Greening Up

“Let us be the ancestors our descendants will thank.”
~Winona LaDuke. 

Trapped by Che*p Agribusiness Food?

Trapped by Che*p Agribusiness Food?

Britt saw my coffee hour display linking palm oil and deforestation. I have a sweet tooth, but I pass up today’s cheap cookies that are made with palm oil. Britt knew that I get most of my groceries at a food cooperative in town. See more at...

Empty Bedrooms

Empty Bedrooms

The Seattle Times "FYI Guy" does a neat service--he'll investigate to find the answer to a question sent in by a reader. On Dec. 16, he reported the results of the question, "How many empty bedrooms are there in King County homes?" He counted 3 + bedroom homes that a...

The Peril to Ourselves if We Let Extinctions Happen

Cleaning up my desk just now, I found a 2012 Sierra magazine. You think that's old? I've found way older things in my work area. It seems I saved it due to one small article. And didn't know what to do with it, because, you know, it provides only one example of...

Report About Air Conditioning

News report out of the Washington Post. Yet another way we divide ourselves--we can be either pro-air-conditioning and hear the hum, or anti and turn into non-moving slugs. But here's my thought. While we in Northwest Washington are weather-fortunate, several young...

first two weeks in a sling

ahead of shoulder joint surgery, you bustle about, secure in your project planning moxie. going to have the use of just one arm for six weeks? okay you think, get ahead on some things—start with short fingernails and toenails, check. sweep the floors, check. get...

Possum in the Garage

A sign that the drought here in normally green Northwestern Washington is causing distress:A shy, never-before-glimpsed possum has braved my freezer defrosting activities to get himself a drink. This is at the very back of our garage, very easy to become a trap for...

The Tmes They Are a Changin’ . . . for Churches

It seems we are never starting from square one. We are always dealing with structures and strictures that once served better than they do now, and how to make a shift without tearing the proverbial fabric of shared beliefs, that's what we wrestle with.The most...

Invasive Mussels: Lucky for Us

It's good news, but also a lesson why not to count on science and technology to keep up with our self-inflicted crises. To get us out of corners we paint ourselves into.By now we all know about zebra and quagga mussels, how they got across the world to our lakes and...

How to Live in This Corporate World?

There's a strain of Puritan in me. Which seeks to be blameless, harmless, but is narrow and has too much fear at its base, even though it has a sprinkling of love. There's another strain in me of seven-generation vision, which is more expansive, though tinged with...

Best Idea I’ve Heard About Car Sharing

A Zurich comedian--he takes the Swiss reputation for tidiness to whimsical extreme, even "unjumbling" corn chowder into neat rows of kernels, followed by a neat row of pimento bits--was profiled in the New York Times today. The reporter was naturally interested in his...

Jean Waight

I write memoirs and essays, with a bit of fiction lying in a drawer. My work has appeared in the Red Wheelbarrow Writers anthology “Memory into Memoir,” in Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, in Ruminate Magazine, The Whatcom  Watch, and The Bellingham Herald. My sociological research was published in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. I live with my husband in northwest Washington surrounded by tall trees.

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