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Someday, someday, I'll keep the deer, the bunnies, and the slugs at bay. Until then, and despite them, I have a harvest. Ah. Sweet. But, maybe I should just buy instead of grow... #Whidbey #frugality  
It was possible because of friends – throwing away old stuff. The equinox is past. Harvest time is passing, too. The garden that I apologized to has been producing produce and stories. It is …
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Debt jubilees sound like fantasy, but a events that forgive broad swaths of debts have happened. Good news for borrowers. Bad news for lenders. Most folks are a bit of both. Now, a part of the UN thinks we may need one. #PNTP   #TheTelegraph   #UNCTAD   #DebtJubilee  
A debt jubilee may be coming. In the simplest form of a jubilee, all debts are erased. While that may sound like a fictional event, jubilees have happened when a community’s debts become larg…
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Hello, Equinox! Nice to see you drop by, er, slide by. The Equinox isn't happening until sunrise, but we work with the perfect imperfections in our lives. At least frugal people do, because they must.
Oh, well. That’s close enough. My house has a Stonehenge moment every equinox, almost. On the equinox, the sun hits the horizon due west, putting it over a point of land across Cultus Bay cal…
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 “It scares me to think about what this means we have to do.” - From +Steve Smolinsky​'s blog
Fear and the unknown can paralyze, but get past them and great things can happen.
I'm a big picture thinker. I like to coax clients to think big too. To develop a wonderful vision that shows them a future more successful than they imagined possible. A few days ago I was with a client reviewing the 10-year target we set a year ago. When we were initially setting the target, ...
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Good news! With a few caveats, of course. At least fewer folks are poor. #PNTP   #MotherJones   #Economy   #Poverty  
The US Census Bureau released data that shows a broader recovery is finally occurring. All income and minority classes are seeing improved income. Median income is back to where it was in 2007, $56…
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Nature is reality. Nature is reality. Nature is reality. My backpacking mantra.
A trip report of an escape to reality called Barclay Lake (the site of my second book.) #WACascades #WildSky  
The loudest noise was a minnow jumping. That’s when I knew I was in the right place. Life has been hectic, lately. Sound familiar? My schedule almost lined up with the weather. Postpone a mee…
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Another bifurcation in America. For those who can't get jobs, it really is worse than it's been since 1980. #PNTP   #WorldEconomicForum   #unemployment  
Unemployment is down. Celebrate that. For those 151,000 people who got jobs in August it was good news. Within the unemployed, however, there is a worrisome trend. Historically, there have always b…
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Oops, again. Looks like things are worse than many thought. Greenland melts. The oceans rise. And, it's happening more quickly than we thought. #PNTP   #Quartz   #Greenland   #Climate   #SeaLevelRise  
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Very cool. Electric cars are catching on faster than expected. I wonder how that trend and the autonomous auto trend will blend. #PNTP   #Treehugger   #AutoAutos   #ElectricCars  
Electric cars are becoming popular. There aren’t many of them, relatively; but, their sales growth rate is ten times that of conventional cars. Conventional car sales are growing at about 5% …
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Oops. China's finances have some troubling numbers. Maybe it's not a thing. Maybe they've overextended on credit, and crossed a critical limit months ago. What's that about pretending not to panic? #PNTP   #TheGuardian   #ChineseEconomy   #CreditCrisis  
China has seen credit grow as the country has grown. Some think the credit growth is unsustainable. By one measure, China crossed a particular border when the gap between credit and GDP exceeded 10…
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The heat spike continues. Sigh. One implication, Pineapple Expresses, the storms that deluge North America's Pacific Coast, are expected to increase in intensity and frequency. #PNTP   #ClimateCentral   #PineappleExpress   #ClimateChange  
Sigh. Another month. Another record temperature for the planet. We’ve been setting records for about a year now (depending on who is reporting the data.) “August came in at 1.76˚F (0.98…
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Good news: Smoking is down. Bad news: Obesity is up. Connected? #PNTP   #WorldEconomicFOrum   #Smoking   #Obesity   #health  
Unintended consequences The good news: smoking is down dramatically, and people are much less likely to contract certain cancers. The bad news: obesity is up, and researchers have been wondering wh…
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