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This Place Called Oregon

September 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · nature, Oregon

I’ve been merrily preparing for my 50th birthday party, which will take place November 13th and includes my singing in a rock band with friends new and old.  Here is one of the songs we’re performing — I like writing new lyrics to existing melodies. Feel free to


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St. Patrick’s Day & Loving A Place

March 17th, 2010 · 5 Comments · sustainability

Yesterday while working on my novel during the vanpool ride to and from work (the novel that has pre-empted frequent blog-posts), my fingers started writing (it wasn’t my mind, it was my fingers) that the protagonist actually loved a certain place in the world more than she had loved her ex-husband.  And she had loved [...]


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Back From New Year’s Retreat

January 4th, 2010 · No Comments · home & garden, money, simplicity

Thor and I returned yesterday from our annual New Year’s retreat, which we take together  each year, just the two of us, to go into our deep inner lives and look at our intentions for 2010. This year we


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Update On Cooking For Climate Change

March 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments · entertainment, food & drink, simplicity, sustainability, transportation

My post cooking for climate change needs freshening here as sustainability’s body of knowledge keeps growing. As per Michael Specter’s well-researched piece in The New Yorker, it turns out that being a locavore — eating just things grown close to home — does not necessarily reduce our carbon footprint.

Come again? How could two Oregonians (my husband Thor and I) possibly drink wine from Australia and create


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