Simple Living

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
– Confucius
Ah yes, simple living. Who hasn’t, at some time, wished for a simpler life? Which then begs the question: why do we feel the need to live more simply? Are we frustrated? Stressed out? Fed up? Sick and tired of being sick and tired? … Read More.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

[ August 5, 2017; 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. August 6, 2017; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] Aug. 5-6, 2017 Albany, OR
So much to see, do, and learn. With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.

Take a look at the program here.

And here is the line of speakers and workshops.

Check out the exhibitor list and stop by and say … Read More.

13th Annual Celebrate Hillsboro

[ July 15, 2017; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] Saturday July 15th Downtown Hillsboro
The 13th annual Celebrate Hillsboro, brings Hillsboro together on the streets of downtown. Celebrate Hillsboro embraces and invites everyone from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and interests to celebrate innovation, hometown values, green spaces and family-friendly traditions. Be entertained with live music, arts and crafts, free health screenings, eco-friendly activities, and … Read More.

Sharing the Caring at the End of Life

What needs to be shared and who needs it
Earlier this year I went to a small gathering in Eugene put on by five folks who had a few things in common: they lived in the same town with no plans to move; they’ve been active in their community for decades; and they’re pragmatic activists with … Read More.

The Trouble With Research (part 1)

In a previous edition of the Green Living Journal I wrote about ‘The Trouble with Natural’, in which I explained that ‘natural’ has no defined meaning from the USDA or the FDA. This term often used in food marketing gives the consumer no real information for decision making.
I will address sponsored food- based research, which … Read More.

12th Annual Recycled Arts Festival

[ June 24, 2017; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. June 25, 2017; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ]
June 24th and 25th at Esther Short Park in Downtown Vancouver, WA
The Recycled Arts Festival (RAF) started twelve years ago as a way to educate and get the community excited about waste reduction, reuse and recycling in Clark County. It has grown into a huge family event, with more and more artists participating every year.

Check … Read More.

Voluntary Simplicity

Think about it this way: if you buy a $4 coffee every workday, that’s approximately $1000 a year spent on coffee. If you make $10 an hour, that equates to 100 hours of work just to buy coffee. Voluntary Simplicity is about making conscious choices.
 
In 1995, my husband Jon and I signed up to take … Read More.

Crafty Wonderland Holiday Sale

[ December 10, 2016; 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. December 11, 2016; 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. ]
Crafty Wonderland Super Collosal Holiday Sale
It’s one-stop shopping for amazing handmade accessories, art, clothing, house wares, food, drink and more. Something for everyone and the opportunity to meet the makers! Plus you can get your craft on in the free DIY Area!
Saturday & Sunday, December 10th & 11th, 2016 11am – 6pm Oregon Convention Center … Read More.

Are You Ready for the EcoChallenge?

[ October 14, 2016; October 28, 2016; ] Small Actions Add Up to Real Change
The Northwest Earth Institute invites you to take on a personal sustainability challenge, and join thousands of other par- ticipants as they prove that small actions add up to real change during the 2016 EcoChallenge.

The EcoChallenge provides the tools and inspiration to turn intention into action, and gives you … Read More.

Junk Bonanza Portland

[ October 14, 2016; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. October 15, 2016; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] Artisan repurposed pieces and vintage finds.
An indoor, juried vintage market for purveyors and shoppers of vintage finds, antiques, architectural
salvage, artisan-repurposed and upcycled goods! All artfully arrayed for a best-of shopping experience! $10 general admission; $25 Early Bird available online at kinassauer.com — allows for two hours prime shopping before the doors open for general … Read More.