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199: Peak Oil Blues — We’re All Bozos on this Bus

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

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pm199_200.jpg“My own reaction seemed so crazy to me,” says psychologist Kathy McMahon of her response to Peak Oil. Wondering if she was the only “wacko”, she started the Peak Oil Blues blog to explore her own and readers’ responses. As the “Peak Shrink,” Kathy formulated a delightfully tongue-in-cheek “Panglossian Disorder” — an unrealistic optimism about the future. She is about to publish “I Can’t Believe You Actually Think That!” A Couple’s Guide to Finding Common Ground about Peak Oil, Climate Catastrophe, and Economic Hard Times. (peakoilblues.com, feistylife.com)

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Read Janaia’s journal “Peak Moment meets Peak Shrink Kathy McMahon” about this conversation.

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197: Portable House, Simple Life

Monday, July 18th, 2011

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pm197_200.jpg Embarrassed by her middle class affluence after a visit to Guatemala, Dee Williams grabbed her hammer, built a tiny house on wheels, downsized to less than 400 possessions, and parked her house in a friend’s yard. Her living arrangement then blossomed into a multi-generational family / community. Dee shows us her warm and comfy 7×12 foot house, how she meets city codes, and some unusual ways this life has affected her. Her advice to wannabe tiny home builders: Take on the experiment. Just do it! [http://portlandalternativedwellings.com/]

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Read Janaia’s journal “Dee Williams’ “Little House” - A Moveable Room of Her Own.”

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195: This Old House - Rethink, Reuse, Remodel

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

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pm195_200.jpgTurn a century-old Seattle house into an efficient, energy-producing home using repurposed materials. Owner-builder Jim Bristow’s creativity extends to reclaiming dead spaces, jacketing his house with exterior insulation, and modernizing the kitchen with sleek previously used cabinetry and low-power LED lights. But he’s not stopping there. Along with maintaining a prolific front yard vegie garden, this green-minded guy is working with neighbors and the city to construct a storm water drainage and traffic circle at the nearby street intersection.

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Read Janaia’s journal A House Retrofit to Last 200 Years about this conversation.
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150: The Waking-Up Syndrome

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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pm150_150.jpgEcopsychologist Sarah Edwards, PhD, explains stages people often go through when facing the implications of climate change and resource depletion. She outlines various aspects of Denial, Anxiety, Awakening, Despair, Powerlessness  and eventual Acceptance. Differentiating these from the normal grief process, Sarah emphasizes how we can face inevitable feelings of grief and free our energy for positive, practical action in our personal and community lives. (eco-anxiety.blogspot.com). Listen to audio.

Want more? Read “The Waking-Up Syndrome” by Sarah Edwards and Linda Buzzell on Hopedance online. Or see Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind by Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist (Sierra Books.)

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128 Finding Opportunity in Peak Oil

Friday, September 26th, 2008

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pm128_150.jpgMolly Brown sees Peak Oil as both a challenge and an invitation to create a better world. After awakening to Peak Oil, she explored her own responses — inner attitude and outer action. Personal changes include creating a vegie garden and bicycling. Noting that individual survivalist mentality is insufficient (”we are all interconnected”), she helped form a local group to awaken and prepare her community. As a therapist, Molly sees this predicament on several levels, noting how crises have the potential to bring out the best in us. (www.mollyyoungbrown.com, www.apple-shasta.org)

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127 Middle Class Lifeboat - Careers and Life Choices for Staying Afloat

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

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pm127_150.jpgPaul and Sarah Edwards are authors of a timely book “Middle-Class Lifeboat: Careers and Life Choices for Navigating a Changing Economy.” In a world of decreasing resources, they ask, how do we financially support ourselves while moving towards sustainable lives? Emphasizing independent income sources, they consider dozens of possible careers from basic services to local-scale technologies. Life choices include lowering costs through simplifying, getting out of debt, and demonetizing (e.g., bartering). Or one can consider an “off-the-map” lifestyle like living abroad, off-grid, or an intentional community. This downturn is not just a cycle, they emphasize: it heralds a sea change. [www.middleclasslifeboat.com]

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