My pen name is Penumbra, which means "the undefined region between darkness and light." I chose that name because alas, I am somewhat bi-polar. I find so much joy and beauty in the world around me. But I also see so much injustice and hopelessness.

The bright side of me writes here on VIEW FROM SHADOWS END. My posts are about gardens and home made happiness.

The darker side of me is posting on THE AMERICAN MELTDOWN. The posts here are largely about economic injustice, social decay, preparing for hard times. Well, you get the idea.

Sometimes the moods may cross over, but for the most part I will work to keep them positions seperate.