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Achenblog: November 12, 2006 - November 18, 2006

Another Way: Earthaven and Alternative Energy

Here's my story in the Sunday magazine. It's a tale of a band of environmentally minded citizens who live in the woods of western North Carolina, off the grid, hoping to build a society based on sustainability and what's...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 18, 2006; 8:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (359)
 
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Carl Hiaasen's Writing Method, Plus a Guest Kit

Carl Hiaasen drew a packed house at Politics & Prose last night. He read from his new novel, reminisced about snake-grabbing airboat rides through the tall grass of the Everglades (if you caught a snake you were supposed to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 17, 2006; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (183)
 
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Science and Beauty

First, Downie announces the gradual downsizing of The Post, and then dot.com debuts a new religion blog, On Faith. My concerns are not journalistic but eschatological: Smaller papers and faith-oriented blogs are exactly what Nostradamus said would prefigure The...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 15, 2006; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Requiem for Rummy

[Special note: In order to show my solidarity with the stock tables, which have been drastically shortened as part of a broader transformation of The Post, I have surgically removed the "good parts" from the following item, leaving only a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 15, 2006; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Hideous Nightmare of Wet Leaves

Fallen leaves are charming until wet. Then they become invasive, binding to shoes, marching into the house, infiltrating every room. They demonstrate that the saying "the outdoors is the new indoors" is 180 degrees wrong. Wet leaves will follow...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 14, 2006; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (199)
 
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Virginia's Other Election Result

On the road again, so posting just a brief item for your contemplation: Last week Virginians amended their Bill of Rights to ban gay marriage or civil unions. By email I received this reaction to the vote from Michael...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 13, 2006; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (257)
 
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