Lazy Gardener in June

  • Posted on: 30 June 2017
  • By: Cathy McGuire

I'm half ashamed to show this photo, but it does illustrate the dilemma of being stuck between two worlds. I am aware that most gardens are straight lines with bare dirt between the coddled and sprayed plants. I am also teaching myself some permaculture ideas, including the fact that bare dirt is not good, and that weeds can sometimes help rather than hurt.

Where Progress Meets Sustainability?

  • Posted on: 30 May 2017
  • By: Cathy McGuire

I’ve been bouncing around various websites recently: OpenSourceEcology.Org, Sun4Living.Com,,, and looking at the ways that entrepreneurs are working to build tools and processes that they believe will be sustainable or at least a bridge into the post-oil future. And all of them seem to be a mix of the belief in Progress and the desire for Sustainability.

Pittsburgh April Meeting

  • Posted on: 8 May 2017
  • By: Cassiodorus

The Green Wizards' Benevolent and Protective Association, Tower No. 412, and the Rememberers' Guild, Local 412 of Pittsburgh, are pleased to announce their May meeting. Salvus per ignem!

We will meet on Wednesday May 23 from 6-to-7 p.m. at the Bridgeville Public Library to hear a free presentation from Blue Heron Nature Skills. The subject, presented by a local foraging expert, is "Tree Identification and Uses."

Beginning Beekeeping

  • Posted on: 25 March 2017
  • By: Cathy McGuire


Once again, I speak as a beginner rather than an expert, but as I attempt to turn my garden into a full circle of grow-harvest-recycle, I have decided to introduce honey bees into my yard. I’m extremely excited about this, and I am very grateful that there are so many people sharing their expertise on YouTube and in local organizations, so that people like me can help preserve honeybees, which are in sharp decline.

Boonedoggles, Not What You Think It Means

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: David Trammel

Sometimes the strangest things will prompt me to post. Case in point...

I was reading ClubOrlov tonight. Guest writer, Candace Makeda Moore, paints a chilling picture of what Life is like for those Americans already deep into the first stage of the Long Descent. Its been a while since I visited, so I was reading some of the more recent posts.

Its Going To Get Bad For Most

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: David Trammel

Now I won't lie and I won't sugar coat the future for all of us. Its going to be tight, cold and nasty. Marked by uncertainty, crime and want.

And by Fear.

The Long Descent will affect your life in a whole host of ways. Whether that street light gets repaired. Whether your trash gets picked up. Whether there is a grocery within easy distance. Whether you get basic services like water and power.