After Fossil Fuel

Come take a walk on the beach

So, let’s say that one day, tomorrow perhaps, we all stopped using fossil fuel. What do we do then?

In this future scenario, we somehow all have electric vehicles to drive. Perhaps we’ve converted our gas guzzlers. Or perhaps we all take electric public transportation. Perhaps we ride bikes or e-bikes.

There are no more gas stoves or fireplaces. Sure, there are simulated ones powered by electricity, preferably from the sun or perhaps geothermal energy.

Neither natural gas nor propane heat our homes. They’re passive solar, perhaps partly enclosed in the earth to keep the heat in. Perhaps they’re made with straw bales so that they’re super-insulated.

And power-plants no longer burn natural gas or coal to produce energy. Perhaps they burn hemp instead. Or perhaps they don’t burn anything and use renewable resources like sun, wind, and waves.

Whatever else we’re using fossil fuels for, we’re no longer doing . Take plastic, for instance. It’s now all bio-plastic. Bio as in made out of bio-materials. Bio as in bio-degradable.

So, question remains. What do we do then?

We’ve just put millions of people out of work. Those working for powerplants, we retrain to work for green energy. Those drilling the oil, we retrain for other construction work. Those who work at gas stations are probably working in the convenience store part and they’ll still be working in the convenience store part when these service stations have Electric Car chargers rather than gas pumps. Perhaps this is the easiest part of this question to answer.

What do we do with those gas pumps? What do we do with the many, many miles of pipelines? What about all those gas engines that we took out of vehicles to make them electric? What about the tanker trucks and ships? What about the refineries and drilling rigs? What do we do with all those.

Do we do nothing and say, we’ll we’ve gotten the warming of the planet to stabilize and maybe even decrease. Now, climate change won’t be a problem. We know that it will be a problem, it just won’t be such a problem.

Perhaps we need to do something else instead, like help those places which still suffer from climate change. Maybe we start with places with coastline destruction and nation islands which are submerging. Maybe we restore the forests.

And maybe we should. But what about all those fossil fuel relics of an age past? Are they ok to just leave as they are? Or will they deteriorate to the point where they harm the earth further? What can be done about them?

Is anybody already working on this? It might take a particular mindset, like those who work on brownfield remediation. Is it too early to start? It’s always good to invest in our future. Perhaps this is a good investment strategy for some companies, to start figuring out those solutions now.

Exploring Lost Territory

When I was young, I liked to explore the woods. Got lost a few times, Yet, that didn’t stop my love of the woods. However, I still love the ocean better.

In my 104th book, Criseilish and Bileander live on the tropical island of Vascandola. At five, they become pretend boyfriend/girlfriend so that they can play together all the time. They spend most of their time on the beach or playing together in the village. But one day, when they’re 9, they explore a place in the woods, that Bileander calls Lost Territory.

The woods are dangerous and not many people go into the woods. But Bileander is adventurous. And Criseilish is willing to go along for the fun.

But then she can’t remember what happened that day. She’s sure Bileander is responsible for her forgetting, so she dumps him.

Theirs is the relationship everyone else envies. Can she ever trust him again?

Another Romance, not TMI.

Exploring Lost Territory

 

SEA Spot Saver

Another secret about Seatac – one of the world’s most environmentally favorable airports – is the SEA Spot Saver. Don’t have TSA Precheck or Clear? You can sign up to get through security faster with the SEA Spot Saver. Best part, it’s currently free!

Yes, so, it’s only for morning flights as the spot saver is not available after 1pm. And there’s an interview required. But if you don’t have TSA Precheck or Clear and you’re traveling from SEA, check it out. Why not?

Speaking of secrets about Seatac, check out my book – Seatac Seacrets.

Xpanse Solar RV Awning

I recently talked with the folks at Xponent Power about their Solar RV Awning. It was a blast. They have a very good FAQ on their website, it should answer most of your questions. If not, just contact them.

 

Solar RV Awning

Their Xpanse Solar Awning holds several solar panels and fits right on top of your RV.  This is great because most RVs only have room for a few solar panels. The awning also adjusts automatically to lessen wind drag caused by the awning. The awning will be available late 2022. You can pre-order now at their website.

