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Reston Town Center

Reston Town Center

I’ve been spending much of my time lately at my boyfriend’s house in Reston, Virginia, which is a fairly distant suburb of Washington, DC.  There’s no metro service to it, although there will be shortly when the DC Metro’s Silver Line extends toward Dulles airport.  When I was a kid growing up in nearby Alexandria, VA, or so I’ve been told, this area was almost completely farmland.  Now it’s a large and beautiful suburb—or beautiful as suburbs go. (more…)

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Yesterday, I read Bill McKibben’s stark new piece on climate change in Rolling Stone.  I’m still reeling from it, still feeling the urgency of his terrifying and uncompromising message.  I’ll have more to say about it–including the way I think I’ll use the piece in my course, the (to me) startling reaction to it in comments, and a thoughtful piece in the New York Times that helps explain why such a simple message is so hard for people both to hear and to act on.

Meanwhile, as apocalyptic visions of the year 2030 whirl through my head, my mother and I have decided to fly to Kansas City in a couple of weeks to see my grandmother, who is 94.  I haven’t seen her in several years, so the trip is very important to me–but I was still cringing about pouring God-knows-how-much more carbon into the atmosphere when I’m really pushing myself and others to make changes in behavior. (more…)

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Grist today has a striking image of what looks like a wooden lightbulb–an LED wrapped in a thin wooden shell.  Here’s what the light looks like in a bright and dark room:

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