Pay it forward.…on the island. An approach to barter here.…

Posted March 16, 2009 at 11:10 am by

Hi Ian,

Love the new web­site! Great job. I recent­ly saw a piece on Good Morn­ing Amer­i­ca on a “time bank” and thought it would be per­fect for our small com­mu­ni­ty. Please check out this page.

It’s a way to pay it for­ward for ser­vices you can offer to some­one in exchange for their services.

For exam­ple, I need a roof repair and Ed can offer car repair. You sign up for 2 hours of free labor for some­one who offers 2 hours of their free labor in roof repair in exchange for Ed’s mechan­i­cal exper­tise (He is ASE Cer­ti­fied not to men­tion the hot sauce expert on SJI). You enter a cred­it (say for 2 hours or what­ev­er) and are able to deb­it (again for 2 hours or what­ev­er) in exchange for those repairs.

Of course if you’re the leti­gious kind, this won’t work but I think it would be great for our small com­mu­ni­ty. It goes back to the old days of the barter sys­tem of trad­ing your skills for some­one else’s skills. Just a thought but I thought this would be a great idea in these eco­nom­ic times.

Of course some­one would need to man­age the cred­its and deb­its and I would be hap­py to donate my time for that. I imme­di­ate­ly thought of your web­site as it does so much good for the com­mu­ni­ty. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Genie Williams

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Posted March 16, 2009 at 10:09 am by

By three meth­ods we may learn wis­dom: First, by reflec­tion, which is noblest; Sec­ond, by imi­ta­tion, which is eas­i­est; and third by expe­ri­ence, which is the bitterest.

Con­fu­cius

Eatin’ doughnuts on a rainy day.…

Posted March 16, 2009 at 9:18 am by

Joanna on Sunday morning at the Rocky Bay Cafe.

Joanna on Sunday morning at the Rocky Bay Cafe.

That’s my pal Joan­na at the Rocky Bay on Sun­day morning…she and her mom Shan­non Evans (who teach­es at FHES) were check­ing things out after church.

Eatin’ doughnuts on a rainy day.…

Posted March 16, 2009 at 9:18 am by

Joanna on Sunday morning at the Rocky Bay Cafe.

Joanna on Sunday morning at the Rocky Bay Cafe.

That’s my pal Joan­na at the Rocky Bay on Sun­day morning…she and her mom Shan­non Evans (who teach­es at FHES) were check­ing things out after church.

What’s up for the kids, this summer?

Posted March 15, 2009 at 10:27 pm by

Deb­bi wrote and says she’s look­ing to make a com­plete guide for kids about what they can do this sum­mer — and she needs your help. Here’s more:

Hey, Ian!

I have a favor to ask.

I’m work­ing on the SJI Sum­mer Activ­i­ty Cal­en­dar for our Youth 2009. This will be our third year to offer this to par­ents, fam­i­lies and to our com­mu­ni­ty. The cal­en­dar is FREE with the help of the San Juan Island Pre­ven­tion Coali­tion. I’m in the midst of col­lect­ing infor­ma­tion from var­i­ous peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions, but thought, maybe I’m miss­ing some­one! Would you be able to inquire if some­one is offer­ing a new or unad­ver­tised youth pro­gram this sum­mer on SJI, they could con­tact me to add it to the calendar?

Last year’s cal­en­dar came out of neces­si­ty for me. I found some pro­grams weren’t adver­tised well, so they were can­celled because of low par­tic­i­pa­tion, or oth­ers would fill up before I heard about them. So, hav­ing all the infor­ma­tion in one place, made it a bet­ter sum­mer for my kids! The cal­en­dars will be avail­able at the Children’s Fes­ti­val (May 2) at the SJIPC booth and will be mailed out from the SJISD parent/guardian mail­ing list and var­i­ous email groups.

I feel the more pro­grams we can add, the more use­ful this tool becomes for fam­i­lies! I put mine on the refrig­er­a­tor and we kept on top of what was avail­able through­out the summer!

Thanks again, Ian, for your sup­port of the pro­grams we’ve been involved in. It takes a Village…

Deb­bi (fincher@rockisland.com)

What’s up for the kids, this summer?

Posted March 15, 2009 at 10:27 pm by

Deb­bi wrote and says she’s look­ing to make a com­plete guide for kids about what they can do this sum­mer — and she needs your help. Here’s more:

Hey, Ian!

I have a favor to ask.

I’m work­ing on the SJI Sum­mer Activ­i­ty Cal­en­dar for our Youth 2009. This will be our third year to offer this to par­ents, fam­i­lies and to our com­mu­ni­ty. The cal­en­dar is FREE with the help of the San Juan Island Pre­ven­tion Coali­tion. I’m in the midst of col­lect­ing infor­ma­tion from var­i­ous peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions, but thought, maybe I’m miss­ing some­one! Would you be able to inquire if some­one is offer­ing a new or unad­ver­tised youth pro­gram this sum­mer on SJI, they could con­tact me to add it to the calendar?

Last year’s cal­en­dar came out of neces­si­ty for me. I found some pro­grams weren’t adver­tised well, so they were can­celled because of low par­tic­i­pa­tion, or oth­ers would fill up before I heard about them. So, hav­ing all the infor­ma­tion in one place, made it a bet­ter sum­mer for my kids! The cal­en­dars will be avail­able at the Children’s Fes­ti­val (May 2) at the SJIPC booth and will be mailed out from the SJISD parent/guardian mail­ing list and var­i­ous email groups.

I feel the more pro­grams we can add, the more use­ful this tool becomes for fam­i­lies! I put mine on the refrig­er­a­tor and we kept on top of what was avail­able through­out the summer!

Thanks again, Ian, for your sup­port of the pro­grams we’ve been involved in. It takes a Village…

Deb­bi (fincher@rockisland.com)

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Posted March 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm by

Have you noticed that what­ev­er sport you’re try­ing to learn, some earnest per­son is always telling you to keep your knees bent?
Dave Bar­ry

Tom rocks out, the country dances.…

Posted March 15, 2009 at 2:30 pm by

Tom Doenges, AKA Tom Henry

Tom Doenges, AKA Tom Henry

Last Fri­day, CNN aired a report on their iRe­ports sec­tion about Tom Doenges’ song, “Look­ing for a Bailout”.… I got reports from all over the coun­try (Chris­tiane Bier­mann was the first, writ­ing from Port­land, and remind­ing me that Vikky Dau­ci­u­nas did the real­ly cool video work. Way to go, Tom!)

You can see the CNN report by going to this page and look­ing for “Rockin’ the Reces­sion” — (it’s after the Dust Storm sto­ry, and before “Bar­bie Turns 50”), or you can go straight to the YouTube ver­sion, so you can see the song with­out all those reporters talking.