Neighbors Helping Neighbors in a Disaster...

Aug 15, 2013 by

Disaster readiness and strong neighborhoods. If you can’t think how these two are related, there’s a picnic I want to invite you to… Port Townsend’s geographic isolation has always called for self-reliance and neighbors helping neighbors. Since 2006, we’ve benefited from a farsighted “neighborhood preparedness” movement that has resulted in more than 140 neighborhoods planning how they will help each other in emergency scenarios. A first-time event in Jefferson County this Sunday encourages more such community organizing and celebrates the interrelated assets of “emergency preparedness and community vitality” in the form of a “gathering of neighborhoods”—a.k.a. The First Annual All-County Picnic.   CONNECT IN ADVANCE OF A DISASTER Co-sponsored by Local 20/20 (our Transition Initiative) and the county’s Department of Emergency Management, the picnic on Aug. 18 at H.J. Carroll Park aims to combine...

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Singing, Biking, Sharing in The Great Turning...

May 8, 2013 by

I’ve just come down from the clouds—the lofty emotional highs—of a two-day workshop on The Work That Reconnects with Joanna Macy herself. And, yes, I rode my bike the two miles to Fort Worden Conference Center, along with a dozen or so of the 50 workshop participants. That’s a pretty good bicycling turn-out, but then again, this was a gathering of sustainability activists! I’m still processing, and will be for a while, what I learned from the 84-years-young Joanna Macy  of Berkeley this past weekend, along with the lessons in her excellent book, Active Hope:  How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy. NOTE: For all you locals, this post includes details on three upcoming Port Townsend events that relate to The Great Turning—including one tomorrow evening. Read on!   THREE STORIES...

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We Own Shares in OUR General Store...

Sep 28, 2012 by

Shopping locally is about to get easier. Port Townsend’s fledgling community-owned general store has raised enough money through its Direct Public Offering to open its doors this fall. This is thanks to the vision and verve of this remarkable community—and, in small, part to us. That’s right, this summer my husband Jeff and I became stockholders in the Quimper Mercantile Co., joining 855 other investors in raising $527,900 to date for the new venture. You read that right. More than half a million dollars in capital, for a general store serving the Quimper Peninsula—which has a population of roughly 20,000. That’s “proactivity on steroids,” Quimper Mercantile’s CEO pronounced at a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting. Jeff and I are equally excited about the prospect of again being able to buy socks and sheets downtown...

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Pedalpalooza to the Solar Tour!...

Jul 11, 2012 by

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”  —Tom Peters That’s just what two free, family-friendly, sustainability events in Port Townsend aim to do this weekend. The first annual PT Pedalpalooza bicycle festival (website) runs today (July 11) through Sunday (July 15). The annual Jefferson Solar [Homes] Tour (website)  is this coming Saturday, July 14. I’m super excited for—and plan to be involved in both of—these celebrations. By showing us a critical mass of what we WANT to see, they show us the way. •  Homes with solar panels on the roof creating truly local power… fewer coal-fired power plants and hydroelectric dams. •  Streets and trails filled with bicyclists… fewer cars on the road and a healthier, more mobile citizenry. Oh, yeah! SOLAR TOUR BIKE OPTION If you want, you can combine the...

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