The folks at Xponent Power first thought about adapting this idea for cars. But they found much more enthusiasm about it in the RV community. So that’s where they’re going to produce this awning first. Then they might look into other applications, if they get enough interest.

That’s what I wanted to talk with them about – other applications – solar farms for off-grid, community-grid, and farms. One of the main attractions, I think, of this awning is it’s plug and play ability. Just think, if you had an EcoFlow Delta Portable Power Unit or possibly a Tesla Power Wall. And imagine if the Xpanse Awning was available in a format where you could plug all that solar power directly into that unit. You could power your off-grid home off solar power, with very little DIY. Now wouldn’t that be groovy?!

5 Tips for a Healthy and Eco-Friendly Home

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5 Tips for a Healthy and Eco-Friendly Home

 

Your home should be an environment in which you can rest, recharge, and flourish. It should be optimized for your comfort, but also for your health and well-being. Many of us feel like our homes could be healthier spaces, but aren’t quite sure how to go about it (or what “healthier” actually means). Try some of these simple tips and you will be on your way to a more balanced, relaxing, and positive home environment, presented by princesstigerlily.com.

 

Ditch Toxic Cleaning Chemicals

 

Most cleaning products are filled with toxic chemicals. According to the American Lung Association, these can be hazardous for you and your family, irritating eyes and throats, worsening respiratory illnesses, and even sometimes causing cancer. But they are also terrible for the environment in various ways. Volatile organic compounds can make their way into lakes and rivers and affect the ozone layer, while packaging is rarely recycled.

 

If you want your home to be healthier for both yourself and the environment, look to eco-friendly alternatives. Eco cleaning brands are increasingly popular and available, or you could make your own cleaning products from staples in your kitchen. This guide by Hip2Save is a great resource, offering a green alternative as well as a DIY option for every main type of cleaner.

 

Clear The Air

 

Many of us worry about the pollution in the streets but forget about the quality of air in our own homes. Indoor air pollution can be just as harmful, with most of us breathing smoke, dust, pet dander, mold particles, and more on a daily basis.

 

Use a quality air filter to keep the air in your home clean, and change the filter regularly to keep it effective – a MERV 8 filter is a great choice, trapping 90 percent of airborne particles. Changing your filter regularly is also good for the environment as it reduces your energy consumption.

 

Make Your Home (Literally) Greener

 

You can never have too many houseplants. Plants are great for your health for many reasons: they boost moods, reduce stress, increase productivity, and produce oxygen that makes the air inside our homes cleaner. If you’re not a natural green thumb, don’t worry – there are low-maintenance varieties that anyone can keep alive and healthy, such as aloe, spider plant, rubber tree, and ficus.

 

Address Any Eco-Unfriendly Problems

 

Take a moment to look around your home. Are there areas of your home that you can’t keep warm/cool? If so, you may have a leak in a window that’s allowing air from inside to escape outside, which makes your HVAC system work even harder. If you encounter a problem and it’s beyond your means to DIY, visit Angi.com to find local contractors who specialize in this type of repair. Look at reviews to determine who you feel can handle the job. On average, you’ll spend around $290 for repairs, but it’s important to get at least three quotes first.

 

Declutter For Your Mental Well-Being

 

Having a healthy home isn’t just about clean air and fewer chemicals. You also need to make sure your house is somewhere that encourages and enables mental well-being along with physical wellness.

 

One of the easiest ways to do this is to declutter. Decluttering is having a bit of a moment, but you shouldn’t think of it as a fad. It has the potential to simplify and ultimately hugely improve your life in the long-term.

 

This is because clutter is actually bad for your mental health – it stresses you out, makes it harder for you to focus, and ultimately serves as a constant reminder of an endless to-do list. You don’t have to go full minimalist, but reducing the amount of stuff in your life can be a huge relief. It will also literally make your home easier to clean and maintain, freeing up time for you to actually enjoy your healthy, tidy home.

 

If you’re not sure where to start, pick an established decluttering method. As well as giving you a framework, these tend to be more drastic than simply sorting through stuff at random, which keeps you from dragging out the process for months.

