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Hello. We're Shira and Ari Evergreen, creative treehuggers
in search of utopia. We live and work in Ithaca, New York.

Where has all the blogging gone?

Posted on March 13, 2013 by ari

We’re blogging elsewhere and haven’t been updating this one much! Here’s where to find the action:

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Help a village in Cameroon with a click

Posted on February 19, 2013 by ari

Okay, I’m kind of lying when I say “just a click.” Really it would be awesome if you could donate money! Even $5 would be a real help. But if you don’t have $5, please, at least forward this link. Let me tell you why! Read the rest of this post…

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Art ships for free

Posted on February 8, 2013 by ari

Click this special link to get free shipping on everything except for stretched canvases and art prints in our Society 6 shop, now thru February 10, 2013 at Midnight Pacific Time. Thanks for your support!

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Free shipping through Sunday night

Posted on January 10, 2013 by ari

Want something from our Society6 shop? Now’s your chance – use this special link for free shipping, now through January 13, 2013 at Midnight Pacific Time. (Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases.)

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Some new portraits

Posted on December 10, 2012 by ari

Recently I started offering portraits – here are two new ones! Thanks to Karen and Kimber for commissioning these.

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Free shipping in our Society6 shop

Posted on December 7, 2012 by ari

Click this special link to get free shipping in our Society6 shop, now thru December 9, 2012 at Midnight Pacific Time. (Sorry, this excludes Framed Art Prints and Stretched Canvases.)

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Calling all Ithaca-area vegans

Posted on November 11, 2012 by ari

There have got to be more vegans in the Ithaca area! There’s no way we could eat this much tofu without more veg folks hiding out there somewhere. Are you one of them? Get seen!

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Unexpected casual racism

Posted on November 8, 2012 by ari

Shira and I were watching a documentary we found on Netflix, A Program About Unusual Buildings & Other Roadside Stuff, when something rubbed me the wrong way: Unexpected casual racism and sexism! Read the rest of this post…

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Is Occupy Sandy our future?

Posted on November 6, 2012 by ari

Photo: Occupy Sandy Distribution Center by Jeremy Zilar

I’m up early, at 3 today! (We’ve been going to bed super early.) This morning I read an article about people organizing spontaneous relief efforts in the wake of Sandy. The article is great, so inspiring – please give it a read. But then in the comments, I found this one by artleads (the emphasis is mine):

Utterly amazing. You have to be there, for I could never have imagined a movement so ample, effective efficient. (Despite the obligatory chaos,)

What I’m not quite seeing, and that might not be Occupy’s role, is “formal” community organizing of the sort that can affect the city planning commission or, better yet,affect and effect local neighborhood planning. That is somewhat in the urban planning arena.

The person quoted below is, I believe, an artist that lives nearby:

“This whole hurricane has also shown how so many people in New York need so much help, regardless of the hurricane,” said Lisa Sikorski, an organizing volunteer in Red Hook. “There’s a lot of problems around here.”

There is the need for a permanent plan that can evolve. It’s needed here and everywhere, especially in low-income places that tend to get ignored. What about permanent donation centers that stock supply hubs in every block, managed by block captains? How about nuclear-shelter-type underground bunkers in every few blocks, with water-protected generators linking to the surrounding buildings? We live in an age of permanent disasters, with no time to waste in getting permanent monitoring and regeneration movements in every city.

After that, 85Percent added, “Just like Katrina showcased needs that had already been there all along.”

And I just want to say, YES. Of course we have needs. Human beings, like all of the earth’s other residents, have needs. There is no shame in our needing clean water and clean air and good healthful food, and dry clothes, and a roof over our heads, and so on. These necessities should be ours by right, every day, not things we have to fight for, or beg for, from those who have stolen them and made them the privilege of the few. This experience with Sandy is hopefully showing us that the time has come for us to organize, to meet our own needs, instead of assuming corporations and rich politicians are going to do it for us. And I am so proud to be watching our species take this leap. Thank you, to everyone who’s changing the world for the better.

Photo: Occupy Sandy solar panel by Karen Blumberg

If you can, please donate, supplies are urgently needed and people are freezing! Racialicious is keeping track of good ways to contribute: Post 1Post 2

Here’s a good website to hook you up with Occupy Sandy if you need help or want to offer assistance or resources, and here are live updates from Occupy Sandy.

Here’s an article from the Nation about Occupy Sandy, with photos.

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This Week’s Creation and Destruction Report

Posted on November 1, 2012 by ari

moss growing and destroying pavement

A lot of things have broken lately – our car, twice, on our way back from a roadtrip, and our plumbing (thank you Drain Brain!!), and Shira’s computer, which is headed into the shop tomorrow for some diagnostics. Our site (and our email) were down earlier this week due to our wonderful host, May First, being affected by Superstorm Sandy, but I don’t feel like we have the right to complain about that, considering how trivial it seems next to folks’ houses being destroyed and lives being lost. But it did contribute to a general sense of everything being kind of broken and difficult to deal with lately.

Another tree is coming down today, a spruce in our front yard, with the help of the lovely folks at Thompson Tree & Crane Services. I can’t believe they came out in this freezing-cold rain. This sad-but-necessary operation will allow just a bit more sun to fall on our roof, which brings us a step closer to our solar panel installation. So this is a bittersweet event, the loss of a long-lived and beautiful old tree, enabling the birthing of a more sustainable energy system.

In other news, Nanowrimo begins today, and again, I’m writing something futuristic and deep green, a post-apocalyptic sustainable utopia. This seems to be my favorite theme. Somehow it feels painfully, symbolically appropriate to begin writing a book on such a topic, when outside a chainsaw is tearing down a tree to make room for more light from the sun.

Photo: maybe one day we will all be green again

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