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Cherry Hill Seminary and the University of South Carolina are proud to jointly sponsor a symposium on April 13-14, 2013, on the USC campus in Columbia, South Carolina.

Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes: Cosmography of the Pagan Soul
Keynote Speaker: Ronald Hutton

We welcome papers that explore the following questions:
In today's post-modern, urbanized world, where everything is a commodity, how and where do Pagans find their sacred places? How should we protect and maintain these sites? In colonized worlds, how do we avoid the appropriation of these lands? If Goddess is immanent in nature, what makes some places more sacred than others? How is our spirituality shaped by the land and our relationship with the land shaped by our spirituality?

Proposals of up to 1000 words are due by January 1, 2013 and may be uploaded at http://www.cherryhillseminary.org/blog/announcements/call-for-papers/
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So, as noted in my previous post, my ogam book came out as an ebook today.

I talked with Nicole from the OBOD grove about speaking to her class at UW Bothell this quarter. She'll send me some information on possible dates and I'll send her a copy of my geilt and PTSD article for her to give to her class as reading, then I get to just come in and talk about the stuff and my experiences. She said she was interested in coming and checking out some of the stuff we'll be talking about at the CR schmooze in the next couple of months, so I told her that she's welcome to come and join us if she'd like.

Aside from that, I went to my first yoga session at the VA today. We don't have the usual instructor at the moment. We got a substitute and will have one next week as well, before we get the usual instructor back. I'm feeling kind of creaky and there's a knot in my shoulder, but getting back into physical things like that often tend to have unintended creaky side effects, so I'll just roll with it. Next Wednesday is both yoga and my shrink session.

This evening we had the schmooze business meeting, wherein we worked out the last of the issues for the Samhain ritual. Now all that remains is to get the meditations put together. I should be able to pull that off and post it to the list by the end of the week. We also dealt with some topics for the upcoming November annual meeting, and I think we got a brief agenda for that put together. We also discussed what we might need for ritual tools for the group and spending some money on that. All in all, a lot of stuff got done by 9pm. I then hauled [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and Patrick back up to the Hill so that she could get home and he could head downtown for his shift.

I am a very toasty toasted thing. I came home, walked the dog, and ate. I'm going to be heading for bed soon.

I did get an email today saying that The Sacred Cauldron by Tagh MacCrossan was going to be coming out in a new edition. I'm told that some of the more egregious issues I've had with it will be addressed in the new edition (removal of the ritual involving raw honey being fed to an infant, for instance), and I said I'd pass the word along. If you know anybody interested in this, please let them know.
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I got out to the concert down in Seattle, even though I hurt a lot. I got out of the house about 4pm, knowing that traffic would be bad, but I wanted to look for a book and catch something to eat before I went over to St James.

The drive took nearly 90 minutes in the rain. There were moments when it was fairly dangerous, with some places getting an accumulation of water that meant unnerving bits of hydroplaning, so everyone was going very slowly. I saw one accident where several cars were on the side with a cop and an ambulance and a car turned all the way around. Thankfully, none of it was sticking out into the highway.

I did find parking pretty quickly, over by Cal Andersen Park, and walked over to Elliott Bay Books. On my way, I encountered three of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence manifesting their way into the park on their way somewhere. It was a delightful thing to see, I must say.

At Elliott Bay, I was looking for Sharon Astyk's Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front, which came highly recommended by [livejournal.com profile] brandywilliams. Although my life is pretty secure at the moment -- I have a place to live, a reliable income, health care, and access to food and more than I need in terms of pleasant things in life -- the world is changing in some pretty scary ways, from peak oil problems to climate shifts to perpetual warfare. I want to be able to deal with the changes as they come along, even if I have no intention of moving to some rural spot and taking up farming. There are things that can be done to change, and I've been doing some of them, including working on debt reduction and simplifying. New ideas, however, are always a good thing.

I looked for the book in the Environment section, where I expected to find it, but there was no sign of it there. I asked at the info desk and was told that they have a Self Sufficiency section, which was where I would find the volume in question. I read a bit of it while I had a little dinner at the cafe in the bookstore. Vegetarian chili, a slice of chocolate-hazelnut torte, and a cup of genmaicha were just the thing for a wet, chilly night. At the next table, some folks were playing Settlers of Catan, while several other tables were occupied by people writing, as one might expect in a bookstore cafe.

