Had a great time at the South Michigan Permaculture Mixer yesterday. It is heartening to meet so many great people building a bridge to greater personal freedom, health, and cooperation with nature. Of course, that sounds a little cheesy and day-dreamy, when what really inspired me about the day was the very down-to-earth practicality of the whole thing. These people were just rolling up their sleeves and quite literally building a better future--real, tangilble wealth and resources like renewable energy sources, fruit and nut orchards, practical housing, human-scale DIY technology, and so on. Unlike the evanescent fantasy "wealth" of stock markets, credit cards and "innovative financial instruments," where value can vanish in the blink of an eye, these Permaculturists are investing in assets that will keep people warm, sheltered, happy, well-fed and spiritually nourished for generations to come.