OWL Meeting

Carol sent along this announcement:

University House at Wallingford 4400 Stone Way N

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Coffee and Greetings – 10:30 a.m. Business Meeting – 10:45 a.m.

Protect Yourself and Your Money from $chemes and $cams – 11:30
Guest Speaker: Jean Mathisen, Program Director, AARP Fraud Fighters Call Center

Each year Americans lose more than $40 billion to telephone, mail and internet fraud. The con artists are clever and creative in the variety of scams they use to trick us into giving them what they want. Unfortunately for many, financial abuse can be more than just “stranger danger.” Culprits can include family members or trusted confidantes. Be Informed and keep safe. Protect yourself and your future.

Call Carol if you need info (206) 325-6622. Parking available under University House 44th Street entrance.


Hope and the Future

Charles Johnston has written a book that asks whether we can be optimistic about the future:

Hope_and_the_Future__An_Introduction_to_the_Concept_of_Cultural_Maturity_-_Kindle_edition_by_Charles_M__Johnston_MD__Politics___Social_Sciences_Kindle_eBooks___Amazon_com_Hope and the Future examines what legitimate hope for the future necessarily depends on. It describes how we face a growing number of human challenges that require that we think, act, and relate in new ways—often fundamentally new ways. And it looks at how addressing those challenges will require not just fresh ideas, but a critical “growing up” as a species—a new Cultural Maturity.

In a beautiful turn of philosolocavorism, or perhaps localegism, he is offering his neighbors here in Wallingford free copies. Charles writes:

Dear Neighbors,

I’d like to make a new book of mine available to my Wallingford neighbors as it might make a good source of neighborhood conversation as we plan for Wallingford’s (and the planet’s) future. For those who don’t know me, I’m a psychiatrist and futurist who has written numerous books on the future and the new kinds of thinking—and general cultural “growing up”—that future challenges of all sorts will require of us. “Hope and the Future” is the first book I have written for a broad audience. I could imagine it being a book people in the neighborhood might find of value.

The publisher is happy to make free digital copies available if I ask — and they said copies for my neighbors are just fine. You can go to the book’s website www.hopeandthefuture.com to see if it is something you might have interest in. If you would like a copy, simply email Lyn Dillman at [email protected] and let her know what  format you would prefer to receive it in (e-pub or pdf).

4778780a67420a7e9d9a72.L._V390973268_SY470_In spite of being short and written for a general audience, “Hope and the Future” is necessarily still a challenging book. We live in challenging times that ask new things of us—that is the book’s message. It describes how our times are requiring a new maturity and sophistication in how we think and act in all parts of our lives—from the most personal of daily and community choices, to the decisions we make collectively as a species. The book argues that this greater maturity and sophistication is in the end common sense. But it also makes clear how this is a kind and degree of common sense that we as a species have not before been capable of fully making sense of, much less putting into action.

If you get a copy and read it, I hope you enjoy and find it of value. And I look forward to conversations that might grow out of it. ICD Press is the publishing arm of the Institute for Creative Development, a not-for-profit think tank and center for advance leadership training. The Institute is dedicated to supporting and clarifying the kind of understanding and action a healthy and vital human future will require. (You can learn more about the Institute’s work at  www.creativesystems.org.)

All the best in community – Charles Johnston, MD


A neighbor writes (I think non-passively aggressively):

May I request that you post the following about reminding neighborhood dog owners to observe proper dog walking/scooping etiquette? Thanks!

Dear Dog Owners of Wallingford -

Just a friendly reminder to pick up your canine’s feces immediately after he or she deposits it. Not only is it a health hazard, but you can be fined if you do not pick it up. Please read the information here to refresh your memory as to why it is so important, and the potential financial consequences.

Understand if you have forgotten a bag, if so – please go back and pick it up. Or if you see someone else who was not courteous, please pay it forward, and pick up that.

Many thanks for helping keep our neighborhood healthy.

- Your Neighbors

Not sure about the potential financial consequences: I’d lay down money that a ticket hasn’t been written for that crime in years, if ever, in this city, but the rest holds, I’d say.

Artist’s Way Classes

ArtistsWayAdLooking for some inspiration and guidance for your creativity? Kate Gavigan is offering Artist’s Way Classes:

The Artist’s Way Classes Are Now Open for Fall Registration

The Seattle Artist’s Way Center is excited to be offering Artist’s Way classes again this fall. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is an international bestseller on the subject of creativity.

Whether you see yourself as an artist or not, this material can be an incredibly useful resource to tap into your creative side which can benefit many areas of your life. The 12 week class takes students through the book with an emphasis on the chapter tasks and additional creativity exercises. This material can work with anyone, no matter how dormant or energized their creative life may be, and can enhance their ability to be more fully and genuinely themselves. To quote Julia, “In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it.” The Artist’s Way material can help you do just that.

