Monthly Archives: November 2010

Self-Sufficiency and Safety Nets

Here’s a before-and-after story about the importance of a tight-knit community. During the recent power outage I experienced long stretches of deep isolation. My wife is out of town, so I was alone in the house; our cat didn’t provide … Continue reading

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“Against Sustainability”

This is a ‘thought experiment.’ A doctrinaire Freudian would no doubt label it “the return of the repressed,” wag a finger, and say, “I told you so.” Bear with me; humor me for a while. The great American writer Susan … Continue reading

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“RePower Bainbridge”

A couple of weeks ago I made an appointment for a home energy assessment, to take advantage of a service being offered to all households on the Island by RePower Bainbridge.  The assessment is free; it’s thorough but not intrusive, … Continue reading

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“What’s the Economy For, Anyway?”

There was a capacity crowd in the Great Hall at IslandWood on Sunday evening, Nov. 7, for a program built around a lively, truth-telling film whose title provides the heading for my post. The 40-minute film conveyed a big message … Continue reading

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Oyster New Year

I’m an oyster fan.  From the time I was a child my family has owned property on Hood Canal, the sole purpose of which is to support the growth of the wonderful wild oysters.  Each year we’d visit the waterfront … Continue reading

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