November 2008 News

As we quickly approach the winter and all of its festivities it is easy to get carried away in the spirit (and spending) of giving. I hope that we can inspire and support each other in keeping our focus on those things we hold dear and creating less waste as we celebrate with our loved ones. I am in the process of compiling a list of experience and earth friendly gift giving ideas and internet sites. Please pass along any ideas or information that you can share with the group.

Things to check out this month:

If you are looking to get an early start on your Christmas shopping while supporting local artists and a worthy cause check out the following event at Kings Books ( this Saturday:


November 15 * 12 – 4 pm. Artist Craft Fair and Fundraiser.

Tacoma is for Lovers presents the Artist Craft Fair with over 20 artist booths! Paintings & drawings, jewelry, letterpress prints, clothes, glass, and collectibles. A raffle and a silent auction further increase your chances to come home with something wicked.. The event is also a fundraiser for former Tacoman Colleen Malone. Part of Art at Work Month.


Omnivore’s Dilemma
by Michael Pollan


In this groundbreaking book, one of America’s most fascinating, original, and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous mind to the seemingly straightforward question of what we should have for dinner. To find out, Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us—industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves—from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating.


Green Mama Jamie and I are eager to discuss this thought provoking book (I still need to read most of it first!). If you are interested in joining the discussion, even if you haven’t read it, I would love to schedule a kidless discussion and the Mandolin in late Novemeber or early December. Details to come….

Greenopia’s Energy Star Virtual House

Visit: and find suggestions on how to be more energy efficient in each room. Since this is sponsored by Energy Star, some of the recommendations are self-serving, but it is a fun little toy with some nice suggestions.

Healthy Meal Share

I would like to organize an organic and vegetarian “Dinner’s Ready” style cooking session. Everyone would be responsible for bringing one or two ingredients, and a container to bring there meal home in. If things are all measured out before hand, it can be quick and easy enough that we can get the kids involved. I would be happy to host this, however, if someone has a large kitchen that would work well for the event that would be ideal. Please let me know if you are interested.

Online Christmas shopping?

Check out the National Green Pages at

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