Category Archives: Community

The forms of sustainability

Lot51Jan"Sustainability," as a buzzword, is exhibiting amazing staying power. Farmers, grocers, car manufacturers, and of course homebuilders are throwing it around like confetti. It's being used so ubiquitously that it seems everything today is sustainable. But of course we know it isn't. What is "sustainability," when we're...
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Nonprofits and the Island Spirit

Here in the holiday season our thoughts turn naturally toward giving. And on Whidbey Island there's a special form of it that reflects the character of our island community. According to the database TaxExempt World, there are 673 registered nonprofit organizations in Island County. That's astonishing: one for every 124 residents of Whidbey and Camano Island. Some...
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The House and the Human Heart

What qualities make a house satisfying, comfortable, and even rewarding to live in? Surprise! We find the finest answer in a book written 2,030 years ago: De Architectura, by the Roman architect Vitruvius. "The ideal building has three elements," Vitruvius wrote. The first English translation, written in the 17th century, rendered these as "firmness, commodity, and...
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