November 2008 Blog Posts (21)

What is Linux and what can I use it for?


What is Linux?

Linux is an alternative operating system that is 100% free and open-source. It can be applied in a variety of environments: Laptops, Servers, Desktops, and thin-client machines. Linux can run on a PC or Macintosh computer, and even be run side-by-side, or simultaneously on your existing hardware.

What Can Linux do?

Linux can be used as your primary computer. It can organize and play… Continue

Added by Zachary Krebs on November 30, 2008 at 7:18pm — 1 Comment

Almost time for the 7th Annual Abundance Swap! (11/29 Tidings Column)

A couple of days ago, people all over America crawled into sleeping bags in mall parking lots in order to be first in line when big-box stores open at 5am on the morning after Thanksgiving. I am, of course, not making this up.
You know what? There's another…

Added by Jeff Golden on November 29, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Yeah, we can... but will we?

The clearest thing Barack Obama said election night was "This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change."
If you want this election to be more that an isolated feel-good moment, spend 3-plus minutes with this insightful Youtube video. Then visit the…

Added by Jeff Golden on November 28, 2008 at 2:04pm — No Comments

From Grandma Aggie Baker Pilgrim - Thirteen Grandmother Council

“Handed down from my people was a story that the only duty left to us from the ancient ones was the duty of prayer, so, I became a prayer person.”

Agnes Pilgrim, From the Great Forests of the American Northwest

Joining Prayers

It is exciting to be making history by venturing into the world praying to make a difference. Yet there are still many things that I don’t talk about as I’m afraid the… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on November 27, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Listen if you can--Weds, 11am

Unafraid: A Novel of the Possible gets a boost tomorrow: I'll be talking about it with Thom Hatmann on his national Air America show at 11 am Weds, November 26. Listen if you can, on air if you're somewhere that has Air America on the dial, or anyplace at all online at

If you can't listen, get a taste of what we'll be talking about from the excerpts at


Added by Jeff Golden on November 25, 2008 at 11:13pm — 2 Comments

Blogathon Rex de Verde (testing the blog paradigm)

Zo ynathang ez pussible; Dunt ye thinks?

If molecules and mice can evolve over eons into the bounteous beauty we all see around us; then the responsible response to these blessed blessings, is the cycling and cyling, enhancing and further enhancing our precious surroundings, our fragile and exquisite biosphere. Biospheric beings unite in harmony, for the possiblity of a vibrant thriving future is now!

What is the buddha nature of a blog? Answer: BLAH!

Added by Jonathan Lee Frank on November 23, 2008 at 9:38pm — No Comments

So, IS it our business? And if so... (Tidings 11/22)

We're hungry. Where I live, and increasingly around America. We're getting hungrier.
Nobody paying attention to the big picture right now can be too surprised. What I asked this week was this: Is mushrooming hunger any of our business? And if so, how do we plan to take care of…

Added by Jeff Golden on November 19, 2008 at 5:41pm — No Comments

On Obama's Victory by Marianne Williamson

America has had a non-violent revolution.

As long as there are historians writing about the United States, this moment of fundamental re-alignment of our national purpose will be remembered, pored over and analyzed. It will be seen as one of the shining points along the evolutionary arc of the American story. Yet it will never submit itself to being summed up in a nice little package that reason alone can… Continue

Added by Linda Cotrufello on November 17, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Ashland Food Bank needs new digs

By Kira Rubenthaler for the Mail Tribune

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank is looking for a new home as Coming Attractions Theatres readies to build a corporate headquarters at the food bank's current site.

Coming Attractions owns the building and property where the food bank is located, at 2200 Ashland St. The city Planning Commission on Wednesday approved the company's proposal to construct an 18,791-square-foot, three-story office building at… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on November 14, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Here's part of the Big Chance we won last week (Tidings column)

Obama's reminded us every way he can that he's not Superman. Hearing the bliss of the last week, I'm not sure we've fully heard him. He aptly pointed out last week that what we've won is not change, but the chance to create change.
Here's what…

Added by Jeff Golden on November 12, 2008 at 5:29pm — No Comments

What is Open Source Software and Why It Matters

Open source software is free to use, redistribute, and modify as you see fit.

