Befriend the Clover and Dandelion

Have a sustainable (and even tasty) lawn without chemicals! From the KitsapSun.com, by Ann Lovejoy: What’s so bad about dandelions? Nothing really. Indeed, old European tapestries often include lovely lawns embroidered with flowers, including dandelions. They came to shame as English landowners developed a taste for “unsullied greensward.”… (Turf mixes used to include) clover, also now on many lawn lovers’ hit […]

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Rest Stop

  Dear Friends, This Friday, Gail and I will be driving up to Asheville to spend a few days visiting friends. It will be the first time we have been back since July, and I hear that the leaves are just beginning to change color there. The car ride we take to get there is just as enjoyable as the […]

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Great Garden Apps

Thinking about planting for fall? There’s an app for that! In fact, quite a few apps for that. Here are just a few of the special gardening picks by Kate Murphy from The New York Times for your iPhones and Androids: Garden Tracker (iPad, iPhone): Garden Tracker lets you size and plan your garden plots, plant your vegetables, and then track your […]

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Achilles’ Heel

  Dear Friends, If you have ever watched a dog chase its tail, you know how funny that can be. However, when I catch myself doing the same thing, it isn’t so humorous. Today was one of those days when I felt like I was running in circles. My Achilles’ heel is overcommitting on projects and under-estimating the amount of […]

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Solar Panels Light the Road Ahead

In 2009, Solar Roadways received a contract from the Federal Highway Administration to build a crude prototype Solar Road Panel. Using conservative calculations, Solar Roadways found that replacing asphalt roads with solar roadway panels could produce more than three times the electricity that we currently use in the United States. The “lower 48” could produce just about enough electricity to […]

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Increasing Solar Development

Here are the current opportunities. Hopefully, we aren’t losing the race for renewables to China after all! Crowdfunded Solar: The UK has removed the investment tangles and is moving quickly to cheaper and more efficient solar and even community wind projects with crowdfunding. Here though, companies like Solar Mosaic offer low-risk investmentloans in solar photovoltaic systems across the U.S. (repaid with interest over […]

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The Story of Stuff

When Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios set out in 2007 to share what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away stuff, they thought 50,000 views would be a good result for her “20-minute cartoon about trash.” Today, with more than 15 million views, The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed […]

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Join Northwest’s Pride Efforts

This year’s Atlanta Pride Festival will be October 12-13 at Piedmont Park. The main purpose of the festival is to promote unity, visibility and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) persons and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern US through community activities and services. For more information, go to Atlanta Pride or […]

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Changing Minds on Climate Change

Ohio State researchers may have found a way to persuade more people to take action on climate change. In a study, researchers tested volunteers for open-mindedness, then showed them either one or two videos. One illustrated the challenges associated with climate change. The other said that trying to stop climate change was a waste of money that would involve higher taxes […]

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Women!

We’ve been hearing lots of talk about a book on how women can have higher levels of influence and leadership in the workplace, Lean In by Sheryl Armstrong. I’ve heard about it from family, reviews, and now in the fine talk at Northwest by Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis on Sunday, June 30. (We have one copy left in the bookstore.) Interestingly, on […]

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