Generate More Than You Use

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By Chris Hoffman

(Madison County, NY – May 2013) I have a friend who could be the poster boy for sustainable living. He grows his own vegetables. He heats his house with a wood stove, and when the stove is going, plans meals so that he can use it to cook as well. […]

Tomorrow

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – March 2013) I have a confession to make: I waste a lot of time. And the busier I am, and the older I get, it seems the more time I waste.

I did some math. Let’s say I manage to while away in unproductive stupor an average […]

The 28th Amendment

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Feb. 2013) On Feb. 11, Move to Amend introduced in Congress a Constitutional amendment that would, if passed and ratified, ensure rights for people, not corporations. Known as the “We the People Amendment,” the legislation is sponsored by Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minnesota) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Minnesota). […]

Between Seeing and Observing

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Feb. 2013) They are 90 years old. She lies in a hospital bed, exhausted and frail, the result of a frantic 911 call the evening before. Her husband sits awkwardly and uncomfortably in an industrial chair at the end of her bed, his cane leaning against the […]

Triple Whammy

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(Sherburne, NY – Feb. 2013) Late last November, The Nation published an article by Elizabeth Royte, in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an investigative reporting nonprofit focusing on food, agriculture and environmental health. Highlights from that article include:

The story of Jacki Schilke and her 60 Black Angus cattle […]

Genius, Power and Magic

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Jan. 2013) In October, I wrote about a miracle on South Main Street in the Village of Sherburne – the nascent yet determined effort of a group of preservation-minded citizens to save the historic Sherburne Inn from destruction.

In about 12 weeks, despite Thanksgiving, Christmas, and […]

Misery

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Jan. 2013) For the first time in twelve years, I went out on New Year’s Eve, and I am now paying dearly for it. No, not a weeklong hangover. The flu. Or at least I’m assuming it’s the flu, since the national news agencies are talking about […]

Christmas … Again

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Dec. 2012) ) It feels as if it was just a few weeks ago that I wrote a column about the rampant commercialism of Christmas and the insanity it seems to induce on a massive scale. And now here it is, less than two weeks away from […]

Poinsettias for Community

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Dec. 2012) Poinsettias seem to say “Christmas” more than any other plant (except for a Christmas tree, of course).

According to Wikipedia, the poinsettia is a culturally and commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family that is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. The poinsettia […]

The New Love Canal?

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Nov. 2012) On October 9, Grassroots Environmental Education (www.grassrootsinfo.org), a New York-based non-profit organization founded in 2000 to educate the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health, presented the results of its new study on the health risks of hydrofracking to officials from […]

Where Are All the Visionaries?

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Oct. 2012) It seems nowadays that the only things worthy of Congressional attention are reelection and the care and feeding of corporate donors. In September, our legislators worked only 11 days. In August, they worked a grand total of 4 days. In nine months of this year, […]

Thank You!

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By Chris Hoffman

Something I dislike about myself is that I’m not very good at remembering people’s names. So it’s a little disconcerting when people come up to me and say, “Hi, Chris, how’ve you been?” and I stand there frantically trying to remember who it is I’m talking to and wondering how […]