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Recovery from the Economic Crisis Will Be Slow, Be Patient

I’m constantly amazed at Wall Street, which acts like an extremely skittish horse -- panicking when it encounters the slightest scare – in response to every bit of bad news. Television journalists and skeptics of the nation’s new economic recovery plan aren’t much better. They’re hammering away at the economic recovery plan, sowing seeds of doubt, which, lest we forget, was just passed a few days ago. We all need to breathe deeply and remember that it took a long time for this economic crisis to unfold. It is going to take a long time to dig out of the hole we’ve dug for ourselves. To be successful, however, we need to address the root causes, which are many and varied. It’s not something Americans are particularly good at. We like simple cause and effect. What are the causes of the economic crisis? Although the sub-prime mortgage meltdown was the precipitating factor of the current economic downturn, there were many other economic factors that have, over the
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Making the Perfect Plaster

Over the years, a number of individuals who’ve read my books on natural building (The Natural House) and natural plasters (The Natural Plaster Book) have contacted me for advice on their projects. A few have grumbled about the the arduous task of making flour paste to add to their earthen plasters. Flour paste makes an […]
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Racial Transparency: The First African-American President and More

Immediately after Barack Obama’s innaugaration, I tuned into Black Entertainment Televsion, thinking that it would be interesting to see what the African-American community had to say about the election of our first African-American president. I was deeply moved by the impact this had on the African-American community. I deeply appreciate the symbolic and very real significance of […]
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Efficiency is a Form of Renewable Energy Too

As America seeks ways to gain energy independence and combat global warming, we must be sure not to ignore the low-hanging fruit on the energy tree: energy conservation and energy efficiency. As individuals, as businesses, and through our government, we must focus first and foremost on making our homes, businesses, and vehicles as efficient as […]
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