• The SIMPLE Choice

    As seen in The Green Living Journal, Summer 2018 The Simple Choice Okay, I know that making choices isn’t always so simple. For one thing, we often operate on auto-pilot, just repeating the same patterns and habits over and over,...

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  • Home


    (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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  • 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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  • What’s in your garbage?

    Yes, that’s kind of a personal question, isn’t it?  However, in order to get a handle on what you’re sending to the landfill, do one thing –  look at what is in your garbage can.  It can be pretty eye-opening,...

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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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  • Do One Thing

    We catch water.  What does that mean?  We have a tankless water heater so while we’re waiting for our water to get hot for washing dishes or for showering, we use a bucket to catch the water that would go...

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