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The New Phonebook’s Here!

19 Jun

In case you’re interested, the title of this post is a classic bizarre line from what is now a classic comedy movie.

Once upon a time in a life far, far away I saw that absurdly funny comedy, The Jerk, several times. So many times that I won’t say. In fact, I’m fairly sure that I have viewed The Jerk more than any other movie, including my favorites, Lawrence of Arabia, Groundhog Day & Lord of the Rings.

The new newsletter is here!

Issue #2 of Neighborly Suggestions – The World’s Smallest Newsletter has arrived!

I finally picked up my package at Aloha Printing late yesterday afternoon.

If you live in my neighborhood I’ll be knocking on your door soon. Literally. Take a look!

Neighborly Suggestions #2

Neighborly Suggestions #2

Walkable And Livable Communities Institute

15 May

The WALC Institute’s mission is to inspire, teach, connect and support communities in their efforts to improve health and well-being through better built environments.

I received what you see below in my email a few minutes ago – check out the website – MIDNIGHT is the deadline – WalkLive.org

Donate before midnight to have your contribution “stretched” by the Seattle Foundation and other sponsors!
Today’s the day! The Seattle Foundation’s nonprofit GiveBIG fundraiser lasts until midnight Pacific time.

We hope you’ll consider making a donation to support our Walkable Community Help Desk. We provide this service to communities for free and we rely on support from people like you to make the Help Desk possible!

Please tell your friends, share with your colleagues, and join us today for our largest fundraising effort to date. Any donation helps, whether large or small.

Visit our website for more information, and check our Facebook page today for fundraiser updates. Have a question of your own for the Walkable Community Help Desk? Email us any time.

Walkable 101: The Basics

2 May

The following is directly from Walklive.org.

[I’ll be adding their video to the right side of Nuts & Bolts Neighborhoods as it becomes available.]

What is walkability and why is it important to create walkable streets and livable towns? Learn how your community can become better connected, more prosperous, more sustainable and healthier through streets that support active living.

Walkable Community Videos

What’s Not Safe? Hint: Rhymes With Bound Up

25 Apr

Last year we had a nice guy working on our yard who was highly recommended by my wife’s friend. I explained to him that we only wanted safe and natural products used on our yard. He said that he understood and I didn’t think anything of it.

Half an hour later I saw that he was spraying Roundup on our weeds. I stopped him and asked him if he wanted his children or grandchildren to have to live with that stuff in their water. He didn’t know what to say.

Years ago I worked for San Diego Florist Supply on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park, San Diego. My employers asked me to stop at a certain supply store on my way to El Cajon (the city) as I delivered to florist shops in that area. Back then you couldn’t buy Roundup because the government considered it too dangerous. My bosses could get it because they had a commercial license, but they told me they were going to use it at home. That was the only way they could do that.

In the Reagan Era there was a lot of deregulation and I’m pretty sure that’s how Roundup came to be sold to the general public. The government decided that each citizen could decide if they wanted to live with the danger.

There are some problems with this type of thinking. If you are ok with that stuff, what about minors that live with you who don’t get to make that decision? Also, how do you keep it from spreading to your neighbor’s area and you certainly can’t keep it out of the groundwater. This type of product can’t be contained to just affect you.

Additionally, many people assume that the government would warn them if it was truly dangerous. That’s much less true than it was in the 1970’s, when I came of age. So, buyer beware!

Here’s an article about the potential danger of Roundup:

Damaging Effects of Roundup

Green Your Routine

23 Apr

I just noticed these public service announcements and I really like them. “Green Your Routine” is catchy.

The more we see these, the more we’ll see this behavior as normal. (Technically, normative is the correct word, but I won’t quibble tonight.)

Here’s more:

Green PSAs

Look Who’s In The Neighborhood

20 Apr

Today I visited some garage sales to see who else is interested in the community garage sale in late September or early October. I stayed within these boundaries – north of 78, west of Nordahl, south of El Norte Parkway, southeast(?) of Borden & east of Mulberry, also including the houses down Falcon which is west of Mulberry and branches off from Mission Road. I also included houses that are just on the other side of the street boundary, so for example I spoke with Sheldon and his wife who live ON El Norte Parkway, but who are technically north of the street.

I met some interesting people and found out that Vallecitos is having a community garage sale on May 18th. I had no idea. Two women told me about it and one of them, Isabel, gave me some pencils for my friend, Mary Carrillo of Point Loma, to take to Belize for the children of the village she will visit in September. Thanks, Isabel!

Mary visits Belize once or twice a year to be of service to the women and children of the village. I’ll post more about Mary Carrillo another time and include the name of the place.

While I was out I took photos of some green stuff I like and then I found a woman, Alice Olsen, who is the office manager of three[!] sites of Community Catalysts of California. I had never heard of them before, but they have been doing good work for over 30 years! The paragraphs below are from their website.

Who We Are

A Positive Catalyst For People With Disabilities

Community Catalysts of California provides services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities. We have successfully provided services for thirty years with the fundamental goal of helping people with disabilities achieve a higher quality of life.

Empowering Our Military Veterans

Veterans Community Services, a division of Community Catalysts of California, supports Veteran’s and their families to gain increased independence and productivity as responsible members of their community. VCS provides coordinated case management services to obtain housing, access benefits, secure employment or advance education in the San Diego and Imperial County areas.

Strengthening Our Community

Our organization’s prevailing principle is strengthening our community through engagement and daily manifestation of our work in your neighborhood, work, and social environment. We support the belief that people with special needs are an integral part of community and encourage you to support our services in a manner that matches your strengths and resources. Our community partners are vital to our continued success.

Community Catalysts of California is a not for profit 501(c)(3), charitable organization.

Here’s the CCC website:
CommunityCatalystsCalifornia.org

They also help veterans! Here’s the CCVCS site:
Veterans Community Services – CCVCS.net

Alice Olsen was having a garage sale to benefit CCC. She had her neighbor, Cheryl, and two daughters and a couple grandkids helping out.

Below is a photo of their sign and some photos of trees I saw when I was out and about. I like trees and I like shade. No matter how you feel about trees, my guess is you like the shade they provide on a hot day.

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Carbon Nation

15 Apr

You’ve probably seen quotes by Edmund Burke and didn’t notice that he was the person being quoted.

This is one of the most thought-provoking motivational quotes if you give it time to sink in.

It’s not the most beautiful quote or the most memorable or entertaining or fun, but it could be one of the most important quotes ever if you want to get things done.

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
― Edmund Burke

I just got done watching “Carbon Nation” on my laptop and Kindle Fire and this movie gives me great hope about what we can do about making our neighborhoods, communities, cities, counties, nations and the world a more clean, natural and sustainable place.

Edmund Burke’s quote comes at the end of the movie.

If you have Amazon Prime you can watch it at no cost except your energy usage.

Watch it now!

Carbon Nation Movie

Life Ministries

Teaching Ministry

unbolt me

the literary asylum

Pure Glory

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork. Psalms 19:1

Yes You Learn

You Can Learn More Than You Imagine Or Believe

The Authentic Storytelling Project

Content marketing: Telling Meaningful Stories