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… Continue
Added by Rick Dubrow on April 17, 2015 at 6:23pm —
Added by Rick Dubrow on April 3, 2015 at 11:37am —
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… Continue
Added by Rick Dubrow on March 16, 2015 at 10:38am —
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… Continue
Added by Rick Dubrow on February 12, 2015 at 11:14am —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Rick Dubrow on January 30, 2015 at 10:19am —
Many people wonder what is meant by open-pollination seeds, and the benefits of saving those seeds ,
verses hybrid seeds. (2013 post)… Continue
Added by Heather K on January 20, 2015 at 4:30pm —
"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 —
"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 —
"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’, [...]… Continue
Added by Rick Dubrow on January 7, 2015 at 12:57pm —
Added by J. C. Walker,Jr. on January 1, 2015 at 8:00pm —
Added by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 11, 2014 at 9:37pm —
In my final post in the Holiday Smorgasbord series, I want to share two articles that are each directed at (and finding fault with) different ends of the political spectrum. I don’t think the point of either of these articles is to demonize individuals who embrace either conservatism or liberalism, but rather to point out that in general we are not being served by the mainstream political discourse from either perspective. I find these articles…
Added by David MacLeod on November 30, 2014 at 2:32pm —
In today’s installment of our Holiday Smorgasbord, I bring you two voices that I have been following off and on for the last decade, and who have both been warning about limits to growth, and more importantly what we as individuals can do about it.
Nate Hagens on Limits to Growth: Where We Are and What to Do About It
Nate Hagens, a former “wolf of Wall Street” stock trader/money manager, and then a … Continue
Added by David MacLeod on November 29, 2014 at 4:43pm —
(image source: Orlin Wagner/AP)
There’s a lot of confusion going on right now – as the price of gasoline in the U.S. is declining, we are becoming ever more complacent. Today we saw another steep drop in the price of oil… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on November 28, 2014 at 2:30pm —
Today’s installment of our holiday smorgasbord features an approach to the environmental crisis and the energy crisis and the economic crisis that I’m very thankful for…Permaculture.
Permaculture, A vision of a post-oil world
Yves Cochet… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on November 27, 2014 at 2:10pm —
I’m giving thanks that there are so many good sources of information available on the current state of affairs regarding climate, energy, and the environment. Unfortunately most are not showing up in the mainstream media, so we have to search them out.
On a long Thanksgiving weekend, many of us tend to eat a lot, shop a lot, and then veg out in front of ball games or other distractions.
For the next few days I’ll be providing an alternative to how you spend some of your holiday… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on November 26, 2014 at 3:37pm —
Added by David MacLeod on November 14, 2014 at 6:21pm —
Added by Margo Terrill on August 19, 2014 at 8:30am —
I'm starting to lose track of the Peak Moment episodes filmed at Inspiration Farm, so I thought it would be nice to see them in one place. Visit peakmoment.tv and subscribe to see these consistently good series of interviews (and see if you can find the one filmed in my front yard).
I'm also hoping you will be inspired to consider attending the Permaculture Design course at Inspiration Farm coming up August 17-29th.… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on July 6, 2014 at 4:34pm —