HOME   By Betty Shelley (as seen in The Green Living Journal, October 2018) The theme of this issue is Healthy Home. While we know that we need to maintain the physical structure of our dwelling – the foundation, the...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • It all comes from the Earth

      As I mentioned in a previous post, a concept from one of the NWEI discussion courses made a huge impression on me: Everything comes from the Earth.  Sometimes that is so difficult to grasp, especially when one considers things that...

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  • What do you really need?

    In the class, we share a practice of Joanna Macy‘s called Open Sentences.  Participants work in pairs, taking turns completing a sentence read by the facilitator.  One such sentence is “What I really need in my life is………”.   Often...

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