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I used to work Kelly temporaries. In the summer of 1992, I had an assignment in the engineering department of the pulp mill, where they made the brown paper that ends up as shopping bags. For decades they had gotten the pulp by grinding up trees, but with recycling and resistance to clear cutting, they were looking into using paper boxes, “old corrugated cardboard” is the technical term, as their source.

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Potatoes

Perdie thought she was prepared for the potato plots. She had been taught by the Hmong immigrants, by the Hopi, the Seneca, and old women white and black in Georgia. She had studied countless videos and photographs of the gardens of horticultural peoples, noted the seriousness of their work on the plots of land that comprised their whole food supply. She had admired their attention to beauty, as well, in regularity of pattern and the blending of colors.

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About Katherine Power

I didn’t set out to be a terrorist. As a student activist, I moved from protesting the war in Viet Nam to waging guerrilla war to overthrow the government….

Recent and Upcoming Appearances and Publications
1/15/2014 Complexity and Social Change, Occupy Radio
10/31/2013 Surrender, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
10/25/2013 Surrender, Taos Community Theater, Taos, NM

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