It never ceases to amaze me …

Yet another blizzard! They did warn us that this would be a hard winter, and they were right. My ancestors lived in Scandinavia for thousands of years –  and thus, like everyone whose ancestors lived in cold climates,  my genetic memory is deeply imprinted with the fear of freezing and starving in the dark. Survival depended on adequate shelter and keeping the fire going. Nowadays, people depend on oil, coal, gas, nuclear power, spending thousands of dollars to keep warm, spewing tens of thousands of pounds of co2 into our atmosphere (and don’t be fooled into negating climate change  just because of some cold winters).

So, it never ceases to amaze me, that in the course of our ongoing evolution, we have now arrived at a point that we know how to keep warm, lit and fed without any of those fuels, expenses and pollution –  or as I prefer to say, “Near-Zero”.

It is of course truly amazing that so few people are using these wonderful new technologies. Perhaps the biggest of all the advantages is the fact that they are so reliable, so dependable –  we can now, finally, truly let go of that ancient deep-seated fear of freezing and starving in the dark. Just imagine the implications of this fact.

Here is my home after this latest blizzard, surrounded by deep snow, raging, biting icy wind – and yet my home would never freeze. Instead it maintains temperatures warm enough to grow an abundant garden all through the worst winter without any heating fuel at all. I have a wood stove, but have not used it for the past three winters  -  I just wanted to see if it was possible. And yes it is –  and I save so much money –  and no more of the time and mess required by heating with an indoor wood stove –  not to mention the fear of a chimney fire and worse.

In the background you can just glimpse my favorite place –  you can see just the white corner of the deep old bathtub, where I can soak in hot water, relaxing, and restoring my faith that we, human beings, can have what we need and want without continuing to destroy our planet, health, economy. It’s true – if we choose to make the essential changes.

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Welcome to the new upgraded SOLVIVA blog website! Subject to forever evolving changes.

First –   the Big News:   My second book is finally out!!

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Both SOLVIVA and GREEN LIGHT are available online –   please go to the Shopping  Cart.      List price: $35.   Discounts For GREEN LIGHT20% off for 2-5 copies, 30% off for 6 copies, 40% for 12 copies (full box).     For  SOLVIVA :   20% off for 2-4 copies, 30% off for 5 copies, 40% for 20 copies. Further discounts may apply for commercial accounts and special cases.                                  For information about Solviva designs, consulting, presentations –   please contact:                                            Anna Edey,  18 Solviva Road,  Vineyard Haven,  MA 02568                                              www.solviva.com            solviva@vineyard.net            508-693-3341          774-563-0898 

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Lincoln said: “America is the Last Best Hope for mankind.”                                                                                   I say: “Let’s act like we believe it.”

Creating this book has taken a decade of agony and ecstasy, but now it has finally been born, and I am immensely grateful. I ask: How is it possible that so many books have been written??  Writing a book must  be one of the most harmful activities we can choose, for both body and mind. But,  if we do have information or stories that we feel are important for the fate of humanity and all other life forms, then we must present it in one way or other,  doing our very best to do it in ways that inspire us to learn,  to understand our options,  and to then get up to do what we each feel is the best to do,  best for ourselves,  and for everyone and everything,  near and far,  for now and for many generations to come.

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