energy

A Better Weigh

I've written about the problem of obesity in the past. It's an epidemic in North America now as we all know, and with one look around, it's not hard to see why. But let's say you want to lose weight -- what do you do? There are so many diets out there, it's really tough [...]

Responding to the Oil Spill

   The Mississippi Gulf Coast still has not fully recovered from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and yet here we are, awaiting another catastrophe. Massive quantities of oil are being released from a sunken off-shore drilling platform, about 5,000 barrels per day. The full impact of this disaster has not yet been [...]

Green Asceticism

From the earliest days of religious communities, monks and nuns have practiced sustainable living. Environmental awareness is nothing new among religious, since many congregations ran farms, raised chickens, tended kitchen gardens, and carefully stored winter supplies of potatoes, apples, squash, and the like. Moreover, religious are known to use their resources wisely and modestly, all [...]

Attacking in a Different Direction

Over the last year or so, I've discovered that one of the biggest problems with not blogging on something "as soon as the idea strikes me/while the iron is hot" is that I can't always remember where I found the story in the first place. (Of course, I have trouble remembering what happened 5 minutes ago, [...]

They Just Don’t Make Laws Like They Used To

As part of my continuing efforts to avoid thinking about this law for as long as possible, I happened across an article that made about as much sense to me as the 2,500+ page behemoth signed earlier today, only without any of the damaging long-term implications of H.R. 3590: Action still resulted in an equal and [...]

What Love Looks Like

   "How do you do it all?" As a homeschooling, work-at-home mom of many, this is a question I hear fairly often.    Usually, people ask "how I do it all" when I am outside of my home, sitting in the bleachers at a basketball game or standing in line at the pharmacy. The fact [...]

Wendell Berry Friday

If you ask me, we're way overdue for a Wendell Berry reading around here. In Berry's essay The Use of Energy, he reflects on the agrarian ethos, the connection between religion and energy, and the role of living things, tools, and machines. He concludes that the energy crisis is not one of technology, but of [...]

Are You a Tree Sloth?

   The answer to this question may, at first glance, seem simple, but it requires its own discernment. We're not wrestling here with a simple polarity of Sloth versus Diligence. If that were true, then questions of how much energy to put into pursuing natural and spiritual goods would end with the simple answer: "More [...]

One ‘Yes’ at a Time

In the beginning of our marriage, God saw fit to give us babies by the bucketful. Or so it seemed. As much as I reveled in those early years of motherhood, having four kids under five, then five kids under six, then six kids under seven, and so on, did take its toll on me. I [...]

Man vs. the Environment

The global warming theory holds that certain gases are accumulating in the atmosphere. These so-called greenhouse gases essentially trap heat in, resulting in a slight increase in temperatures around the world. The most significant greenhouse gas is water vapor, but most political debate is focused on carbon dioxide (CO2). It has been hard to justify [...]

If Only He Were Pro-Life…

Every election cycle, partisans distort the positions of those they oppose. I particularly recall one pro-lifer, a Mitt Romney supporter, who titled Sen. John McCain -- he of the 0 percent NARAL rating -- "the ultimate betrayer." And I've heard many people, Catholic and Protestant, seriously suggest that Sen. Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, which [...]

Finding the Balance Between Church and State

  For the past three decades, I've been blessed to travel to almost every continent. But particularly, I have always felt a pull to visit Egypt and to see—with my own eyes—its ancient history and impressive ruins, and to visit the people who continue this 3,500-year-old civilization. My longing became a reality recently when I [...]

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