Janaia interviewed on Nature Bats Last (audio)


Last week I was interviewed by Guy McPherson and Mike Sliwa on their Nature Bats Last podcast. It's fun to turn the tables: I've interviewed Guy twice: Climate Change and Human Extinction - A Personal Perspective (2014) and Living Each Moment in the Face of Abrupt Climate … [Read more...]

Readying “Le Cube”


Here's a small picture essay of our focus the last month or so, as we downsize and move belongings out of our house and garage. We had a pad leveled not far from our "little house" (RV), and brought in a shipping container we've named "Le Cube" since it's a high cube model … [Read more...]

Poo to Peaches – composting toilet book


I just read Poo to Peaches - A composting toilet book for you while using our Lone Bobcat Woods trench toilet. I'm donating this "first-of-a-kind" book to our Nevada County library. It teaches kids and adults about composting toilets and the nutrient cycle, and was my … [Read more...]

Help me find magical music for my story


Dear music-loving friend, I want your help. I'm looking for music to use in three short music tracks for "The Little Fir and the Christmas Tree Angel." I'm producing a video of this heartwarming story I illustrated 30+ years ago. I've gotten permission for most of the … [Read more...]

A Resilient Gardener Breeds Plants for These Times


Freelance plant breeder Carol Deppe sifted handfuls of golden, ruby and coppery corn from the huge pile. "Remember the Scrooge McDuck comics, where he goes into the vault and runs his hands through all the metal coins, gloating about how wealthy he is?" she asked. "I … [Read more...]

Emergency? This Family is Ready


Earthquakes can happen in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fires and severe storms, too. Ann Pacey and Tim Beale are ready for whatever may come − whether they need to evacuate or live in place. Their camping gear is the foundation for their preparedness gear. … [Read more...]

The Squash is In!


We popped out into the Corvallis countryside to photograph Oregon plant breeder Carol Deppe and friends as they harvested the last of the season's squash. These butternuts were laid on tarps in the shade alongside the already-harvested big "Sweet Meat - Oregon Homestead" and … [Read more...]

Becalmed in Paradise


A few weeks ago we went sailing with friends at nearby Fern Ridge Reservoir. I looked forward to my first sailing outing, expecting it to be different from my family's waterskiing life on California's reservoirs. Here I would learn how to work with the wind and waves and … [Read more...]

Meet the Fermentistas – Become a (C)rock Star


Create fermented food not just because it's healthy, but for the rich diversity of flavors? That's what Kirsten and Christopher Shockey encourage. Yesterday we attended their presentation at the local First Alternative Cooperative Market in Corvallis. Afterwards we … [Read more...]

Not Food, No Eat


We visited Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns at Monroe Sharing Gardens to see the 130-year-old farmhouse they've transformed into a warm and happy house over the past year. While we chopped fresh veggies, Llyn mentioned visiting a household living in noticeable poverty. There … [Read more...]