The Artist’s Way is twelve sessions over twelve weeks, and takes place at the Windows on Art Gallery in Wallingford. See the Artist’s Way Center web site to register or for more information.

(This is a sponsored post.)

Erotic Bakery Closing

2138481883_9f15c6c4fe_zThe Erotic Bakery, an institution of innuendo for 28 years, will be closing the kimono at the end of September. Kimmie, the owner, wrote on their Facebook page back in June:

Hello Friends of The Erotic Bakery, this is Kimmie. After much thought and soul searching, we have decided to close our doors permanently as of Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. As of today, we have 95 days left of retail. I will try to share something from the bakery daily until we close. I would like to personally thank my family, friends and customers for 28 and 1/2 great years. Brian my better half, and Desirae, the best decorator ever. MacGyver, my nephew the best sales person I could ask for, Jared our baker, Zack my stand by and Bennie, my son and froster. This was Bennie’s first cake. I thought is was perfect to send us into the next chapter of our lives. With the deepest gratitude I thank you all.

Seattle Eater notes:

Owner Kimmie Barnett told The Stranger’sBethany Jean Clement that the store, opened in 1986 as Marzi Tarts and renamed The Erotic Bakery in 1999, is shuttering “because she’s tired” and, inexplicably, due to a “decline in demand for boob/penis/vulva cakes.”

My own experience with the the bakery isn’t particularly cheerful: when I first started Wallyhood five years ago, I walked down 45th Street introducing myself to businesses and letting them know that if they had news to get out, to let me know (I wasn’t asking for or accepting sponsorships at that point), and the owner snapped at me, asking me why I was telling her this and then asked me to leave. I left and never returned.

(Photo by Jayne Vidheecharoen; Thanks to Heidi, Taylor, Martha, Darcey and DOUG. for the tip)


Free Trees Still Available

What? You didn’t take the city up on its offer for free trees? Highrises are piling up on Stone Way like legos on a preschool floor, houses are being demolished to build apartment complexes, and here, we have the opportunity to bring back the forest, and yet free trees are left in lonely bundles, desperate for a home.

Tulip Tree flowerKatie Gibbons writes:

I work for the City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program and we’re trying to find homes for some really great street trees. The street tree application deadline is next Wednesday, August 27th.  I’m looking for some help getting the word out on local blogs/websites with the hope of finding some sufficient planting spaces for these trees

Plant a Neighborhood Landmark—Apply for a Street Tree!

Does this hot, sunny weather have you wishing your street had more tree canopy? The City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, residents have planted over 4,000 trees in yards and along streets through the program. Through Trees for Neighborhoods, participants receive up to 4 free trees, assistance applying for street tree planting permits, and training on tree planting and care.

Plant a future neighborhood landmark—apply for a white oaksilver lindentulip tree, or black tupelo for your planting strip! Imagine the awe-inspiring beauty a street tree will someday provide your neighborhood. All of these trees require at least a 7 or 8 foot planting strip with no overhead power lines. Ready for a tree? Don’t delay—the application for street trees closes Wednesday, August 27th! Yard tree applications will be accepted until October.

To apply for a street tree visit www.seattle.gov/trees. If you have questions, email [email protected] or call (206) 684-3979.


Veggie Walk Aug 26

Screenshot_8_22_14__10_06_PMWho says Fremont has all the weird?


Parade your prize potato, carrot, cabbage or squash at the first Green Lake Veggie Walk from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26. The event, which will be filmed, starts at The Seattle Public Library, Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Parking is available at the branch.

This one-of-a-kind event is sponsored by the Green Lake Branch teen advisers as part of a digital literacy project.

Marty Hendley, teen librarian at the Green Lake Branch, notes that “The teens were really excited to make a movie and they decided to get all ages involved by sponsoring a Veggie Walk. Why veggies? Why not? This event offers a unique, offbeat opportunity for the community to come together and do something a little different – OK, a LOT different. And that’s what makes it so fun!”

Teens will film participants as they arrive at the Green Lake Branch, introduce their vegetables and attach leashes to the vegetables. The group will walk partially around the lake, and then stop to read to the vegetables. Patrons of all ages who would like to be a part of the film are encouraged to bring a favorite book, a vegetable and a leash; a limited quantity will be available at the branch.

The event will be captured on video and posted to the Library’s Tumblr and Facebook pages. By filming and editing the video, teenadvisers at the Green Lake Branch will have the chance to gain and improve digital literacy skills.

For more information, call the Green Lake Branch at 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian.

Promo video on SPL web site.

And don’t worry, if you forget your veggie, the library will have cabbages and yarn leashes available on request. Because it’s a library.

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