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Krymea: River of Blood

Krymea: River of Blood

On shelves soon, our first print release. Before the information age, it was possible to grow up believing in fairy tales rich in the promise of the American Dream, liberty and justice for all, with It’s A Small World After All our mantra and Aquarius as our anthem. We reeled from the assaults on our […]

Why Be a Food Farmer?

Why Be a Food Farmer?

 (Sonoma County, Northern California) Many good reasons exist, other than merely earning money, to be a food farmer, though getting paid is an important benefit. Working outside in nature is good for the body and soul. Nature is a helpful, abundant teacher that can aid humans to develop humility and understand our appropriate roles on […]

By November 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Wonka’s Golden Ticket

Wonka’s Golden Ticket

I slept with the window open last night so I could feel the crisp, fall night upon my skin, but having watched the Republican debate before falling asleep, my body (a body descended from immigrant stock, whose backward ways I learned to loathe – with a form of self-hatred that Senator Rubio and Ted Cruz […]

Environmental/Ethical/Spiritual Costs of Northern California’s Wine Industry

Environmental/Ethical/Spiritual Costs of Northern California’s Wine Industry

  I have been contemplating why the growing struggle by rural residents against the expanding, industrial wine industry in Sonoma and Napa counties, Northern California, has touched my heart and soul so deeply.  An email from Sister Julie DeRossi of the Starcross Monastic Community to the Board of Supervisors, which follows at the end of […]

By September 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Could the Greater Washington Area be the Next Atlantic City?

Could the Greater Washington Area be the Next Atlantic City?

  With NJ residents opposing casinos beyond Atlantic City, places around the DC area could become a new gambling destination in the East. But with casinos known to be an “urban revitalization” method as well as one that destroys progress in urban infrastructure, would DC benefit from an expansion in gaming?Before we explore the Northeast […]

By September 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Wine and Water Watch Challenges Nor. California’s Invasive Wine Empire

Wine and Water Watch Challenges Nor. California’s Invasive Wine Empire

Activists objecting to the over-growth of the wine/hospitality industry in rural areas of four Northern California counties have met monthly for half a year. At their August 15 meeting in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, one of the wine industry’s epicenters, they agreed to name themselves Wine and Water Watch (WWW). They ratified the following mission statement: […]

Water Grab by Sonoma County, California’s Wine Empire

Water Grab by Sonoma County, California’s Wine Empire

(Santa Rosa, CA) An overflow crowd spilled into the lobby at California State Senator Mike McGuire’s August 13 promised Town Hall. Many were alarmed by an article at the top of the front-page of the prior day’s pro-wine industry local daily newspaper.  “Wine Industry’s ‘Water Grab’” headlined the Press Democrat (PD) story. It described legislation being drafted that would […]

“Grapes Verse Eggs” – Sonoma County’s Goliath vs David Story

“Grapes Verse Eggs” – Sonoma County’s Goliath vs David Story

  (Sonoma County, Northern California)   “Grapes versus eggs,” reports an excellent August 6 article in Sonoma County’s daily Press Democrat (PD). The Windsor Oaks Vineyard and Winery, seeking to expand its events, forced the closure of the popular Wise Acre Farm’s egg stand, disappointing many local food customers. Selling eggs directly to people for […]

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