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Societal Engineering & Seven Generations Philosophy of Sustainability; Regenerative, Restorative, Relevant, Climate Responsive, Zero-Impact Built Environment Design, Living Building Challenger
Wanna-be vegabond / global traveller - relegated to North America (for now). Passionate about sustainability and societal engineering; published editor (thanks, Ed !); Paton and occasional Sponsor of the Arts - most genres of Multi-Media and Mixed-Media Arts, Music (support live / local !), Visual and Literary Works; good sense of humor; honest; high level of integrity; wear my heart on sleeve; quick with words and actions; million-mile-a-minute (aka "non-stop") mind; into many sports / sporting activities; do not tolerate fools or disingenuous actions well.
Be kind; Be impeccable with your word, Don't take anything personally, Don't make assumptions, Always do your best - I believe that if one follows this path, they will be justly rewarded - even if not seeking rewards; Kanji, 7-Generations, don't let the little things in life get you tripendicular !
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
(Currently) am just starting out. Will be hosting more now that "Sustainable House" is almost complete. Still a work in progress to modify 2 BR micro-house w/ postage-stamp lot into a near-zero impact (not quite) "PassiveHaus" / maybe Living Building Challenge. Located within a mile of Hershey, walkability index of 69, 1/2 block off COLT (serving Lebanon County & Harrisburg) and ~2 miles to CAT (serving Dauphin County, Hershey, Harrisburg, Carlisle, Middletown) bus lines, near Amtrak services in Harrisburg, the AT & Middletown.
Only hosted once, never couched ;-) - been to quite a few Hostels, back-country (and "middle-of-nowhere") camping; motor-home, car, truck, M/C & RV camping; sleeper trains, cabins, cottages; as well as staying at everything from absolute hole-in-the-wall dives to 5-star+ "accommodations".
Ensuring our children / progeny will have a healthy, habitable planet and a sustainable standard of living within our / my lifetime; travelling; meeting new and old friends & kindred spirits; year-round outdoor tennis (almost made it 3 years straight ;>); "commuter" bicycling; motorcycling; darts (English Steel Tip & Widdy); pool / billiards; bocce; building science and architecture; live music; foodie & enjoy "creative" cooking & foods; local / organics; local (where ever that may be) micro-brews and beers (especially Hefeweizens, Milk Stouts, "real" Lagers & Bocks); occasional wines & bourbons; a good smoke now and then; hiking / back-country camping; fishing - sometimes hunting; kayaking / canoeing; engineering and sciences; good fiction & non-fiction; new experiences; movies (on DVD); guitar (I wish); skiing; baseball / softball; Steelers, Pens, Pirates & Penn State (WE ARE..); long moonlit walks on the beach (yeah, right - just a bit o' b.s. - checking to see if you're still paying attention !); nature / wildlife / nightlife; socializing; mentally stimulating & challenging pastimes; coaching youth sports; public speaking - pretty much any- and every-thing to keep myself, my friends / acquaintances and family amused....and of course being a good Christian ;-)
Music, Movies, and Books
Yes, Yes, and Yes (enjoy most kinds / types / genres / variety or all 3 !!!) Movies: Brian Kreider's "The Blue Eyed Six" (blueeyedsixfilm.com), Tom Keiter's "Liquid Assets" (liquidassets.psu.edu), anything by Annie Leonard (storyofstuff.org), Ad Council "Train" Global Warming Ad (youtube.com), Josh Fox's "Gasland" (gaslandthemovie.com), GGGC's videos (gggc.state.pa.us); Music: Roscoe Bandana, Ryan Wickersham Band, The Static Trees, anything live and local, Blues Society of Central PA, Dishwalla, "old-school" Rush (2112 & earlier), Floyd, Ramones, Green Day, Cage the Elephant, Husker Du, School of Fish, Shinedown, Sharon Jones, Swing, (pretty much any / every); Books: "I Used To Be Somebody" by Ed Uravik, "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" by Thom Hartmann, "The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building" by 7group, "Renovate or Replace" by Thomas Hylton - and, of course, "The Lorax" (again, pretty much any / every)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
#1) Birth of (& spending time with) my children ;-)
#2) Life & Living in what seems to be a state of grace !!!
#3) Let's chat - it's not all about me ;)
Teach, Learn, Share
Earth Stewardship - aka Sustainability 101 - A Guide for Living on Planet Earth.
Sustainability: Living off the interest of our planet, not consuming the principal.
7 Generations Philosophy for Sustainability: In our every deliberation, we must consider the impacts of our decisions, not just upon ourselves, but on our fathers, our fathers' fathers, our great-fathers' fathers, our children, our children's children, and our great-children's children (my interpretation of the Iriquois creed).
Living Building Challenge, principles of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Mexico, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In