 

 

All of this may feel like a lot of work, but in reality most of this advice can be implemented in a weekend or two. Committing to making your home a healthier and more sustainable place will allow you to enjoy your downtime so much more, and to do so in a way that is genuinely good for you. A healthy environment could also be a gentle push to building healthier habits and an overall happier life.

 

Understatement of the Year: 2020 Didn’t Turn Out the Way I Planned

Come take a walk on the beach

My wife and I started 2020 in northern England. We had been visiting friends. And now we were taking the train back to London. Our suitcases were too big for the train – anything bigger than a small backpack is too big. On that scale, ours were gigantic.  A nice conductor told us to hop off the train at the next stop and run with our luggage to first class where there would be room for our luggage. We didn’t quite make it to first class before the train took off again. We scrambled back on. At least there was room in the corridor to stand with our luggage. But every time somebody had to go to the WC, we had to move out of the way.

We returned to Washington State, not too much worse for wear. My wife soon headed to northern MN for time with her elderly father. I started looking for a new contract.

Then we found ourselves in the midst of a pandemic. And all Heck broke loose. I started Mother May I shopping. Mother May I Take a step forward? Mother May I bag my groceries?

Various topics became the theme of the year – Pandemic, Climate Change, Black Lives Matter.

I did find a contract six months later. In that regard I’m lucky, since many became unemployed this year. And it was a contract which I could work totally remotely. So, doubly lucky.

My personal plan was to get the house in shape to put on the market. We would then sell it and move to Hawaii. The house needed a lot of work. Plus we’d be living there for like forever, so we had to sort through stuff and figure out what we were moving and what we were selling or giving away. We got help with that. A couple would come by, pick up most items from us and try to sell them. Sometimes they made enough that they  shared some of the profits with us.

The house did sell towards the end of the year. And the new owners could use whatever furniture we didn’t want. So we got rid of even more.

But now we had to be out of the house in a month and we still hadn’t secured a place in Hawaii. Hawaii limited who could visit. Well, anyone could visit, but they had to quarantine in a hotel for two weeks. Now, you can get a COVID test and skip the quarantine. I hear that Kauai still requires the quarantine.

We realized we couldn’t make the transition to Hawaii before we had to be out of the house. So my wife went to her fathers (and sisters). I joined them later.

We lost a dear friend and a couple of relatives last year. None due to COVID.

We ended up in a place with an opposite clime to Hawaii.

I had planned to write and publish several books last year. Lack of Time and COVID trauma limited what I could accomplish on that front. I did get 5 books published. I wrote two more which I’ll talk about in a later post.

  • #99: Invulnerable (About a Superhero who is …)
  • #100: Solutions Galore
  • #101:  Graduation Day Ja Vu
  • #102: Packing Petite
  • #103: Triangulated Love

So,  my dreams didn’t come true. And I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on that. I should have been focusing on the 90% that did come true. Yet, it’s like when my wife and I were climbing Picacho Peak several years ago. Lots of people, mostly children would come by in the opposite direction. As they passed, they’d tell us that we were almost there. When we finally arrived at the top, I looked for that gnome who was people people to say that. I never did find it. We were almost at the top. We were 90% of the way there. Yet that last 10% was the hardest. Life can seem that way sometimes.

This year we plan to get to Hawaii. We took a pause for the Holidays. And I’m sure other things will pop up that we’ll need to focus on.  Now that I’ve written those two books, I’ll be editing them and getting them ready for publication. Three narrators are working on Audio Books for me. I’ll need to review their work. I also have several more audiobooks I’ll need narrated. And I should spend some time marketing my books.

Work will be busy. Long days will be normal. Plus when we move, I’ll need to find a break in the work schedule to have time to make the move.

And in our free time, of which there won’t be any, we need to find time to relax. We need to find time to spend time with each other and with distant friends and family. We need to chill out. We need to let our minds be filled with heavenly things and beauty. And if we’re shown a way to bring those things into this world, we need to do so.

And once we move, we need to spend time on the beach. Not everyone has access to a beach. But somehow they need to find a place where they can believe that they are in Paradise, if only for a few hours.

