Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Inspiration

Not much time for posting these days... and not much to report on the preserving front, except that I am starting to empty some of the delish jars I put up this summer. Curry pickles, om nom nom.

I also read this very inspiring excerpt from James Glave's book, Almost Green: How I Saved 1/6th of a Billionth of the Planet. It's called How I Seduced My Neighbors Into Going Green, although that title doesn't do it justice. It is much more complex and delightful than that.

6 comments:

James Glave said...

Hey Alberta Beets -- thanks for the props. Just as a side note, in Canada the book has a different subtitle. Up here it's called "ALMOST GREEN: How I Built an Eco-Shed, Ditched My SUV, Alienated the In-Laws, and Changed My Life Forever." Just in case your readers are looking for it. Cheers.

Claire said...

Thanks for your comment James! The article hit on something I think eco-peeps are looking for.. something a little more effective than guilt and fear mongering... Looking forward to the next book! Have you read the Geography of Hope? Written by a Calgarian, no less..

James Glave said...

Claire -- I've met Chris several times -- I think he lives out this way now? -- but must sheepishly confess I have yet read "Geography." It's on my list. If you want to check out some of my other stuff, there's a facebook group for almost green, and also my blog is at glave.com. Cheers.

Claire said...

Chris and family are still in the oil sand desert that is Calgary.. brave souls! Ah well if all the greenies leave what will become of oil town? I am going to pick up your book after reading the prologue on your blog. You really put your finger on the experience of trying to live a good life while teetering on the edge of climate disaster. It all feels rather strange.

James Glave said...

It is a strange & unsettling moment, huge disconnect between what is happening and everyday life. I just read Dyer's "Climate Wars" and it presents an unflinching portrait of our future: nuclear exchanges on the subcontinent, automatic machine-gun posts on a heavily-mined US-mexico border. We are in for a mess.

How do we reconcile this completely plausible future with our blue light special drive-thru wonderland? Even with O in the white house with a great team to help him, the disconnect and denial on main street is just extreme. Some days I don't know how to function in everyday life.

Claire said...

Yes no doubt the world is in for some cataclysms. At the same time as I ponder that, I also refuse to let go of the present moment. Since our current disaster has been created by a belief in scarcity -- of resources, money, power, etc.. -- I try to remind myself that in each moment I have enough. Maybe the Buddha was right, and humans will evolve beyond our neanderthal brains, as Ronald Wright so aptly described them.. and will be able to perceive the interrelatedness of all things. That possibility is all I've got so I hang on to it..

Someone told me if you don't know what to do, just drink tea.