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I would love to have one of these lamps.

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Want to find yet another small way you can be green? Try going black.


Blackle.com - Saving energy one search at a time
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Reading Brezsny today left me feeling frustrated.
Do you have a forbidden fantasy? Is there some adventure you wish you could let yourself have, but you lack the money or spunk to attempt it? Have you been nursing an impossible dream that is no closer to fulfillment now than it was when you first conjured it up years ago? If so, Taurus, the time has come to resolve your relationship with it. Either renounce it and forget it forever, or else take a bold, practical step toward making it come true. P.S. You have more courage than you realize.

Sometimes I feel my dream of creating a self-sustaining community is an impossible dream. I don't think I can renounce the overall dream, although the specifics of how are somewhat negotiable. There were a couple of posts in my friends list in tribe that tie-in with this dream that perhaps were the reminder I needed to refocus, although they sure do not leave me with warm-fuzzies; more of a sense of dread and helplessness.

First is a personal rant from my stepfather, and the second is posting in the politics community by my friend Porter. Both are talking about the problem, which I know can get people's blood boiling. But when I see posts about solutions, which is rare, there does not seem to be nearly as much interest.

Do you even care out there?

Are we all so wrapped-up in our day-to-day drama that we cannot spend some time securing a future that is not reliant on depleted resources that will no longer be around? Are our blinders on so tight that even looking forward is impossible? Do we really need to wait until the disasters are here before we prepare for them?
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Since tribe.net is down for maintenance (and has been for some time, grrrr) I am going to post this link here. It is an article my mom found that talks about GROWing the Next Generation of Water Recycling Plants.

Check it out! I looks like the hobbits had the right idea all along.
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I was talking to my mom tonight about Bayers Island, only to have her make a very valid point about raising water table and shrinking islands. Well, living on a island does pose some challenges, so I am willing to look into non-island property, although I would still like to be near water of some sort. A lake would actually satisfy both concerns, so, why not an island in a lake? So far, the only one I can find is one fondly called Big Island in Oswega River in up-state NY. Not nearly as big, but could work for a smaller community.


Still, another friend pointed out how much moving from California would be like cutting of a part of her body, and I have to agree, I do love this state. So, perhaps we start smaller, like Glen Oaks Ranch, which is 20 acres, but it has more restrictions than I want to deal with. Or this property, which already has the orchards C wants to have, and the barn DW would need. Also an option. 36 acres near Mt. Shasta, with a pond. Or, this one, which butts up to state land (and I like the name). For the more woodsy mountain retreat, this 440+/- acre property actually sounds great (where the deer and the antelope roam, even!).

Anyway, as you can see, I am trying to think "outside the island" idea, and focus on finding something achievable (I hope).

Again. [livejournal.com profile] devonapple, please pass this info on to DW, and also to work-mate C.
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So I finally came up with a theme for the Myth & Myth-interpretation party I am going to. Turns out I will have to miss Bal de Vampire, but it has been a few years since I have gone to this yearly post-Halloween theme party, so I am looking forward to it. The last one I attended was a Mystery Men & Mutants theme, and [livejournal.com profile] devonapple and I had a lot of fun with that.

This year, I think I will go as a Green Goddess. What inspired me was that I am going to the Green Festival that day. Although I intend to dress as much as I can to look like the classic green goddess, I also plan to bring information on green living with me, including pamphlets I pick-up at the festival that day. Can anyone think of other ways I can add to this Green (Living) Goddess costume?

Hey [livejournal.com profile] emberleo! Any chance I can borrow that green dress we got you? I think I have a way to get it without either of us needing to travel far. Any other suitable green goddess wear would be appreciated also. I can bring it all to you when I come to your party.
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Per my post, I am going this Saturday to the Green Festival.

I would like to encourage those of you who have any interest in sustainability to join [livejournal.com profile] ladydairine, [livejournal.com profile] vonyar and myself.

Hey, [livejournal.com profile] ladydairine! Let us discuss timing soon.

And, yes, I hope to go to the Bal de Vampire that night too, although I have not decided what to wear yet.
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Of course, there is no financing available, so it does become a bit of a challenge to figure out how to acquire Bayers island. If enough of us pool together........

([livejournal.com profile] devonapple, please show this one to DW.)
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I have decided to go on Saturday, November 5th, to the Green Festival. Thanks go out to [livejournal.com profile] ladydairine for pointing out that her and [livejournal.com profile] vonyar are going; I hope to join them. My mom may also be there, as one of her clients is going, and can probably be convinced to bring her along with him.

Anyone else interested in going?
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Although I doubt it possible, I can still dream big when I imagine buying Kwaikans Island in BC. Seems this is the next big property push though, and I expect even the smaller ones are going to be hard to come by soon.

Actually, I am much more interested in Gambier Island (in Howe Sound, just north of Vancouver), as it seems perfect for what I envision. Now, that one seems slightly more attainable as well, and would only be just under $1,000,000 (CND) each for 66 investors (to quote the description: "A wonderful exclusive retreat, a great group purchase or just a good investment for the development potential", which each of us getting about 4 acres). It also has two nature reserves already, and is part of a land trust. There is also already a ferry that goes there, and some established roads.
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I still am not sure what all is really for sale here, or how to go about affording it, but an ecofriendly sustainabilty obsessed girl can dream, cant I?


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