Be Powerful by Saving Energy

Energy conservation has always been important to me. It started with dad reminding me to turn off the light when I left the room and then extended gradually to every aspect of my daily life. I wrote last fall about how excited I was to get solar at my home. I also wrote about a movement in Whatcom County to get more solar on other people’s homes and businesses.

Energy Prize Drawing WinnerMy Whatcom County community is taking energy conservation to a whole other level. We’re competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize of $5 million dollars toward energy-saving improvements in our community. I was excited to do my part to get the word out by writing an article for WhatcomTalk.com. Please do check it out and see what easy things you can do to save energy and help the environment.

Green Options for the End

Green Burial CaissonSome might call me morbid for wanting to think about my funeral well before I’m gone, but I would disagree. I’m just a planner. Organizing those details in advance calms any anxiety I might have had about such a big unknown. I also want to make it as easy as possible for the people I’ll leave behind.

Death is really a part of the life process, even if our society tends to pretend that death is something to ignore until it gets here, and then pay a whole bunch of money to bury chemicals and a fancy box, getting through and over it as quickly and quietly as possible. A lonely process.

When I heard about green burial options and that there was a company in my community specializing in it, I was more than intrigued. It was actually a delight to interview Brian Flowers of Moles Farewell Tributes for my article at WhatcomTalk.com.

Knowing that there are other ways, other options, in-line with my environmental ideals has been a comfort, and made thinking about the end a whole lot less scary.

The Secret to Eternal Youth

Okay, its no real secret. Youth isn’t eternal. Its ephemeral, which means we have to enjoy the hell out of it before its gone. We all know about the diet, exercise, and sleep yada, yada. But one way to make youth last is a little healthy denial. Never underestimate the value of being playful and taking time out from responsibility to relax and have a little fun.

Inner Child Adults by Rachel AndrewsA non-profit local to my area, Inner Child Studio, is helping everyone–adults included–focus on finding ways to play. It was a joy to write an article for WhatcomTalk.com about all they are doing for our community. With their help, we can keep our minds and bodies sharp and happy.

High School Science Rules

I first discovered biology at the age of six in the farm drainage ditch that ran behind my lower Michigan home. That’s when and where I decided I would pursue science. High school science classes convinced me that I was on the right path and solidified my path through college. Although I don’t work in a lab or collect field data these days, environmental science is still a part of my daily life. I live, teach, and write about science as much as I can.

Science Olympiad Team LeadersIt was a joy to interview an intelligent, articulate, confident, resourceful bunch of Sehome High School students for my most recent article for WhatcomTalk.com about their participation in Science Olympiad. My old friend Mark Toney is their student adviser and my good friend Laural Ringler suggested I write about them. Whenever you can, support your local science experiences in any form. It makes a huge difference in their lives that echoes well beyond the event itself.

Pacific Northwest Leads the Way in Green Building

I really enjoyed writing this article about Dan Welch of [bundle]Dan Welch bundle green roof and his award-winning ultra-green home. There’s something to be admired when someone lives their values every day, going off the grid in an environmentally-conscious way in order to test the limits of possibility and inspire others. Check out my article for WhatcomTalk.com to find out how one family is living in an experiment every day.

Creativity and Conservation: A Winning Combination

My craftsman home built in 1928 has 15 years-worth of recycled, reused, or repurposed building materials, fixtures, and hardware sprinkled throughout it. All of those materials came from the RE Store just a few blocks away. That resource has saved me literally thousands of dollars over the years and kept hundreds of thousands of pounds of used, discarded, and vintage building materials out of the landfill. atlas tacks cabinet

So it was a pleasure to write this article for WhatcomTalk.com about the RE Store’s REvision Division. Their creative furniture designers take materials no one wants and makes them into beautiful, useful pieces of furniture. Check out the article to find out how you can get the perfect piece for your home.reclaimed ipe and steel z-chair.jpg

Big Changes for iDiOM Theatre

For the past several years, I have had the honor of performing at a saucy avant-garde little theater in Bellingham, the endearing iDiOM Theatre. They recently announced that they would be moving after 14 years to a new location for next season. I was so excited for them that I wrote about it for WhatcomTalk.com.

Do go read about all the incredible improvements planned not just for the iDiOM, but also for the entire Bellingham arts community. We’ll all benefit for all that Sylvia Center for the Arts will bring to our doorstep.

Thank you to Cass Murphy for the photos and to Glen Nelson Bristow and Patrick Timmins for their help with this article.

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Proposed location for the new Sylvia Center for the Arts