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About thinkofitasanadventure

We are a 50-something couple living in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. We attended a sustainability conference at our local high school in November 2010, with keynote speaker Richard Heinberg from the Post Carbon Institute. What we heard shocked us deeply. We finally understood the need to transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. We immediately began to change the way we live. We joined together with other folks in our neighborhood to learn more, to do more and to have fun doing it! We're part of Transition Longfellow. We're choosing to change now and to "think of it as an adventure." If you are on this journey too, we'd love to hear from you.

Learning the Lessons of Love and Loss, Hope and Sacrifice

Sometime around 1890, in Perth, Scotland, my ancestors made the difficult, possibly desperate, definitely courageous decision to send half of their children to America. Away would go three adult sons – a blacksmith, a tailor and a soon-to-be farmer – … Continue reading

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A 2-Step Plan to Kick Fossil Fuels

A Life-Changing Talk Leads to an Energy Plan Like many people, I want to do what I can to live more sustainably and to reduce my carbon footprint and dependence on fossil fuels. But once you get past the obvious … Continue reading

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What Wisdom and Values Will We Need in a Challenging Future?

  What Will the Future Need from Us?   This weekend I was invited to be part of an elder circle where a group of very impressive “seniors,” with an imposing array of experiences under their belts, was asked to … Continue reading

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GrowthBuster Movie Screening with the Filmmaker!

Join Me for a Movie Night I am excited to say that this month’s movie screening for Transition Longfellow’s movie night will be “GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth” and the filmmaker Dave Gardner is going to be joining us! “GrowthBusters” doesn’t … Continue reading

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Efficiency Won’t Cut It. We Have to Power Down.

Energy efficiency sounds nice, but the reality is, it’s a double-edged sword. It hasn’t allowed us to meet carbon reduction goals. Only powering down will move us in the direction of a sustainable future. Continue reading

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Being Part of a Transition Group

Starting a Transition Group in 2011 has changed our lives for the better in so many ways. Continue reading

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We Choose to Live With Roommates

Few decisions we make will have the kind of energy and sustainability impact we get from house sharing. Continue reading

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Would It Make Financial Sense to Drop A Car?

How much is the convenience of a car really costing us? Continue reading

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Energy Workshop is a Call to Action

I attended a day-long seminar at the engineering school at the U of M back in October: “Energy from Renewables: Confronting Global Collapse.” It was a mix of hope and despair. Lots of good information, much of it new to … Continue reading

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