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    Yes, I agree. I saw elsewhere that you mentioned...

    Yes, I agree. I saw elsewhere that you mentioned Derrick Jensen's "Endgame." That is exactly where I'm coming from.
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    I have to wear earplugs and I really dislike...

    I have to wear earplugs and I really dislike them. Sometimes I opt just to side- or breast-stroke instead of crawl so I don't get water in my ears, and can leave out the plugs.

    I've heard that...
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    Iris Lilies, how did I not know that you are a...

    Iris Lilies, how did I not know that you are a librarian?

    I agree about not volunteering in my own field (libraries.) I was on the board of our local Friends of the Library and it was not fun.
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    "Testament of Youth." I've never cried so much at...

    "Testament of Youth." I've never cried so much at a movie in my life!

    I'd like to see "Wolf Hall." The book was terrific.
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    Oh Cathy, I know exactly what you mean. How can...

    Oh Cathy, I know exactly what you mean. How can we create and condone such ugliness?
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    That's beautiful, Float On.

    That's beautiful, Float On.
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    I also use an the kitchen wall calendar as my...

    I also use an the kitchen wall calendar as my primary reminder. Whenever I make appointments, I ask that they send me an email AND a text (if that is an option.) I use Google calendar as well, and...
  8. So many plums and blackberries to be gleaned...

    So many plums and blackberries to be gleaned right now! You can sure save a lot not buying fruit :)
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    I don't believe that we can have a sustainable...

    I don't believe that we can have a sustainable culture that relies on industry and technology. Our civilization is destroying the Earth.

    I also think that our own "ecological footprint" and...
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    I guess it's a matter of how you define values. I...

    I guess it's a matter of how you define values. I think your values are reflected in your actions; if you want to know what you value, then look at how you spend your time and money.

    So, I have a...
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    One of my favorites - so easy to grow! Thank...

    One of my favorites - so easy to grow! Thank goodness something is.
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    I think you shouldn't do anything that goes...

    I think you shouldn't do anything that goes against your values, period.
  13. I have given this thought too. Dd will be off in...

    I have given this thought too. Dd will be off in 2 years. I'm hoping it will feel like a natural transition...but I'm going to miss her!! (Though she is planning on doing a gap year, so she won't...
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    Kib - how did the list experiment go? That sounds...

    Kib - how did the list experiment go? That sounds so much like something I would do :)
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    I don't know about economic collapse, but as for...

    I don't know about economic collapse, but as for global warming, we passed the tipping point in 2008.
    I think it's likely that there will be some sort of 'collapse,' that we are likely already...
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    I don't usually drop hobbies completely, but put...

    I don't usually drop hobbies completely, but put them away and then come back to them.

    One exception was knitting - I really tried, but never got the hang of it. I felt guilty wasting all that...
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    There are lots of blackberries in US too -...

    There are lots of blackberries in US too - Himalayan blackberry is one of the most invasive plants. They'll be ready for picking in Oregon in a couple weeks.

    Lots os people have those small cherry...
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    Kate Atkinson's "A God in Ruins" was magnificent....

    Kate Atkinson's "A God in Ruins" was magnificent. It's a sort of a companion piece to her last novel ("Life After Life") but can certainly be read alone. Wonderful.

    Stephenson's "Seveneves" was so...
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    Parade this morning, then checking out all the...

    Parade this morning, then checking out all the community booths in the park. Wading in Ashland Creek, listening to the bands and reading of the Declaration of Independence, a small picnic.
    Back...
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    Seriously?
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    Hi Jenna, and wecome to the forum!

    Hi Jenna, and wecome to the forum!
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    Congratulations on your downsizing and ingenious...

    Congratulations on your downsizing and ingenious storage ideas!

    It sounds like putting your stuff in storage served as sort of an "out box," allowing you time to detach yourself from some stuff...
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    CathyA - is the geothermal loop the same thing as...

    CathyA - is the geothermal loop the same thing as a heat pump?
  24. My neighbor had severe anxiety from BCP. She then...

    My neighbor had severe anxiety from BCP. She then developed some severe (life-threatening) side effects and was taken off. She didn't realize the pill was causing her anxiety until she got off them -...
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    I think there may be a slight correction going...

    I think there may be a slight correction going on, where Democrats actually start living up to their populist credo. The Republicans have become (some of them) more socially liberal.

    Without...
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