Introduction to Permaculture Design, January 15

I'm teaching a 1-day, 6-hour introduction to permaculture design at Flint Hills Technical College on January 15, 2011:

Cost is just $5 thanks to a grant from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust.

Here are the slideshows for the course:

Independence (public version)

(Note: This is a revision of the January, 2010 chapter of Second Wind: How bicycling around North America changed my life.  To read the rest of the book, buy a subscription for just $5.00!)

A lot of people are more surprised to hear that I traveled alone than that I covered 7,000 miles on a bike.  They ask why I chose to do that and whether I got lonely.  I had plenty of time to think about the nature of solitude and independence and the pros and cons.

Second Wind: How bicycling around North America changed my life

In the summer of 2004, I sold or gave away most of my belongings, quit my job, vacated my apartment, and hit the road on my bicycle.  The plan was to travel with the seasons, spend the winter in the south and go up the east coast with the spring.

After I finished biking 7,000 miles (map at right), many of my friends and strangers said I should write a book.  On the fifth anniversary of the trip, what I wrote instead was "an experiment in community-supported literature" -- those who paid up front to subscribe would get access to an essay every month, each reflecting on a different aspect of life that I learned about in my travels, and heavily illustrated with my photos and stories from the journey (which are public, but which I'm in the process of reorganizing).  The first essay was released in August, 2009 (five years from the start of the trip) and the last in May, 2010 (five years from the end).


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