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No "Happy Chapter" here

Posted by Rick Dubrow on July 7, 2015 at 11:32am 0 Comments

I’ve heard this term ‘happy chapter’ used to refer to so many a documentary or news report that, although terribly depressing, ends on a happy note.   So, for example, a piece about global warming might end with a description of what’s being done about it.  ‘There’s work being done’, implies the happy chapter; ‘others are on top of it. Not to worry all that much.’

Yes, there’s a compelling motivation for me, or any author or news reporter, to leave you upbeat. …

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Enough Already

Posted by Rick Dubrow on June 5, 2015 at 1:54pm 0 Comments

Some of our favorite readerboard quotations are submitted by our friends and neighbors, and one of these recent gems suggests that ‘one must break down before you can break through’. This adage surely rings true as it relates to making lifestyle changes seemingly necessary as our environment deteriorates. Human nature appears to require pain in order to spark change. And the greater the urgency for change, or the more immense the needed change, the more intense must…

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Culturally Induced Madness

Posted by Rick Dubrow on May 4, 2015 at 5:04pm 0 Comments

When I was born in 1951 new homes averaged about 300 square feet per person.  Compare this to about 900 square feet per person in 2003… a tripling in size in just 50 years. With this super-sizing comes the inherent fact that our homes generate more pollution and global warming gases than our cars! Our homes demand more energy consumption (12.2 barrels per person per year) than the food we eat (10 barrels per year) and the cars we drive (9 barrels per year).

No wonder…

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Chicks-Red Layers

Posted by Rosette on April 23, 2015 at 8:59pm 0 Comments

My daughters and I hatched out 26 chicks in our old-fashioned turn it yourself incubator.

We live on a city lot and need to sell them before the neighbors find out :-)!

These are a Rhode Island Red/Leghorn cross, so as one buyer said, "They will lay out the wazzoo"

Hatched date April 7

Straight Run

$3 each…

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Mutating Within

Posted by Rick Dubrow on April 17, 2015 at 6:23pm 2 Comments

I’m 64 years old now. Beyond 60, the youth of old age.  Approaching retirement; defining retirement; exploring succession planning.

What will A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio look like during, and after, Cindi and I extract ourselves from the helm.  Will this extraction be slow or sudden? Will we reduce our hours along a descending, straight line, or along a series of steps leading from fulltime to zero? Great questions, ones we’re discussing daily.  But this…

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This is a community networking site for those interested in helping us achieve our vision of resilient and more self-reliant communities throughout Whatcom County with a local food supply, sustainable energy sources, a healthy local economy, and a growing sense of vitality and community well-being.

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We aim to unleash the collective genius of our community to find the answers to this momentous question:

For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we...

Dramatically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change);
Significantly increase resilience (in response to peak oil);
Greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?

The goal of Transition Whatcom (and all Transition Initiatives) is to create a long term Energy Descent Action Pathway, a blueprint- by the community, for the community- of how to significantly reduce energy use and yet provide for our basic needs in times of energy scarcity.

 

Transition Initiativesmake no claim to have all the answers, but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in our communities, the solutions can readily emerge. Now is the time for us to take stock and to start re-creating our future in ways that are not based on cheap, plentiful and polluting oil but on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being.

 

To learn more about the issues, start here

(Why Transition, Peak Oil, Climate Change, Economy, Peak Everything)

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Whatcom County Primary at Whatcom County

August 4, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
Please remember to vote in the Whatcom County primary election.  Ballots are due Tuesday August 4th. They need to be postmarked by election day or deposited into an official drop box by 8pm on Tuesday.Make informed choices - please review the Whatcom County Official Local Voter's Pamphlet. The Bellingham Herald Politics Blog has conveniently listed the…See More
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Patricia Herlevi added a discussion to the group Community Asks and Offers
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require new living/working space starting Sep 1st

My landlord decided not to rent out his studio cottage any longer and gave me a vacate letter this morning. Timing couldn't be less perfect. I just signed up with a literary agent, in the middle of writing my 5th novel and I started a business which requires my nurturing at this time.So if you have a small apartment or suite in Sunnyland, Lettered Streets, Cornwall Park, near Broadway Park is ideal or York that rents for around $600 with basic utilities included in the rent, wood or nature…See More
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David MacLeod posted an event
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Whatcom County Primary at Whatcom County

August 4, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
Please remember to vote in the Whatcom County primary election.  Ballots are due Tuesday August 4th. They need to be postmarked by election day or deposited into an official drop box by 8pm on Tuesday.Make informed choices - please review the Whatcom County Official Local Voter's Pamphlet. The Bellingham Herald Politics Blog has conveniently listed the…See More
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Amy Vergillo posted events
Jul 22
Lee Smith is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Jul 22
Brooke Kaemingk joined Christie Cassel's group
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Bellingham Gleaning Network

End of season harvest projects -espeically summer fruit - Gathering the troops and supplies and venturing into the land of falling fruit to collect and process for preservation and storage as well as a crisp or two for the evening's celebrations!
Jul 22
Brooke Kaemingk joined Cynthia Livingston's group
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Transition Goshen

The neighborhood group for the Everson-Goshen area. We're gardening, raising animals, preserving food, working on energy and water independence and other projects for a more resiliant, self-reliant, sustainable way of life. Come join us!
Jul 22
Brooke Kaemingk updated their profile
Jul 22
 
 
 

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'Perfect Storm' Engulfing Canada's Economy Perfectly Predictable

Economists, an irrational tribe of short-sighted mathematicians, are now calling Canada's declining economic fortunes "a perfect storm."

Re-Imagining Climate Justice at the COP: Finding Our Frontlines at a Gathering in Bellagio, Italy

We should be trying to identify the strategies that give us the best chances of creating “tipping points” in the climate wars. I dream of a movement that can create a non-linear trajectory into the future... One idea ... is a COP21-focused campaign for “Just Climate Futures: Saying No in Paris.” The best “outcome” for the COP would be NO treaty/agreement.

Water: Source of Life and Conflict in the Land of Rivers

Oil is often seen as the root cause of conflict in the Middle East, but in the coming years water might come to overtake it as a key source of dispute.

Buying organic isn’t just about local veggies

Pedaling our bicycles and gear across the American West at a steady 12 miles an hour, my friend Neil and I have begun to fathom just how much land our society dedicates to growing food, particularly grains.

Socialism for the Rich: Drawbacks of our Current Money System

There are many reasons to change the current money system.

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