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How to Stay Sane as the World Goes Crazy: Economic Hard Times, Climate Change and the Messy Issues of Oil

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How to Stay Sane as the World Goes Crazy: Economic Hard Times, Climate Change and the Messy Issues of Oil

Time: October 22, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Bellingham Co-Housing Commons at 2614 Donovan
Street: 2614 Donovan
City/Town: Bellingham
Phone: 360-319-9092
Event Type: heart, and, soul, speaking, engagement
Organized By: Cindi Landreth
Latest Activity: Oct 22, 2010

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A Transition Whatcom Heart & Soul Event!

Kathy McMahon, aka 'The Peak Shrink' is coming to Bellingham! In her words:

As we’re bombarded with alarming headlines on a daily basis, how do we find the sane space between Doom and Denial? Is there a place for wit when we examine the major challenges of our lifetime: economic depression, environmental degradation, and energy depletion? Is blind optimism itself, a diagnosable mental disorder?
With humor and insight clinical psychologist Kathy McMahon addresses a few of the major challenges of our time and discusses why “all or nothing” thinking is cutting short a more serious conversation about what we value, how our values dictate our behavior, and what we need to do to prepare for a future that may be very different from what’s been predicted.
She’ll introduce Panglossian Disorder with subtypes such as:
• Rhett-Butlerism – (“Peak Oil? Planetary and economic collapse? Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn…”)
• Scarlet O’Hara-ism- (“I’ll just have to think about that tomorrow…”) and
• Frank Zappa-ism: (“As soon as things get really bad, they’ll come up with something”- a belief that necessity is the mother of invention.)
All of these are popular but ineffective psychological strategies for handling bad news. What we face aren’t simple problems with clear cut solutions, but rather complicated dilemmas that require good humor, mature thinking and the ability to tolerate both unpleasant emotions and joy in the unexpected. Come join us as we search for a space where we can all be more human than otherwise.

Kathy McMahon Bio: Since 2006, Kathy McMahon, “The Peak Shrink,” has been offering clinical wisdom, common sense, and good humor to an international readership, who've shared their stories and sought her advice about managing in these hard times. Her research project, is a collection of these narratives, investigating the emotional impact on ordinary people, living through dramatic economic, energy, and environmental upheavals.



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Comment by Chris Wolf on October 21, 2010 at 12:36am
Does anyone want to carpool to this event from Hannegan/Sunset/Mt Baker Hwy area? If so you can call me at 961.9028. --ChrisW
Comment by Kate Clark on October 2, 2010 at 2:21pm
Here is the poster...

Comment by Cindi Landreth on October 1, 2010 at 8:02pm
The facilities we are using for this event have a room for child care. We would like to provide child care and I know a couple of youngers that might be available. The 'Dynamic Duo' (they are two 15 yr old girls with references, experience and I know one of them) charge $5 per child (that covers both girls) unless there is only one child. Then it is $10.

All ye parents out there - shall I ask them? Perhaps a volunteer or two could step forward but I don't know any. Please let me know what you would prefer?
Comment by Cindi Landreth on September 28, 2010 at 1:20pm
Hi Heather
Yes, there is a plan for an Open Space after the event. Sat. Oct. 23rd from 1pm until 6pm. We don't have a write up yet but I have asked a few people for help with this. It should be posted soon.

Thank you for your offer of help. What is your favorite way of helping with events, Heather?
Comment by Heather K on September 25, 2010 at 3:22pm
Will there be an Open Space Day event to follow this Fri talk?
If so, what date should we reserve?

Would the following day, Sat Oct 23rd be the most likely date for an open space event? ( I'd like to help out and attend depending on scheduling).
Comment by Kate Clark on September 24, 2010 at 9:09pm
Comment by Kate Clark on September 24, 2010 at 9:08pm
Yes, I would. I'll read her project and dwell on this. Let me know when a location is found. WECU might be good- we can use it especially if the event is promoted to our membership.
Comment by Cindi Landreth on September 23, 2010 at 10:11pm
Would you be interested in helping to promote it? Meredith has stepped up for that, too. Adam Ward is trying to find a venue. Other way of helping, maybe?
Comment by Kate Clark on September 23, 2010 at 10:09pm
Great picture- sounds like a very timely and important event. Hope to see lots of people there.

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