After dinner, I shuffled myself back through the park and to the car to hie myself to St James. I got in early enough to find very close parking, less than a block away. With my season ticket, I got a wonderful front-row seat for the concert. I talked briefly to [livejournal.com profile] tedgill and [livejournal.com profile] alexwilliams while we waited for the house to fill, and it was a full house tonight. Ted gave me a copy of Gamelan Pacifica's new cd, Lou Harrison's Scenes From Cavafy: Music for Gamelan. I haven't had a chance to listen yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to it. As we talked, I mentioned feeling creaky and Alex said I should wait until I was 63. I mentioned migraines, fibro, and the whole cramping to my toes thing and he admitted that, perhaps, I was already getting my dose. I said that I'd be 50 in March and both of them seemed quite shocked, despite the fact that they've known me for over 20 years. I found that slightly amusing and said that they had to come to my 50th birthday party. They agreed it would be a great thing to do.

The concert itself was, as usual, just lovely. The program was the music of Leonin, Perotin, and a few other compositions, one as late as the 15th century. All of it was French, in either Latin or French, and quite beautifully done. Before the concert began, I was sitting briefly next to one of the women from the choir. She said that she'd been downtown at Nordstrom's earlier with a flashmob of about 500 people performing the Halleluja Chorus from The Messiah this afternoon.

Here's the scene on youtube, recorded by one of the participants:



She said there were people on three floors of the store participating.

Tomorrow, Shinto.
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This morning we were out early for brunch at Araya's Place in the U District with some old friends of [livejournal.com profile] dpaxson's. Araya's is a nice vegan Thai place that I've been dropping by off and on since I got to Seattle. They moved from their old location on the Ave some years ago into a newer place on 45th. One feature of the place has been their Kwan Yin altar, which is really quite remarkable. It's not as large and populated as it used to be, but it's still of considerable size, now occupying a prominent corner opposite the door.

The place had a very nice brunch buffet that included black sticky rice with coconut sauce for dessert, which is always a treat. They also have really excellent vegetarian spring rolls there as well. We arrived in good time and went in to grab a table. As we were slightly early, I told [livejournal.com profile] dpaxson to go ahead and text her friend and let him know we were there. As it turned out, they were hanging out in their car outside, so they came in and food commenced. We talked for quite some time in the restaurant, but it was actually fairly cold in there, so I suggested perhaps we could go somewhere warmer to talk, as conversation was going hot and heavy and -- while I didn't want to interrupt -- moving it to a physically warmer place would be much more comfortable.

We ended up at the friend's house, where we stayed for several hours, allowing them to catch up and talk about everything they'd missed in the last many years. I got a chance to participate in the conversation as well, and had a lovely time, but eventually it got on to be time for heading to see Suzie for dinner.

Suzie talked about her husband and daughter, who are in Japan at the moment doing on the ground protesting against the dolphin slaughter currently happening in Taiji. Her daughter, at 16, is doing photojournalism for Truthout and attracting global attention to the situation, and I urge you to go check out her blog and Truthout page at the links above. This is some pretty impressive stuff.

After dinner, we headed back here for more Jeeves and Wooster and some laundry for my guests. Tomorrow we're heading out to the Shinto shrine to talk to Barrish Sensei at 11am. After that, we're likely to pop on the ferry to Bainbridge Island for a little while, then back here to deal with packing up before I haul my friends off to the airport, where their flight leaves at 9pm.
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Environmentalists generally suggest wind power as a reasonably harmless, renewable resource. Unfortunately, even this isn't without its cost. Wind turbines end up killing thousands of birds and bats in their operation. The video on the Oregon Field Guide site linked here talks about some of the problems and potential solutions for this issue; apparently wind turbines are to migrating bats as dams are to salmon, which is really disturbing.

Of course, nothing human beings do is consequence-free. Staying informed helps us make better decisions.
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The parts are doing at least somewhat better today than yesterday. Left hip is still substandard, but the rest of me is back to what passes for normal in my world.

I'm utterly appalled by the "health care" bill in the Senate. From what I understand, it mandates that everyone must buy insurance, but doesn't make any real provision for people who can't afford it -- like, for instance, if they have no jobs? And if you don't buy insurance because you can't afford it, they'll fine you (which, if you can't afford insurance, you also won't be able to afford) and if you don't pay that, too bad. They'll toss you in jail. It's a win-win for the insurance companies. The rest of us? Not so much.

