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Susan Templeton
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How are you currently involved in the Transition?
Coming to the potluck to find out more!
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I am a greenie from way back.
Do you have particular interests, skills, talents or resources you would like to bring to Transition Whatcom?
Sure! I have a profound ability to make sense out of complex subjects (marketing/writing/design) and a degree in environmental design so I've been a 'form follows functioner' for many moons.
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Where did you hear about Transition Whatcom and how did you find our community network website?
I am founding director of Focus NW (501(c)3 non profit dedicated to best practices among entrepreneurs in the home and lifestyle arenas.

Also a biznik nut.
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Susan Templeton's Blog

Beware of Govenments Bearing Gifts

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Perhaps you've read news about the many rescue programs for distressed homeowners. Powering down may need to start with the home itself and go from there. Ultimately, a person in financial distress will always face difficult decisions. Some of which may be as simple as accepting they cannot sustain such a large or expensive home and the attached energy, transportation, tax and insurance burdens. A good chat with your family…


Being Open to Abundance

Posted on November 30, 2009 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

It seems the more we are challenged to our core, the more we tend to contract our energy and hold onto things, money, our stuff we perceive we might need. Heck some of us are holding onto old memories, self views and fat cells that do little to insulate us from life. It's easy to say that such things are not making us any happier. I sometimes wake up at night realizing I have clenched my fist. I just remember what an old teacher said once to me: "You can't receive abundance and joy if you are… Continue

More LESS DEBT Slower!

Posted on November 25, 2009 at 9:35pm 0 Comments

I've been musing more and more about the subject of debt management in the face of so much gone wrong in our culture. Ironic given my work is about helping people buy homes and find funds for things like renovations and building or business expenses. You see, I see people every day who have gotten in too deep. I hear their stories and try to help them find a way to get out of the situation. Most are smart, motivated people who simply did not see a loss of income ('cash for clunkers' killed a… Continue

Hopping Off The Debt Cycle!

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 12:30am 2 Comments

Paying your mortgage payment on time every month is a great practice and your credit will reflect that good habit. However, this practice is not enough to get ahead. It's just enough to keep you chained to the high interest rate wheel of cyclic existence. Otherwise known as thirty year mortgage hell.

To understand what's happening, take a look at the interest you are paying your bank every month for the priviledge of maintaining that account balance. Most people don't realize that… Continue

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

I have written about 4 years of posts on ways to help folks understand/restore or build your credit. If you are considering the long term effects of maintaining debt, the sooner you understand the cost of poor credit on all your accounts the sooner you can benefit from a little work pulling up your FICO scores. The better your credit, the lower your rates and the sooner you can pay off your debt and free up your capital for better things...! (All these pointers are free information I've gleaned… Continue

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At 9:59pm on May 18, 2011, Kate Clark said…

Hi Susan! 

We are forming at TW communications team and I was wondering if you might be interested.  We'll be helping promote TW events, doing press releases, social networking, and making sure our marketing stuff is consistent and upbeat! If you would like to help in a small or large way- join us at the Public Market on May 25 at 6:30 pm.




PS: If you have any questions feel free to email me at kateclark101 at hotmail dot com.  

At 11:52pm on November 25, 2009, Heather K said…
Hi Susan, Glad to meet you at Laurel potluck & welcome to the groups you're now connected with! Re your post on needing help planning an urban garden next to the E. Laurel St. housing development. There are lots of us here with community gardening experience that you could network with. You might try posting a new discussion with your specific needs & vision, and then cross posting to either the 'Organic Gardener's-Permaculturist' TW group, or 'Food Security' group. I've been one of the garden-design-team members with CLSR (Coaltion for Local Self Reliance at- -that is in process with the city planners for creating a garden at the old Rose Garden site in Fairhaven. You might consider making contact with some of the board members of CLSR who've worked closely with the city.. Also, Laura Platt has experience with grants & programs, along with Dee Anderson, and even myself. It makes sense that whomever is going to be actually using & maintaining the urban-housing-garden be part of the planning & visioning process, and to have a design team that works together. Also, there are some visionary Western students that might take on projects as an intern.
At 2:42pm on September 3, 2009, Ginger Kennell said…
Susan. It was great to meet you at the potluck. I'd love to have you out to the farm to meet the horses. Give me a call 360-739-8676.


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