Recipe for a Happy New Year

Divide into 365 parts: Set aside, preparing one part only at a time as follows:

Mix well into each day:

1 part patience

1 part work

1 part courage

1 part faith

Add to each day:

1 part each of hope, generosity, faithfulness and kindness

Blend with:

1 part prayer

1 part meditation

1 part good deed

Season the mixture with a dash of good spirits: a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play and a cup of good humor.

Pour the mixture into a vessel of love. Cook over radiant joy, garnish with a smile. Serve with quietness, unselfishness and cheer for 1 good year.

Thanks to Ginnie Bush for sharing this recipe.

Happy New Year

Scam Alert

Someone is making phone calls asking for donations for the American Legion. The originating phone number is: 360 572-6195. When challenged, the person usually hangs up. The call is spam – do not respond.

Posted by Tom Mccarthy, post #44, Ridgefield.

Follow up on the November Meaningful Movie

Wednesday’s showing of An Inconvenient Truth was the best attended to date due to our partnership with the Sierra Club. It really speaks to the importance of working together! If you weren’t able to attend, “An Inconvenient Sequel” is available through Amazon to rent, Red Box and Netflix’s DVD service. I highly recommend it.

Some notes from my husband, Chris Dudley, who is our discussion moderator:

“A big Thank You! To our sponsors, The Loo-Wit Sierra Club, The Ridgefield Community Library, The Ridgefield Community Group, The Old Liberty Theater, and to everyone who came out, contributed, and/or spoke up!

First, I incorrectly attributed a Freeman Dyson statement about humanity’s need to plant a billion trees to help mitigate climate change to an Albuquerque, New Mexico television reporter named Stuart Dyson. I met Stuart at a college party in the late 80s and he became a hero of mine. I’ve had some email correspondence with Freeman Dyson, the eminent theoretical physicist, over the years. Confusing the two men may seem inexcusable unless you know that both are irascible, interesting characters.

A question was asked that begs for more discussion, ‘how to get people engaged in the climate fight who have other social justice concerns that they feel they need to focus on instead.’ Our thought from the Meaningful Movies team, based on a mountain of literature, is that our changing climate will disproportionately affect people with the least resources, those suffering, those who have always suffered systemic oppression. Fighting climate change is the right thing to do from a social justice perspective because the disenfranchised face the worst consequences of global climate change.

I mentioned a Brooking’s Institution White Paper on Carbon Tax Credits. There a myriad of them. The Brooking’s Institution is a fantastic resource for policy information.

Here is NASA’s report on the gravitational pull of icebergs and what the loss of those iceberg’s may do to nearby cities and ports.

Information about the Hybrid Geothermal-Solar power plant recently installed in Nevada which Marc Rappaport designed and spoke of can be found here.

Please get in touch with Don Steinke ( to find out how you can help specifically in stopping projects that contribute to climate change and in working on policies in the schools and city governments to reduce fossil fuels. He’s out front, every day. If you realize how important this fight is but don’t know what to do, ask Don! He, and we, could really use your help and involvement. His hand-out is linked here.

I’ll be putting together an informational meeting on Marc Rappaport’s idea of building a community solar array. I have nearly zero details at this point, and am only gathering information and hoping to find those interested. Please, please text or call me 505 803 3766 or email me if you live in Ridgefield and you’re interested in learning more (unless you put your info on the sign-up list already).”

We were also so fortunate to have Brian Ettling from Citizens Climate Lobby in Portland speak briefly. If you are interested in getting involved with legislative efforts at the state and federal levels, please contact Dawn Marineau Kropp, who is involved with the Vancouver chapter at 503-830-2174 or e-mail her at

There will be no film in December. Please save the date January 24th for Tickling Giants.

Megan Dudley


Congratulations to Ridgefield Community United Methodist Church’s kitchen, that had a perfect score on the inspection from Clark County Public Health this month

Happy Thanksgiving

Turpeinen Wins Award

Our very own Jessica Tijerina-Turpeinen of A Merry Heart Events is one of the honorees of this year’s Accomplished and Under 40 program.

Every year, the Vancouver Business Journal partners with the community in the Accomplished & Under 40 program to highlight young leaders doing exceptional work.

To select the brightest young trailblazers of our community, the VBJ asks the simple question, “Who are the leaders of the future?” These honorees are highlighted for their dedication to service to the community. Those selected are chosen based on leadership in their fields and volunteer involvement on nonprofit boards and in schools.

These are the community members who go out of their way to change the future of Clark County in multiple areas, the people who not only work to improve their professional fields but who also mentor and volunteer in schools and neighborhood organizations. These young leaders are committed to shaping the future of our community for the better. Congratulations to the 2017 honorees!

In Memory of Sydney

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Sydney Reisbick, due to cancer. Sydney was a quiet, unassuming person with an impish look to her. She was very active in many activities here in Ridgefield as well as around the world.

Here are some things you may not know about Sydney. She was in Uruguay with the Peace Corps from 1963-65. She had a PhD in behavioral neuro science, she was a past president of the Friends of Clark County and very active in the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  She cared about birds. She worked diligently with the Ilani Casino to make sure their buildings would not be harmful to our bird population, and that our night skies were dark.

Over the past several weeks Elizabeth Scoval has been asking Sydney’s diverse groups of friends to respond to this question:  “What is evoked in you when you think of Sydney?”


She would like to share some of these SENTIMENTS OF SYDNEY with all of you:

Sydney embodies a quiet courage towards her efforts of advocacy for people, community, animals, the preservation of history and the environment.

