- writer, farm wench, perpetual optimist, peace-maker, subversive cook, present
Relentless optimist, book addict, awe junkie.
I'm the author of Free Range Learning, a handbook of natural learning, and a collection of poetry titled Tending. My upcoming book is titled Subversive Cooking. I write for a range of periodicals including wired.com/geekmom.
My background includes teaching non-violence workshops, writing poetry with nursing home residents, facilitating support groups, and developing community enrichment workshops.
These days I mostly edit books, write, and do other hermit-y things. My poetry has won several minor awards, the most notable a third grade prize from Miss Barker (which included a chocolate bar.)
I live on a small farm with my family where we raise bees, cows, chickens, produce, and the occasional hair-brained scheme.
The USPS struggles under a Bush-era mandate faced by no other government agency (and no other business). The 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act required the USPS to fund its pension system 75 years in advance, and to do this within 10 years. Right now it pays $5.5 billion in pre-payments each year. Without this crippling requirement, the USPS would actually be profiting quite nicely while easily meeting pension requirements. Instead it’s forced to put away money for workers who haven’t yet been born.
Here's more on that http://bitofearthfarm.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/who-is-stealing-your-mail/