January 2009 Blog Posts (36)

Is the hope realistic?

I think there's a useful way think about if, and more importantly how, all the good juju of the inauguration and ascendancy to leadership of a good man can actually fuel the changes e;re craving. This column lays out the basic framework. More to… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on January 31, 2009 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Community for sale?

A trend I have been noticing all over, especially in Ashland, is that groups are getting together to promote ideas of community, sustainability, and self-healing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this intention, as the current state of affairs is quite dismal, when we're not smiling through our teeth to pretend otherwise. You know, an animal usually shows its teeth when its about to kill something. Curious as to why people who really have issues with each other smile so frequently. Back… Continue

Added by Zachary Krebs on January 31, 2009 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

How Things Measure Up.....

Dear Conscientious Friends,

If you’re considering whether to donate locally to unique natural resource, please read on.

These are budget-minding days and knowing where each hard-earned dollar goes can be a source of comfort and clarity. Here’s short list of how some of EarthTeach’s expenses measure up to many that show up in daily life:

$2.50 buys a two pounds of local organic apples, or a small ice cream cone in a local parlor. At EarthTeach, this amount… Continue

Added by EarthTeach Forest Park on January 29, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Healing Strength of 'Inner Ecology' by Leonardo Boff

The Healing Strength of 'Inner Ecology'

* By Leonardo Boff

Earthcharter Commission, January 18, 2009

Straight to the Source

In times of crisis such as ours we seek sources of inspiration where ever they may be found. One is inner ecology. To evaluate its importance we must understand that our relationship with the Earth, at least in recent centuries, has been based on false ethical and spiritual premises: anthropocentrism, negation of the intrinsic value of every… Continue

Added by Aaren Glover on January 28, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

More photos from Pangea art exhibit

17Feb2010 update: These 12 prints (plus a few duplicates) are STILL (as of today) on exhibit at the Peace House on Mountain Avenue, in case anyone missed them at Pangea... They probably will only be there for another week or so, so now is the time to check out the full hi-res artwork if you want to see them in Ashland! :-)

... original post follows below ...

Here are some more photos from the Pangea art exhibit which just started yesterday (27 Jan 2009).… Continue

Added by Bruce Rawles on January 28, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments


No matter how ludicrous, soulless, or cruel the outside world may appear to be at times, great souls consistently teach us that every moment is a complete and perfect expression of Divine Love.

We might conclude from this that Divine Love, whatever it may be, is indifferent to 'us;' could it rather be that 'we' are indifferent to Divine Love? Or, perhaps Divine Love is simply a concept or belief to most of us. That will never do. We have to grow.

We need to connect to… Continue

Added by Paul Giacomelli on January 27, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Hello Ashland

The Garden Earth Project is delighted to be a resource to the Ashland area.

Can we establish a Garden Earth ReGeneration Center and satellite ReGardening demonstration sites to serve the community of Ashland Oregon in restoring it's natural garden state?

YES WE CAN ! ! ! ! !

ReGarden to Eden.

Visit GardenEarth.be to learn more

Added by The Garden Earth Project on January 27, 2009 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Lesson from the Prairie Dog

From Finding Beauty In A Broken World by Terry Tempest Williams, an environmentalist committed to showing man's impact on the land.

"I watched prairie dogs every day, rise before the sun, stand with their paws pressed together facing the rising sun in total stillness for up to 30 minutes," says Williams. "And then I watched them at the end of the day take that same gesture 30 minutes before the sun goes down they would press their palms together in perfect stillness. I don't mean to… Continue

Added by Aaren Glover on January 26, 2009 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Obama on Women's Rights

The White House issued this press release:

On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects women's health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman's right to choose.

While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our… Continue

Added by Aaren Glover on January 26, 2009 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

My Friend, "Zeke"

Every Tuesday I load up my car with meals on wheels and head out to deliver them to about 8-10 homes on my Central Point meals on wheels delivery route. The highlight of my week is getting to visit with my friend, Zeke. Zeke is 87 years young, a WWII veteran, and a wise and gentle soul. Zeke worked hard his entire life, despite injuries he suffered in the war, and is now retired and widowed. He can only walk with the help of a walker and can no longer drive. Without the hot, nutritious meals… Continue

Added by Food & Friends on January 22, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Soaking up the straw: Straw bale home construction offers education opportunity | Daily Tidings

By Julie French

Ashland Daily Tidings

January 22, 2009

Casey Bright stood before a crowd of Helman Elementary first- and second-graders on a field trip to a home construction site Tuesday afternoon with a mystery object under a green cloth. He whisked away the sheet to unveil the star of the show: a bale of straw.

