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					                                                                                                                       squab is supposed to be quite tasty – and

                                                          The                                                          our cat but the pigeons are for racing and
                                                                                                                       the cat is as bony as I am and hardly

                                                      Therapy                                                          worth the trouble.)
                                                                                                                           So we’ve been growing our own food
                                                                                                                       and buying from local farmers and trying

                                                         Fund                                                          to replace things we buy with local sub-
                                                                                                                       stitutes (honey and maple syrup for sugar
                                                                                                                       and local blueberries and peaches instead
                                                                                                                       of southern watermelons, for example)

                                                                                                Nathanael Schildbach
                                                          The journey of an                                            or considering whether we really need to
                                                         unschooling father                                            buy things that aren’t local at all. This is
                                                                                                                       done in the name of supporting the local
                                             by Nathanael Schildbach                                                   farm system, maintaining open space
                                                                                                                       (the whole “eat the view” concept), re-
                                                                                                                       ducing fossil fuel use to move food
The Importance of Staying Human                                                                                        around, eating healthier and saving
                                                                                                                       money. But the biggest thing that has
                                                                                                                       grown out of this for me is the impor-
Turn off your TV. Leave your house. Know your neighbors. Look up when you are walk-                                    tance of doing this to be able to relate to
ing. Greet people. Sit on your stoop. Plant flowers. Use your library. Play together. Buy
                                                                                                                       the humans who live in my community
from local merchants. Share what you have. Help a lost dog. Take children to the park.
Garden together. Support neighborhood schools. Fix it even if you didn’t break it. Have
                                                                                                                       and grow the food I eat to survive, to re-
pot lucks. Honor elders. Pick up litter. Read stories aloud. Dance in the street. Talk to the                          late to something as fundamentally and
mail carrier. Listen to the birds. Put up a swing. Help carry something heavy. Barter for                              critically important as food on a con-
your goods. Start a tradition. Ask a question. Hire young people for odd jobs. Organize a                              nected, human level. In short, the most
block party. Bake extra and share. Ask for help when you need it. Open your shades.                                    important reason to do this is to stay hu-
Sing together. Share your skills. Take back the night. Turn up the music. Turn down the                                man.
music. Listen before you react to anger. Mediate a conflict. Seek to understand
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Description: Case in point: I recently had jury duty. I went to the courthouse, which had this deceptively laid back and appealing design to it, kind of like a progressive church built in the 1970s. Upon entering had to go through a metal detector. I get why it's there; I'm not saying it isn't needed. But the guard overseeing this whole affair treated me like a criminal (which is an ironic saying to use, since in America, isn't everyone innocent until proven guilty? And isn't cruel and unusual punishment nixed in the constitution? What exactly then should the average criminal be treated like? Oh wait, I was in the courthouse, I was about to find out what it means to be treated like a criminal....) The point is that the guard had a nasty attitude, like my belt setting the thing off was in fact the machine detecting some serious flaw in my character. And then when I finally got through, I was told to sit down with the other potential jurors. Except that there were no seats left. So I stood. After standing around for a while we were shuffled down the hall as a group and checked in (we all had barcodes on a letter they had sent us that we were told we had to bring - so it was kinda like being a pack of batteries or a box of cereal.) In the room were chairs (enough this time) and a TV playing The Today Show. We were told that we would eventually be called into the court to decide if we were needed or not, but the guard announced that he was in the dark about how long this would take. He was as powerless as we were, basically.In August, my family and I are working hard to eat locivorously. Inspired by Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and The Omnivore's Dilemma and all the farmers we have known over the years in our local area, we are eating locally, and stocking up for the winter on things that won't be growing locally during the winter (which in New England includes everything except kale for about three months and maple syrup and hopefully our duck's eggs. I have threatened to eat our pig
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