My blogging pal Lou Grinzo from The Cost Of Energy emailed me as he was leaving for his family’s Christmas gathering. He wished me happy holidays and voiced some really nice appreciation for Diamond-Cut Life’s “conspicuously human take” on climate change issues. Lou’s phrase that particularly leapt out at me, though, was in reference to [...]
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December 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments · energy, global warming and climate change
December 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments · home & garden, lifestyle, nature, spirituality & religion
The first part of this piece I posted last year, on the 2008 winter solstice. The rest of it I added for 2009. Today is winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. In the days long before fossil fuels routinely lit our nights, winter solstice was celebrated as the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun. [...]
July 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment · sustainability
One of my readers, Bryce Beattie of Real Self-Reliance, has written a thoughtful response to my criticism of legislators opposing the Waxman-Markey bill. This bill is known as the carbon cap and trade bill; it narrowly passed the House last week by getting some bipartisan support, and will be facing much opposition in the Senate. [...]
March 7th, 2009 · No Comments · community, entertainment
My experience is that great books are like life-blood to the Diamond-Cut Life (a life rich in joy and low in consumption). I have often been dollar-poor, and though I’m not any longer, good books give me — I think us — an exciting inner life whatever our external status in the world. Reading an [...]
March 7th, 2009 · 14 Comments ·
While I’m generally a gentle person, I admit I’m a fast, aggressive reader. The Reading Police would arrest me if they could catch me. I think of my recommendations here as my community service. Last updated April 8, 2013, to the Good Novels category. I add books at the top of a section. While I don’t have a Children’s Books [...]
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January 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments · lifestyle, sustainability, work
Bad news here for the advertising industry, but good news for human beings and all other species. Research from many countries shows that after people’s survival needs and some reasonable pleasure needs are met, consumption piled-higher-and-deeper does NOT create more happiness. Rich is not great. Greed is not cool. Working harder might be moving you backward.
Inconvenient, at least for 20th century notions of economic growth and GDP, but