THE CHUTZPAH TO PULL IT OFF
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, sometimes all of us need to unplug or at least distance ourselves from headline news, especially the stuff we can do little or nothing about. Which some weeks tends to be a lot. Even for people who have been doing this every week for almost nine years now.
I’m lucky because I live in a cooperative living arrangement where I’m one of two “senior residents,” or as the landlord calls us, “his two anchors.” I’m not going to go into detail about the house because that would be an invasion of privacy. They read the magazine and enjoy it. With that, however, comes the silent caveat. What belongs to the house, stays in the house.
I can, however, talk about it as a concept, or as Marlon refers to it, “a work in progress.” He bought the property about a year ago and it wasn’t in the best of shape since its construction in 1956. It looks like lots of ideas were tried on these three acres and from that, our landlord and friend, got an idea.
He found tenants with the skill sets he needed to begin transforming this into a kind of “village” where people with trades working at home could set up on the property as part of the rent, but with the expectation that if the house needed something that does not require the skills of a licensed general contractor, certified electrician or plumber, we pretty much take care of things inhouse.
He invited us to make this our home, to share in his dream and to help him build it. I signed on because it’s a good dream and because I sincerely believe Marlon has the chutzpah to pull it off. With our help.
This is also a household of people who have seen some living, in some cases survived things of almost epic proportion and have, for the most part, come to a profound understanding of how to get along not just with cultural diversity, but with issues that make each of us distinctive but not really different.
We live in Seattle, in a city, state and region, which we call Cascadia, at an incredibly dramatic and critical time in history. We are being forced to oppose a federal government whose policies we can no longer support because they are not good for us. And “us” is everybody who lives here.
In order to effectively do that, we’re going to really need to have our proverbial act together. We’re going to have to come up with the money to replace what we’ve been taking from “the other Washington”.
We’re going to need to hone our statecraft and our ties with sister cities and provinces. We’re going to need to stay cool and loose doing it and most importantly, we’re going to need to remain focused not on what is wrong but on what we ~ as a family, a neighborhood, a city, county, state/province ~ are doing to fix it.
It’s interesting being an agent of change in the house where I live. It’s been some while and I wish the circumstances were better. On the other hand, I don’t need to look very far for greener pastures. They’re right outside my window.
And on that note, folks, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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It was great to have Earth Day this week as a reminder of what each of us could do on daily basis to make our Blue Planet a nicer place to be. Little things just like sorting household rubbish could make a big difference.
This week I saw an outstanding example during a walk through a former landfill site at Cheshire County, UK. The place was, not long ago, a facility for disposing of household waste. But now, that picture is stunningly green.
As it said on an information board nearby, since the closure of the waste sit,e an amazing transformation has taken place. Today, the site is managed for its wildlife value and as a place for appreciating nature whilst taking a stroll and enjoying the fresh air. The only thing they ask is not to smoke as waste still decomposing beneath the surface could still produce some flammable gases, for this special infrastructure is made.
What a great idea to give the former waste tipping landfill back to nature. For more information, visit the Cheshire County Ranger Service Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CECRangers/
It is certainly an example from which the Ukraine could benefit and in particularly Lviv, the city West Ukraine, that ~ at the moment ~is having a big problem with waste storage after its site caught fire last summer. Having said that biomass energy recycling plants would also help. Hopefully local authorities will look for updating their waste polices to modern day standards.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday
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