A BETTER WORLD, ONE GARDEN AT A TIME
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it has been another interesting week. Seattle has moved one step closer to Cascadia with a city income tax resolution. We support such measures and any others that reduce reliance on federal funding. Independence is not free. It is just usually not as expensive as the alternative.
The fiery rhetoric and apocalyptic wailings of some of the media around the latest antics of America’s current chief executive seems a bit melodramatic. In view of the rolling snowball of his inadequacies, ineptitude, arrogance, ignorance and flagrant chicanery, cussing him out is a little like getting out of a 737 at 30,000 feet so you can go around back and give it a good push.
And in the “we don’t just write about it, we do it” department, our own house garden is progressing. We cleared about 200 square feet and built the box portion of it, with tomato and jalapeno starts. One of our number is in Cuba on holiday now and when he returns, we’ll be building a rain barrel collection battery consisting of three barrels feeding one with several spigots on it.
Even though it will still probably be cheaper to buy our groceries at the supermarket, the processes involved in this project underwrite a growing sense of self-reliance clearly evident in our city and state’s resistance to the present presidential efforts to rewrite the Constitution under the spiritual mentorship of Prince Machiavelli. We’ll keep you posted and when Dac returns from his holiday, he’ll be filing a report on his experiences in this small island nation, post Castro.
And on that note, then, folks? Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINE NEWS AT A GLANCE
AROUND THE WORLD
CASCADIA (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia)
OCEANA & POLYNESIA
VYSHIVANKA DAY IN UKRAINE
Hello, Rusty, from sunny Kiev:
It was interesting to watch the city in the wake of the celebration of diversity, the Eurovision song contest. As I write, I am sitting in a nice place on top of famous Pinchuk Art Center enjoying coffee and a good view.
With about 60 000 visitors who came to this contest, our capital city did not face much difficulties in accommodating and entertaining. Ironically, this year was at least three times less compared to Euro 2012’s “biggest tourist flow”.
Maybe it was not the same joyful atmosphere as before, but Ukraine successfully accomplished its host role. A few days after and cheer is still in the air, especially following news of a visa free-regime with the European Union and Vyshivanka Day, day of traditional Ukrainian costume.
The only thing that affected a generally positive attitude was the controversial decision to block access to Russian sites Some organizations like the Human Rights Watch reacted very strongly
That’s all for this week, Mishka. Take care and peace be with you.
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As long as we live in this world we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face up to what challenges us. If, on the other hand, we remember that it is not just ourselves but everyone who has to undergo hardship, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome what troubles us.
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Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management.
Rusty Miller, who was raised in Northern California, now lives in Seattle, Washington, in the American Pacific Northwest. He is a journalist, author and photographer now living in Seattle, Washington.
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Until next week, take care, stay well and God Bless. RM/OB