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When Cars Are Like Condoms (Or, Why I Love Transit)

September 16th, 2012 · 2 Comments · entertainment, money, transportation, urban-rural divide

Bright, sunny skies today in Montreal, Canada, where I’m enjoying a car-free* vacation with my husband Thor. We chose Montreal partly because it has the luxury of a good transit system. In rural areas and small towns, which I also love to visit, cars


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Run 7 On 7: Please Pay Your Way?

July 17th, 2008 · 6 Comments · lifestyle

I’m looking today at a confluence of one of my favorite sports — running — and a worthy pursuit that I have done in the past — fundraising. An energetic woman named Linda Quirk at Run 7 On 7 is leading 300 others in running seven marathons on seven continents and raising pledges to give [...]


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Rethinking the Entitlement of Travel

July 1st, 2008 · 8 Comments · lifestyle, simplicity, sustainability, transportation

My blogosphere colleague Brandt Smith of Wealth and Wisdom commented on yesterday’s post on hybrids and electric cars in a way that intrigued me. He was responding to my belief that electric cars and hybrids are the only cars that have a future in our carbon-constrained world. “Ahh, a topic for the engineer in me. [...]


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Paying For Our Airline Baggage

May 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · simplicity, sustainability, transportation

“More Ways To Make Us Pay” was the Oregonian’s headline yesterday for an article on airlines now charging for baggage due to the rising cost of fuel. In my counseling days, we called that attitude ‘playing victim’. I would have used a different headline for the paying-for-baggage story, something like “Now We Get Paid To [...]


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Walking The Talk On Climate Change, II

February 11th, 2008 · 2 Comments · simplicity, sustainability

Following up further on Ed Graef’s excellent letter to the editor of the High Country News:

At least one “liberal environmental” household (mine) has altered its lifestyle out of concern for global warming. For example, we use public transit and use less than half the electricity of the average U.S. household due to our clothesline, CFL lightbulbs and low hot water use. The list goes on, but the


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