It was nice to see this week's Cascadia Weekly (5/25/11). Three letters to the Editor, and all by TW members.
First was TW co-initiator David Marshak's letter addressing the advertisements in local publications, and the inaccurate statements made in them by David Warren in support of…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on May 30, 2011 at 7:09pm — No Comments
Walter Haugen from F.A. Farm recently said that he was on a farmer's panel and the current trend is to encourage everybody to grow 5, 10 or 15% of their own food. That's a goal which is totally doable, although if a lot of people get serious about it, a whole bunch of little scraps of lawn all over town will disappear under potato patches and square foot gardens. Even a modest number of people producing 5-15% of their own food will change the visual character of…Continue
This video is a "walk-through" of a carbon neutral home built as a demo. It doesn't really provide a lot of space to store one's accumulated junk. Maybe that's part of the point.
Added by Rob Olason on May 24, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments
Wow my life is getting busy. For those of you who may not know I am running for County Executive this year. Since I have run for County office before it is not fair to say I wasn’t aware of what I was getting into but it sure is getting hectic. I really believe we need leadership now to:
A couple of weeks ago I came across several related articles all at once, and all telling me that post-high school education is beginning its own period of transition. First, New York Magazine's article The University Has No Clothes, telling us that the notion that a college degree is essentially worthless has become one of the year's most fashionable ideas. Then there was the…Continue
This Blog Post is in regards to the Class I will be teaching through the Whatcom Folk School, beginning June 6th. More info about the class here.
Primary Text for class:
The Essence of Permaculture E-Book by David…
Last Saturday we were expecting a showing of the film "The Economics of Happiness" at the Pickford Cinema. Unfortunately the film didn't show up to the theater, but fortunately they had an older film on hand - "Affluenza."
Affluenza is a 1 hour PBS documentary that was made by KCTS in Seattle about 12 to 14 years ago, exploring the high social and environmental costs of materialism and over-consumption. From the Website, …
Great question. A fanning mill is a winnowing machine. Winnowing is the step of cleaning the grain to separate the considerable chaff, dust, weed seeds and whatnot from what you want to eat. Winnowing is done after the thresher knocks the grains loose from the head. The most basic technology for winnowing is the shallow baskets that can be seen in traditional Chinese paintings of pretty girls tossing the rice harvest up and down in a breeze. This gets old, I'm just here to tell…Continue
“One of the characteristics of a robust, enduring and mature civilization is the capacity to consider the longer term, aim for desirable but achievable futures, but have fall-back strategies and insurance policies to deal with surprise and uncertainty.”
So says Mr. David Holmgren in an essay on the web site http://www.futurescenarios.org .
This statement sums up exactly what I’m trying to do: figure out what kind of fall-back…Continue
Seventeen Rules for a Sustainable Community - “If the members of a local community want their community to cohere, to flourish, and to last, these are some things they would do” -Wendell Berry …Continue
Added by Heather K on May 6, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments
I'm looking forward to the film showing on Saturday, 3pm. The Economics of Happiness . More info at the bottom of this page.
There's a lot of thinking going on these days about what really makes us happy, and what's really important in life. Some articles I've come across...
Added by Chris Wolf on May 5, 2011 at 1:45pm — No Comments
Apologies in advance for the wonkish nature of this post. I hope some will find it interesting...
Flashback to 5 years ago, the following comment on The Oil Drum was a bit of a revelation to me:
"The world economy was saved last year by the increasing World coal production. According to BP, World total energy production grew 2.4% in 2005, but oil only 1.0%. Coal production increased 5.0%, most of it in China (growth 10%, volume well over 30% of the…Continue