Open source software is about community working together to achieve a common goal

Open source software is sustainable

Open source software is used in eco-friendly PC's to reduce energy usage

Open source software matters in a community because it can be found easily, used in creative and positive ways, and can be redistributed to share our sense of community with others.

There is… Continue

Added by Zachary Krebs on November 12, 2008 at 2:18pm — No Comments

The EarthTeach Forest Park Experience....

Please share about your adventures to EarthTeach Forest Park (just nine miles SE of Ashland)~

"At EarthTeach, winter days are both radiant and stark. There is a fragile, luminous beauty present throughout the Park unlike during any other season: the landscape is defined in contrasting hues of dark or light, barren rock glows under frigid blue-toned air, sentinel trees wear cloaks of mist and snow, and the sleepy illusion of… Continue

Added by EarthTeach Forest Park on November 12, 2008 at 10:19am — No Comments

Companion Planting and Green Manures

Our gardening series continues now that the election is over. Here is some info on companion planting and also green manures.


ALFALFA: Perennial that roots deeply. Fixes the soil with nitrogen, accumulates iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Withstands droughts with it's long taproot and can improve just about any soil! Alfalfa has the ability to break up hard clay soil and can even send its' roots through… Continue

Added by Linda Cotrufello on November 10, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Got Wisdom?

Added by ken becker on November 10, 2008 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Survival Foods, Seeds, Energy Basics & Tips

Here's a suggestion of goods to have on hand in case of an emergency.

Food, Water and Seeds Checklist:

__ White and/or Brown Rice (50 lbs. for around $20 at Costco)

__ Beans

__ Wheat berries and a grinder or flour

__ Dried Milk or Soy product

__ Alfalfa seed for sprouting

__ Spices, Braggs, baking powder/soda, baking yeast

__ Sugar, honey, or maple syrup

__ Dried Fruit and veggies

__ Dried instant soup… Continue

Added by Linda Cotrufello on November 8, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

So...does Joe the Plumber still matter?


Yeah, I think he does. Barack Obama was talking about him the other night, too, though not by name.

So I decided to write Joe a… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on November 6, 2008 at 6:12pm — 3 Comments

It is Time for us All to Dance Again!

Election night, 2008, we danced to the music of a traveling band from Italy. The band had been performing in Ashland earlier in the week. While they were in town, they commissioned sleeping quarters in the home of a friend of mine. We’d heard that they were very good. “World class musicians” we were told. We invited them to play for us. They agreed, and so it was that on the night of the election of our new American President, an international crowd gathered in Ashland to celebrate the… Continue

Added by Amari Gold on November 6, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

The Day After the Election


Today we've elected a new President of the United States of America and the tides of change are upon us. After listening to Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night I was touched and inspired by new possibilities. I couldn't remember ever having such a good feeling after an election in my entire lifetime. I was elated at this victory and hopeful.

I witnessed plentiful tears in the eyes of the people… Continue

Added by Ashland Source Center on November 5, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Video of a really good & timely panel--If I say so myself

Hello--some of you know that I'm using my book UNAFRAID as a soapbox to evangelize about empowered citizenship and civic engagement as a way of life. That's what matters to me. On the eve of electing the best presidential candidate in memory, we have to remember that outstanding leadership is flat impossible without outstanding citizenship behind it.

Last weekend brought a cool opportunity to push this message to a large audience at the… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on November 3, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

WebSpirit FUNdraiser, Preview Screening of "What About Me?" and After-Movie Dance Party

PLEASE... Join Us In A Very Spirited Celebration!


SpiritDance & Conspire2Inspire, in assoc. WebSpirit Community Foundation

Presents A: WebSpirit Community FUNdraiser & After-Dance

With Preview Screening of THE ENTIRE TWELVE CHAPTERS OF:

1 Giant Leap’s New Movie: "What About Me?"

”Jubilant, unique, ambitious, epic, dramatic, life-affirming and

positively absorbing… a musical and visual feast.” DVD… Continue

Added by ken becker on November 2, 2008 at 6:30pm — 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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