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    (As seen in the Green Living Journal Winter 2016) “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Thoreau The theme of this issue is Healthy Home. Gosh, how to narrow...

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  • commUNITY

      CommUNITY ~ by Betty Shelley (as seen in the Green Living Journal, June 2016) Imagine these scenarios: You’re in need of a tool to finish a project and really don’t want to buy something you’ll seldom use again. You have...

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  • Voluntary Simplicity

      Voluntary Simplicity (as seen in the Green Living Journal February 2016) In 1995, my husband Jon and I signed up to take the Northwest Earth Institute’s discussion course, Voluntary Simplicity.  When you read “Voluntary Simplicity”, what comes to mind? For me,...

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  • Reduce – the first “R”

    Reduce – the first “R”

    (as seen in the Green Living Journal, Fall 2015) Reduce: the first R Let’s talk about reducing your consumption of one of life’s necessities – water. If you think back to a basic science class, remember how the teacher said that...

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  • It’s Sweater Weather

    One of the things I like about living where there are seasons is the opportunity to wear my favorite sweaters when the weather starts getting chilly.  Getting them out is much like getting reacquainted with old friends.  I remember when...

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  • Your choices do matter

      Last year I presented my class at Northwest Natural Gas over four lunch hours.  At the first session, one of the participants said “I just don’t know if what I do matters.”  I blurted out “You’ll feel differently at...

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  • No free lunch?

    I recently attended a luncheon held to honor employees who had worked for a particular employer for five, ten, fifteen, twenty and twenty-five years.  It was a lovely event – the food was good, the acknowledgements were heart-felt, and one...

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  • How to get your chores done while having fun!

    For ten years, we were part of a work party.  We met once a month at one of the participant’s home, worked for three hours doing whatever the homeowner needed us to do, then had a potluck.  We brought along...

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  • How did we get here?

    People always ask “how do you do that?” when they hear about our one can of garbage a year.  While one of our friends did accomplish one can a year in just one year, for us it is a longer...

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