Category Archives: sustainability

Actions which can be maintained indefinitely without degrading the social, natural and fiscal environments in which the action is taken.

An Early New Year’s Resolution

Like many folks, I find the change of years a time to contemplate what’s happened and what I hope will come.  Inevitably reviewing the past makes me think about how I want the future to be different, which in turn leads … Continue reading

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Way to Go, Vikings!

I don’t generally comment on athletic endeavors.  It’s not that I don’t like to watch an occasional game, it’s more that there are more than enough folks already commenting–my local paper devotes more time and efort to sports than pretty … Continue reading

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Borrowed Time and Gratitude

Tomorrow, March 13, I turn 55.  Not a huge milestone, but it makes me eligible for a number of ‘senior’ discounts, and to move into the trailer park down the hill.  It also means that likely I’m pretty well into the second half … Continue reading

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Petty Power

“It isn’t absolute power that corrupts absolutely; it’s petty power.  Someone with petty power needs to prove they have that power, and they will, at your expense .”  –Gene Hogan Gene Hogan is one of my favorite philosophers.  Irascible, cynical, smart, funny–and challenging.  Few … Continue reading

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Why Education Matters

Washington state, like most states today, is struggling to match its expenditures with revenues.  A more cavalier attitude in the past about future obligations–such as pension liabilitiess–is  coming home to roost.  At the same time, the recession is impacting people’s … Continue reading

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Learning from the Past, Leading for the Future

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it“–George Satayana When Deborah Cheetham was a young girl, her family was torn apart. They were torn apart for the crime of being Yorta Yorta Aboriginals in Australia in the mid-20th century.  Taken … Continue reading

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Small Acts

Every great act can be broken down into smaller components.  Oftentimes, we forget that, and think that great things can only be accomplished by truly great individuals.  In fact, it is rarely if ever that any individual truly accomplishes greatness on his … Continue reading

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