The climate summit at Copenhagen was yet another victory for the multinational corps, of course. Nothing good ever seems to come of this crap. People suffer and die. We're killing off species at a rate unseen since the last major extinction event. I'm glad I never had kids because I would never want to pass this mess on to them. To future generations (assuming we have any) -- mea culpa. We suck. Some of us are trying, at least.

I don't know what to do. It's pretty damned depressing. Small, personal-level stuff never seems to be enough, but asking governments to do anything is like putting tigers in a henhouse to guard it. We're all just snack food.

I need to try to write today. At least that might take my mind off some of it.
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Four dams on the Lower Snake River are putting pressure on already struggling salmon and steelhead runs. Columbia and Snake River hold four of the runs considered "most endangered" and the issue affects Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

The National Wildlife Federation is currently advocating for urgent change in federal policies in order to restore these salmon and steelhead runs. The NWF was an active force in my childhood, helping to formulate my awareness of nature and wildlife through their publications. They've been doing good work for many years.

This isn't just a wildlife and fisheries issue -- it also affects aspects of Native treaty rights and cultural survival. With so much going wrong in the world today, we need to stay aware and stay hopeful. Taking action is a part of expressing that hope.
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While I am delighted by the announcement that Obama is freezing a lot of Bush's midnight regulations, the bad news is, a lot of the most damaging ones have already gone into effect and it will take congressional action to get them rescinded.

Obama Administration Freezes Finalization of Midnight Regulations: Worst of Bush Administration Regulations Already In Effect

PORTLAND, Ore. - January 21 - The Obama administration announced yesterday a freeze on publication of all proposed and final rules in the Federal Register until they are reviewed by an agency or department head appointed by the new administration. Many of the midnight regulations, such as changes to the rules implementing the Endangered Species Act and relaxation of rules restricting mountain top removal, have already gone into effect and will need to be undone by other means.

"We are grateful the Obama administration has taken this important first step towards undoing the numerous midnight regulations advanced by the Bush administration," said Noah Greenwald, biodiversity program director at the Center for Biological Diversity. "The majority of regulations threatening our environment, health and economy, however, will need to undone by Congress, the courts or new rulemaking."

The freeze does put a halt to corporate fuel economy standards (CAFE) being developed by the administration, a rule that changed the format of the list of endangered species in an attempt to redefine the extent of coverage provided to endangered species, and rules to remove protections for gray wolves in the northern Rockies and Great Lakes.

"The Obama administration now has an opportunity to develop fuel economy standards that will help address climate change and to ensure that endangered species, including the gray wolf, receive the protection they need to survive and recover," said Greenwald.

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At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.
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I finally got around to uploading some photos from my Arizona trip, so this post will be pretty image-heavy. For dialup, this'll take some time to load. On to the photos! )
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... but I decided I'd settle for one that made me happy today. As of the 11th, Ecuador has become the first country in the world to grant the environment, animals, and plants rights. An excerpt from the article:

"Natural communities and ecosystems possess the unalienable right to exist, flourish and evolve," the legislation states. "... It shall be the duty and right of all Ecuadorean governments, communities and individuals to enforce those rights ... [and] every person, people, community or nationality will be able to demand the recognition of rights for nature."

Therefore, people do not have to claim damage to themselves or their property in order to file a claim against those that harm the environment.


I think this is fantastic and it's more than time for such things to happen. I honestly believe this is the way of the future, and the only real way to deal with issues of climate change that can make much of a legislative difference on many levels at once. Until the planet has legally recognized rights, humans will abuse it. That's the plain fact. I'll be curious to see how things go in Ecuador as the situation develops.

After shrinkage today, I headed down to Travelers and ran into [livejournal.com profile] monkeyboy61. We talked for an hour or so (I mostly listened) and then I headed over to Half Price, where I found Anthea browsing the philosophy and mythology section. We walked up and checked out together and I gave her a ride up the hill before I headed home in time to pick up [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht at the Mukilteo ferry.

Today I talked with my shrink about being depressed, even though I've been pretty busy, and about the pain levels. She observed that my pain levels get higher when I'm stressed, and I've certainly been stressed about politics of late. She also noted that I haven't let my depression mire me down to a standstill, that I'm still actually doing things instead of burying my head under a pillow and not bothering to get out of bed. Overall, she says, this is a good thing and while it doesn't really make me less depressed, it at least doesn't contribute to even more depression in that awful spiraling downward way that so often happens to people.

