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Passing the Baton

If all goes well I must relinquish the throne here in about three months.  That’s the optimistic time frame when A-1 Builders will morph into a worker-owned cooperative (WOC).  I use the phrase ‘must relinquish the throne’ rather lightly given that I’m bringing it upon myself; this shift in power is voluntary. Instead of Presidential decisions, they will be made by 6 hopeful owners, myself included, each of whom has worked here at least 5 years, each person bearing one vote, 6…


Added by Rick Dubrow on November 27, 2015 at 1:10pm — No Comments

It Takes a Village...

Have you seen the finished Community Bicycle Repair & Information Station, or C-BRIS, that we designed and built on our property on Northwest Avenue?  Better yet, have you used it?

It’s here for you; built for you… hoping to help you get on your bike more and more.  And with…


Added by Rick Dubrow on September 23, 2015 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Patterns for Navigating the Transition to a World in Energy Descent

Integral Leadership Review Integral Leadership Review (ILR) has published the paper I presented to the recent Integral Theory…


Added by David MacLeod on September 3, 2015 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Be Working On Yours

This builder doesn’t build house boats.  No, the typical home we work on simply doesn’t float. Not a big deal, unless predictions come to pass that waters may rise.

Data is already in hand confirming the truth of these predictions.  Daily we learn more and more about the perfect storm, brought to you by the science of climate change. Water is expected to rise by such-and-such an amount by so-and-so a date, and, for those of us with eyes open, we’re observing…


Added by Rick Dubrow on August 6, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

No "Happy Chapter" here

I’ve heard this term ‘happy chapter’ used to refer to so many a documentary or news report that, although terribly depressing, ends on a happy note.   So, for example, a piece about global warming might end with a description of what’s being done about it.  ‘There’s work being done’, implies the happy chapter; ‘others are on top of it. Not to worry all that much.’

Yes, there’s a compelling motivation for me, or any author or news reporter, to leave you upbeat. …


Added by Rick Dubrow on July 7, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments

Enough Already

Some of our favorite readerboard quotations are submitted by our friends and neighbors, and one of these recent gems suggests that ‘one must break down before you can break through’. This adage surely rings true as it relates to making lifestyle changes seemingly necessary as our environment deteriorates. Human nature appears to require pain in order to spark change. And the greater the urgency for change, or the more immense the needed change, the more intense must…


Added by Rick Dubrow on June 5, 2015 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Culturally Induced Madness

When I was born in 1951 new homes averaged about 300 square feet per person.  Compare this to about 900 square feet per person in 2003… a tripling in size in just 50 years. With this super-sizing comes the inherent fact that our homes generate more pollution and global warming gases than our cars! Our homes demand more energy consumption (12.2 barrels per person per year) than the food we eat (10 barrels per year) and the cars we drive (9 barrels per year).

No wonder…


Added by Rick Dubrow on May 4, 2015 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Chicks-Red Layers

My daughters and I hatched out 26 chicks in our old-fashioned turn it yourself incubator.

We live on a city lot and need to sell them before the neighbors find out :-)!

These are a Rhode Island Red/Leghorn cross, so as one buyer said, "They will lay out the wazzoo"

Hatched date April 7

Straight Run

$3 each…


Added by Rosette on April 23, 2015 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Mutating Within

I’m 64 years old now. Beyond 60, the youth of old age.  Approaching retirement; defining retirement; exploring succession planning.

What will A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio look like during, and after, Cindi and I extract ourselves from the helm.  Will this extraction be slow or sudden? Will we reduce our hours along a descending, straight line, or along a series of steps leading from fulltime to zero? Great questions, ones we’re discussing daily.  But this…


Added by Rick Dubrow on April 17, 2015 at 6:23pm — 2 Comments

Watch Our Cycling Kiosk Emerge


Added by Rick Dubrow on April 3, 2015 at 11:37am — No Comments

Pulverized, Ground-up Civilization

Dust permeates our indoor environment.  It’s everywhere, some of it natural – dead skin, soil, pollen, dust mites.  Some of it unnatural - chemicals, pesticides, rubber, herbicides - all these and more comprise the dust inside our homes and places of work.

What many people don't know is that toxic chemicals are brought inside all the time, simply by wearing your shoes indoors, or from your pets coming in after romping around the yard.  We…


Added by Rick Dubrow on March 16, 2015 at 10:38am — No Comments

Anonymous Resistance

All too often it can prove edgy to speak your mind.  I get that. Your values surface to the tip of your tongue but you hold tight for fear that you’ll expose a part of yourself at odds with your co-workers; at odds with your spouse, church or employer.

“Do I dare speak up?”

How do you decide?

The answer requires a slight detour.  Let’s focus on an unintended consequence of our military-industrial complex:  the steady loss of…


Added by Rick Dubrow on February 12, 2015 at 11:14am — No Comments

Quality, well built, Chicken Coop For Sale

Just in time for your spring chickens!

Save material costs on your coop. We've invested over $600 in wood and hardware. Built with care and love. Extra safe from predation. Accommodates 8 full size chickens and 12 bantams. Grab it now before someone else does.

Asking $250. I'll help you dismantle. You haul.

Message me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great week!

Cipriano, Monica, and Milagro…


Added by Cipriano Mauricio on February 2, 2015 at 7:38am — No Comments

The Underlying Hook

Hundreds of times a day you and I swim around our respective fish bowl interacting with the bait of our consumer society.  Advertisements are everywhere we turn.

“Bite on this, won’t you?” 

We’re shown the seductive characteristics of a product – the bait – but we’re not shown the underlying, hidden hook.

What do I mean by that? What hook?

Let’s open our eyes wider and explore the consequences…


Added by Rick Dubrow on January 30, 2015 at 10:19am — No Comments

Benefits Of Saving Open-Pollinated & Heirloom Seeds - Summary

Many people wonder what is meant by open-pollination seeds, and the benefits of saving those seeds ,

verses hybrid seeds.                            (2013 post)…


Added by Heather K on January 20, 2015 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Rick Dubrow's blog post - December 2014 - "Hammering Out My Manifesto"

"It’s time to articulate the core assumptions and beliefs that empower THE HAMMER. Before I hammer them out, though, let’s get something straight:  thousands of words, if not books, would be necessary to describe how I’ve arrived at these conclusions. This is a blog, however, and not a book.  So brevity will prevail… for now.   Want to [...] Read More…


Added by Rick Dubrow on January 7, 2015 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Rick Dubrow's Blog Post - Dec. 2014 - "Hike The Ridge With Me"

"Over 20 years ago I anchored a radio program on KGMI AM-790 — “On The Level” – about housing and remodeling. My weekly, one-hour show lasted for about 4-1/2 years. Every single Saturday morning at 9 am, November ’91 through late ’94. The show did wonders for getting A-1 Builders on the map, given that [...] Read More…


Added by Rick Dubrow on January 7, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Rick Dubrow's December 2014 blog post "I'm Done Keeping Quiet!"

"I tried, damn it! When my efforts to prevent coal trains from passing through Bellingham failed, the wind in my sails went still. My activism went… inactive. Although we secured twice the necessary signatures to get it on the ballot, our very own progressive Bellingham City Council crushed Coal Free Bellingham’s ‘Community Bill of Rights’, [...]…


Added by Rick Dubrow on January 7, 2015 at 12:57pm — No Comments

methane hydrates blogspot

Added by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 11, 2014 at 9:37pm — No Comments

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