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The contents at this location are archives only, as this blog was reformatted in April 2019. To find new posts, go to the new URL. Comments have been disabled on this site, however, I still want to know what you think, no matter how old the post. Please email your comments and feedback to blogger @ Thanks!

Endangered Forest

August 3rd, 2010
Large-scale energy development has come to some of my favorite woodlands.

You may have heard about unconventional natural-gas drilling from the movie "Gasland" -- a documentary recently aired at select venues and on HBO. (I've not seen the movie, but I don't need to...I'm already distraught over the issue.)

Last week, the editor of the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal printed my commentary piece for his audience of business owners in the Lehigh Valley (PA). I am grateful to him for agreeing to further the conversation about this issue effecting anyone who loves the woods, parks, open spaces, gamelands and streams that cover the Marcellus Shale.

Read the Article Here

I don't deny that our society needs gas and money, but more importantly, we simply cannot survive without clean water and healthy natural places.

Blog Change

July 19th, 2010
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About this Blog

March 13th, 2010
I started this in 2008 to support individuals who wanted to live a simple life. Today, the content has expanded to include conservation- and Nature-related topics, all while maintaining the idea that simple solutions are often the best. As a commentary writer, much of the posts are about things which weigh heavy on my mind or are written to challenge popular opinion in order to get a deeper conversation started. The words appeal to readers who, like me, believe the natural world and a person's natural instincts should take precedence over meaningless progress and senseless conformity. I value debate (via feedback/comments) and want to hear the perspectives of those who take the time to consider the posts. Let the Back to Basics blog be a safe place where old-time conversation can take place using the best of new-fashioned technology. Examples of popular posts include: A series on control that encourages people to restrain this basic human desire. A piece on finding contentment, written after a restful vacation. An essay on why I don't mind if you call me a treehugger. Or browse all the posts via the blog's index page.

Who Writes This Stuff?

February 4th, 2010

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