Monthly Archives: November 2011

Thanksgiving Thoughts, Part 3

(Author’s note: I am indebted to Thomas Princen, author of “The Logic of Sufficiency”, for crystallizing for me some of the ideas I explore in this post. Also to Robert Frost and Henry David Thoreau, who first got me thinking along these lines.)  … Continue reading

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It’s Worse Than I Thought

I just received this link from The Research Department, and it seems I’ve under-stated the problem: Thanksgiving Day 2011 Store Opening Times for…All Major Retail Chains – Complete List of Stores Open on Thanksgiving Day November 24, 2011 in the U.S.. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Thoughts, Part 2

So, where was I? Ranting about the holidays again? Right. There is this other thing that starts right about the same time as Thanksgiving. Lately, it’s been infiltrating the holiday more and more, as the run-up to Christmas takes on ever greater urgency. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Thoughts, Part 1

I didn’t expect Thanksgiving to be as difficult as it was. Not the cooking; that went off with nary a hitch. Nor the guests; they were lively, friendly, and quite pleasant. The family was fine, the power stayed on, and … Continue reading

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Gobble Gobble Hey!

While I’ve been scurrying around the Inter-web collecting precious bits of data for my research, something large and ominous has crept up behind me; now it lurks, ready to pounce and wreak its own special kind of havoc. Yes, the Winter Holiday Season … Continue reading

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Well Said, Mr. Bruni

Not that I’m a big TV watcher, but I too have noticed what Frank Bruni calls an “Unsavory Culinary Elitism” in the popular media. I’ve mentioned it here now and then, most recently in reference to the Brooklyn (really? Brooklyn?) homesteader … Continue reading

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I’m Not Alone Here

Jackie Wheeler agrees that Locavorism seems harder in the (desert) West, as she writes in High Country News. Phoenix must be a far tougher growing area than where I am in the Inland Northwest, and I’ve had my fair share of … Continue reading

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