The Penny Chronicles

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Webner House

My name is Penny.

IMG_3772I hurt my paw.  I don’t know how it happened, but it hurts.  Not too much, though.  I can handle it.

I walk a little funny, but I don’t think anyone knows there is something wrong with my paw.  That’s good!  I don’t want anyone to think I can’t still do my duty as part of the pack.

I can still guard the Leader and keep her company.  I can still keep an eye on what’s going on outside.  And I can still eat, too.  If I couldn’t eat, it would be a real problem!

I’m happy this morning because I got a special treat.  I got to walk with the Leader around our place, but Kasey had to take a long boring walk with the Old Boring Guy.  Sorry about that, Kasey!  Today must be my lucky day!

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The Family Silver

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Back in the ’60s, many suburban homes had a silver set proudly displayed in the dining room.  Our mothers had them and our grandmothers had them; they were in our friends’ houses and glimpsed in the dining room scenes on TV sitcoms.

IMG_3767The family silver sets were a tangible sign of success and a mark of class.  In an era when people might be invited over, in coats and ties and cocktail dresses, for a fancy sit-down dinner, silver place settings and coffee pots might be used occasionally.  And you always got the sense that your mother and grandmothers wanted to be ready in case the Queen of England unexpectedly dropped by for tea.

Over the years, our mothers inherited the family silver from our grandmothers, and now our mothers have no use for them any longer.  So, our generation stores these ornate, scrolled, increasingly tarnished objects, but nobody uses…

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To Your Health

Urban Homestead Marvel: 6,000 lbs of Organic Food on 1/10th Acre

May 26, 2013

Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.

From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year!

To follow the Dervaes and their Urban Homesteading activites, you…

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