Writing Retreat, moving this blog, and other varied things

This week, I'm on "vacation" – it feels a bit strange to take a vacation from a "job" I only started a month ago or so. But I decided that now was the best time to take some days off to write, before a big project that I'll be working on will get going full steam. Well, actually, I'm editing, not really writing. I am finally going to finish editing the novel I wrote last summer, and print up copies to send around to people that have been waiting far too long for it. I have a list of names of people to send it to, but if you are interested in getting one, let me know.

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Seen on Freecycle

I love Freecycle. It's an amazing community of people who give and get things that they need for free. When I left the valley in 2005, I “freecycled” (it's becoming a verb!) a lot of stuff. And, in moving back, we've gotten a lot of very useful stuff lately on freecycle – a nice grill, some varied furniture. We've also given a fair bit of stuff away. It's a great way to get things you need or want, and a great way to give away things that you don't need or want, without them going to the landfill.

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My letter to The Nation

I've been a reader of The Nation on and off over the past 20 years or so. I've subscribed several times. These days, I pick it up once a month or so at newstands to read it (because I can't keep up with it weekly.) I picked up this week's Nation, and Alexander Cockburn had a column, called “Is Global Warming a Sin?” It was such an atrocious article, I felt I needed to write a letter to them.

Here's my letter:

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