February 2009 Blog Posts (31)

Mantra Marathon Today, February 28, 2009, for Love and Compassion

Please check out this blogpost from my friend in Arizona, Christopher May, and join me today in this global mantramarathon happening for Love and Compassion: Om Mani Padme Hum.


Added by Suzanne Mathis McQueen on February 28, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Wednesday community meeting: Herbicide use near creeks: Mayor seeks public input before issue goes before City Council | Daily Tidings

By Daily Tidings

February 24, 2009

Mayor John Stromberg is inviting concerned residents to take part in a community conversation about the use of herbicides on private and public land near creeks.

The conversation begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Gresham Room of the Ashland Public Library.

"The purpose of it is to have a conversation. I highly value conversation in this community. That is one of our strengths," Stromberg… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on February 27, 2009 at 11:16am — No Comments

Linda Dyer

Hi all......... I havent really had time to play with this sight, but it looks fun and exciting.
Ive been a hairdresser for 30 years, grew up here, and raised my grown children here. Im looking forward to more time to check this out!

Added by Linda Dyer on February 24, 2009 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Moving toward a Sustainable Ashland: Sustainability News briefs | Daily Tidings

By Staff report

Ashland Daily Tidings

February 24, 2009

Food conference

Farmers, ranchers and other food businesses are invited to the sixth-annual Food Connection, 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 2 at the Medford branch Jackson County Library, large meeting room, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. The event is organized by THRIVE with the goal of growing the supply and demand for locally produced food.

Pre-registration for the Food… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on February 24, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Local Food Security Community Action Conference (February 21st - 22nd, 2009)

Southern Oregon’s food security will be cultivated at the Local Food Security Community Action Conference held in Ashland on February 21st -22nd.

The innovative event provides an unprecedented convergence of the citizens, elected officials, farmers, seed growers, gardeners, sustainable agriculture educators and businesses, food banks, Permaculturists, and experts from around the region to work together to build a more secure local food base. Over 40… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on February 23, 2009 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment


Last week's column was naive. That's according to a reader who weighed in online. What he actually said was "As with all government policies, the devil is in the details. Agreeing on ends doesn't mean agreeing on means. Golden's 'vision' of an army of like-minded… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on February 22, 2009 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Ashland Transpersonal Counseling News

Kristen Tussey’s News

• Kristen was voted as one of Ashland’s Favorite Therapist/Counselors in the “2009 Best of Ashland” Sneak Preview magazine ~ a real surprise and honor after opening her counseling practice here less than a year ago.....She thanks you for your support!

• Kristen facilitates a powerful Women’s Support Group dedicated to heal disordered eating issues & support each woman’s unique beauty and worth. A second group is now forming.

"The feminine… Continue

Added by Kristen Tussey, Ashland Transpersonal Counseling Center on February 22, 2009 at 1:03am — No Comments

Tantric Puja Dance Ritual in Ashland with Shakti Bliss!

Tantric Puja Dance Ritual

With Julie Avena


Special Musical Guest Noah Maclaine (Myth Makers)

Thursday, February 26th, 2008


Ashland, Oregon

Meet soul-to-soul with our Ashland Community in this fun, interactive heart opening puja ceremony. Live ambient music sets the space for guided group exercises help ground and activate our energy body, open our heart centers, raise our vibrations and embody unity through the… Continue

Added by Shakti Bliss on February 20, 2009 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Dreamwork by Mary Oliver

The Journey

One day you finally knew

what you had to do, and began,

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice --

though the whole house

began to tremble

and you felt the old tug

at your ankles.

"Mend my life!"

each voice cried.

But you didn't stop.

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on February 20, 2009 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

First-line homeless resources: Details on where to go and how to help | Daily Tidings

By F.B. Drake III

Tidings correspondent

February 20, 2009

Community meals like the ones served at Uncle Food's Diner in Ashland are the first line of aid to those in need.
When one is homeless, the immediate concerns are food, shelter, clothing, bathrooms and a place to shower.

Recent articles in the Daily Tidings have elicited many "How can I help?" responses.

The following is a listing of first-line resources in… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on February 20, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

What will it take?

I have a pretty simple view -- and the line between simple and simplistic can be thin -- on what it will take for the so-called Voice of the People to matter in this country. It's about sticks, and has three parts, beginning with this week's column. One reader… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on February 19, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Forget Everything and Just Dance | Wild Love by Dreaming Bear

Forget Everything & Just Dance

Forget everything anyone ever taught you about right or wrong, good or bad, beautiful or ugly& just dance my Dear.

Dance the way you do when no is looking

& you have no reputation to protect, or inhibitions to keep you from being free. For you, the Lover has commissioned this spinning galactic dance floor & is now there upon the threshold of your… Continue

Added by Linda Cotrufello on February 19, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Free Resources to replace "Old-Paradigm" Software Choices


This site has a listing of Free, Open-Source alternatives to nearly all major, "for-profit" softwares out there. Usually the open source version does 99% of what you want and works on Windows/Mac/Linux.

Cut the cord from the Microsoft world. Trust me, you'll be much happier.