Sydney has a spirit of kindness and intelligence.

Sydney is willing to be sassy, devious, naughty, trivial, honest, impish, silly, delicate and fearless.

Sydney is a conservationist that has led us forward and embraces humanity broadly.

Sydney is “loved up real good.”

Sydney holds a spirit of opposition to the world’s wrongs.

Similar to the perspective of the 10th century mystic, Hildegaard von Bingen, Sydney understands much of what is around her because she uses what is within her.

Sydney’s mischievous grin and sparkling eyes make one want to know what wonderful secrets she has to share.

Sydney has a wealth of knowledge of diverse genres, but speaks so humbly that few may be aware of her breadth and range of knowledge.

Sydney is an inspiration with her engagement now with Hospice in living out a forward way.

Sydney’s excitement is barely contained, like a small child with its eyes dancing.

Sydney led The Friends of Clark County and Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge through difficult times with elegance, respectful testimonies and eventual successes.  Her representation helped our groups become well known and influential in helping to shape our community for the benefit of all, not just the few.

Sydney is a true friend.

And lastly, light of spirit but with earthly perspective, Sydney is endowed with The Wings of the World.

I think that summarizes Sydney. We will miss her.

There will be a celebration of Sydney at a time to be announced.

Last Day of Summer

Last day of summer. Tomorrow, autumn.

Super day. Don’t waste it. Last chance.

Take a walk. Go for a run. Hit the hammock.

Catch a fish. Watch a bird. Walk the dog.

Climb a mountain. Climb a tree.

Shoot the rapids. Shoot the breeze.

Sniff the flowers. Pick a a tomato. Plant some bulbs.

Ride a roller coaster. Scarf a scone. Cow a bunga.

Fun in the sun. Fade in the shade.

Chill out. Got down. Kick back. Go ballistic.



Take it. Make it. Shake it. Don’t fake it.

Laugh and cry. Shout and sign. Whatever.

It’s your day. This is it. Do it right.

Summer’s gone. Tomorrow’ fall. That’s all.

~ Author unknown

I’m Up and Running

Hi all you faithful readers! I’m amazed at how many of you still checked the blog while I was on vacation and then when the computer was turned off while we moved.

Anyway, we’re settled (more or less) in the new house, and I’m loving living downtown. We had a few glitches (movers broke the door off the refrigerator, plugs were the wrong size for the stove and dryer, movers broke the hose on the wash machine, etc.), but the major problems seem to be over. We are re-doing the pantry, so all our canned goods are on the floor in the living room, and the painters are still here, finishing up, but it’s starting to feel like home.

I tried going without a land line for a couple of days, but decided to keep it, so you can revert back to using 360-887-2160 again.



Thank you!

I happened to be at the Post Office today when John Burroughs was picking up his mail. If you remember, David Taylor suggested sending birthday greetings to John for his 102nd birthday, which is tomorrow, and I mentioned it on this blog.

John had a stack of envelopes over two inches thick and was laughing that he could hardly get them out of the PO box.

Thanks to all who participated in this typical Ridgefield activity. Isn’t it great to live in a town with such caring and involved citizens?

Methodist Church Looking for Administrative Assistant

Objective: To improve our church abilities to a higher level by  providing a stable go-to person to assist our congregational service outreach and general informational needs, and to free up pastor Meredith to better fulfill the pastoral needs of the congregation.

Position Responsibilities to include, but not limited to:

  • Calendar- schedule events, manage & communicate main calendar
  • Building Usage- coordinate & communicate to all parties (preschool, church, community)
  • Church communications & publications- bulletins, newsletter, assist social media
  • Newcomer outreach coordination
  • Membership outreach coordination
  • Office organization- phones, emails, paperwork, other administrative duties
  • Other duties as assigned

Proposed Hours & Pay & Start Date:

  • 12 hours per week- Tu, We, Th 9:00 – 1:00
  • $15.00 per hour
  • Starting August 1, 2017


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check
  • Office organizational skills
  • Computer proficiency in word, publisher and google apps
  • Telephone and greeting skills
  • Calendaring proficiency
  • Decision-making abilities
  • Confidentiality & discretion
  • Team player
  • Friendly and positive attitude

Applicants should send cover letter, resume and two references to and/or

Ridgefield United Methodist Church

PO Box 446

Ridgefield, WA 98642

John Burrow Turns 102

Long-time Ridgefield resident John Burrow will be 102 on July 5.  John has been Grand Marshall of the 4th of July parade and was inducted into the Lion’s Club last year. He is still driving.  He’s also sharp as a tack.

Councilman Dave Taylor is leading a campaign to flood John’s PO Box with birthday cards. Since his birthday is on Wednesday next week, it would be nice if people were to put a card in the mail on Friday or Saturday since Tuesday is a PO holiday.  It should reach his box on Wednesday am. Won’t John be surprised?

Address your card to

John Burrow

PO Box 195

Ridgefield, WA  98642

Proposed Trail

Corwin Beverage is applying to build two segments of an 8-foot-wide pedestrian trail at 219 South Timm Road. The pre-application conference will be held Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Clark County Fire & Rescue, 911 N 65th Avenue, Ridgefield.

The trail includes a 50-foot section of boardwalk over an existing Category III wetland, in the E zone. This sounds like a great idea to me – you can voice your opinion at the meeting.

Book Boxes Needed

I’m starting to pack up my things for the big move, and need to find 10-12 book boxes for small heavy things. Does anyone have any they could let me use?

I could return them after the move. If you can help, please email me at