Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Good Water From Other Wells

I've been reading some great blog posts lately from some of my fellow writers, thinkers and doers. I thought I'd share them with you all.

First, Stormchild, author of the blog Gale Warnings, has written a good post titled, “Complexity vs. Complication.” It is a look at the dynamics of human systems, where complexity is the result of the connections between various parts of human systems and complication is the result of human “cussedness” or contrariness or indwelling sin. Complex systems can be fixed when they go wrong. Complicated systems can't, because there are people in those systems who don't want a fix. That insight can be applied to many of the large scale societal systems under which we suffer just now.

Jerry, author of SoapBoxTech, has a number of good posts. “SoapBox Thoughts on Arizona” presents intelligent commentary on the recent Arizona immigration law, while “Salvation, For Now” discusses the need for some locales to shift to dryland farming techniques as part of adapting to climate change. As to the viability of modern industrial agriculture, “How Technology Almost Killed Mixed Farming” is a good read. And “Transgenic GMO's Causing Bee Crisis?” discusses how genetically modified crops may be contributing to colony collapse disorder among honeybees.

Speaking of bees, Aimee of New To Farm Life has been writing about her experiences in learning to keep bees. Her latest bee post is “The Bee-Man Speaks”. Aimee and her husband are impressive in that while I might write about doing a thing, she and her husband both do it and find time to write about it. In addition to bees, they also keep goats and chickens (and who knows what else ;) ).

And for those trying out urban homesteading, I want to welcome a new follower of my blog, namely Heidi, author of The Itty Bitty Farm in the City. It's nice to meet another person who is learning to practice preparedness and sustainable living in an urban environment.


Aimee said...

Thanks for the props! Once again I'd like to let you know how much I appreciate your intelligent, thoughtful blog. I especially enjoy the interviews with people of various backgrounds. Your site is the type of site I wish I had the brains, background, and ambition to write. Keep it up, and best of luck with all your urban preparations. I lived sixteen years in the city (Seattle) and produced a fairly considerable share of food from my ordinary city lot, with five fruit trees, a veggie garden, and a willingness to shamelessly plunder any neglected tree I noticed. It can be done!

Jerry said...

Thanks for the mention! I take it as a real honor, considering the source. I agree with Aimee wholeheartedly in regards to the brains, background and ambition comment. Posts here are always deeply informative and thought-provoking.

Peace and comfort to you and yours.