Objections based in fear such as:

* Not knowing how to do it

* Not knowing if it will be supported

* Not having the time/patience to learn… Continue

Added by Zachary Krebs on February 18, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Final Version of the Economic Stimulus Plan: How It Impacts Your County (e.g., Jackson County, Oregon)

President Obama has just signed a $790+ billion "stimulus" package for the economy, but do you really believe that will actually help our local economy (or just make government bigger, increase the debt and put more burden than ever on the rest of us)?

If you want to see where the money is being spent (your share of the $2,600 per capita increase in the federal debt) for the "Economic Stimulus Bill" read the following summary:

•… Continue

Added by GBDS.US on February 18, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Alternative Currencies in Germany

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/2802861/Germans-get-by-without-the-euro.html

Germans get by without the euro

Last Updated: 1:33AM GMT 18 Jan 2007

There will soon be 65 regional currencies in operation alongside the EU's, but the financial authorities are not worried yet, writes Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

If you live in the Bavarian region of Chiemgau, you can exist for months at a time in a euro-free zone of hills and lakes with a population… Continue

Added by Raymond Brown on February 15, 2009 at 10:03am — No Comments

The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

Added by Ashland Source Center on February 14, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Author of 2 books I wrote.... new revisions for those committed to living a GREAT Life

I am happy to say I just put in another printing for my book LIVING LIFE AS YOU ALWAYS DREAMED. Below is information on it. Also the website shares lots too..smiles www.freewebs.com/heartofmotivation..

Living Life as You Always Dreamed:: is about moving those out of EGO fear and negative influences to that of positive so as to manifest positive results including financial reward, inner peace and joy and overall fulfillment. This is for those WHO ARE READY...

I used to turn… Continue

Added by angel on February 11, 2009 at 9:27am — No Comments

The Aquarian Alignment

The Aquarian Alignment

Forty years ago, the words of a song called Aquarius, brought the dawning of the new age into our collective awareness:

“When the Moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars.

Then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars.

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius”

At dawn on 14th February 2009, the day dedicated to St Valentine, the patron saint of Love, the Moon in Libra enters the… Continue

Added by Suzanne Mathis McQueen on February 11, 2009 at 8:49am — 1 Comment

A Little Goes a Long Way

In Ashland there's a lot of chatter about whether the pushing innovative sustainability projects should be the business of government or private people and interests. The answer is 'yes.'

There are some intriguing possibilities waiting to be borne out there . Seems to me city government could provide the nudge it takes to turn ideas into reality, all for what's sometimes… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on February 9, 2009 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Twenty Bailout Banks Cut Lending: Nationalization Considered

capitalbldg1-288 Although a main purpose of the Troubled Asset Relief Program was to increase bank lending, a new report casts doubt that recipients of TARP funds are following through. The AP reports the "20 largest banks that received government rescue funds slightly reduced their lending to consumers and businesses in the last three months of 2008."

The report "is the latest sign that the bailout has done little to increase bank lending." According to the Washington Post,… Continue

Added by GBDS.US on February 9, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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Ecology News

China reassigns 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in bid to fight pollution | The Independent

China has reportedly reassigned over 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in a bid to combat pollution by increasing the country's forest coverage.  A large regiment from the People's Liberation Army, along with some of the nation's armed police force, have been withdrawn from their posts on the northern border to work on non-military tasks inland. The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing, according to the Asia Times which originally reported the story. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog which blankets the capital city.

Good News: This Year's Monarch Butterfly Migration Is Larger Than We've Seen in Recent Years | Better Homes & Gardens

Every autumn, monarch butterflies migrate across the U.S., heading south (and in some cases, west) for the winter. They are one of the few butterfly species that makes such a long migration—it can be up to 3,000 miles, and they often travel in such large groups that they fill the sky with their orange-and-black wings and blanket vegetation when resting. But over the past two decades, their numbers have been steadily declining, to the point that this insect is being considered for the endangered species list. Since 1997, when an estimated 682 million monarchs swooped through the air, the population has dwindled as low as 25 million monarchs in 2014 before rebounding to 150 million in 2016. So when reports of this year’s migration seem to indicate more of these winged wonders than usual, it could be a sign that their populations are continuing to make a comeback.

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy | Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Berlin — Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said Saturday.

New urban algae canopy produces as much oxygen as four hectares of woodland | The Plaid Zebra

An urban canopy created with algae has got people talking about the link between technology and environment. According to Gizmag, the bio-digital structure pumps a fluid with microalgae around a transparent shelter, which in turn produces shade, energy in the form of biomass, and an impressive amount of oxygen amounting to the equivalent of four hectares of woodland. When it comes to photosynthesis, microalgae organisms are ten times more efficient than large trees and grass. Buildings and architectural surfaces are efficient spaces to utilize this technology.

U.S. House votes to ban uranium mining near Grand Canyon | Arizona Mirror

The U.S. House approved legislation Wednesday to permanently ban uranium and other hardrock mining near the Grand Canyon.  The bill from Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, passed by a vote of 236-185. 

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