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About meenal

enjoying a zero-waste low-carbon voluntarily simple life in mt airy, philadelphia, zip 19119

The Climate Election in Philadelphia

The Democratic Primary is next Tuesday, May 19th.  Philadelphia Democrats will select the candidate virtually certain to become our next Mayor.  Of the 6 in the running, Jim Kenney rises to the top, both in our opinion and in recent … Continue reading

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It’s not size that matters – Keeping healthy ecosystem in balance is key

Yesterday as I pedaled my bike past some woods, I saw hanging low a branch full of beautiful little crab apples sticking out from among the trees. I stopped and pulled off a pocketful which I took home and cooked … Continue reading

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First Annual Blessing of the Bikes

Rev Aisha, pastor at Mt Airy Presbyterian Church, led the region’s First Annual Blessing of the Bikes yesterday. Blessing of the Bikes is an event that originated at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City in 1999, traveled to Baldwin … Continue reading

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Peak Oil at the Dinner Table

Last night over dinner with the clan, the conversation turned to the price of gasoline, with recent news projecting that it’ll reach $4 by April and $5 by the end of May.   While the bike shop owners amongst us rejoiced, … Continue reading

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Direct Congress | Governance By The People

Cory Suter, a member of Transition Philadelphia and founder of BioNeighbors, has dreamt up a new project: Direct Congress. Direct Congress is the next evolution of human achievement in good governance, where We the People can direct our Congress by … Continue reading

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Springing Good Intentions Into Action – the Skillshare Weekend of this Spring

Headed to Weavers Way Food Co-op for some lunch material today, and who do I run into but the masterminds behind The Home Grown Institute‘s conference Springing Good Intentions Into Action: Sarah Gabriel, Managing Director of The Home Grown Institute; … Continue reading

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Hello 2012!

In the process of renewing domain names, we seem to have lost the website and are in the process of rebuilding it here at Please send ideas and suggestions for our new website to me (meenal.raval at  … Continue reading

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