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Recent Blog Posts


Pain and notes in a parking lot: the healing properties of community solar


Feb 19th, 2021 - I’m sitting in a parking lot on a cold, gray January morning waiting for my daughter to come out of a doctors appointment. I couldn’t go into the waiting room thanks to coronavirus rules. So here I sit scanning the scene for the vibe. As I tune in, I see a dialysis center straight ahead and a pain clinic to my left, but what ca ...

Solar "Mittenology"


Jan 22nd, 2021 - By now everyone has seen some, if not thousands, of Bernie's mittens memes. Our friend, the keenly insightful Adam Thada, up at The Center at Donaldson in Indiana adds to the fun. I borrowed the new term ("mittenology") from Naomi Klein who has put forth a five point thesis on mittenology at The Intercept. ...

Happy Holidays 2020


Dec 24th, 2020 - Original art. Thanks, Grace. Instagram: gracecapua_artThese excerpts from Lee Camp, a comedian, writing on SheerPost are fitting thoughts for this holiday season for reflecting on a painful pandemic year still fraught with consumerism: ...the problem is far larger than just advertising. Our modern culture, due in no small part t ...

Burton Street’s DeWayne Barton: A gardener sowing seeds of solar, solidarity, and community


Dec 14th, 2020 - It’s “...our garden. I’m just the maintenance man, I just keep it up,” insists DeWayne Barton, the humble visionary behind the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens in West Asheville. The first wave of solar at the peace gardens went up back in August. Two hundred donors came together to fund the project. AIRE developed, ...

We were hungry: local and global food insecurity and great works


Dec 11th, 2020 - The World Food Programme’s (WFP) 2020 Nobel Peace Prize and reading yesterday’s Washington Post story about mothers stealing baby food to survive gives me the sinking feeling that Christmas 2020 will not be “merry” for many. The global pandemic, wars, and climate change have 270 million people on the brink of starvation ...

Democracy Crisis: The Court, Renewable Energy and Well-Being


Oct 28th, 2020 - Note: I heard Dahr Jamail on a podcast back in the summer saying he– a brilliant, award-winning journalist and author– can’t even write in the present moment. This is a guy who went independently to Iraq to cover war up close and in the streets. Now, instead of writing, he’s immersed in grassroots mutual support activities ...

North Carolina Outdoor Enthusiasts Come Together On Climate: Alpinist Kitty Calhoun to Host Dialogue


Oct 23rd, 2020 - Kitty Calhoun will be giving a Zoom presentation for POW (the advocacy organization "Protect our Winters"), and focusing on the state of North Carolina's abundant and varied outdoor adventure settings, on Oct 29 at 5pm Eastern. This virtual meet-up on Zoom will last 15 minutes and then get to sharing stories, Q&A, and discussion ab ...