Joe and I moved into the neighborhood last September. Chris Wolf brought over a delicious garden grown zucchini bread and a beautiful smile. Our dogs are apart of a neighborhood pack and the humans have started a growing club together. I am so happy she came over to welcome us to the community.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I moved to Bellingham in 1998 to go to Western. It was the year of Mt. Baker's record snowfall. I had spent the last 11 years in Germany, going to school on an American military base. My parents are teachers there and plan to retire here in Bellingham in two years. I became aware of Fairhaven College's existence in spring quarter of freshman year and took a 15 credit class called Forests of the Pacific Northwest. I spent the quarter with one class, traveling around the state, learning about various ways of managing a forest ecology philosophy, poetry. and you know, Fairhaven stuff. After my sophomore year I lived near Toulouse, France near the Pyrenees for a month and on the Swiss/French border for two weeks as a WWOOFer, (Willing Worker On Organic Farms). A month and a half of loneliness and self-examination was a good motivater to return to school and decide on a degree in Outdoor Environmental Education. It was an expensive adventure, but it was fun!!!! Now I'm finishing my first year of nursing school at Whatcom Community College. I am very interested in Eastern medicine and hope to eventually study alternative medicine to balance my professional abilities. I think that growing my own vegetables and sharing them with neighbors will be one of the most healing things I've ever done for myself. I'm looking forward to the potlucks!
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
I am interested in building community, whatever that means in this day in age. that's the challenge. I don't think that I've ever learned how to live in a real community. I learned the American Individualist way, that I should never feel dependent on anyone, especially as a woman. Greg Brown says that intentional communities are impossible except in remote areas where survival is at stake. So maybe city folk like us won't ever figure it out until the sh** hits the fan. I hope for my sake that that's not true. My emotional health needs to find community in any way that I can.
In what neighborhood or part of the county do you reside?
York Neighborhood, Franklin Park
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Hi Megan! Great to see you and Joe's picture on here. I hope you will sign up with our Franklin Park Gardening group-- we are already starting to post things for each other! I don't see your name on it yet.