John Darling en This New Century Has Birthed A New Dimension <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 15 years of doing these essays, I’ve always tried to focus on something about the State of Jefferson — and now it seems time to realize this includes an invisible new layer called Facebook. Most of my 600+ “friends” live in </span>Jeffersonia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and this is how I know and communicate with them.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 01 Jun 2013 17:35:15 +0000 John Darling 315 at This New Century Has Birthed A New Dimension Oregon, An Optimal Place For Liking Oneself <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I have a secret.&nbsp; I want to share it.&nbsp; In fact, I kind of want to brag about it.&nbsp; Actually, it’s not bragging, like look at me, I’m so cool.&nbsp; My secret is that many decades ago, after a fairly tedious, isolated childhood, I grew up, got the hell out of Lansing, Michigan and rather rapidly discovered I like myself and life.&nbsp; A lot.&nbsp; It took a few years to let go of the reel-to-reel head tapes, that inner voice that’s always asking you “what’s broke?” and how can you fix it and “do better!” </span>fer<span style="line-height: 1.5;" Fri, 01 Jun 2012 17:32:53 +0000 John Darling 314 at Praying For Nature To Behave Better <p>This column is called “Jefferson Almanac” and in reality there is no state of Jefferson. After a bit of research, I’ve discovered that no one really knows where the word almanac came from. It was first used in England 800 years ago for a document foretelling weather, seasons, tides, moons, sunrises and sunsets, so as to help farmers, hunters and fishermen do their work.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Oct 2011 18:56:07 +0000 John Darling 335 at A Long Slog Through The Gender Jungle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One autumn night in Ashland, half a dozen people rent the Community Center and hold a forum where anyone can take the </span>mic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and talk about that old question: What Do Women Want?&nbsp; And What Do Men Want? &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 18:51:21 +0000 John Darling 333 at A Portable Blessing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I have traveled a great deal&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in Concord.”&nbsp; —Thoreau</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is my Concord, this Ashland and I have traveled a great deal in it and found it my balm, my guru, my god-infested Athens, my healer, my Renaissance painting (as good as any Botticelli). And though I’ve traveled the world, much of it hitchhiking or hopping trains, ever eager to see new vistas, it’s all toned down in past years and I find it all under my feet and I don’t want to leave, even for a day.</span></p> Sun, 01 Aug 2010 17:46:47 +0000 John Darling 320 at There's Enough? Isn't There? <p>A lot of indexes indicate the recession is over. The economy is sort of growing again. At the same time, many voices from the green/sustainable realm say, excuse me but if it all keeps growing, it ain’t sustainable. Therefore what is good for growth is bad for the planet and our sustained survival, at least with our customary comforts.</p> Mon, 01 Feb 2010 18:49:24 +0000 John Darling 332 at