Bright, owner of Casey Bright Custom Builders, is building one of the few straw bale homes in Ashland. It is his first such… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on January 22, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Let's not get hung up on the word...(Tidings column)

If we wanted we could probably spend a lot of time and words debating what "sustainability" is, but a) that gets real boring, and 2) we've got more important things to do, and time's short. In an important way, sustainability pulls together just about everything we're talking about, or should be. Or that's… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on January 21, 2009 at 1:49pm — 2 Comments

Hello! I got here as soon as I could find you...

I'm on a short celebratory trip with my sweetheart for the next two weeks but look forward to sharing with all of you as soon as we return.

Added by Meri Walker on January 20, 2009 at 6:32pm — 1 Comment

Saving Democracy with Civic Literacy in America 101

Saving Democracy with Civic Literacy in America 101

by Eric Lane, from Democracy

This article is one of several on fixing education. For more, read Putting the Public Back in Public Education , The People’s Professor , and the online exclusive Educational Success: Stories of Innovation from the Utne Library.

Americans have always considered civic literacy critical for a thriving democracy. “A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people,” noted… Continue

Added by Aaren Glover on January 20, 2009 at 3:27pm — 1 Comment

Ashland Resource Center - Vision and Purpose

At one point during the "Inter-Generational Cafe Dialogue" last Fall when we were stating our roles I stood up and declared my role as ORGANIZER for the Ashland Resource Center. ARC is a powerful, web-based forum for ongoing conversation and resource sharing in all systems areas vital to the southern Oregon community.

The Ashland… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on January 20, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart."

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart." Continue

Added by Martha Lee Phelps on January 20, 2009 at 12:57am — No Comments

Right Brain Vs. Left Brain Test

THE Right Brain vs Left Brain test ... do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise? If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa. Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction. See if you can do it!

Left Brain Functions

  • uses logic
  • detail oriented
  • facts rule
  • words and language
  • present and…

Added by Ashland Source Center on January 19, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

DecaDance: The First Communion

Decadance: The First Communion

An Exclusive Party of Out of Proportion Enticement celebrating the Edge of Erotism with Ashland’s best Performance Priest/Priestesses and Dj’s spinning Sultry Fats Beats!

Where the high art of sensuality tantalizes the heartbeat of rhythm all night long, tempting you to explore your own unique, edge of erotic expression.

The creation of this event is a nascent, collaborative circle of local artists that desire a safe and sacred… Continue

Added by Shakti Bliss on January 19, 2009 at 3:39pm — No Comments

What the Inauguration means to me...

After the 2004 Election, I left the US for 2 weeks to decompress and ended up off the mainland for 5 weeks. During that time I considered not coming back. Ultimately, I decided I was American and 50 million people voted the same way I did. I felt that the only way George Bush could of gotten re-elected was via fear and division. I was embarrassed at what our country was standing for and what we were supporting around the globe.

I feel there is true hope, opportunity and possibility… Continue

Added by Jeffrey Weissler on January 19, 2009 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

Decree of Abundance

From The Light of God that I Am.

From The Love of God that I Am.

From The Power of God that I Am.

From The Heart of God that I Am.

I Decree-

I dwell in the midst of Infinite Abundance. The Abundance of God is my Infinite Source.

The River of Life never stops flowing. It flows through me into lavish expression. Good comes to me through unexpected avenues and God works in a myriad of ways to bless me.

I now… Continue

Added by Linda Cotrufello on January 16, 2009 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

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Californians are enjoying a sunny spring, which means the state’s solar farms and rooftop panels are flooding the grid with electricity. The problem is, they’re producing so much that plummeting prices and mandates by the state’s grid operator are forcing renewable power plants to throttle back production. In April, California solar and wind farms shut down or dialed back nearly 95,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, a new record, according to the California Independent System Operator, which manages the vast majority of the state’s electricity. That’s enough to power more than 30 million homes for an hour.

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