Five Years for Dandelion Salad … So Time for a New Focus by Lo

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by Lo
Dandelion Salad
June 27, 2012

Well, it’s been 5 years now on Dandelion Salad and most of my regular readers are well informed of the death and destruction running amok in the world, so I’m going to change the focus of the blog.

First, I’d like to thank all of you, my dedicated readers for following the blog for so many years. And next, I want to thank all my wonderful writers who have freely shared their work and made Dandelion Salad what it is.

I’ll still post a great interview or article by Michael Parenti, Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader or others from time to time.


Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

I’d like to focus on sustainability, gardening, food, especially permaculture, global warming and the environment.

I will try to post a garden update from my own garden as I will have more time to work in it and take photos.

As this will be a new adventure, we will see how it works. Hopefully, I will have the time to do things in my local community and maybe will post some photo essays from time to time. Comments and suggestions are very welcome.

35 thoughts on “Five Years for Dandelion Salad … So Time for a New Focus by Lo

  1. I’d like to know more about how soil-less hydroponic fruits and veggies can make for sustainable food solutions in soil-less urban areas or places where unsustainable farming practices have left the soil barren or poisonous…

  2. Fantastic, I believe this is the future too, I have started a raised bed garden to grow basil to sell at farmers markets and am moving to northern Michigan in the fall where I hope to do even more gardening next spring, after years of frustrating street activism. I believe you have your finger on the zeitgeist, best of luck!

  3. Best wishes, Lo. But I’ll really miss the “death and destruction” posts, as well as all the exposés.

    • Thanks, Barbara. There may be much less of the death-destruction posts, yes, but I will continue posting essays from various writers, like Hedges, Chomsky, Parenti, Nader and others.

  4. Lo ~ I’m totally with you on this: can recommend “The New American Landscape, leading voices on the future of sustainable gardening” Thomas Christopher Ed; without this kind of forward thinking, we have no creative vision to share with the next generation. We can de-construct the insane establishment ’til the proverbial cows come home, but without a conceptual imagination of bio-diverse possibilities we do not have much to pass on. Bravo and salutations!

  5. Dear Lo,
    Good luck with your new leap into environmental sustainability. I know you’ll do well with it given your love for gardening and the earth itself.
    Bless you,
    Jerry Mazza

  6. Its time huh Dawlin?? I know I had become spoiled by your blog in that you found the best articles ever! But gardening and natural foods? I’m in!! Love ya

    • This is the next step, Mike. My regular readers are well-informed about what’s really going on in the world, so now is the time to take action. I’d like to post inspiring work of others doing things that make a difference in our world. The Occupy Movement is one of the better things to have come along recently and I’d like to continue to post about that, too.

      Glad you enjoyed the blog but most all of the articles were sent to me so I didn’t have to go out and find them. It just got to a point where there were too many sent to me to keep up, which I take full responsibility for not being able to say “no” more often.

  7. Dear Lo, I can’t recall how I first came across your blog. Someone, somewhere linked to it back during the 08 elections, I think. The name really jumped out at me, I think, because it was also recently after I started going “green” and eating vegan and so forth. I had just learned about dandelions (and ever since I still can’t watch a round-up commercial w/o cringing).

    Anyway, my forays into politics, social issues, alternative media have, in some ways, led me to become overly cynical and doom-and-gloom at times. It has had an almost paralyzing effect on me – as though all the problems in the world are so insurmountable that there is seemingly no change that I could effect. I’d say, I became a very pessimistic “armchair activist”.

    My hobby of gardening and sustainable practices started to be stamped out by late-night readings of all kinds of horrible news and events (not to say they’re not informative – but as a whole they are a bit overwhelming, in a depressing way). So, this change you are undertaking to balance the important research and commentary by Chomsky, Parenti, et al. with sustainability and gardening is something I very much welcome.

    It’s incredibly timely and parallels my recent self-imposed abstaining from too much doom-and-gloom, and a shift in focus back to old habits and hobbies (like plants). I figure, if all these problems in the world are this overarching, amorphous “forest” of despair, I can at least concentrate my energy on affecting the (literal) “tree” that I can see right in front of me.

    I look forward to your more ecologically-minded posts!

