Notes from Downwind

Dear Friend and Reader: Most people think of the nuclear incident at the Fukushima Daiichi power-generating station as something that happened in the past. You don’t see it mentioned on network or cable news, and it’s not on most news websites or in major newspapers. You may have heard that in March 2011, Units 1, … Read more

Mercury Direct and News from Japan

Dear Friend and Reader: Mercury stations direct on Sunday, arriving with several days of extraordinary and rare astrology — a kind of once-in-a-lifetime event as Mercury in Scorpio holds a long trine to Neptune in Pisces, covered in greater detail below. On the most basic level of this astrology, many aspects of life that were … Read more

Hey, Sugar: A Story of Virgo-Pisces

Dear Friend and Reader: Edges of cities are interesting places. When I discovered Lou Reed, I was driving regularly from New Jersey to Staten Island to visit my cousin Maura. To get there I cruised in my 1972 Dodge Dart along the ancient, strange and beautiful Route 22 and over the Outerbridge Crossing to Staten … Read more

This Land is My Land: The Story of Brook Farm CSA

Dear Friend and Reader: Some people have no sense of irony. In June 2011, Mohonk Mountain House, a high-end hotel in New Paltz, NY, sold approximately 874 acres of its land to the Open Space Institute (OSI), the land preservation organization where former Mohonk Preserve board member Robert K. Anderberg is vice president and general … Read more

That Was Not Cute

Dear Friend and Reader: Wednesday night, the Tea Baggers and Dominionist Christian factions of Congress surrendered the U.S. government back to the larger political system. When the Senate passed its bill reopening the government, and when Obama made his announcement that the struggle was over (for now), the Moon was in the last degree of … Read more