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Today's blog post comes to us from Cecile Andrews the author of the just released, Living Room Revolution, A Handbook for Conversation, Community and the Common Good as well as Slow is Beautiful, Circle of Simplicity and co author of Less is More. Cecile is a community educator focusing on voluntary simplicity, "take back your time," the "Sharing Economy," and Pursuit of Happiness Conversation Circles. She and her husband are founders of Seattle's Phinney Ecovillage, a neighborhood-based sustainable community.
Happy New Year everyone! For our first blog post of 2013 we hear from Christy Hemenway, the author of the just released book, The Thinking Beekeeper, A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives and the founder of Gold Star Honeybees. Christy discusses the challenges faced by beekeepers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
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Today's preparedness post comes to us from Cecile Andrews, author of Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure, and Joie de Vivre; Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness with Wanda Urbanska, and the upcoming Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community and the …
Over the past two days I have had the pleasure of visiting a couple of small towns in Oregon - Mt. Angel and Silverton. It has been a truly inspiring and insightful visit. Some people may have heard of Silverton when they elected their latest mayor, Stu Ramussen, the first openly trangendered mayor in the United States. I met Mayor Ramussen by …
The Spiritual Society
[This was written a few Christmas seasons ago:]
It is so easy to fall back into the rut -- naming the old society. Protesting the old society. Lamenting the old society. Struggling to reform the old society. Thinking that if we could only get rid of the old society, we would then have a the society of our dreams, our ideals.
This past December, I was sitting at one of my coffeehouses ( not my favorite, but one that makes great eggnog lattes). I was reading a good book, and was in the middle of the buying frenzy on 23rd Avenue. Suddenly, I realized that I was depressed.
I tried to analyze my feelings. I wasn't a part of the buying frenzy around me; I don't really participate in the "Xmas Thing", so I don't have any seasonal guilt, angst, etc. I thought for a moment that I was "homesick" for Sri Lanka -- after all, I do spend half of my year there. But a quick internal check said that I didn't want to be in Sri Lanka. I didn't want to be ANYWHERE.
That was a sobering thought. There was no society, no country, no city I preferred to inhabit. I didn't want to be in the land of shallow materialism, where success is measured by how much litter we leave. I didn't want to be in Sri Lanka, wondering whether the guy at the train station smiling at me is distracting me from a pickpocket doing balance-of-trade, or making a sexual overture for a different type of balance of trade, or was just being friendly. I didn't want to be in Prague, or Kampala, or Hong Kong, or anywhere else. I had no home.
I'm not being overly melodramatic. I have enjoyed my time back in the States, experiencing cold, actually enjoying chipping ice off my car in the frozen mornings. My feeling is that all of us have a core to retreat to in the face of all of the madness coming at us from all sides. We go home, pull in the walls around us, hopefully with someone who feels the same as we do, and retreat from the yawning emptiness all around us.