We talked some also about how I tend to seek out things that might be expected to make me more depressed (political, environmental and women's rights issues, for instance), yet I look for them in the hopes of calling attention to them and helping to instigate change. This, she thinks, is a lot healthier than looking for them to wallow in the horribleness of awfultude. I suspect she's right.

And now, tea and a book.
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Published on Monday, August 18, 2008 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Loss Looms in Seattle’s Urban Forests
by Nancy Dickeman
Fir, cedar, pine: trees that tower, weaving a grove, bringing us the forest. Willow, ash, birch, elm: trees that bend to the wind, the gusts spinning branches. Apple, hawthorn, dogwood, plum: bearers of blossoms and fruit. This is the litany of trees that carry wind through branches and cradle the nests of birds.

These are trees that have come of age, the trunk’s rings telling their years, that in Seattle are disappearing by human design. City leaders boast of a goal for 30 percent tree canopy, yet strive towards it with the curious strategy of deforestation, followed by the planting of saplings.

In this scheme, trees and forests are not treasured for their intrinsic value, for their role as anchors in a chain of habitat. The role a mature tree plays in stemming climate change is dismissed with a wink and a nod to the new shoots of saplings — 70 times less effective in their role in reducing pollution. Little heed is given to the fact that thoughtless new construction abets the forces of climate change.

Beyond the service trees provide us is the home they make to wildlife. In the Maple Leaf neighborhood, near Waldo Woods, I watched an eagle land on the tallest fir. Waldo Woods is one of Seattle’s three remaining urban forests. On land once owned by Camp Fire, and the site of the former Waldo Hospital, much of the forest is slated for clearcutting, making way for new town home construction. While the developer touts that part of the grove will be saved, there is no mention that 72 trees will be lost, nor concern for the fate of the remaining trees. Once the interlocked system of roots is broken, the trees left behind are imperiled by the loss of their collective whole.

North of Maple Leaf, at Ingraham High School, a second remaining urban forest is scheduled to be torn down as part of the high school’s renovation. Despite available land on-site that would avoid the trees’ destruction, the renovation’s design zeroed in not only on requiring new construction but also on the specific piece of land where 84 trees stand. The school district and the city seem indifferent to tearing them out.

These native forests — that have grown over decades, extending from the land, forming a silhouette in the sky, protecting our air and water — cannot be replicated by saplings that will take decades to mature. They are ornamentals often chosen to match a designer’s cardboard visions, more suitable for blueprints than neighborhoods.

An Eastern Washington judge recently sentenced a citizen to prison for the destruction and theft of dozens of mature cedars, saying “it is like stealing a part of the history of our country.” Yet in Seattle, the mayor, Seattle Public Schools and Camp Fire, conjoined with developers, are all too eager to raze two of three of our city’s remaining urban forests, to steal our history and the Earth’s riches, in the quest for excessive density and a quick buck.

Driving through Seattle, the city still hints of neighborhoods graced with green. Yet if we continue with plans to tear down these groves of trees, we will discover too late what it means to destroy something irreplaceable.

If we are not careful, we may turn the Emerald City into a barren city of asphalt and stone.

Nancy Dickeman lives in Seattle.

©1996-2008 Seattle Post-Intelligencer by way of Common Dreams
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[livejournal.com profile] lupabitch posted a link to this story about jobs returning to the US due to rising fuel costs. I'll admit this is one result that I hadn't considered on a large scale, but it definitely makes sense when I think about it.

I've always figured that higher fuel costs would bring a return to individual craftspeople and local farmers, but returning manufacturing wasn't on my radar. What I hope will happen along with this is the creation of a new, more ecologically sensitive infrastructure surrounding manufacturing processes and their associated pollution and health risks.

I'd love to see people understanding that health care is essential to the re-employed or newly employed workers, though given that the relocation of manufacturing back in the US is due to cost-cutting measures, I'm not going to hold my breath. What's really necessary is a change in the way we all think about what we use, and about where it comes from, its quality, and how it gets to us.

Will the trend continue? The story's author seems to think so. This would be a good thing and help a lot of people whose jobs went overseas in the last couple of decades. Anything that helps more people feed themselves and their families is likely to be at least a little bit on the plus side of the equation.
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It seems that wolf packs may be returning to north-central Washington for the first time since the 1930s.

