Of FIRE AND FLU – AUTHOR GEORGE R. STEWART

This is incredibly timely … and the original book was written more than 60 years ago. And yet, we are still surprised when the inevitable happens. Again.

the EARTH ABIDES project

George R. Stewart was always interested in how humans react to ecological events, because he saw those reactions as defining human character.   Two of his best novels, FIRE and EARTH ABIDES, focus on such events – FIRE, on a great forest fire (and fire ecology); EARTH ABIDES,on a planet-wide disease epidemic which nearly ends the human species.

This last month California experienced fire, and some Californians had a lesson about disease.  There were massive and destructive fires, and a literary discussion of an epidemic which references Stewart’s EARTH ABIDES.

Build a home in the woods and, sooner or later, fire will come.  Defensible space is a great help; but in suburbia’s tiny lots, there can be none.   The fires of 2017 burned through the house-stacked neighborhoods so quickly that – as in the recent Oakland Hills fire – many people died trying to flee.   Entire neighborhoods…

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THE DECLINE OF LEFTOVERS – BY ELLIN CURLEY

Leftovers aren’t sexy. Throwing them out is not considered morally or ecologically wrong by most Americans. This has created a garbage crisis in this country. Americans throw away 27 MILLION tons of food each year. The average person wastes 3.5 POUNDS of food each week. This habit clogs landfills, generates greenhouse gases and costs the economy … Continue reading THE DECLINE OF LEFTOVERS – BY ELLIN CURLEY

WILLOW’S FEARFUL QUESTION & MY IRRESPONSIBLE ANSWERS

Willow has posed some fearful questions. It was more than a week ago, but I saved them because usually, I don't do this stuff ... but these are interesting. So here are the fearfully interesting questions. My answers may not necessarily be equally interesting answers. Fearful questions It’s been a long time since I’ve asked … Continue reading WILLOW’S FEARFUL QUESTION & MY IRRESPONSIBLE ANSWERS