    Sincerely, Tom (Sorry, I know it’s supposed to be brief, but I figured under the circumstances…)

    • Thanks, Tom, you said it better than I could. We do need to know that we are able to make a difference right in our own towns/cities. When I started out being an activist, I worked locally. It’s time to go back to that for all of us. At least that’s the idea that I’m encouraging.

      The economic crisis is happening everywhere throughout the world. Hedges’ last article on the total collapse of Camden, NJ really hit it home to me, along with the photos on the post that I found through the Creative Commons on Flickr, showing the real destruction and abandonment of so many businesses, churches, houses, etc.

      If anyone missed reading it, please take the time to do so: Also, click the photos to see more pictures of Camden by the photographer.

      Having a garden helps our emotional state so much. Watching the little plants grow is very exciting. Our environment is changing a lot now due to global warming/climate change and so many people are ignoring it all together.

  8. Lo…You have worked tirelessly and I understand….You are going to leave this site up then? I’m just sorry I lost you for several years…keep in touch via facebook or yahoo..We found each other again for a reason! xoxo

    • Yes, I do believe we re-connected for a reason, Lorie.

      And yes, the blog will still be here with over 18,400 posts plus I’ll be posting different kinds of articles/videos just not in the quantity as in the past.

  9. have come to depend upon Dandelion Salad for commentary from a variety of intelligent, wise and visionary writers. I will miss this.

    But, unless we concern ourselves with the environment, political conflicts will not matter.

    Thanks for the world of information you have made available to me.

    • Thanks, Bev, always appreciate your comments. Many of the writers have their own blogs/websites and those who don’t are published elsewhere. I’ll post some of the writers’ work here from time to time if I believe it’s important. For example, Hedges writes about labor issues and the environment, so I’ll post his articles/videos on those issues.

  10. I read your articles whenever I get a chance. Time isn’t an issue for me but motivation seems to be. My depression is a jealous master. Glad to hear you are focusing partly on gardening as that is still a small measure of sanity to me. Love my garden.

    • Thanks, James. Gardening does help greatly for those who suffer from depression. Plant flowers. It is amazing what looking at those beautiful colors does to someone with depression. Cut and bring the flowers inside. Get to know your neighbors and give them some of your extra produce or flowers; they’ll appreciate it and it starts forming a community right where you live. People with depression tend to isolate themselves so the “cure” is to get out and know your neighbors. Do you have a pet?

  11. I also wish to thank you for all your hard work that has benefited us all. Looking forward to the new focus. If I ever get out of this apartment and into a house, gardening and sustainability will be just what I need. Thanks, Lo!

    • Thanks, John. Do you have a front porch or back porch or a sunny window? There are so many things you can grow in containers. Do a search for “vertical gardening” on Youtube and you’ll be amazed what you can grow. And the idea is community, so if you live in an apartment you have a community already. Get your neighbors growing different things and trade with one another. Ask the apt manager if you can plant in the communal grounds. Do you know everyone that lives in your apartment building? That’s the first start.

      Another idea is, do you have a friend with a house and yard? Do your gardening with them. They’ll appreciate the help and you, too, can eat freshly grown food.

  12. I started reading D.Salad inspired by hte News and works by Cindy sheehan. Suddenly and all at once her name dissapeared from it. She visited Okinawa but never has had written on it. I miss her reports when she visited and stayed there some years ago. We need her help on Okinawa problems. People in Okinawa are all against US Forces’s installing Osprey in Futennma Airstation. This problem is very very serious. Toshiro Onoda(Mr) 78 years old.

  13. Sorry I never commented here, but I have been a frequent visitor…good luck with the new direction. The Lens blog is not too far behind in changing focus – in one way or another. It’s been a long, interesting, and somewhat redundant haul for several years now.

    Thanks for your work!

  14. what? No party for a job well done … I feel the need to say BRAVO, LO! for all your tireless work. (As a humanoid, though, I just detest change!)

    • Great idea: have a party!

      Thanks, Virginia, you have been one of my most dedicated supporters of this blog, and I appreciate it so much.

      Like I said at the very end maybe I’ll get out and take some photos and make a photo essay to post from time to time. There have been a lot of protests I’ve missed these last few years.

      I get bored easily, so I actually enjoy change. I also believe it’s a good thing to be adaptable.

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