I've been following a path of voluntary simplicity and frugal living for many years, along with my husband, Phillip. A few years ago we attended a Permaculture 101 workshop at the Re-Store, then I went to a Pachmama Symposium. There I learned about an upcoming talk that turned out to be the beginnings of Transition Whatcom. We attended TW gatherings, including The Great Unleashing.
In the last few years we haven't been active in the larger transition community, though we continue to live simply, with a small ecological footprint.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
Phillip and I both grew up in Alaska, then lived on the big concrete island of Phoenix, Arizona for several years. We realized the way we were living was not in line with our values and plans for the future so we moved to Bellingham. We wanted to live more naturally and to be part of a community. Like a lot of people we've been concerned about climate change, the economy and peak oil.
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
I'm certified in child development and have many years of experience working with kids. I'm very outgoing and enjoy helping people make connections that would be helpful to them. I'm interested in alternative building methods, especially cob. I want to learn more about sustainable living, including organic gardening.
My husband Phillip is an artist/craftsman/bookbinder, as well as an all around do-it-yourself kind of guy. His skills include drawing, painting, hand bookbinding, book repair, woodworking (including furniture making, repair and refinishing) metalworking, leatherworking and jewelry making. Much of his work uses found and re-purposed materials. He wants to learn more about blacksmithing and making houses out of shipping containers.
In what neighborhood or part of the county do you reside?
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Hi Cynthia, nah, I think I'll stay away from the cookies this season. I'm cutting down on sugar, way down. I prefer the raw desserts myself. The problem with gluten-free cookies is that they are loaded with sugar and white flours for the most part. And I can save money staying away from sweets.
Thanks for letting me know about the GF group potluck. I did receive an invitation for Thanksgiving. And I bought a GF pumpkin pie from the Community Food Co-op which I hope lasts in my fridge until Thanksgiving. I'm sure it will stay fresh, but I'm just concerned that I might devour it in the middle of the night...
Hi Cynthia, I met you at the Permaculture class, and then again at the BIONS meeting. Great to see you on the TW site! What are you doing Transition-wise these days? I have been having a great time gardening my heart out-- I hope everything grows! I have been talking with my neighbors a lot and we are starting to organize a loose neighborhood gardening network-- where we can share resources, ideas, seeds, tools, food, and enjoy each others company! Hope to see you again soon, your smile is really contagious :) --Chris Wolf