The Seattle Times noted: "TWISP, Okanogan County — One or more packs of gray wolves may be living in north-central Washington's Methow Valley, which would make them the first resident population of the endangered species in Washington state since before 1930, a state biologist says.

"There's certainly a distinct possibility that we actually have some wolves here, and they may be reproducing," said Scott Fitkin, wildlife biologist for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in Winthrop.

Backpackers have made numerous reports of wolves in the high country in the past couple of years, and residents have made increasing numbers of reports in lower elevations, he said."

Some people aren't happy about this. One rancher interviewed in the article sounded pretty disgruntled about the whole thing. Of course, any time large predators make a comeback, some folks get upset. Even large herbivores aren't immune to ill-will. Some ranchers around Yellowstone are still insisting that bison carry brucellosis, which has never actually been demonstrated, and buffalo kills are often carried out right outside the park's boundaries.

I'm just glad the wolves are returning. I hope they make it.
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Women's workshop offers instruction on fishing, hunting, outdoor skills

OLYMPIA - Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting and other outdoor skills in a September weekend workshop that includes several sessions led by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) experts and other certified instructors.

Scheduled for Sept. 12-14 at Camp River Ranch in Carnation, Wash., the annual workshop is coordinated by Washington Outdoor Women (WOW), a non-profit program dedicated to teaching women outdoor skills and natural resource stewardship. WOW, now in its eleventh year, is an educational outreach program of the Washington Wildlife Federation.

Some 20 classes will be offered throughout the weekend on skills such as archery, basic fishing, fly fishing and tying, canoeing, kayaking, preparing fish and shellfish, big-game hunting basics, map and compass reading, wilderness first aid, survival skills, wildlife identification, outdoor photography, and more.

Several WDFW staff members serve as volunteer instructors for the event, including biologists Laura Till and Shelly Ament who will teach "Map and Compass" and "Wildlife Identification" workshops, respectively. In all, 36 instructors volunteer their time and expertise with WOW to help women re-connect with the outdoors.

Workshop participants must be at least 18 years old and must have a current Washington recreational fishing license to participate in the fishing and fly-fishing sessions.

The workshop fee of $225 includes the weekend's lodging, meals and use of all necessary equipment. A limited number of partial scholarships, provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, are available for first-time participants.

To learn more about the workshop and to download the registration form, visit the WOW website at http://www.washingtonoutdoorwomen.org or call Ronni McGlenn at (425) 455-1986.
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Lots of people are talking about climate change and the destruction it's bringing. But there's something else happening that a lot of people aren't aware of -- ocean acidification. It affects pretty much anything with a shell. Like clams and crab and lobster? We have a problem. Salmon? They eat a lot of sea snails, which are suffering from the increasing acidity of the ocean. What's contributing to this? Carbon in the atmosphere. So a lot of the things you do to help reduce global climate change can be useful for helping lower the speed of acidification as well, but the process is going decades faster than anyone expected and it could be a real disaster for west coast fisheries.

There's a lot here to think about. Global Warming Solutions has a lot of thoughtful stuff to say about this and other issues. While I've been convinced by other sources that biofuels are probably not a really good idea, a lot of their other material seems very interesting.
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We're back to overcast, though warm, and it was a bit spitty-drizzly today. Did another shopping run for [livejournal.com profile] yiaya and had dinner at her place with her and [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht. I did the cooking and a little cleanup but I like to cook, so no huhu. We watched a couple of episodes of Shaun the Sheep and I was very amused. Need to be at [livejournal.com profile] yiaya's house by 11am to drive up north.

Tomorrow is the trip up to Bellingham to see her doctor. We're going to possibly be visiting with [livejournal.com profile] aristotimos if we're still there when he gets off work. There's a likely trip to Henderson's used book shop. Last time I was there I found a fantastic volume on Siberian shamanism and their shelves are thick with lovely obscure stuff.

Been giving more thought to the whole bicycle issue today and I'm figuring I'll go to REI at some point and talk to the staff about my best option for urban bicycling in the Everett area for shopping and stuff. While I don't think I'll require an actual mountain bike, it's not like it isn't hilly here, so good gearing is essential, as will the ability to attach panniers for carrying groceries or other items. I also need to research local bicycle routes, as I know there are some trails that will allow me to avoid the worst of some of the traffic on dangerous roads. After I've talked to the REI staff, I can do some research to find out where I'll get the best prices on what I need, as REI tends to be a little on the expensive side and I know there are dedicated bicycle shops in the area where I'm likely to get a better deal.

