"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

Henry D. Thoreau




David Dawson

David Dawson, a long time participant and supporter of the South Eastman Transition Initiative and frequent contributor to Rethinking Lifestyle, has passed away. He was 76. Regular readers of this column will immediately recall some of David’s more contentious, opinionated views. Many have no doubt scowled in indignation or laughed in agreement with his commentary - either because you disagreed with him, or because you agreed and wouldn’t have had the audacity to say it so bluntly yourself.

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Your Clothes Want To Be Dry

Your clothes want to be dry. You can wet them all you want but as soon as you spread them out, they’ll return to their natural state of humidity – the same as all the other items around them. It seems silly then, to waste the highest form of energy (electricity) by degrading it into the lowest (heat) just to accomplish the same task just so you can avoid going outside.

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Oil Dependent or Oil Addicted?

No doubt Canada is extremely dependant on oil. Ours is a cold climate, and we need to expend more energy than most countries just to keep warm. Also our country is sparsely populated and because of this we need to travel greater distances just to remain in touch with one another and to move goods between different parts of the country. There is a good reason for our dependence on oil, but are we addicted? I submit we are addicted! Hear me out.

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Banning plastic – are you ready? 

Brevard Zoo, Viera FLThe Federal Government wants to ban single-use plastic by 2021. We’ve all seen the pictures of the plastic waste continually circulating in the oceans or marine animals that have died from eating plastic or become wrapped up in it; we’ve been to beaches and parks and seen plastic items half buried or hung up in trees; on a windy day on recycling collection day our neighbourhoods are unintentionally decorated with plastic.

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Woodmore WI Food Security Initiative - Upcoming Events


1. Our Annual Food Garden Tour is coming up quickly ... July 17, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. We will begin at 6:30 pm, at Matt & Susi Teichrob's place. (Directions will be given when you register). Their orchard and garden is ever expanding, including trying a technique called Hügelkultur - where a mound constructed from decaying wood debris and other compostable, biomass plant materials is later planted as a fertile hilly bed. Next (7:30) we will visit

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