Wind’s Wine

After a month of worry

Your heart grows furry

And you can only smile instead

For you have drunk from the Wind’s wine

And there are no worries in your head

 

Wind’s wine

Like a spring song

Goes whispering down your throat

Always your worries

Like winter snow

Wind’s wine melts, rather than coats

 

Wind’s wine will quell your fear

The deepest that you have

Wind’s wine will let you relax

Your dreams you’ll now hold dear

 

Wind’s wine – Tonic supreme

Wind’s wine – Coconut cream

Wind’s wine – Heaven’s elixir

Wind’s wine – straight or as a mixer

 

Wind’s wine

There’s always enough of this healing stuff

Wind’s wine will cure your woes

And fill you with bliss

Solutions Galore

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I’ve been solving problems for 60 years. I use various techniques to solve problems quickly. Businesses pay me lots of money to solve problems, and most of them think I’m very good at it.

I have included many of the techniques I and others use in my 100th book – Solutions Galore. Solutions may or may not require a project. But it can help if you treat solving a problem like a project. I take you from the beginning to the end of the project. I explain things like brainstorming, my 12 simultaneous approaches, the KISS principle, testing, teams, etc.

 

Inviting the Writing Muse

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So, you want to be a writer. Or perhaps you want to write better. Maybe you’re in the middle of writing something and you’re just plain stuck. Time to invite the Writing Muse into your life.

There are all sorts of mechanical things you can do to improve your writing skills – learning to spell better, taking grammar and  writing classes, joining a writer’s group. You can write something in Word and then do a spell check. If you have set your options to provide the reading level Word will tell you the Reading Level and Reading Score. You should shoot for 6th Grade or lower and for a Score of 70 or higher. If you’re not hitting that score, try breaking apart long paragraphs and sentences.

Those are all good to do. You can also read more. However most best selling books follow one formula or another. Those formulas is designed to sell more books. I find that books written using those formulas to be boring. The pattern is too obvious and usually it involves too much sex and violence.

What I do is work with the Writing Muse, even for my reference books. Both the Writing Muse and I like to write. We both enjoy it. I can’t say that it brings me lots and lots of joy. However, I enjoy it enough that I’m working on book #99. Writing is a vehicle for this things that I really, really enjoy.
The Writing Muse and I have a intimate relationship. That means we really enjoy spending time with each other. For some, that relationship can be to the exclusion of all else. I have written like that. But I prefer keeping my boundaries. There are other things in life besides writing, even when I’m writing.
Having an intimate relationship means, not keeping myself distant from the story. It means, allowing the story to be a part of my life. It means interacting with the characters in my story, rather than just observing them. It means seeing what they’re seeing, feeling what they’re feeling, experiencing what they’re experiencing. Those who read my stories often express how deeply the stories touch them, how they feel like they’re a part of the story, how I’ve drawn them into the story.

All of my books are available at Stubbart.com. Get ready to not be bored. Get ready to let the stories touch you. Get ready to enter the stories. Get to know that cast and become part of the cast. Get ready to enjoy. And possibly you’ll meet the Writing Muse while you’re reading these stories. After all, the Writing Muse is the co-author.

I Lost Me Britches

How I Lost Weight Without Really Trying

Half of the people who are reading the title of this book I Lost Me Britches – How I Lost Weight Without Really Trying are thinking, Oh sure! I’ve heard that line about losing weight before! I’m not going to fall for that scam again. This is just some ad for a diet-pill or for a weight-loss program.

The other half of the people who are reading the title are thinking, Well sure, losing weight is really easy for some people. But it’s never easy for me!

But you, oh Most Astute Reader; yes, you are thinking that there really must be something to this. And you know, beyond all knowing, that there is a secret in this book that only you will find out. And that secret, oh Wise One, will enable you to lose weight, simply, honestly, and best of all, with little effort at all.

So to you, Most Savvy Reader, read on!

True Story

This is the true story of how I lost weight 30 pounds and 4 inches (off my waist) in 9 months. I did that by practicing a little known secret. Well it was little known to me at the time. I also discovered other secrets along the way which will help me keep that weight off forever.

If you’re ready to join me in the community of lesser selves, buy my book. https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Me-Britches-Weight-Without/dp/B083XT1J8W
You know you want to.