to-farm laws, and their evisceration; Michigan, agricultural powerhouse; Michigan and Ohio wines and beers; hellish monocultural farm-scapes; many kinds of blueberries; a cross between rasberry and blueberry; our flower-shaped flower bed; thyme, lavender, oregano, mint, feverfew, and pink lemonade blueberries; a quick sprint through the flower beds; parenting success days; my favorite person in the whole world; don't judge us by the height of our grass; kill your lawn; little apples; many thanks to Frank.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GPP 101: 25 Years of Changing the World

This past weekend I attended my 25-year reunion at the College of Wooster. On Saturday, June 7, 2014, I participated in a panel discussion with fellow members of the class of 1989. The other official panelists were Sam Tumiwa, Bianca Di Salvo, and Shelley Pearsall. Several other folks joined in with their stories after the formal talks. The moderator was Dr. Nancy Grace.

I made this recording with my Olympus LS-10. The quality is not terrific since the gathering was in an outdoor tent, the recorder was simply sitting on the table where the panelists were seated, and some of speakers from the audience did not use the microphones, but it does have a "you are there" quality that you might enjoy, especially if you listen on headphones. The bagpipe clips at the beginning are from an early-morning warm-up outside of Lowry Center, and the start of the reunion parade of classes.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Morning Valediction #17: A Mountain of Cold Mashed Potatoes (January 15, 2014)

Lead; bedbugs; runny noses; height marks; transience; artifacts. Aperture; software and its discontents; doctors.

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Morning Valediction #16: It Always Comes Down to the Goddamn Socks (January 14, 2014)

My wife Grace is my guest on a walk back from school. The kids were late for school; we smashed a lot of ice.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Morning Valediction #15: I Would Like My Spandex Jacket, Please (January 13, 2014)

2014 must be a misprint; completely covered with cocoa; a world of hollow ice, improperly zambonied.

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Morning Valediction #14: Wet Feet (January 11, 2014)

The great melting; testing your pain threshold; the perils and pleasures of vinyl; you can't hear Mannheim Steamroller again for the first time; latent heat of fusion.

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Morning Valediction #13: Warming Shock (January 10, 2014)

Surviving the freeze, only to perish in the thaw.

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Morning Valediction #12: Zero is My One (January 9, 2014)

The polar vortex lingers; Paul rambles about cold-weather gear and a wet day in 1990.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Morning Valediction #11: In the Vortex (January 8, 2014)

The elves are stuck in an HDR photograph by out of Thomas Kincade's worst nightmare. How the polar vortex will painfully polarize people's political positions.

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Morning Valediction #10: The Oncoming Storm (January 5, 2014)

Paul stomps four miles through the blizzard and his his snow-blowing neighbors, while the polar vortex creeps ever closer. Fear of frozen pipes; a keen awareness of expensive messes; the politics of climate change.

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