September 2009 Blog Posts (10)

Wake up and smell the smoke...



It's not inevitable, but it's close. If there isn't massive thinning of the underbrush in the Ashland watershed, there will come a day when we look at each other in disbelief that we didn't do what was necessary to protect this town ---what we knew was necessary, beyond a single doubt. So this week… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on September 28, 2009 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Traditional Native Wild Crafting | Healthy Transformation

One of my life long aspirations came to fruition last week as I was able to go gathering with a beautiful Native American woman named Cynthia King. Cynthia is the daughter of Wallace Black Elk and has been groomed to protect mother nature and teach the people about native herbs and their power to heal.



On the first day out in the wilderness she instructed me on how to listen to the plants and their needs. We went past many stands of herbs which I would have picked if not… Continue

Added by Linda Cotrufello on September 21, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

More than a Bike Ride



I think there's magic to cycling. In part that belief comes from Cycle Oregon, which just finished its 22nd edition, seems to accomplish something that public leaders and government agencies have been knocking themselves out to do for as long as I've lived in Oregon. CO makes it look easy, and… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on September 20, 2009 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Why Should Bosses pay?



If you wanted to keep the American people too divided to effectively demand real health care reform, try this: lay the lion's share of the health insurance burden on employers. There are millions of them, and they're not about to partner with people who sound like they want businesses to pay even more of the bill.



Thus… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on September 12, 2009 at 2:34pm — No Comments

A bad time for closed doors



In the wake of a Dark Age in open government (and the jury's out on how much really changed last January 20), I hear some say that government decision makers should never mull over policy behind closed doors. As in NEVER.



I don't think that's right. But I do think we're in a time that leaders better have a damn good, and damn clear, reason for closing the… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on September 9, 2009 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Excited to be a Member!

Excited to be a member of the Ashland Resource Center! Such a great community we live in with such opportunities available!



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Added by Chris Duval - Nerd 4 Hire on September 8, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Mother Kali Retreat in Ashland

Namaste Everyone,

Here is a welcome and anticipatory message from Babaji to all who are considering the upcoming Mother Kali Retreat:



As to the retreat on Sri Sri Ma Kali in Ashland Oregon, I am compelled to say that the words "ash land" apply very well in this context. In sacred songs and poems of Mother India, great poet/saints sing to the effect that "my soul has been transformed into a sacred cremation ground, and I sit there in meditation, surrounded by the ashes of what… Continue

Added by SRV Associations on September 8, 2009 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Maestro Conference

Maestro conference allows individuals to connect and prosper together as groups of sharing gather, and individuals are able to bring their gifts. Even during recessions, there is an abundance of available opportunities. All that changes is the nature of the opportunities we have. Today, some of the best opportunities come through building relationships. People who thrive in a recession are those who are committed to getting connected and staying connected.



For this,… Continue

Added by Crystal on September 7, 2009 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Whole-Self Healer Moves to Talent

Added by Rev. Kelley Springer on September 2, 2009 at 1:52pm — No Comments

EAT LOCAL GAMEPLAN

Ok. After reading my last blog, you understand some of the reasoning behind eating local and supporting your community of growers and producers. And hopefully you're with us now. Hopefully you were with us before that, but regardless, you've now boarded the Eat-Local-Mobile and you're ready to roll. In fact, you find… Continue

Added by Matthew Domingo on September 1, 2009 at 9:29am — No Comments

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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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