Crash Course Meets Transition Town

by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Great minds think alike. Or at least some of them do, some of the time. So it is that Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell each invented the telephone, Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk each found a vaccine for polio, and Alfred Russell Wallace and Charles Darwin each developed a theory [...]

Learning to Live Without Oil

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The past few nights Ed, my husband, and I have been watching a DVD called “The Crash Course.” The title’s double meaning is bitterly delicious. The DVD  is a three-hour lecture by Chris Martenson on the interplay between what’s going on with the economy, energy, and the environment and how the [...]

The Upside to the Present Recession

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s hard, and it may seem cruel, to dare talk about the possibility that anything good can come out of the economic situation in which we — and the rest of the world — find ourselves. The Obama administration says things are looking up.  They have to say that, and it [...]

Interesting Times

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Wikipedia, the online user-created encyclopedia, says it ain’t necessarily so, but it makes a good lead to this essay, so I’ll say it anyway: An old Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times.” So sure was I that the attribution to the Chinese was accurate, that I went to [...]