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Recession Ready? Interview with Michael Bevins

In a series of articles entitled “Recession Ready?”, The Urban Country is interviewing people around the world who are affected by the recession to understand how different people are coping. For a complete list of interviews, choose the “Recession Interviews” category on the right navigation. Mike Bevins lives in beautiful Huntington Beach, California, just outside ...

Recession Ready? Interview with Grant Miller

Editor’s Note: In a series of articles entitled “Recession Ready?”, The Urban Country is interviewing people around the world who are affected by the recession to understand how different people are coping. For a complete list of interviews, choose the “Recession Interview” category on the right navigation. Grant Miller is a Chicago-based writer; he’s been ...

The Green Team 3

At the office I’m a proud member of the unofficial “Green Team”. Our Office Green Team consists of some out-of-the-closet greens, in-the-closet greens, passive greens, gentle greens, you name it. I’m known as the idealistic, grumpy green who gives co-workers a hard time whenever they wittingly causing harm to the environment. One act of wastefulness ...

Are you ‘Made in Canada’? 3

Are you “Made in Canada”? Perhaps you were “Made in Mexico”, “Made in USA” or “Made in China”. Han and I joke around about this all the time. When we compare our cell phone bills for example, she’ll joke and tell me that mine is more expensive than hers because I’m “Made in Canada”, so ...

Sustainable Commuting 4

Excerpt from my blogTO article: “When it comes to commuting to work, we have many options to choose from. We can drive to work, take public transit, telecommute, walk, bike, rollerblade, skateboard, fly, take a train, ride a bus. The list goes on and on. At different points in my life I’ve experienced most of ...

Into the Wild

Into the Wild, the movie, the story, the notion, is more powerful than anything else I’ve ever experienced in my life. I can watch it over and over and over and still feel overcome with a powerful sense of unyielding passion for life and nature. The story-line, the cinematography, the music, the actors, the characters, ...

Some things better left unspoken 1

A January 12th news release announced that the US airline carriers  have gone 2 years without a single passenger fatality. Although this is a remarkable achievement, some things are better left unspoken. The first thought that crossed my mind is that we’re going to see a plane crash in the near future. It was only ...

Higher Learning 4

I’m sitting in class right now (I’m working on a degree part time), and a fellow student is 3 rows in front of me playing a video game while the professor is giving a lecture. Aside from the prof’s voice, all I can hear is annoying rapid clicking of the mouse. It’s amazing that a ...

Wealth = Debt in North America 1

In North America, society tells us that we need to borrow lots of money, and then spend our life paying back our debt; while racking up more debt by buying bigger homes, new cars, ridiculously expensive weddings, and lots of other luxuries along the way. A friend recently told me that his friend wanted him ...

Confessions of an Environmentorontotalitarianist 2

A while back my blogger friend CrankyPutz wrote an article with some confessions. I decided to put a list of confessions together about myself with things that most people probably won’t already know about me (I’ve tried to make them as embarrassing as possible). Here are 10 confessions of an “Environmentorontotalitarianist” I love watching Judge ...