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2008 in keywords/phrases

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Charleston, beach, love, outer banks, wright brothers, beach, beach, beach, my body disapproves of medication , we live far away, new job!, ACUPUNTURE, California, Queen, goodbye Aunt Carolyn, veterinarian studies, beading, creating, writing, reading, New York, Atlanta, Spark, Head Trip, Green Tea, Volunteering, politics,  MUSIC!, family, cats, anxiety, Seattle,  acupuncture, Alaska, glaciers, eagles,radio, BEARS,Canada, hiking, my car is stolen, Montford car crash,  we don’t live far away anymore, Sam, Gonzo kitty, movies, Blitzen Trapper, Figs and Ginger, walking, friends, green building, acupuncture, OBAMA OMG, bad health/good health, indecision, cooking, baking, becoming regulars, Pamplemousse bleu tea, meditation, yoga, exercise, trains, DC, tiny hearts, work, sleep,wait, dream, we becomes you and me, upwards and onwards.

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December 31, 2008 at 5:39 pm

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Just when it seems I’d never post again

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Here I am.

I was so moved by this picture of text (weird, I know) that I had to post. And just like that, I’m back in the game. If my heart had hands, it’d write this. Wait a second…

beautiful revolution

beautiful revolution

It is from the extraordinary website by Andre Jordan . Head over and click around a bit, you’re sure to find a lovestory you didn’t know you had written.

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December 29, 2008 at 4:51 pm

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AKOHA – Read a Blogger, Feed a Blogger

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I’ve just gotten into playing AKOHA, the web-based reality game where you ‘play’ good deeds forward. For my first good deed I treated Andrew Fletcher to lunch and used the ‘Read a blogger, feed a blogger’ card. Andrew is one of my coworkers at Sensible City and he also keeps a blog which you can read here : http://blog.afletcher.net/  or by clicking on his name in my blogroll. 

You should hop over and read Andrew’s blog, comment away, and return often.  You will enjoy Andrew’s blog for its humor, wit, wisdom and political musings. 

I have over 20 AKOHA missions left to play. The cards include : giving the gift of chocolate, giving someone a book, donating an hour of my time, and inviting someone to drinks. 

So if any of that interests you – let’s get together soon. 🙂

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December 26, 2008 at 4:34 pm

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Travels

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I’ll post an update on Ecobuild after I write it on the train tomorrow. To me, Ecobuild went well beyond discussing sustainable building technology or the latest government rules regarding zoning – it is the place where industry professionals, brilliant minds, architects, thought leaders, and a young excited girl came together to talk about the future. And tonight I can rest easy knowing the future is in their very capable, creative, innovative and steady hands.

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December 12, 2008 at 3:03 am

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Green Per Diem: Revision Dallas

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Senior members of the Sensible City staff are in Dallas where a charrette (look it up) is happening right now.

They just received the endorsement of the Mayor Tom Leppert. HERE IS A VIDEO

From the Dallas Observer :

This morning at City Hall, some three dozen urban planners, architects and city officials gathered on the fourth floor to begin discussing precisely how to turn a dollar-a-spot parking lot behind City Hall into a self-sustaining community. (That’s the site above.) Meaning: How, precisely, can you turn an barren spot on the outskirts of downtown into a “community” where “people of all incomes” can live, work, shop, eat and play together, in the words of John Greenan of Central Dallas Community Development Corporation, one of the linchpins behind the RE:Vision Dallas project and competition about which we wrote earlier this week.
For the rest of the afternoon, the assembled will gather in various groups — branded “community,” “transportation,” “construction,” “economic/policy” and “natural resources” — to brainstorm ways in which to transform the parking lot into “something we can actually build” that’s “way cool, so cool we can get people from all over the city to live there,” Greenan told the group, shortly after Mayor Tom Leppert introduced the site.

The site :

Dallas Site

Dallas Site

And another video about Urban Re:Vision.

I’ll be posting regularly from Ecobuild America next week in DC. stay tuned!

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December 5, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Green Per Diem: Wee House

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What do you think the taxes would be on a weehouse in Montford?

Check out more WeeHouses here : www.weehouse.com

From Jetson Green:

wee house

wee house

Interior

Interior

interior 2

interior 2

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December 3, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Green Per Diem: IKEA

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Ikea

Ikea

On Black Friday, the day I usually reserve for “Buying Nothing” I actually purchased a few things. BUT – don’t fret – I did it as eco-friendly as possible because I went to IKEA.

By the way, I picked up some great Swedish gifts for Mr. Sensiblekitty’s mother. His family is Swedish and its always nice to get them gifts from the homeland. We even found food at IKEA’s swedish market and lovely frames that we’ll be using for Christmas gifts. We ❤ IKEA.

I found this great article on why IKEA is so awesome and here’s an excerpt:

To keep prices down, IKEA asks customers to put together their own desks, chairs and bookshelves. That reflects the company’s roots in Sweden, where it was founded in the 1940s by Ingvar Kamprad, a farmer’s son who sold pens and seed packets to his frugal neighbors. (The IKEA name comes from his initials, those of the family farm, Elmtaryd, and the nearest village, Agunnaryd.)

The flat packs also serve another purpose: They lighten IKEA’s environmental footprint. A delivery truck filled with flat-packed chairs can carry the equivalent of six trucks of fully-assembled chairs. “We must stop transporting air,” said Anders Dalhvig, IKEA’s president and CEO. So the next time you struggle to get an IKEA bookshelf to stand straight, you can take solace in knowing that you are doing the planet a favor.

Today, IKEA’s commitment to the environment goes well beyond flat packs. The fast-growing, privately-held company – sales last year were $21.2 billion Euros (about $27 billion) – has promised to buy more of its wood from sustainably managed forests, to use fewer raw materials in its products, to buy renewable energy (including solar panels for a store that opened in June in Brooklyn) and to curb business travel. READ MORE HERE

WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT IKEA HERE

And of course, Ikea Hacker.

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December 1, 2008 at 3:48 pm