Transition Whatcom


TW Book Study Group

A group dedicated to studying books related to Transition issues - developing knowledge in the Head that can be put into action by the Hands or reflected on, providing encouragement and motivation from the Heart.

Location: Whatcom County, WA
Members: 13
Latest Activity: Feb 26, 2019

Next Meeting

Join us on Thursday, Oct 10th at 6:30PM as we conclude our study of The Transition Companion, by Rob Hopkins. (review)

This is our final session on this book. Come with ideas for the next book to study.

Meeting at Paul and Joy's, 3218 Firwood. RSVP here.

Discussion Forum

The Next Book?

Started by David MacLeod Oct 7, 2013. 0 Replies

Some suggestions have been previously made on the next book to study.A Theory of Power by Jeff Vail (recommended by Garrett)People and Permaculture by Looby Macnamara (recommended by Heather)…Continue

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Book Study Meeting 6:30 August 1

Started by Joy Patterson. Last reply by Margo Terrill Jul 31, 2013. 1 Reply

Hi All, Our house has been painted (a color like a butterscotch). Still 3218, but the house numbers have not been replaced yet. There will either be a new roof or one in progress. JoyContinue

Food Security and City of Bellingham

Started by Joy Patterson Jun 19, 2013. 0 Replies

During our last book club meeting, we discussed focusing on food initiatives. Consider attending Thursday's workshop from 7 - 9 PM. If more community garden-minded people participate, we may be able…Continue

Energy From the Vacuum

Started by David MacLeod. Last reply by David MacLeod Feb 4, 2013. 1 Reply

This is a follow-up to last month's meeting, where Larry Horowitz shared his thoughts about Energy from the Vacuum, and the work of Tom Beardon and John Bedini.  Larry sent me the following email,…Continue

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Comment by Richard McManus on February 26, 2019 at 1:21am

Here is a list of my free US History books mostly about CIA’s political warfare.

Some Unpopular History of the United States
Book One -- 1610 to 1933 (107 pages)

Some Unpopular History of the United States
Book Two -The Franklin D. Roosevelt Years (220 pages)
(March 1933 - died April 12, 1945)

Some Unpopular History of the United States
Book Three -- The Truman Years - Apr. 1945 to Jan. 1953

Some Unpopular History of the United States
The Eisenhower Years - Jan. 1953 to Jan. 1961
Some Unpopular History of the United States
The Lyndon Johnson Years - Nov. 1963 to Dec. 1968

Some Unpopular History of the United States
The JFK Years & the Assassination Cover-up

WA State Democrats for a Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal

Some Unknown History of the United States
The Nixon Years , WATERGATE and his relationship to the North American Jewish super mafia - Jan. 1969 to Aug. 9, 1974

Some Unpopular History of the United States
Mysterious Deaths: Was the Rogue CIA Involved”

Irrefutable Evidence - The 9/11 Official Story is Total BS
about 20 pages with a more detailed 120 pages

send me an email at and I will reply with it attach for free.

or For sale at Amazon Kindle books

For the following papers, you can get this one only via an email to me
send me an email at and I will reply with it attach.
WA State Democrats for a Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal

Operation Mockingbird: Propaganda directed at Americans by the main stream media and censoring the evidence of a criminal conspiracy regarding the JFK assassination -- 27 pages

There is a new movie called "American Made" and it is a true story for the most part.

For the rest of the story.... my 45 page summary/essay Mena, AR -- The Crimes of Bill and Hillary Clinton regarding drug trafficking and money laundering. Democrats have a duty to ensure the law is faithfully executed! We have a duty to insure that no one is above the law.
send me an email at and I will reply with it attach.

Comment by David MacLeod on September 3, 2013 at 9:37pm
Comment by David MacLeod on June 30, 2013 at 8:15am

Join us on Thursday, July 4th at 6:00PM for our monthly meeting.

We will have a short Transition related chat, but will forego the formal book study and instead focus on enjoying the holiday together - sharing a meal and building community.

We will talk informally of the topics discussed so far, with perhaps a focus on what we think might best work for TW.

Bring some food to share. No fireworks please.  We will start a little earlier than usual: 6pm.

(I may have told some of you I was thinking of postponing the study group for a week because of the holiday.  Warren and Paul suggested we get together anyway, and celebrate the holiday together. It sounded like a good idea!)



Comment by David MacLeod on February 12, 2013 at 10:12pm

I just posted a blog post on "Aspects and Perspectives on Localization and Relocalization."  This relates to some of my comments at the book study group last week.

I have a lot of short excerpts from 8 articles, which adds up to a lot of words...especially if you check out each article referenced.  I don't expect everyone to do that, but I think this is an important area of study because so much of what the Transition Initiative movement is about is related to this concept.

Thanks again to Garrett for the links to the articles by J.M. Greer.

Comment by Monica Sjursen on February 12, 2013 at 11:27am

Thanks for a great study group all!  The movie I mentioned is Samsara, made by the same people that did Baraka.  Only more intense.  Highly recommended!

Comment by David MacLeod on February 9, 2013 at 8:01pm


Thanks for the links to the Greer articles.  These are excellent add-ons informing our discussion about localization/relocalization.  I'm going to use these in the post I am planning - a compendium of links showing different perspectives or aspects of this issue.

Regarding chapter 5 and "green tech stability" fantasy, that thought briefly passed through my mind as well when reading.  I think the intention was to set aside for the moment all the negatives that can easily come to mind when thinking about a "powered down" future, and instead put some focus on positive visioning. Bringing some balance, since we sometimes tend to dwell on the negative; and also because without having a positive vision to shoot for, most people will not engage. 

I don't think Hopkins is making the argument that we maintain the status quo by replacing everything with more sustainable alternatives; he's just saying that if proper preparation is put into place, there could be many positive benefits of a "powered down" future.

The key point: "A large part of our intention to bring this about arises from our being able to imagine it, having a vision of such a future - bein able, on some level, to conceive of what it would look like, sound like, smell like and feel like."

I hope to have the opportunity to read A Theory of Power by Jeff Vail at some point.

Comment by Joy Patterson on February 9, 2013 at 12:37am

One movie recommendation is Manufactured Landscapes

Andrew mentioned 180 Degrees South.

Here are some inspirational (short) videos: Gratitude and The Important Role of Mushrooms

Comment by Joy Patterson on December 30, 2012 at 1:09pm

3218 Firwood is located near Northwest and Birchwood near the WTA green line. Google Map 

Look for a no-grass lawn. 

 Tea will be available.


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