Might possibly go down to Seattle tomorrow evening for the queer Pagan meetup if we're home from Bellingham in time. I'm just hoping there's no hospital visit in the cards for [livejournal.com profile] yiaya, who is doing better, though slowly.

A question going out to some of my more Buddhist and Hindu-involved friends: What are the most essential traditional texts on non-duality from those various traditions and good translations of them in English? I have a project in mind and need to know where to find the best resources on that topic, so thanks in advance if you can offer any insight.
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My friend Heather sent this link from back in April, an article written by Michael Pollan entitled "Why Bother?" about why it's important for each of us to do what we can about climate change, and what the most important thing anyone can do actually turns out to be.

In the midst of all this, I've been smiling over my newly transplanted garden bits, even though I'm beginning to think the two smallest tomato starts aren't going to make it. That's the thing with gardens -- not everything will always survive, but enough of what's there is likely to that it will make a little difference. [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch harvested her very first veggies today from her first garden -- enough lettuce leaves to make a salad. For her, this has been a real adventure and part of the start of a new life in a new place.

And as I look at my other friends who garden and who are reducing their personal impact on the environment, I look at what I might be able to do and think about incremental changes. Today I walked down to the Fred Meyer to buy a pair of sandals to replace the ones that gave out last summer. It's one trip I didn't make in the car and the pleasant weather made for a very nice afternoon. I'm thinking about ways to find things I like and need in Everett or even Lynnwood or Mill Creek instead of Seattle to cut down on the driving I do. I don't anticipate abandoning the friends and community I have down there, of course.

I've had more energy this year for doing things like cooking my own meals than in many years past. It would be nice, though, to find places local to me where I can have a decent meal out where I don't have to drive down to Seattle for it. That always takes a certain amount of exploration of different neighborhoods on foot, and so much of Everett is strip-mall central that it's frightening. It doesn't bode well for the kinds of things I appreciate. At the same time, there are often little places tucked into hole in the wall storefronts on side streets that can be really wonderful places for good food. [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch was right when she said we northwesterners love our food -- fresh, local, and organic whenever possible, with a global twist in spicing and combinations of flavors.

Today, or perhaps yesterday, the six damaged maples were removed from the property. The plum still hasn't been removed, but the maples were beyond salvaging. The space between D building and the church next door looks bare and stark now, with just shrubs and the wooden fence there. I'll miss the maples, and I'm not sure what the condo association plans to do there instead.

Things change in this world. It's the only thing we can ever be certain of. I try to be a force for positive change when I can, though none of us can do that in every instance in our lives. But if we look at ourselves in the balance, when we leave this life, will we be on the side of construction or destruction? The end result is important.
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When I was at Safeway the other day I got handed a booklet of coupons marketed for Earth Day with the title "because you care about the environment." Inside it has a coupon for Miracle Whip in a plastic (rather than the traditional glass) bottle. Miracle Whip is claiming this is an environmental issue -- its claims include "less weight saves more than 87,000 gallons of fuel per year," "plastic jar reduces packaging material by 56 million pounds per year," and "carbon dioxide eliminated 937 tons." The info next to the coupon goes on to claim "The new lightweight plastic jar is a symbol of sustainability."

Sustainability? How about toxicity and plastic in landfills? Glass is much more easily recycled and accepted at more recycling outlets than any plastic. I couldn't believe it when I saw that Kraft was attempting to push plastic as an environmental option!
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch for the link -- scientists at Perdue have developed a prototype generator that runs on garbage. It's currently being eyed for the military, but the ecological implications of this type of power generation are immense. If it receives swift development and wide implementation, it may spell the end of landfills as we know them. I'm immensely heartened by this sort of work and hope that it sees broad use globally if it proves to be as promising as it seems.
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So I finished up a couple of books this week. There was Bonewits's Essential Guide to Druidism and Brendan Meyers' Dangerous Religion: Environmental Spirituality and Its Activist Dimension, both of which I'll talk a little about. The windshield guy came and swapped out the windshield on Garuda, so now he's good as new and my bank account is feeling a wee bit hollow, but at least it's done and the bills for the month are mostly paid. I need to get the ticket for February's con in a week or so. Incipit rambling agus book reviews anseo. )

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