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Single-use plastic carryout bags are banned in Washington State as of January 1, 2021 (Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5323).  And it's going to cost us - the legislation requires retailers to charge a fee, until at least December 31, 2025, to anyone who doesn't bring reusable tools who'll there...
12/05/2020
I haven't blogged in darn close to a month. I've been slogging through knee-deep mud, everything from revamping some of my tools for communicating with clients to research for a committee-in-formation for one of my professional societies. Sometimes you just have to watch your step, avoid distract...
12/03/2020
 Garbology Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes is a painful examination of America’s rapport with rubbish. It’s easy to generate refuse, toss it in recycle and walk away. Dishearteningly, everyday citizens’ well-meaning efforts to recycle waste are, at least as of Garbology’s 2012 pu...
11/07/2020
Machines can’t crochet. A client taught me that. Looping my chain on-line, sleuthing taught me that no one can build a machine which can pattern and manipulate needles with the complexity of the weaves our hands stitch. There is a contraption shamelessly dubbed a crochet machine, but, in fact, it...
11/07/2020
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It's a crystal-edged line between bragging and providing information sometimes. I've just finished a very preliminary introductory course to Motivational Interviewing (MI), an incredibly powerful way of framing conversations to allow a person, whether a service provider, a sports coach, a teacher...
10/22/2020
I had the pleasure of contributing to another online article: "15 Brilliant Ways to Declutter Your Basement Right Now" by Sarah Crow for April 24, 2020 Best Life's Smarter Living column. I haven't owned a basement in a while, but oh the (bad) memories....
10/14/2020
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Support can come in many forms. It's not always easy to find. I'm not a member of 2e Seattle, but I wish I'd known about it when I needed it. 2e Seattle is a network for parents of twice-exceptional children; children who are both highly intelligent and challenged by learning differences. To say ...
10/07/2020
Did you know there are better and worse ways to hold a conversation? I’ve touched on it in another post. But I’m starting a beginner’s course in Motivational Interviewing, a rigorously studied method (1,000+ examinations as of this writing), which is adding myriad nuances to my understanding of t...
10/04/2020
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I was planning on a gleeful, goofy post about donating a trash bag stuffed to ripping with child-sized Santa Claus hats to The NOAH Center, a no-kill animal shelter in Stanwood, today. Because I did. Blasted things had lived under my bed for a YEAR, creating dust bunnies, multiplying like them fo...
09/25/2020
I've contributed to an MSN Money blog post about how to cope with decluttering during these stressful months. Every idea in it is fabulous "Expert decluttering tips for your great pandemic purge" https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/expert-decluttering-tips-for-your-great-pandemic-purge/ss-BB17G...
09/24/2020