Archives for April 2013

The Men Who Built America

John D. Rockefeller. Andrew Carnegie. J. P. Morgan. Cornelius Vanderbilt. Henry Ford. These are the men who, at least according to a recent History Channel series, built America. Whether or not you agree with that statement, there is no question that these were exceptional men who were the dominant players during an exceptional time period … Read More.

Sauna for Life – Sauna for Health !

Sometimes it is a simple wood-paneled room, with an electric heater and a thermometer on the wall, letting us know how hot it is. It may be at the gym, or fitness center, or maybe in your own home. Sometimes it will be a small freestanding building in a wooded glen with an authentic wood-burning … Read More.

Artistic Sculpture in Unfired Earth
. Earthen Hand Class

[ September 14, 2013; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. ] Artistic Sculpture in Unfired Earth
- Sept 14th, 10am – 5pm – Portland, Oregon – $75 / day,  classes (paid at least 1 week in advance). $30 or less materials/tools. This class explores the infinite artistic possibilities of unfired clay/sand/fiber mixtures. We will use pigments, and a wide variety of techniques to create vastly different effects. Learn … Read More.

A Platinum Home for the Golden Years

Part I: Planning
In his book Reinventing Fire, Amory Lovins realistically shows how the U.S. could eliminate the burning of fossil fuels by 2050 using the technologies that are available today. A growing number of forward-thinking people are already moving towards a fossil-fuel free lifestyle by making use of photovoltaic panels, electric drive cars, super efficient … Read More.

The Mysteries of Recycling Part II:

The Business of Recycling
Why Recycle?
What is 35 miles wide, 35 miles long, and 300 feet deep? Well, according to an article posted on the Popular Mechanics website on November 13, 2008, that is how big the landfill would be if America put all of its garbage for the next 1000 years in one place. As … Read More.

Yesterday’s News Makes Home Fashion Headlines

Recycled Newspapers Wrapped with Cotton Become Rugs
Who would imagine that discarded newspapers could be the heart of something as useful and durable as a rug?
Apparently the folks at Blue Dot did. They’ve taken cores of recycled newsprint and wrapped them with colorful coats of cotton yarn to create visually delicious floor-coverings that consumers want in … Read More.

Trash to Treasure Community Sharing and Recycling Event

[ April 27, 2013; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. ] The largest community sharing event in Portland, occurs annually in April. During this daylong event over 5,000 items are exchanged between families at no cost, thousands of items are recycled and local non-profits assist in reuse and recycling education. This event is open to the public, free of charge, and 100% volunteer run.

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Landscaping for Wildlife

This article was published in the Summer 2008 issue of the Green Living Journal.
With suburban sprawl fragmenting and reducing wildlife habitat, what we do in our yards is very important for the survival of wildlife. Suburban yards are usually stripped of most of their topsoil and little concern is given to wildlife when planning a … Read More.